There are numerous ways to upgrade your style and renew the T-shirts you use daily.
When you feel tired of wearing the same colors and want to change your outfit, but you like the material and shape of your T-shirt, don’t buy another one. Renew your old shirt. It saves money, you’ll learn something new, and it’s fun.
Let’s see how you can revive your T-shirts by acid washing them.
How To Acid Wash T-Shirt: What Do You Need To Know
If you want an acid-washed T-shirt, the first thing you must have is bleach and water. Everything else is a matter of technique, having the right supplies and mixing the right ratio of solution. Doing this correctly will ensure better results!
Before you start, keep in mind these things:
- When you acid wash, it’s recommended to protect your hands. You will be using bleach and potentially a pumice stone, which is harsh on skin. Wear rubber gloves to protect the skin on your hands.
It’s harmful to inhale bleach. So besides gloves, you’ll need goggles, and a well ventilated room to protect your eyes and lungs.
- Acid washing cotton is the best material for successful results. Pure cotton is the most suitable material for bleaching because it takes dye much better than less percent of cotton or a mixture with polyester. Linen, viscose, and hemp are also nice for bleaching. They’re not as good as pure cotton, but they won’t be destroyed with blench. On the other hand, avoid synthetics because they won’t absorb bleach and it will destroy the shirt. Use dark colors to make the bleaching effect more visible.
How You Can Acid Wash A T-Shirt: Step By Step
Your T-shirts can become acid-washed in various ways. Let’s see which methods are usually recommended for the best results.
The most popular method
If this is your first-time acid washing, we suggest you use a spray bottle. It’s the easiest way to design a T-shirt with a little effort.
Acid washing with a spray bottle is a popular method for bleaching t-shirts. It is simple to do, cheap, and produces the desired results.
You’ll need 50% bleach and 50% water mixed into a spray bottle. You’ll get more unusual patterns when you spray the bleach solution rather than just soak the T-shirt into it.
Place your shirt flat. A crumpled T-shirt will hamper the bleach solution from getting to the material and making the forms you like, so make sure your shirt is flat. For that reason, this method is called the laid flat method.
Spray the bleach and water solution on the shirt. To lighten certain areas, spray the solution multiple times over that area. Don’t try too much to get the defining form – maybe a random pattern will look better than a precise one, but it’s up to you.
Leave the T-shirt to absorb the bleach. Don’t be impatient – wait for some time for the best possible results. You can spray again after a few minutes, if you want, for even lighter forms.
Rinse the shirt with running water to ensure it’s clean from the bleach.
Rewash it with clean water. Don’t use the same water you used the first time as it now contains bleach and can ruin your design.
After drying, your T-shirt is ready to be worn.
Interesting way of designing
Rubber bands can do much more than a spray bottle. Take a wringed-out T-shirt, and put one rubber band, or more, around it.
Once again make the acid water solution (50:50) mix and pour it into the dish.
Let the T-shirt absorb the solution entirely by soaking it. Rubber bands will make lovely patterns and stripes.
Take the T-shirt out of the dish and take off the rubber bands.
Dry it naturally for up to half an hour.
You can add an extra pattern by using pure bleach. Disperse it with tablespoons. For a more intensive bleached design, sprinkle multiple times.
Rinse the shirt and wash it in a regular wash cycle.
Dry it and wear it.
Have fun with pumice stones
Pumice stones are great for developing fade effects on material. This method works better on fabric that’s rougher than cotton. For example, like denim or canvas.
Put pumice stones into the dish and pour bleach over them. Leave them for 6 hours to absorb the solution.
Scrub the shirt with the pumice stones and leave it soaked in hydrogen peroxide.
Then rinse the shirt with running water, wash it one more time, and dry it.
Watch this video: 8 Bleach Shirts Techniques [12 mins 16 secs]
Why Should You Acid Wash T-Shirts?
Bleached clothes are trendy today, mostly between teenagers and young people. You can acid wash denim jackets, cotton T-shirts, or even canvas shoes.
With the correct technique, you can make your old clothing follow the new trend. It’s a great way to express your creativity and character through fashion.
You can, of course, find acid-washed T-shirts in the shops. But wouldn’t it be better if you made it yourself and add your personal touch?
The final result of the tie-dye method you use is your unique way of expressing yourself. The patterns you make are your way to be modern and a one-of-a-kind style person.
The vintage look is popular of late, especially with vintage jeans and T-shirts. Today’s fashion promotes a rough and worn style. One which you can make at home for a fraction of the cost.
Acid washing is a great way to hide stains and damage on your T-shirts. Transform them into stylishly designed pieces of clothes, and enjoy wearing them.
How to acid wash a T-shirt?
You’ll need bleach and water. Use blench to make patterns and water to rinse the shirt. After drying, it’s ready to be used.
How long does it take to acid wash a shirt?
You should let the T-shirt absorb pure bleach or water bleach solution (depending on the method) for at least 10 minutes. You can do the sprinkling again before drying it for more solid results.
What do you use to acid wash clothes?
You will need bleach, water, a spray bottle, and a bucket or an empty tub of water. Add some gloves and goggles to protect your hands and eyes.
Acid-washed T-shirts are the cheapest way of reviving your old worn clothes. There are more ways to acid wash T-shirts, and all of them include the use of bleach and water. Choose your best solution for transforming old and boring clothes into new and trendy pieces of clothes.
We recommend experimenting with different concentrations of bleach / water mix. Trying other ways of applying the acid wash, such as flicking, pouring or even using a condiments bottle rather than a spray. Just go crazy and see what patterns you can create and try reproducing the ones you like most.
Warning: As bleach harms your health, it’s not recommended using it frequently.