Crumple Bleach Tie Dye

AB Crafty
by AB Crafty
4 Materials
20 Minutes

Learn how to bleach tie dye (or reverse tie dye). It’s a super quick and easy way to tie dye colored shirts with bleach to create a unique reverse tie dye effect. This specific one is to make a crumple bleach tie dye design.

Bleach tie dye is a unique way to make tie dye shirts.

Soak the shirt in water. Then use your hands to scrunch and crumple the shirt.

Use rubber bands to wrap it all. You want to make sure the shirt is completely secure.

Mix together water and bleach. I used 1 part bleach to 3 parts water (so 1 cup of bleach and 3 cups of water) - you likely won't need to use all of it.

Make sure you put on gloves.

Then place the shirt into a bucket or tub. Then pour the bleach mixture over the shirt. Flip it over as necessary.

Let the bleach mixture soak in - you'll likely see the colors change in just a few minutes. You don't want to leave it soaking for more then 15ish minutes or the bleach will start to eat away at the shirt.

Rinse it thoroughly in water and then run it through the washing machine and dryer. Then your bleach tie dye shirt is ready to wear!


  • 1 Colored Shirt
  • Water
  • Bleach
  • Rubber Bands

Shape the cloth by scrunch, folding, and/or twisting it.
Wrap it with rubber bands so it's secure.Rubber Bands
Make sure you’re in a well ventilated area. Then mix 1 part bleach to 3 parts water. Water, Bleach
Put on gloves. Then pour the bleach solution onto the shirt. Make sure to get all in the folds and that you fully saturate it.
Let the bleach soak in for 5-20 minutes. Depending on the cloth, it may take shorter or longer.
Once it’s ready, rinse it thoroughly under tap water. Then run it through the washer and dryer to make sure it’s completely clean. Then it’s ready to wear!
Suggested materials:
  • Colored Shirt
  • Bleach
  • Water
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