How to Make Acid-Wash Jeans

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How to Make Acid-Wash Jeans
DIY acid wash with bleach (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Acid-wash jeans were a popular 1980s fashion, and have come in and out of fashion ever since. Manufactured acid-wash jeans can be hard to find and tend to be unfashionably cut. Save yourself time and money by acid washing a pair of jeans you already own using laundry bleach. Get even more creative by using the same technique to create acid-washed cotton shorts, T-shirts and accessories.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Rubber bands
  • Bucket
  • Bleach

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  1. 1

    Lay the jeans flat on a protected table or on the floor. Crumple or make folds in the jeans and secure with rubber bands to create a tie-dye-like affect during bleaching. Alternatively, leave the jeans unfolded to create a more solid pattern.

  2. 2

    Pour 1 gallon water and 3 cups bleach into a bucket and stir. Place the jeans in the bucket.

  3. 3

    Soak the jeans until you reach the desired colour.

  4. 4

    Remove the jeans from the bucket and wash alone with warm water.

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