1johnyoo asked: Hey, I really like your article on you bleaching your jeans! So I was wondering how you did it. Did you use standard clothing bleach and toss it in the washing machine, did you use a specific bleach-to-water ratio, or did you do it in some other way? I'm looking to bleach my jeans in the summer or maybe the spring after. Thanks!
I didn’t really measure anything. It was totally just an experiment and I eyeballed the amount of bleach I used. I did use standard clothing bleach and a washing machine. It took two tries; after the first wash I couldn’t see much difference, so I doubled (again, approximately) the amount of bleach and ran it again.
I probably used 1-2 cups but that’s a best estimate and your results will vary depending on any number of other factors. I did get some bleach spots on the inside of the legs in a couple places, which was unfortunate. And, the jeans continued to get lighter just with regular wear. They’re very, very light now. I had tried to make sure all the bleach was washed out, but it’s not going to be an exact science.
As spring approaches (like we even have seasons in LA) I will probably wear them more and you’ll see where they’ve ended up.