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We are going to make a tie dye today. It is perfect because you will have everything you need in your house.
I wanted to try it out because I keep seeing it pop up. I am sure you will love Bleaching Tie Dye.
What you need to Bleach Tie Dye
- We used toilet bowl cleaner and bleach.
- rubber bands
- water tie dye shorts
- shirts! ( I grab mine from here!)
I tried a few shirts. The first two from Walmart didn’t work. I learned to use a q-tip or bleach pen on the hem of the shirt to see if it worked.
How to tie a shirt.
There are many ways to fold your clothes. I like to either cinnamon swirl it or just suck it up. Grab it in the middle. You will want to wear DAMP clothes. It makes the colors better. They turned out fine, but it was better to be safe than sorry.
There’s no right or wrong way. The bleach trend is supposed to be messy so just go with it.
Add some rubber bands to keep it together.
The bleach can’t get on everything because the fabric that is tucked inside is the same color as the shirt.
This post is for fun techniques. There are many ways to create strips, swirls and sunburst. It will be great to try them all.
How to add the Bleach Dye
Place in a sink, covered area, or bathtub. Straight bleach is not recommended by me. I have heard that it will eat the fabric. If you don’t use the toilet bowl cleaner, I recommend mixing bleach with water.
You can saturate the fabric if you cover one side and flip over the other. They will show up if you do straight lines. You can bleach in a spray bottle and spray over it with a polka dot effect. Your creativity will shine here.
When I showed this project on social media, I was asked the most.
how long do I keep the bleach on!
I think it will change for each shirt. As the colors changed, I would wash it out. The light pink and purple one took about 20 minutes, while the black took a few hours. I left one shirt overnight and it was fine. Don’t worry. I have seen bleach in a shirt. The concentration of bleach, material, and how long you leave it on are all variables. Just look at it!
If the colors change, rinse it out. You want to get the bleach off so that it doesn’t spread to the rest of the fabric. Take off the rubber bands and then wash it.
Throw it in the wash and it will go through a cycle. The bleach smell is strong. Don’t put it in the washing machine. You can put it in with other bleach tye dye projects but not in regular laundry.
Pull out and enjoy! The bleach will be different for each shirt. You can get all white or pink. It’s awesome!
Extras to do with the tie dye.
I used a bleach pen as a marker to make a rose picture on a shirt, but don’t try to do anything really detailed because it will bleed a bit.
If your kids want to write their names, or you want to add some cool designs, you can use a bleach pen. Make sure you put a piece of cardboard or something in between the shirt and the back of it to protect it from the bleach.
There are lots of cool ideas on how to use the bleach pen.
We added vinyl to one shirt and embroidered another one. I have a cut file for you to use if you want to make your own shirt.
You could try this reverse tie dye effect if you wore a black shirt. Tie dye color is added to the spots you bleached.
I wrote a post about bleach tie dye a shirt that has vinyl on it because of a question I keep getting.
These old but awesome posts are great for fun crafts.