How to fade jeans with bleach

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How to fade jeans with bleach
Distress your denim jeans with household bleach. (Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Achieve the look of well-worn, faded jeans by bleaching them with chlorine bleach. If your jeans are very dark or raw denim, you can bleach them to almost white. Although chlorine bleaching can leave some spots lighter than others, those who favour an acid wash or unevenly faded look can achieve it at home. Unlike oxygen or colour-safe bleaches, chlorine bleach fades jeans dramatically and rapidly.

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Things you need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Small bottle chlorine bleach
  • Bathtub

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  1. 1

    Fill the bathtub with approximately 10 cm (4 inches) of lukewarm water.

  2. 2

    Put on the gloves. Empty the bottle of bleach into the tub. Swish the water with your gloved hands to mix in the bleach.

  3. 3

    Soak your jeans in a separate sink.

  4. 4

    Submerge the jeans in the bleached water. Smooth them out flat. Leave them in the water for 20 minutes. Remove them from the tub.

  5. 5

    Wash the jeans by themselves with washing powder. Hang them to dry.

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