Are you tired of wearing the typical solid colored shirts? Regular tie-dye can take hours, is extremely messy, and dyes have potential to stain you and your surroundings. To add a little variation to your life try reverse tie-dye! It only takes approximately 25 minutes and requires everyday household items including bleach, rubber bands, and any dark colored shirt.
- Dark Colored Shirt (black, navy blue, brown, and maroon work best)
- Bleach: 2 cups per shirt (any brand works)
- Rubber Bands (preferably non-colored)
- Rinsing station
- Pouring Device (measuring cups work best)
- Tongs (Optional)
- Detergent (Optional)
- Dryer (Optional)
- Because bleach is involved dress accordingly (old clothing)
- Bleach may splatter in various directions in steps 4 and 5; make sure to be aware of this.
- Make sure it stays away from your eyes and any open wounds.
- It’s a good idea to open a window or turn on a fan in order to ventilate the area from bleach fumes.
Step 1: Getting Started
Gather all of your materials and lay shirt out on a flat surface.
Step 2: Sectioning Your Shirt
Bunch shirt into multiple sections. Tie the rubber bands around these sections tightly.
- We divided them into about ten sections and twisted the rubber band around about six times. You can divide them into more sections that are smaller in order to create a more intricate pattern.
Step 3: Preparing for Bleach
Take your tied shirt to the rinsing station and pour approximately two cups of bleach in pouring device.
- We used a sink, but you could do this outside or in a bathtub. We encourage using a pouring device with a spout in order to limit and direct the flow of bleach onto the t-shirt.
Step 4: Adding Bleach
Pour the bleach directly on the rubber bands and let it soak into the shirt for about 10 to 15 seconds. Pour the excess bleach all over the shirt. Wait about 20 seconds for the rest of the bleach to saturate the shirt
- Make sure you remember to get both sides of the shirt.
Step 5: Taking Off Rubber Bands
Carefully use the scissors to cut the rubber bands in order to unfasten the bunched sections on your shirt.
- If you are using a rinsing station with a drain, make sure to clear the rubber bands from the drain in order to prevent plumbing problems.
Step 6: Rinsing Bleach
Thoroughly rinse the bleach from the shirt with warm water. You will notice orange tinted water coming from the shirt. Rinse until water is clear again.
Step 7: Washing Shirt
Carefully pour (approximately) half a cup of detergent onto the shirt in the rinsing station. Work in the detergent through out the shirt.
- Upon rinsing the detergent out with warm water, you will notice the same orange tinted water-- as seen in step 6-- coming from the shirt; continue rinsing until water is clear again and wring out excess water. This will help set in the colors so they don’t bleed out in future washes.
*This step is very important. If not completed excess bleach will disperse to other clothing in future washes.
Step 8: Final Product
After wringing out your shirt, put it in the dryer. Although this isn’t necessary it is helpful if you’re eager to wear your shirt. You can also it leave out to let it air dry.
- After you have decided your drying method, make sure you clean up your work area and wipe surfaces to get rid of any excess bleach.
- Wash your hands to avoid any chemical interactions from the bleach.
Cheers, you’re done! Go and show off your new freshly dyed unique piece of clothing that no one else will have! .