Dark Wash Jeans to Light Wash Jeans




About: Hello my name is Bob and I like to make things. www.youtube.com/drbombayrastapet

In this Instructable I show you how to give you jeans a lighter wash using bleach.


Step 1: Check Out My Quick Video Tutorial!

In this video I show you how I bleached my denim.

Along with the video you can follow the (easy) steps below :-)

Youtube Video

Step 2: Get Your Materials

  • Get the jeans.
  • Get some bleach ( I used 1 liter of the cheapest bleach I could find)
  • Wear some old clothes and gloves as protection for the bleach.

Step 3: Fill the Sink

Fill up the sink (or a bucket, or a bathtub, etc) with water and dissolve the bleach.
I used about 1 part bleach to 3 parts water.

The more bleach you use, the more aggressive it will be, and the faster the bleaching process will go.
I didn't use too much bleach, so it's easier to control the process (before you end up with a complete white jeans).

Step 4: Wait

Now submerge your jeans into the water/bleach mixture and let it sit for a few hours.
But keep an eye on it and turn it / flip it now and then so every part is covered completely.

After 5 hours my jeans was light enough.
This depends a bit on:

  • how strong the bleach is
  • how dark your jeans was at the start
  • and how light you like the result to be

Note: I used cheap bleach with contains only 5% of Sodium hypochlorite. That's why it took me 5 hours. If you use stronger bleach the processing time may differ.

Step 5: Wash It

Now wash your jeans and let it dry.
When your jeans is dry you're done.
You will also notice the jeans feels softer.

Step 6: Done

Here you see the "before" and "after"

I'm happy with the result and the process is really easy.

Thank you for checking out my Instructable ;-)

Please also check out my youtube channel



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    4 Discussions


    1 year ago

    You do realize that soaking anything in bleach for that long also deteriorates the stitching as well. Just thought you would like to know.

    3 replies

    Reply 1 year ago

    That's right. I destroyed a 501 leaving it too long in the bleach bath, wihtout talking about environmental implications.


    Reply 1 year ago

    I used only 1 liter of bleach with contains less than 5% Sodium hypochlorite.

    Sodium hypochlorite is harmful to the aquatic environment, but exposure rarely occurs. Household waste flushed down the drain or toilet is destroyed by reaction before reaching the environment.
    (source: https://www.arkema.com)


    Reply 1 year ago

    My jeans is still perfectly fine. Since I didn't use too much bleach.
    The stronger your concentration of bleach to more aggressive it will be.