I think that has happened to everyone at some point: You are cleaning or doing some laundry when suddenly you look down and notice a big bleach mark on your clothing. Unlike stains you can’t try to rinse off the mark or use stain remover to quickly get rid of it. The damage is done. Normally I would cry a little on the inside and assign this article of clothing to be used as house cleaning or hair dyeing only attire. I decided this time to just go with it and have some fun. Which brings us to today’s tutorial: Reverse Tie Dyeing. Instead of using dye to add color to parts of the garment you use bleach to remove color.
Take you shirt and tie elastic bands around it. I used hair elastics because I didn’t have rubber bands and it worked fine. I just grabbed parts of the shirt and twisted the ties as tight as I could. Then I used dental floss and wound around the whole thing to make it extra tight.
Fill a bowl with water and add a half cup of bleach. Toss in the tied up shirt and swish it around to make sure the bleach water saturates the whole thing. Leave for about 20 minutes and then pour out the water.
|The color will be removed from the garment and the bleach water will absorb it|
Step 3: Take a cap full of full strength bleach and sprinkle it on the balled up shirt. Leave for about another 20 minutes.
Step 4: Rinse under water and then remove the elastics, then rinse again. Wash alone in the clothes washer, dry as usual.
|Sashaying in the living room|
|Front and back views|
Pretty funky eh? I'm not used to wearing clothes with any kind of pattern. I usually stick to solid colors with no logos. It was really hard to take photos of myself when I was home alone rushing before heading off to work so sorry for the headless snapshot :) I would like to try this on a top that is maybe blue or another bright color. Black bleached out turns brownish- orange. This was a fun experiment but the bleach fumes were kind of nasty. Would you ever give this a try? What do you do when you accidentally ruin your clothes?