How to lighten a dark pair of blue jeans?

United States
August 15, 2006 9:47am CST
I have a dark pair of blue jeans that I would like to lighten. Bleach didn't work. Have any ideas?
27 responses
@rainbow (6763)
15 Aug 06
get some dygon, which claims to remove excess dye, or just wash them everytime you put a dark wash in, until they give in. I'm suprised a soak in a bleach solution didn't help though. If you do soak them in bleach don't leave them too long or you couldhave holes or split them when you move which could be embarrassing.
@pelya178 (694)
• United States
17 Dec 06
wouldnt bleach make them like STARK white though? becuz ive done spots of bleach on dark jeans b4 and the spots came out like PURE white. what if i wanted jeans just like blue jeans not dark blue? like faded u think i can do that with bleach?
• Australia
9 Jan 07
a very fine piece of sandpaper should do the trick if u do it right :)
@shilpa28k (1738)
• India
9 Jan 07
Jeans - Jeans
Lil bleach might help?......hmm maybe lightly rub a cloth with lil clorox bleach in it? i have never tried it,,but it might work. dont use too much bleach,,or it might turn white..just start with lil amout . Good luck:)...
@Darkwing (21590)
5 Jan 07
Lay or hang them in strong sunlight. Leave them front towards the sun one day, and back towards the sun the next. The sun naturally bleaches the colour out of my clothes regularly.
@ifnalife (323)
• Indonesia
30 Dec 06
wash it often with white detergent.
@dalejr38 (2421)
• United States
25 Nov 06
no idea
@blueman (16516)
• India
20 Nov 06
soak it for the whole night in a stain removing detergent.
• United States
20 Nov 06
After each wash dry them in the sun. Sun naturally lightens the color on items or better yet fades them
• India
2 Oct 06
hmm put it in SUN***
2 Oct 06
To fade jeans, skip the washing machine — too hard to tell what the heck is going on in there, so your chances of bleaching your jeans evenly are slim. Instead, fill a bathtub with about eight inches of water and, using a pair of waterproof gloves, pour in between a quart to half a gallon of bleach (depending on how much you’d like to fade your jeans). Realize that the more bleach you put in, the more you’ll weaken the denim. Take a long stick (like the kind given out in paint stores) or some other disposable tool and stir the bleach in thoroughly. Be careful not to splash on yourself, or you’ll get bleach spots on whatever you’re wearing. Add your jeans into the mix by laying them out flat — no folds, twists or wrinkles. Any of these will cause your jeans to lighten unevenly. With your tool, poke the jeans down so that they are submerged. Turn them every five minutes or so — again, laying then down flat. Check the color after a half hour of turning. Take the jeans out about two shades before the one you want (fabric looks darker when wet). Rinse the jeans in cold water — three times — and then hang them over the shower to dry. Drip-drying is best to ensure that dye doesn’t accumulate in the folds. Once dry, you’ll notice they stink — bad. Throw them in the washing machine and then into the dryer. Use good-smelling dryer sheets to help with the smell. Taken from "http://www.sharpman.com/Article.asp?ArticleID=439"
@maddog108 (3442)
• Australia
2 Oct 06
put them out in the sun for a few days .i do that but im normally wereing them at the time they fade very fast
@skittlez353 (1404)
• United States
30 Sep 06
After I hit respond, I already seen that you said bleach didn`t work. That`s crazy. Regular Clorox Bleach is the best!
@krishna183 (2286)
• India
27 Sep 06
either give it for dyeing .. or just get it faded
@teddymeyn (607)
• India
27 Sep 06
wet the jean and put in the sun for 2 or 3 hrs
@shounak (371)
• India
27 Sep 06
Here is a tried and tested method, take a bucket of water and add some detergent to it, then after mixing it well, add the pair of jeans to it and soak it overnight or for a long period of time and then when you wring it and wash it you will find that it is significantly lighter.
@shounak (371)
• India
27 Sep 06
ry washing them again and again ... :
• India
27 Sep 06
get some dygon, which claims to remove excess dye, or just wash them everytime you put a dark wash in, until they give in. I'm suprised a soak in a bleach solution didn't help though. If you do soak them in bleach don't leave them too long or you couldhave holes or split them when you move which could be embarrassing.
@lokesh61 (551)
• India
26 Sep 06
KEEP IT IN SUNLIGHT
@kstanley7 (1172)
26 Sep 06
I just add bleach, dygon and salt, that seems to do the trick for me :)
@van123 (1288)
• India
25 Sep 06
sock in detergents water for 5-8 days