These are the steps you’ll need to follow if you want to bleach a white-black shirt. It is important to note that these steps are most effective when applied to cotton shirts. With synthetic fabrics, however, you may have mixed results, as the material may not turn utterly white without a dye stripper first. Depending on the dye type and the bleach concentration in the solution, a cotton shirt may turn an ivory or cream color instead of white.
The Best Way to Bleach a Black Shirt White
Most black shirts don’t turn utterly white after getting bleach on them. Instead, it turns a light orange color. However, there may be times when you want to bleach a black shirt deliberately. Follow these steps to bleach a black shirt completely white:
You can get your shirt white by soaking it in a bleach solution for a long time. Sometimes, turning a black shirt completely white with bleach may not be possible. And this can be affected by several factors. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to bleach a black and white shirt.
You Will Need the Following Materials:
- Rubber gloves
- Plastic buckets
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Stainless steel tool for stirring
Step 1. Wash the Clothing
Make sure you wash the shirt before bleaching it. To bleach clothing evenly, you must ensure it is clean and stain-free. Washing it with laundry detergent is okay at this point. To achieve the best results, let the clothing dry before bleaching.
Step 2. Set Up Workstation
Preparing yourself and your workstation before beginning the bleaching process is essential. Make sure you don’t get bleach on yourself or other surfaces. If you plan to use bleach on your clothes, wear old clothes you won’t mind getting bleach on, or wear an apron that will protect your clothes. To protect your skin, wear rubber gloves before and while handling bleach.
It would help if you also worked in a well-ventilated area. You can work inside as long as you open the windows and turn on a fan for air circulation, but it’s best to work outside, so there is plenty of fresh air. You can get sick if you inhale bleach fumes.
Step 3. Solution of Bleach
The next step is to make the bleach solution after preparing yourself and your workstation. Using one of the buckets, mix bleach and water in equal parts. Submerge the clothing entirely in the solution. You’ll need 1 cup of bleach for every 4 cups of water to cover the shirt completely. While doing this, wear your rubber gloves.
The second bucket will need a solution of 1 part hydrogen and 1 part water. To completely immerse the clothing in the second solution, submerge it. For example, if you need 4 cups of water, you will also need 4 cups of hydrogen peroxide.
Step 4. Bleach the Shirt
In the bleach solution, place the black shirt. Stir the shirt for at least 10 minutes with stainless steel tongs or a spoon. Your dye should begin to come out, but you may prefer something else. After soaking the shirt in bleach solution for an hour, it is ready to wear. To ensure even bleaching, stir it around.
You should remove the shirt from the bleach when the fabric is the whitest you can make it. Remember that depending on the fabric and dye type, you might not be able to get it completely white. You may have to settle for off-white.
Step 5. Rinse the Shirt
After you remove the shirt from the bleach:
- Rinse it in the sink.
- Wear your rubber gloves while you’re working.
- Remove as much bleach as you can from the shirt by rinsing it under cold water.
- After wringing out the shirt, remove excess water and bleach.
Step 6. Get Bleach out
If you cannot remove all the bleach by rinsing or cannot tell when it’s all gone, you’ll need to neutralize the bleach first. A neutralizer prevents bleach from damaging shirts and other fabrics.
The hydrogen peroxide solution plays a key role here. By preventing the bleach reaction from continuing, hydrogen peroxide essentially stops it from taking place. Place the shirt in the hydrogen peroxide solution for at least 15 minutes.
Finally, rinse the shirt with cold water again. You should wash your shirt on its own as long as you haven’t neutralized all the bleach on it. Use cool water and no detergent to clean the shirt. Allow the shirt to dry after washing.
Cautions During Bleaching
Yes Cotton, No To Synthetics: Make sure your clothing is labeled. Bleaching cotton fabrics is the easiest, while synthetic bleaching fabrics depend on the makeup of the original color. A dye stripper is advised before attempting to bleach colored items white if they are synthetic. Wash all items before bleaching.
Bleached Black Shirt Cautions: Your cotton shirt probably has synthetic thread sewn into its buttons if it has buttons. There is a possibility that the line will not bleach to white, and you will have to resew them with cotton thread. You may also notice that your shirt does not turn out sparkling white but rather ivory or cream, depending on the original black dye.
Frequently Asked Questions And Answers
Does Bleach Take a Long Time to Turn Something White?
For at least five minutes, submerge your clothing in the bleach solution. Ensure that it has lightened to your liking every minute. It is essential to keep in mind that the color will lighten as it dries.
Can I Turn Black Fabric White?
if your garment is made of natural fabric (such as cotton, linen, silk, wool, or ramie), you can use Rit Color Remover to remove the black color. In this way, the garment will become white or off-white in color. You can lighten the color by washing it with Rit Whitener Brightener.
How Long Do You Leave the Bleach on a Black Shirt?
The timing for soaking a t-shirt in bleach depends on the dye used to make it at the time of manufacture. Afterward, you can check the shirt to see if it has become less black and absorbed the dye.
As a result, now you know how to bleach a white shirt black. Several factors may prevent you from getting the shirt completely white. The type of shirt, the dye used, and the period during which you soak the shirt in the bleach solution all play a role in how effectively the bleach solution removes the dye. The steps in this guide should allow you to get the shirt as close to white as possible by following them.