That’s right, we’re talking about one of the biggest trends in the garment decorating industry— BLEACH! Bleaching a T-shirt adds character to your clothes and offers a new medium of creativity...if you do it the right way that is! Every DIY project comes with its fair share of challenges, however, bleach tends to add more risks to the equation. To avoid ruining any items of clothing in this process, it’s important to do your research and follow the right steps. Of course, we took care of the research part! Now, all you have to do is follow these seven, easy steps:
- You go-to DIY clothes (something you aren't afraid to ruin)
- 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
- Measuring Cup
- Protective Gloves
- 100% cotton T-shirt
- 2 plastic dishpans
- Clean white towel
- Wearing the gloves, add 1.5 cups of bleach to one gallon of cold water in the first dishpan, and swirl around to mix.
- In the second pan, add one cup of hydrogen peroxide to one gallon of water. Feel like a chemist yet? Don't worry, that's the worst of it. We told you it would be easy... now let the fun begin!
- It's time to get your hands dirty—well, clean in this instance! Make sure you keep your gloves on for this step. Swirl the garment around until it's saturated and all areas contact the bleach solution equally.
- If you are wanting to create a specific pattern, be sure to only add the desired parts of the solution that you would like bleached.
- When time is up, pull it out and let it drip over the dishpan. If it is still not the desired color you are wanting, put it back into the solution until you are satisfied.
- 💡 Hot tip: Leaving your shirt in the bleach solution for longer than 5 minutes can cause yellowing, be careful!
- As soon as you are satisfied with the color, submerge the garment into the second dishpan with the hydrogen peroxide solution. (Do not be alarmed by the fizzing, that means it's working!) Swirl it around until it stops fizzing.
- Thoroughly rinse the shirt several times with cold water.
- Then, roll the shirt in the towel to squeeze out excess water and hang the shirt to air dry.
Phew, you did it! We hope these steps made bleaching less scary, and more fun.
If you are needing some inspiration, here’s a glimpse into what others have done…
👀Keep an eye out for our next blog where we take bleaching to the next level— tie-dye is coming back and we are here to let you in on a few tips and tricks!