How To Fade Jeans

Are you wondering how to fade your jeans? There are a few different ways to lighten your jeans without sending them to the cleaners or ruining them.  Denim is a heavy fabric that can take some abuse and last forever. Without months of washing, you can get that faded look in a few minutes.

  1. Bleach is the most common way to fade your jeans. You have to be careful when using bleach. Protect your hands with gloves so you do not burn your skin and get ready to act quickly. Bleach works fast!
  2. All over beaching denim will give you an even fade. Soak your jeans in a bathtub full of hot water and a half cup of bleach. Flatten your pants with your hands in the water to avoid wrinkles that may end up looking tie dyed in the end. After just a few minutes your jeans will start to fade. Continue to soak until you have reached the desired shade of denim.
  3. Rinse in cold water. Immediately after bleaching, drain the tub and rinse your new faded jeans thoroughly in cold water. Rinsing will take longer than the bleaching process to ensure that all of the bleach has been removed from your jeans. Denim is a very thick fabric. Your jeans will continue to fade as long as there is still bleach in the material.
  4. Wash your faded jeans in the washing machine. Wash your jeans alone for the first time. You may still have a little bleach in the material and this could potentially ruin your other garments. Set the wash to a heavy cycle in cold water. Use your choice of laundry detergent and wash away the remaining bleach.
  5. Spot bleaching with a cloth or sponge will give you a patterned look. Again, make sure to protect your hands with gloves. Bleach will burn your skin. You may want to do this one outside so any furniture or flooring doesn't get bleach stains. Lay your jeans out flat. Dip the cloth or sponge in bleach and ring out the moisture to get it just damp. Simply wipe the area you want to fade. It only takes a minute to lighten. Work quickly.
  6. Immediately rinse your faded jeans in cold water. Put your denim in a heavy cycle with cold water into the washing machine. Wash them alone so your other clothing will not get bleach stains. Once washed and dried, admire your fading success by wearing your jeans with pride.
  7. Sandpaper is an alternative to bleach. A rough grade of sandpaper works the best to fade your denim. This is the safest approach. Lay your jeans out flat and just rub the areas you want to fade until you have the shade desired. This process may take a little longer, but your are guaranteed not to make a permanent mistake. Some people like this method more because it softens the material at the same time.

Congratulations! By following these easy steps, you too can fade your jeans yourself. You saved months of waiting and the cost of a professional. Go out and sport your new faded style with a smile.

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