Mix the ingredients together and put them in a squeeze bottle or old school glue bottle.

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How to Galaxy Dye A T-Shirt

Choose any of the methods above to reverse tie dye your article of clothing with bleach.

After you rinse the bleach out and the shirt is clean and damp, apply colored dye over the previously bleached areas. Apply the colors randomly so they blend together.

Let the dye sit overnight and in the morning wash and dry the shirt as usual in the washing machine.

The result with be a crazy colorful dyed shirt that looks like it came from outer space!

Yield: 1 shirt

Reverse Tie Dye with Bleach

black shirt dyed with bleach

Learn how to reverse tie dye a t shirt with bleach

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $10


  • T shirt
  • Bleach


  • Elastic bands
  • Bucket


  1. Use elastic bands to tie shirt in patterns
  2. Fill bucket or bowl with water and bleach 50/50
  3. Place shirt in bowl for 20-30 minutes or until the desired amount of color is lifted
  4. Remove shirt from bleach water and remove elastics
  5. Then, rinse shirt
  6. Finally wash and dry shirt as normal


Bleach has strong fumes so do this outside. Always supervise kids when working with household chemicals.

Have you tried reverse dyeing with bleach before? What’s your favorite technique? Share with us in the comment!

reverse tie dye with bleach


  1. Becky says

    This turned out great! Actually has the feeling of not even being a home made project but something that was bought that way. I've bleached a couple of my favorite items by mistake and I wear them anyway 😀 I'm not the biggest tie dye fan so I don't know if I'd ever do this myself, but it's a clever idea.

  2. Scrollwork says

    Serendipitous that I read this post right after I read your current Sharpie forest hall project (FABULOUS!), because I was going to answer your question by saying that I take a Sharpie and color back in the bleached spot! That is the extent of my Sharpie skills, unfortunately. Boo-hoo-hoo!

  3. Anonymous says

    Cool! I ruined a perfect shirt with one speck of bleach on the front. I love the dark blue and it looks great in every way except for the tiny dot! I will do this and have a new twist! I tried the sharpie thing! It was noticeable like I had dropped food on my shirt! Then It washed out!

  4. Elizabeth Richmond Papapietro says

    Thank you for your wonderful instructions! Just did this today with two dresses I thought I had ruined (one brown and one purple). They came out gorgeous! But I should have done this outside, you were right about the overwhelming bleach smell.

  5. Amy Her says

    Is it just me, or can you see a face in the bottom left hand corner of the front of the tank??

  6. Unknown says

    I've been doing this for ages, except that I do not tie-dye quite as much, and I use chunky foam stamps dipped in bleach to give it a pattern. When working w/ bleach dying, ALWAYS have a spray bottle of vinegar around–it will stop the bleaching action. It's best to dip in vinegar BEFORE throwing in a washing machine.