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Bleaching jeans

kayrosie | Posted in General Discussion on

I was looking for a pair of jeans that were faded just in the front and I can’t find any that I like.  I was wondering if anyone has done bleaching of jeans and if there is a place to find out about doing it. 


  1. Ralphetta | | #1

    If you SEARCH I believe you will find extensive/interesting discussion on this subject.

    1. kayrosie | | #2

      Where do I search, just do a google search or what.


      1. Ralphetta | | #3

        No, there is a SEARCH here at Gatherings. On my screen it is on the left side where the various current topics are listed. If I scroll clear to the bottom there is a little window next to SEARCH. I believe you just type in the subject there.

  2. user-249324 | | #4

    (You can test this on the zipper fly's inner band first, to check for timing and color-fastness: some jeans just won't bleach out with household products)Wash the jeans to remove sizing and machine spin them out; leave damp.
    Place plastic (as in 'grocery bags') up the legs to keep the fronts from touching the backs.
    Block off any areas you don't want the mist to hit, with more plastic bags.
    Spritz the dampened fronts with bleach/water (50/50%). Allow to lay horizontal until the timing is done.
    Wash again with detergent. Rinse & dry as usual.
    Repeat if desired.
    If bleaching action is going to happen, it will occur in one or two cycles.You can used more diluted solution but I wouldn't recommend more concentrated: the bleach may damage the fabric and break down the fibers.rkr4cds

    1. kayrosie | | #5

      That sounds like what I am trying to do.  I was thinking I could use some type of tape to tape off where I do not want them bleached.  I am going to try it on an old pair that does not fit anymore. I was wondering about the ratio so thank you.


      1. user-249324 | | #6

        Kayrosie, taping off would take forever! Though it might be interesting to block out wording!
        And custom-made!You can go less: 2 parts water to 1 part bleach, 3 parts water, etc... if you want to go conservatively and gradually. I just wouldn't go more than 1 part water to 1 part bleach - unless you are experimenting on old jeans you don't care about, then try full strength. Splashing on dry fabric will also be stronger as the dampened fabric is like diluting further but it gives softer edges to the bleached areas, like natural fading rather than the abrupt ones you get when you accidentally spill bleach on your clothes.Spritzing it on rather than pouring also allows you to vary the intensity (how much bleach solution goes where) so you can make it lighter down the centers and fade it out around the edges of your bleached areas.
        Hmmmm....I've got to figure out how to post under my own ID- rkr4cds.... not hubby's.

        1. Josefly | | #10

          LOL. I thought you seemed very knowledgeable on this topic, and on another thread, your fitting problems seemed very feminine, for a "Don".

          1. user-249324 | | #11

            Thx, Josefly, It looks strange to me, too!
            As I said >>>I've got to figure out how to post under my own ID- rkr4cds.... not hubby's.<<<
            He's registered for Fine Woodworking and Cooking and when he sent me a link here last week it was under his ID. I've registered my own ID but I'm afraid that the threads (pun!!) I'm following post under his instead of mine, so I'll just sign out as - -rkr4cds

  3. ladyinred | | #7

    I've used liquid detergent made for automatic dishwashers- I've used Cascade. It has bleach in it, but since it is a creamy solution, it is much easier to control where it goes. It also won't bleach as quickly as liquid bleach so you have more control over that too.


    1. Palady | | #8

      As posted by ladyinred, liquid dishwasher dishtergent will definitely work! 

      As I found out circa 1996.  I did the "need-to-do-at-the-sink" clean up after a Thanksgiving dinner with my son/family.

      After all was done, I noticed lower under parts of the sleeves on my first time wearing holiday patterned sweat shirt  had bleached out areas of varying degrees.  I was quite surprised, but for the life of me was uanble to figure out how this happened.  Until a friend mentioned there being bleach in this product.

      My arms must have brushed along the foam as I worked.

      When next I was in my son's company, I asked him if the dishwasher detergent was used at the sink.  He said yes.  His then wife felt it unnecessary to have seperate solutions and used the same one for sink work & the dishwasher.




    2. kayrosie | | #9

      You all have had great ideas.  I am going to try it this week on an old pair of jeans.   The jeans I seen on the girl were so cute.  They were darker and then right down the front of the legs they were lighter.   They made her legs look thin.  I will let you all know how my experiment comes out.


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