Every season fashion gives us with a blast from the past, so when tie-dye exploded on the scene this year it was pleasant surprise. The amount of nostalgia and joy that looking at tie-dye two piece sets brings is totally undeniable. Tie-dye kits during quarantine have been pretty hard to come by. On a trip to Target, I scoped out the “diy” and crafts section to find completely empty shelves. With time on my hands, and a sweatshirt that still has a ton of sentimental value, I went for the bleach bottle and I’m super happy with the results! Best of all, it cost me $0! Let me know how it goes if you try it.
Here’s what you need:
Tongs or gloves
Clean basin or sink (lined with a garbage bag or plastic shopping bag if afraid of staining)
- First, grab the middle of the item you’re bleaching and “sprial it” turning it until it forms a ball. If you have trouble doing this with your hands, use a fork or pencil.
- Secure rubber bands all over so that the fabric stays in place.
- Apply a mixture of 1:1 bleach and water liberally. Depending on how much fabric you need, but otherwise “wet” entirely. You can use a spray bottle but I just poured slowly from a cup.
- Let it sit! If you’re bleaching a light colored item, check in on it every 5 minutes. I dyed a light pink sweatshirt and it only needed 5 minutes since it was a pastel. Very dark colors will need hours. Check in every once and while to see if you like the color you’re reaching.
- Rinse well under hot water, hand dry, and then cycle wash ( would JUST wash the item you bleached. Don’t mix anything else in the washer with something that might still have bleach!!)
Take it to the ‘gram. That’s it!
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