How to Bleach Dye Clothes for Teens

If you’ve spent any time on the internet lately, I’m sure you’ve noticed how popular bleach dyed clothes are! They’re also pretty expensive, and not always in the color or size you want. Did you know how easy these are to make?? Seriously. This is the fastest and easiest clothing diy I’ve ever done! Today I’m going to show you how to bleach dye clothes for teens!

How to Bleach Dye Clothes for Teens

Now, to get more into some details. You can bleach dye pretty much anything. T-shirts, jeans, sweatshirts, skirts, jackets, etc. Just don’t bleach dye things like leather, satin, silk, etc. If it’s cotton or polyester, you should be good to go. P.S: Cheap, plain shirts are great for this! As for bleach, I used straight Clorox out of the bottle. You can pour it in a spray bottle for more control, use a pipette to drop it accurately, or even use a bleach pen to draw words and designs. It’s really up to you. Also, if you want a more traditional tie dye look, you’ll want some rubber bands. I’d love to see what kind of designs you can come up with using different materials!

We used bleach dyeing to make our Pokemon Go Team t-shirts, too. You can use that same technique with any stencil!

How to Bleach Dye Clothes for Teens

This is definitely a choose your own adventure kind of craft, and to save a trip to the store we decided to use what we had on hand. Also, I did this barefoot with shorts on so I could rinse off if there was any splashing. If you’re doing this with kids any younger than about 12-14, I highly recommend safety goggles and wearing shoes and clothes that are okay to get damaged. Bleach is a chemical and not okay to get on your skin or eyes, so we need to remember safety first!

Supplies: 

  • Bleach 
  • T-shirt

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First of all, you want to do this outside! Grass is ideal, or you can do this on a cardboard box. Just don’t do it on your concrete or inside!  Spread your shirt out on the grass.

And then scrunch it up! I just grabbed it in the middle and bunched it up, but you can swirl it, twist it, or even knot it. Then just drip bleach straight on it! I just dripped bleach on a few random spots, trying to get it lighter and heavier in different areas. You just want to make sure some areas of the shirt are still dry. Now, leave it alone. Yep. Let it sit outside without moving it for 10-15 minutes.

When the time is up, carefully spread out your shirt. Not much difference yet, but just wait! Literally. Wait another 15 minutes. The shirt will finish drying and the bleach will continue it’s work. Wow!!! See how much more it lightened? Now go ahead and throw it in the washer by itself, and wash it on cold with a little bit of detergent. Dry it on normal, and you’re all done!

See how cute?!?!? I love it so much!

How to Bleach Dye Clothes for Teens

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And, it looks adorable. My daughter is super picky about her clothes, and she absolutely LOVED this shirt!

How to Bleach Dye Clothes for Teens

I just think it’s amazing how we can take something plain and basic and turn it into something amazing with just a little bit of bleach! I hope you had fun learning how to bleach dye clothes! Now go make something amazing!

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