Revive Old Jeans With This Easy Acid Washing Guide

The best way to revive an old (but still gold) pair of your beloved jeans you don’t want to give away is to acid-wash them. Follow this guide, and you’ll get new jeans in no time!

If you’re searching for a DIY project to give that old pair of jeans a revival and personal touches, with a little creativity you can have the 80s & 90s acid wash jeans — that is right now making a comeback. 

Instead of spending money on a new pair of jeans, take an old pair you don’t mind putting to the test, but don’t worry, the process it’s easier than you might think.

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You’ll need:

  • Household bleach
  • Rubber bands
  • An empty spray bottle
  • Water
  • A bathtub or large bowl
  • Gloves

Choose Your Pieces

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After getting all the material for your DIY project, it’s time to choose which piece of jeans you want to work on. You can apply this treatment to any piece of denim — jackets, shorts, jumpsuit and so on.

Begin by Bustling The Jeans

Quite similar to the tie-dye process, start by wrapping the bands of the jeans you desire, starting from the bottom going all the way up to the top. You can use sturdy rubber bands or hair ties. Once you’re done on both sides, secure the entire leg with one larger rubber band. 

Get the Bleach

How much bleach you apply and the potency of the product will dictate how drastic the contrast is in your jeans, so keep that in mind. If you wish for a subtle acid wash, add more water to the diluted solution. 

Mix three parts water with one part bleach (e.g., three liters of water to one liter of bleach) but you can play around here depending on the aesthetic you want to get.

Spray and Wait

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Apply the spray on the parts of the jeans you want the acid wash look. Spraying allows a subtle wash and lets some places remain their original dark color. Then, let it sit for 30 minutes to an hour or longer for brighter results.

However, if you want a more intense wash, mix the water and bleach in a clean bathtub or sink with the drain plugged or a large bowl or bucket. Don’t forget to wear gloves! Leave it for one hour or two.

Time To Wash

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Take off all the rubber bands and wash them on a normal cycle with cold water then rinse, and that’s it! Your old jeans are now a new piece of fashion!

Written By:
Camila Santiago

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