How Do You Fade Dark Blue Jeans?

To fade dark blue jeans, prewash the jeans, and fill a tub with hot water and bleach. Soak the jeans for 15 to 30 minutes, and air dry the jeans in direct sunlight to increase fading.

  1. Wash the jeans several times

    Wash the jeans multiple times to remove starches from the fabric. Dry them without using fabric softening sheets, or air dry them.

  2. Soak the jeans

    Fill a tub with hot water and bleach. Use a mixture ratio falling between 4:1 and 1:1, depending on how much fading you desire. You can also use your washing machine or a large bucket for this process. Soak the jeans anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes, depending on desired color and effect. Swirl and push the jeans around occasionally, making sure they are completely submerged. If you choose to use your hands to swirl the jeans, use gloves.

  3. Add patterns to jeans

    If you want to add a little style or pattern, crush the jeans into a ball, and tie them with rubber bands. This creates unique and random patterns on your jeans as they fade. If you don't want to bleach your jeans, wear them as long as possible without washing, as this creates a natural wear and tear patterns.