Want to see what I worked on? Obviously being veeeeery careful with bleach in my home haha...
What I needed:
- Gloves, to protect your skin
- Denim, I picked up some clearance Old Navy jeans
- Junk clothes to work in
- Tub or "bleach safe" area to work in
- Rubber bands, optional
- Spray bottle, optional
In order to prepare my space and to ensure that the man would be comfortable with me bleaching in our home, I strictly confined myself to the bathroom, taking all rugs and towels out of the room. In addition, I laid some trash bags down just for that added element of protection. After doing this in it's completion, I would recommend doing this outdoors or somewhere extremely well ventilated, just a tip.
Wikihow describes many different ways to bleach your denim but I wanted to make sure that I was going to get the desired look, you know the one where I am in heels waiting for a cab, looking effortless and cool... I end up going with little rubber bands and a cup with spoon, you know, for drizzling.
I started by making sure my jeans were wet. I read a lot of articles and it seems you have more control and more importantly, more time, when you wet the fabric. If you bleach on dry, you have to basically rapid fire in order for the bleach not to eat at the fabric. Any way, I found this to be a more tedious way of doing things because I like to see results instantly. Results were not instantaneous but they were pretty quick, even with the wet denim.
How do you think my bleached denim came out?
- Use caution with liquid bleach.
- Never mix bleach with ammonia or vinegar. These create a potentially lethal gas.
- Use precautionary measures to prevent accidental spills or stains.
- Bleaching black jeans leave an orange color.