How to Tie-Dye With Bleach

Marigood Suns
by Marigood Suns
8 Materials
30 Minutes

Tie-dye is all the rage right now, people just can’t get enough of it. In this DIY fashion tutorial, I’m going to show you how to transform a plain black jogger set into a cute tie-dye set using only bleach. It’s that simple.

Tools and materials:

  • Black clothing of your choice
  • Bleach
  • Rubber bands
  • Fork
  • Plastic bucket
  • Gloves
  • Pouring bottle
  • Rack
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Scrunch the material

Starting with the hoodie, scrunch the piece of clothing up into a tight ball using a fork. To achieve this, put the fork in the middle of an item of clothing and twist it as though you were eating spaghetti.

Reverse tie-dye patterns

Tie with elastic bands

When your sweatshirt is all scrunched up, it is time to secure it with rubber bands. A good tip is to use at least eight rubber bands, which will help make your tie-dye design even better. Repeat the same process for the joggers. Both should look similar to each other for a cohesive overall look.

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Pour the bleach

After the rubber bands are placed tightly onto the set, grab your pour bottle and fill it up halfway with bleach and fill the rest up with water. Arrange your rack on top of the bucket and place the wrapped-up clothes on top. This ensures that it will go into the bucket when you pour the bleach and not onto the table. I would also recommend laying a plastic bag or plastic tablecloth on the table you’re working on to help ensure that no bleach goes on your table. Pour bleach onto the top and bottom sides of the set. Make sure you pour liberally so the bleach soaks through the fabric. It will immediately begin to change color. Repeat for the other garment as well, making sure that the two pouring patterns match each other so that your jogger set will look cohesive.

Reverse tie-dye with bleach and color

Let sit and wash

Once you’re done pouring, let them sit for at least 1-2 hours. I placed mine in a plastic bag for this. When the waiting time has passed, take off the rubber bands and rinse with cold water until the water turns clear. Then throw it into the washer, wash with hot water and a mild detergent. After the washer, place the sweatshirt into the dryer for a full cycle to dry on high heat. Then you are done!

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There we have it - a fabulous DIY tie-dye jogger set. So little effort with such good results. It looks so trendy and professional; people will be asking you what store you bought it in. I know that I’m going to get a lot of wearability out of this outfit! There are lots of tie-dye methods out there, so if you enjoyed this DIY, maybe you’d like to try a different method as well. 

Suggested materials:
  • Black clothing
  • Bleach
  • Rubber bands
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