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Kill the DJ
« on: August 14, 2006 09:14:11 AM »

I've been looking to buy white jeans a little while now and NO stores sell white jeans for men (imagine that).  What I'd like to do is bleach an old pair of jeans that I have now or go get a pair from a thrift store.  I did use search, which only turned up a couple threads of little value.

My Questions
1.  Is it possible to bleach blue jeans to white?
2.  How much will they be damaged?  I'm aware that extensive bleach use weakens and even dissolves many types of clothing.  I've also heard that bleach corrodes the metal on clothing, sometimes causing rust stains.
3.  Is there an eco-safe way to do it?  If I did this it'd probably be just a tub or sink with a bunch of (possibly diluted) bleach, which to me sounds terribly harmful to the environment.  Or is letting the bleach go down the drain ok?  Or a certain type of bleach that's OK?

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« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2006 09:56:29 AM »

Never tried it myself, but I'm pretty sure you can bleach blue denim to white - I think it's only black that turns a kind of brown-yellow-y colour.
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« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2006 12:51:44 PM »

Did you ask Internet? I checked around and my guess is to just make a water/bleach mix (so as to not destroy the jeans, but enough to be effective) and keep going till you get what you want. I don't know. It looks like it'd be hard to get the jeans completely white- insides of pockets, seams, etc., so it's all even.

I don't know! Please let us know how it works out.
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« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2006 12:58:28 PM »

I've heard that once you use bleach on something to distress the color you should use vinegar to stop the effect of the belach eating your clothing. I'm taking it that it should also work on jeans as well.

What you do is use the bleach until you get it the way you want it..... rinse .... pour vinegar(i think cider vinegar) on the spot where you just bleached .... and then rinse again until you can no longer smell either the bleach or the vinegar. *AT LEAST THAT IS WHAT I WAS TOLD TO DO* Huh
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« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2006 01:49:56 PM »

Using bleach to stop the process is correct but use white vinegar. You probably will not be able to get your jeans pure white, as denim is made with indigo dye. Which when removed will leave a slighty yellowish tinge. Look closely at a denim item where the dye has been removed. It only looks white because of the contrast.
Try the links below. Maybe they'll help.

http://www.nextag.com/mens-white-jeans/search-html
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000922TVC/sr=1-1/qid=1155588291/ref=sr_1_1/104-3969918-4087916?ie=UTF8&s=apparel
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BHIQFI/sr=1-2/qid=1155588291/ref=sr_1_2/104-3969918-4087916?ie=UTF8&s=apparel
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« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2006 02:40:14 PM »

I've bleached jeans often. I mean, OFTEN.

I really wouldn't recommend bleaching an entire pair of pants. Maybe try grabbing a pair of thrift store jeans and giving it a shot anyway, to see.

1) Yes, you can go from blue to white. I've never tried with entire jeans though, it might take a while and the damage will be bad...
2) Everytime I've bleached jeans they finished destroyed and the crotch/butt a few month after the bleaching, or I'd leave the bleach too long on some spots and those areas would completly disolve. Bleach is powerful, I wouldn't imagine it very controlled on an entire piece of clothe. It's rarely fully uniform.
3) Being a self-proclaimed environmental devotee, there's always consern for me on that subject. I don't feel comfortable poring all that poisonous shit down that drain.  The way I'd do it is I'd bleach them on the porch and I'd pore it on an already deteriorated piece of land, behind the ched. I hated doing that, it just seemed worse, but at least I don't hear my mom bitching about the horrible smell (even though I'd buy the sented kind). But I don't know, I guess I'm just slightly paranoid about the whole public water system Tongue I should research some stuff...

Don't dilute the bleach with water. It weakens the bleach and you won't get the effect that you desire.


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« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2006 05:47:15 PM »

I'm sure these people know way more than I. Infact I have no answer to the bleach question.. I also know you know that it weakens fabrics just thought I would share an experience. I had a creamishy coloured pair of jeans that I put in the wash with red sheets >.< and they turned pink. I wanted them white again so I bleached them with a water bleach mix. It worked fairly well.. they were still pinkish but better. Anyways I yanked them out of my closet one day and they tore just from pulling. I patched them back together only to have them tear worse later on in a different spot just from like normal stretching while wearing them.
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« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2006 08:18:51 PM »


3. Is there an eco-safe way to do it?



All cities have ordnances about the disposal of hazardous chemicals. Contact your cities waste management for the proper disposal meathods.

What about a fabric whitener rit and other dye companies make whiteners. Or a buy a pair of white twill pants.
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« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2006 01:29:18 AM »

I had a pair of shorts that I ruined by washing with an iron pil in the pocket (I resisted pills of any kind as a kid Embarrassed) and I finally decided to try bleach. Left them overnight in a bucket with 2c bleach and enough water to cover. Then I poured the water into the washer with my white laundry. They look very nice and white now Smiley

I don't seem to have any weakening of the fabric (over 10 years old AFTER bleaching!) and the buttons/zipper is fine too.
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« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2006 05:14:49 AM »

3) Being a self-proclaimed environmental devotee, there's always consern for me on that subject. I don't feel comfortable poring all that poisonous shit down that drain.  The way I'd do it is I'd bleach them on the porch and I'd pore it on an already deteriorated piece of land, behind the ched. I hated doing that, it just seemed worse, but at least I don't hear my mom bitching about the horrible smell (even though I'd buy the sented kind). But I don't know, I guess I'm just slightly paranoid about the whole public water system Tongue I should research some stuff...

Actually, pouring bleach on the ground is worse. If you pour it down the drain, it goes to the water treatment plant. If you pour it on the ground, it goes straight through to the ground water without being treated first. That's a big concern where I live because it goes straight to the lake and kills the fishies.

And I've bleached jeans before too, it ruins the fabric and they don't come out completely white. Not worth it IMO.
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« Reply #10 on: August 15, 2006 05:33:18 AM »

for small projects, i use a bleach pen. i would be scared to bleach a large piece of fabric. i'd probably go to the thrift store and find a pair of white jeans, lol
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« Reply #11 on: August 17, 2006 08:18:15 AM »

Wow, thank you all for your responses.  Just before I tried, I found out Levi's is selling white jeans dirt cheap in my favorite model, so I won't be doing the whole thing.  But all of this info will be great for future products.

Thanks again.

If anyone is looking like I was.
http://www.levisstore.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2072836&cp=2068573.2075200.2075206&parentPage=family
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« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2009 08:12:30 PM »

I bleached a pair of dark denim jeans in 1/2 bleach 1/2 water and they have turned yellow.  I wanted them to turn a light blue bordering on white (I would've been ok with white as well).  Is there anyway to salvage the color?...(check out my pictures, i have a before and after shot)
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