Trend Alert: How to Bleach Jeans

Trend Alert: How to Bleach Jeans

Bleaching jeans is a great way to mix up your look without buying a new pair of pants. Follow our easy DIY tips to start creating your own bleached jeans.


1. Prepare your area. We recommend the bathroom or the bathtub. These areas are easy to clean, fan accessible and could probably benefit from a little bleach stains.


2. Prepare your bleach. Three parts water to one part bleach is usually a good concentration. Never go past a one to one concentration ratio.


3. Wet your jeans. Jeans will absorb the bleach better if they are damp, so give them a quick rinse before you begin.


4. Choose your method. This is the most creative part of the entire process. You can use your bleach mixture to lighten your jeans altogether, use a sponge to give the jeans a textured look, or splatter the jeans with a toothbrush. If you are unsure try practicing on a pair of thrift store jeans, so you do not risk ruining your favorite pair.


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Lightening jeans. This is a great technique to use when you want to brighten up your jeans without buying a new pair altogether. Simply place the jeans in a bucket with your bleach mixture and wait for a few hours, checking the color occasionally. Depending on how much of a color change you are trying to achieve this will take anywhere from one to six hours.


Texturizing jeans with a sponge. Using a sponge will give you a worn look. Dip the sponge in the bleach mixture and wring it out, so it is not too wet. You want to be able to have control over where you apply the bleach. Aim for the knees, back pockets, and cuffs. This is where natural wear and tear occur.



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Splattering jeans with a toothbrush. Dip the toothbrush in the bleach mixture and run your thumb along the bristles to splatter the shorts. This technique will not lighten your jeans completely, but it will give them a speckled look.



After you have created the look you desire, wait about five minutes, then put the jeans in the washing machine. Rinse them on a normal cycle without any detergent and hang dry. This will set the bleach and help avoid any yellowing in the fabric.



What do you think about bleached jeans? Will you rock the look this summer? Let us know in the comments below or tweet me @LydiaYekalam

Lydia Yekalam

Lydia Yekalam is a Freelance Writer for MUIPR. She was born and raised in Seattle, and is currently a communications major at the University of Washington. Lydia loves traveling and hopes to one day live in Europe. Her hobbies include taking Instagram-worthy photos, creating DIY interior design projects, and pursuing all things fitness related. Follow Lydia on Twitter @LydiaYekalam

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