How To Fade Jeans [January 2020]

If you have ever ordered jeans online, you know that the wash can sometimes look…well…different.

Sometimes jeans are too dark. Sometimes too lights. And sometimes they are the wrong color altogether.

Below, we laid out a comprehensive guide to lightening your jeans — including some of the best and easiest methods.

Let’s go!

Frequently Asked Questions

How To Fade Jeans With Vinegar

Fading denim is a problem that most of us end up just accepting. When in fact, the real problem is washing. Denim is a material that does not need to be washed as often as others. However, there are many alternatives to washing denim that allow for it to maintain its original color. An unusual remedy would be soaking the jeans in vinegar to start your jeans fading.

The chemicals activate to keep the colors lasting longer. However, when using vinegar be careful to not mix detergent as this can actually end up fading the jeans rather than brightening and maintaining, fading jeans.

How Do You Fade Jeans With Lemon Juice?

I recommend lemon juice because it is one of the least harsh ways to fade jeans…

Lemon juice is an easy and safe way to fade jeans because unlike bleach, it is not a chemical but completely natural. First, soak the jeans in water and then wring the water out. Put the jeans inside a container (like a tub) filled with a quart of lemon juice and let it stay there for a few hours. When faded to your satisfaction, hang dry the jeans.

After dry, rinse the jeans (fade jeans) with water again. The downside to this is the time the whole process takes. These steps can be repeated if the jeans aren’t faded enough.

How To Lighten Jeans Evenly?

*The instructions below include bleach — so be careful

You fill up a bathtub up with five inches of water.

Don your gloves and put in a half cup of bleach…

Mix the water and bleach together and lay the jeans in the tub for five minutes.

Rinse the jeans in cold water.

After your should have fading jeans.

How Do You Lighten Dark Jeans?

The best way to lighten dark jeans is to submerge them in a solution of water and bleach. The longer that you leave the jeans submerged in the mixture, the lighter they will be.

Once you are satisfied with the amount of time that your jeans have been in the mixture, take them out, rinse them with clean water, and then wash them in the washing machine.

Once your jeans have been washed and dried, you will see that they have lightened multiple shades (depending on how long you let them sit in the bleach and water).

How to Fade Jeans in the Washing Machine

Darkening blue jeans can be done in the comfort of your own home and for only twelve dollars per bottle of dye. The first step is to find a pair of jeans that you like the fit of, but not the wash. The second is to decide how dark you would like the jeans. Ask yourself if you want your jeans more black or blue. Then with that scope, fill up the washing machine with cold water, salt, and then the proportion of dye you have decided on. Allow 30-40 minutes for the dye to soak in and distribute evenly. This solution should last up to one year.

How Do You Bleach Blue Jeans White?

Please be careful when using bleach on your blue jeans. Make sure the ratio of water to bleach is correct, and keep clear of other clothes.

The first step to bleaching your jeans white is by finding out what type of dye was used for your blue jeans and whether or not this is safe for bleach or if this will make the jeans white. An easy way to do so is a spot test. A spot test takes a smaller part of the item at hand and tests to see what the final result would be. Drop a diluted bleach and water solution to the jeans to see what the final color will be like. If you are satisfied with the result then take multiple washes to gradually whiten, or put a heavier solution in the wash.

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