How to Bleach Jeans Evenly

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Things You'll Need

  • Rubber gloves

  • Bleach

  • Washing machine


The less water you use, the faster and more intense the fade of the color will be.

Repeat the process if the color didn't fade enough.

Bleach a favorite pair of jeans for a new look.

Jeans are comfortable and sturdy, but over time, you may become bored with the same look. To get a new look from an old pair of jeans, bleach them so the color becomes lighter and less intense. While it is possible to simply pour bleach on the jeans for a splattered effect, you can also bleach jeans evenly. Bleaching works best on jeans made with natural fibers.


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Step 1

Fill a bathtub with 5 inches of water.

Step 2

Put on a pair of rubber gloves.

Step 3

Pour in 1/2 cup of bleach into the tub.

Step 4

Agitate the water with your hand to thoroughly mix the bleach with the water.

Step 5

Lay the jeans into the water, spreading them out so they lie as flat as possible. All the fabric should be covered with the water.


Step 6

Leave the jeans in the water for five minutes as you watch closely. If you notice the jeans reach the color you want in less time, remove them from the water. Keep in mind that wet denim looks darker than dry denim.

Step 7

Rinse the jeans in cold water.

Step 8

Wash the jeans alone in a washing machine to remove the bleach smell.


Lanh Ma

Lanh Ma is a professional writer living in Wisconsin. She has been creating professional Web content since 2007 as well as occasionally publishing fiction. Ma holds one bachelor's degree in political science and another in media studies.