DIY – Bleach Tie-Dye

If you’re a reseller and want to make a higher profit for some old black tees, tanks, or sweaters you found at the thrift store or if you just have some old black pieces in your closet that you’d like to turn into some really cool tie-dye pieces, this post is for you! I’ll be walking you through the step-by-step instructions, that are insanely easy, to make the cutest bleach tie-dye clothes.

Let’s jump right into it!

What you’ll need:

  • Piece of black clothing
  • Bleach
  • Squeeze bottle
  • Rubber bands
  • Bowl and gloves (optional)
  • Favorite Spotify playlist or podcast!

Step 1:

Dampen your item of clothing. If you skip this step, depending on the material, the bleach could burn through the fabric, so make sure you thoroughly soak the clothing. Wring out all of the excess water.

Step 2.

Lay your piece flat and scrunch, twist, or fold the fabric and rubber band it to keep it in place. Click here for some patterns. This step gives you full creative freedom, so have some fun with it and know that you can’t really go wrong!

Step 3.

Time to bleach! Mix about 70/30 ratio, bleach and water, into your squeeze bottle. Place your piece into the bowl and squeeze your bleach solution out! Pour about half the bottle out, flip it over, and pour out the rest.

Step 4.

Let your item sit for 1-4 hours. This step really depends on the fabric and what you literally see with your own eyes. The bleach works almost instantly with pieces that are 100% cotton. Items that have 50% or less of cotton, will take a bit longer to transform.

The below photo is after just one and half hours! Also note, that for some items, I’ll refill the squeeze bottle with just bleach, no water, and will squeeze out just a tiny bit over the piece for some added color.

Step 5.

Once you’re satisfied with the outcome of the colors, you’ll want to take the rubber bands off and completely rinse out the bleach. Seriously, keep rinsing as much as possible.

After you’ve rinsed it out, throw it in the wash all by it’s lonesome. This is why I’ll often batch it and bleach tie dye multiple pieces. This is important to do, because you can’t really throw a black shirt covered in bleach with either lights or darks in your laundry… y’know? Wash and dry your pieces, alone, how you normally would. For reference, I do mine on warm wash and light dry or hang dry.

& That’s it!

Super simple and customizable to make it your own. Make sure to leave some feedback in the comments, I’d love to learn more ways to bleach tie-dye AND to hear about your experience trying it out!

Thanks for being here. 🙂


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