Crafts DIY

Acid Wash Your Own Clothes


This started as a bit of an accident you see.. my husband unknowingly bought me a bleach cleaner recently. I’ve since accidentally bleached my new shirt and the carpet both while obsessively trying to clean our apartment. I got ready to trash the shirt and immediately wondered if there was some way I could salvage it…

All you need is a t-shirt (some other color besides white) and all-purpose spray-on bleach (or if you’re planning ahead use clorox in a spray-bottle).

First lay your t-shirt face up in the bath tub and give it a quick spray (with the bleach) all over; make sure to get some larger drops as well.

Turn the t-shirt over and spray the back in the same fashion.

If you’re dipping it to give it a fade.. pour the bleach into a bucket, dip and hang on the shower curtain to dry.

It will take an hour or so to dry and fully change color but you should see it begin to change immediately.

Now feel free to leave it this way or dye it but make sure you do wash it before wearing it!
Try this on other shirts, jeans and jean shorts for an 80s flashback look.

The damage.

Thanks to The Ragged Priest.

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  • Reply Crystal 08/06/2011 at 2:46 am

    I need to try this with a pair of jeans I own. I never thought of using the spray cleaner!

  • Reply hannamay 08/11/2011 at 12:21 pm

    Brilliant idea, How can I ever think about that…I’ll try it out..

  • Reply Mary 08/16/2011 at 6:55 pm

    Even if it was an accident, it sure was a really good one! Love the look of it afterwards. That shirt looks really cool! Thanks for the instructions too! Will try~

  • Reply Luxferia 09/01/2011 at 8:50 pm


    Something like this happened to my Converse sneakers, but they was washy, so the accident wasn’t noted.

    I’d like to know how can I do to look like the exemple of jean shorts?


  • Reply Ryuluna 11/11/2011 at 10:48 pm

    😡 This is so cool! I must try it!

  • Reply donna 04/29/2013 at 5:59 pm

    how do i get them to be a differentcolor like acid wash them yellow

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