How to Tie Dye a Shirt with Bleach / Carmen Varner // Travel Influencer, Blogging Coach, Social Media Consultant


How to Tie Dye a Shirt with Bleach

Hello my dear friends! It's been a long time coming, but I'm proud to bring you a super easy DIY project. This is an easy bleach tie dye DIY project to do with any old t-shirt that leaves you uninspired. We all have some old tees that we never wear anymore. They either need to be upscaled or tossed out. This bleach tie dye DIY project only takes a few minutes & you can witness the magic as it happens.

What you'll need:
+ Water
+ Spray bottle

Note: this is my way. I didn't do it the standard way, which required way too much bleach. I really like how it turned out. But that's usually how I roll. I like to do it my way. If you like how it turned out, here's how to do it:


1. Grab an old shirt that you don't care for any more. Twist the shirt haphazardly and add 2 or 3 rubber bands. Locate your spray bottle. Now mix equal parts bleach & water. For this particular bleach tie dye DIY project, my mixture amounted to about 1/4 of a cup. Make sure you go outside for this. Bleach is extremely toxic, so get a lot of fresh air! Gloves are also recommended.

2. You're going to spray the bleach water mixture directly on t-shirt. The more you spray (the wetter it is) the lighter it'll get. On my shirt, the lighter sections had a considerable amount of bleach versus the reddish areas that had less bleach. I like the contrast.

3. Spray your shirt. Now take out the rubber bands & relocate them. Essentially, you're going to do steps 1 & 2 several times until you get your desired result. Your bleach tie dye DIY is your creation. If you only do it one time, your shirt will be mostly unbleached (& incomplete). I would've taken a photo to document the process, but my hands were bleachy so that was a no-go. Keep spraying. Take out the rubber bands & replace until you have your desired look. 

This easy bleach tie dye DIY project only takes 10-15 minutes. If you're outside on a nice, sunny day you can literally see the bleach working as you spray it. Give your revamped shirt as a gift to someone else or enjoy your 'new' shirt. It made this plain, black boyfriend tee so much more fresh & fun. Tie dye is perfect for spring & summer style. Tie dye is perfect for men, women, & children. Tie dye is perfect, okay?!!? :]

Before you dump those old grimy clothes, you should see if you can DIY it first! Have a great day. Stay crafty. Check out my other DIY crafts here: DIY projects


  1. This is cool you should make me one

  2. Ah that's so cool, a great way to fix up an old tee!

  3. If you wash it, will all of the color be bleached out?

    1. Hand wash separately the first time as to avoid bleaching anything else. But no, it should stay as you designed. My shirt still looks as it does in the photo. Hope that answers your question. :]

  4. Cool post, I was thinking of dying some of my clothes but never got around to it! Lovely post! x Ania

  5. Do you need to neutralise the bleach?

    1. I didn't because I used such little bleach. Hope that helps. The shirt still looks great! :]

  6. This is a great idea. I accidentally got some bleach on my fav old shirt and I'm going to do this to cover the stain. Thanks so much


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