Earlier this month, I shared our experiences with a Tie Dye Kit (spoiler, we loved it and you can find the post here) and then I started thinking about other ways to personalize our clothing. Tie dye and bleach dyed clothes are super popular right now, so I figured I’d try my hand at bleach dying. The good news is that all you need is a dark colored shirt and bleach!
The bad news is that I didn’t have any bleach in my house… so I used the next best thing. Toilet cleaner.
Yup, I dyed my shirts with cleaner for our toilets. It was FREE, super easy and fun and you should try it too!
All you need is a shirt or two, some rubber bands, and toilet cleaner. You wet the shirt the same as you would for tie dying, wrap it up… once again the same as you would for tie dying. And then add some toilet cleaner!
Once I had the shirts saturated with the toilet cleaner, I’d set my watch for 15 minutes and check back. My orange shirt lightened up pretty quickly, but when I went to do it a second time with a black shirt I had to wait 30 minute or so for a real difference. I washed the shirts out as much as possible in my laundry sink and then threw them in the laundry for a wash and dry. I love how they turned out!
My orange shirt now has kind of a cloud, creamsicle look to it. It gave the shirt a little extra interest.
What was formerly a plain black shirt is now one of my favorite tops to wear. The black gave way to a pinkish-purplish color, so it’s like a more subtle tie dye pattern. It just looks so cool with a pair of jeans or shorts and it totally gave an unworn shirt new life!
Have you tried bleach dying at home? Did you use actual bleach or try toilet cleaner like I did?
With this pandemic dragging on and on, I’m becoming much more open to those dang Facebook ads trying to sell me stuff I don’t need. Well, they got me. I saw a t-shirt in an advertisement and in a moment of weakness I placed my order.
And I’m so glad I did, because this is the most perfect t-shirt for the coronavirus pandemic in THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD:
It says “What a time to be alive and anxious” and it is like all my feelings are wrapped up in a super soft, oversized t-shirt for all the world to see. I mean, it’s not only perfect now to pair with all my leggings and joggers while staying at my house. But it is kind of fabulous pairing with jeans and a face mask for that I-need-to-go-to-the-grocery-store-please-stay-6-feet-away-from-me lewk.
Sigh. Too soon?
Anyways, I kind of love this t-shirt and I don’t regret my late night, half asleep purchase at all. However, I do wish I hadn’t sized up. I’m so used to these online stores sizing their t-shirts for teenagers that I picked an XL for this top and I would have been totally fine in a large or even a medium. Maybe it will shrink a little. Or maybe it’s the perfect size for my current pandemic diet.
It’s product review time again and this time we are taking a look at Tie Dye Kit I ordered off Amazon. I was hoping Jack would like it… but I underestimated his reaction because he absolutely LOVED this kit and has been wearing his tie dye shirts non-stop since we made them.
We filled up the 5 bottles of powdered dye with water and they lasted us through dying 6 shirts, with plenty left to probably do at least 4 more shirts. AND we still have all the refill dye powder packs left, so this kit certainly gave us some bang for our buck.
Jack decided to do a variety of tie dying styles – one with stripes, one crumpled, one in your classic starburst pattern, etc. In order to keep the colors contained and not all over my house, we dyed the shirts in the laundry tub. After each shirt was finished, I put it in a plastic grocery bag and stuck it out of the way until the next morning.
I washed each shirt out by hand in the laundry tub to get most of the extra color out and then did a load of laundry. Oh and in addition to Jack’s 5 shirts, I also threw in an off-white shirt of my own that needed a little extra color. And here’s what we ended up with:
We had SO MUCH FUN with this kit. Since we kept it all in the laundry sink, we didn’t make much of a mess. The shirts all turned out so fantastic and Jack loves that he made them himself.
I would highly recommend this kit for a fun quarantine activity. Or just a fun summer activity with your kid(s) or… even by yourself because tie dye is apparently super fashionable again!
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