DIY Bleached T-Shirts

If you would like to watch this post in video form I have it linked down below, but this post will have lot more detail to it, enjoy!

So for this short post I thought I would share my video about DIY Bleached T-shirts, I LOVE this DIY because it is so easy to do and it only involves things you most probably have around the house.

It’s a chance for you to get creative and I think it’s pretty cool walking round with something that you have created yourself.

DISCLAIMER AND SAFETY: Please be very careful with the Bleach, It burns skin and stains clothes. If you watch the video, you can see that I didn’t wear gloves. I would TOTALLY recommend that you wear them to protect your self. Although I didn’t use gloves I didn’t notice any burning or irritated skin, but I can’t be held responsible for any accidents or problems with this DIY. If you don’t use gloves make sure you wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.


So the materials you are going to need are:

An old T-shirt– A darker colour works better but it can be a light one too (just obviously not white)

Bleach. This can be just normal bleach that you use in the bathroom at home and doesn’t have to be of any certain brand.

This is optional but to help you create patterns and shapes I used an old spray bottle left over from a window cleaner (I would recommend that you rinse it first). You can also use old paintbrushes.

Detergent, for example washing up liquid to soak your clothes later on.

A washing machine to wash your clothes before you wear them (very important)

I would definitely recommend that you do this DIY outside as a) it can get very messy and could stain furniture and b) the smell is not amazing so I think it would be best to use it in a well ventilated area.

All you have to do is use the bleach bottle or paintbrush to spread bleach onto your shirt,  To spray bleach onto the shirt I used a ratio of 1:1 so 1 part bleach and one part water so the bleach would be a runnier consistency.

I find the best way to put the bleach on the shirt is to us the bottle and flick your wrist at the shirt and the liquid should spread evenly. Then leave the clothes out until you notice the bleach starts turning colour, once it starts to do this you can leave it or start to rinse it. If you want the colour to be intense leave the clothes for around 10 minutes after it starts changing.

Then rinse the clothes in a sink full of fairy liquid and water. after this you can then put them in the wash, I would say to use fabric softener as the clothes can become Quite hard. Once you have washed them and dried them they are safe to wear but if they still smell of bleach you may want to wash once more before wearing.

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From what I have found out doing this DIY the colours turn out as follows- Bleach turns:

Black to Reddish-orange

Dark grey to Light orange

Turquoise Blue to whitish-Lime Green

Red to Very Light Whitish-Pink

Navy to Light pink

Click Here to watch the video for this DIY!

Thanks for reading and if you watch the video be sure to subscribe and thumbs it up! – Charley.