How Do You Fade Clothing?

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Fade clothing by carefully applying a bleach solution. This takes under an hour plus drying time. You need bleach, a plastic tablecloth, a flat surface, water, rubber gloves, safety goggles, a spray bottle, a washer and a dryer.

  1. Prepare the work area

    Find a flat surface outside, or move a table outdoors. Cover the surface with a plastic tablecloth.

  2. Lay out the clothing

    Place the clothing on the plastic tablecloth. Remove any wrinkles by stretching out the fabric. Wrinkles can cause flaws and imperfections in the fading process.

  3. Put on safety gear

    Put on the safety goggles and rubber gloves before handling the bleach.

  4. Prepare the bleach solution

    Pour one-part bleach and three-parts water into a spray bottle. Shake the bottle vigorously to ensure that the solution is mixed well.

  5. Apply the bleach solution

    Set the spray bottle to the mist function. Gently and evenly spray the clothing. Allow the clothing to dry. For dramatic fading, dry the clothing under full sun. For gentle fading, place the table under a tree for shade.

  6. Wash and dry the clothing

    After fading the clothing, wash it immediately. This rinses away the bleach and keeps it from further bleaching and harming the fabric. Dry the clothes.