I finally got to dipping my denims in bleach, and could not be happier with the outcome. I officially have some updated duds for the summer. Stay tuned for how to work this into your wardrobe! Steps after the break...
Supplies: Denim shorts or shirt (both thrifted for less then $5), 2 buckets, bleach, hanger
Fold your shorts in half, then clip onto the hanger.
Fill your bucket with bleach, then dip the shorts directly down. Be careful not to touch the side of the bucket. If you need to push the bottom down into the bleach use a plastic gloved hand. Hold for 3 minutes.
Next I hung over another bucket (filled halfway with water) for 30 min. Then dunked the bottom of the shorts in the water to rinse out the bleach. Let dry. The color bleach make take a hour or so of drying to reach the final color (my jeans looked ombre at first). To get the bleach smell out, wash in a machine separately in cold water.
I did the same techniques with the shirt. But in hindsight it would have been better to dip the body of the shirt, then after rinsing, go back an do the sleeves. Much easier to avoid splattering on areas you do not want to lighten.