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Wine Bottle Gift Bag

July 22, 2016

If you’ve got a pair of blue jeans you want to turn into cut-offs, be sure you save the pant legs. They can be made into super cute wine bottle gift bags with Clorox® Bleach Pen Gel! Here are some possibilities: Inspired? Polka dots are… Read More

Patriotic Shorts

May 16, 2016

There’s a lot of patriotic clothing and accessories filling store shelves as summer begins, just in time for the 4th of July! Of course there’s no need to buy something new if you can re-purpose what you already have (and what you already know fits!). So why not turn a… Read More

I recently acquired 2 pieces of cotton/linen and wish to bleach them. I would describe them as being medium weight. They measure 60 inches X 90 inches.
Can I bleach them in my washing machine?

February 9, 2016

Q: I recently acquired 2 pieces of cotton/linen and wish to bleach them.  I would describe them as being medium weight. They measure 60 inches by 90 inches.
Can I bleach them in my washing machine?  Also, does it help to thoroughly wet the fabric before placing it in the washing… Read More

Bleaching Colored Items

November 11, 2013

How do you bleach colored clothing completely white?   We never recommend letting undiluted bleach contact any fabrics or hard surfaces—it should always be diluted first. Depending on the fabric and dye that was used to color an item, soaking in a bleach and water solution can produce several outcomes:… Read More

Preserving Your Halloween Jack O’ Lanterns

October 28, 2013

With Halloween just around the corner and pumpkins piled up in bins in every grocery store, are you looking forward to carving a jack ‘o lantern? It’s a favorite holiday activity that’s just as much fun as an adult as it was as a kid. Read More

Helping Flowers Last Longer

September 23, 2013

Can I use bleach to help fresh cut flowers stay fresh longer? My favorite way to help a beautiful bouquet of flowers stay fresh longer is to add a very small amount of Clorox® Regular-Bleach to the water in the vase before putting in the flowers. All you need… Read More

Dying Colored Clothes

September 4, 2013

How much bleach do you need to use to make med-blue colored jeans turn white? This sounds like a fun and challenging project! We never recommend letting undiluted bleach contact any fabrics or hard surfaces—it should always be diluted first. Depending on the dye that is used to color… Read More

DIY Galaxy Art with Bleach

August 9, 2013

DIY Galaxy Art with Bleach Whether you’re a space enthusiast or simply want an easy DIY project to give your basic black t-shirt a cool rocker look, galaxy art with Clorox® Regular-Bleach is a unique way to create your own textile pattern with only a few simple supplies. Read More

Instructions for making Polka Dot Canvas shoes

February 11, 2013

This is such a fun project!  In addition to being an easy last minute Valentine’s Day gift, it’s also a great way to perk up an older pair of shoes. To do it yourself, here’s how! Materials Clorox® Bleach Pen Gel Cotton canvas shoes* Hydrogen… Read More

The Perfect Holiday Gift

December 5, 2012

The perfect holiday gift—it should be personal, one-of-a-kind, and not outrageously expensive. Oh, and of course you want the recipient to totally LOVE it!  Well, I’ve got a gift suggestion that could be all that: a beautiful striped scarf you customize yourself with my favorite product, Clorox® Regular-Bleach. It’s… Read More

Fall’s Hottest Fashion DIY: Two-Tone Tee-Shirt

September 24, 2012

As promised, today marks part two of our DIY Fall Fashion series! Below are some instructions on how you can create your dip-dyed t-shirt. Be sure to let us know how your pair turns out in the comments section and feel free to link to a picture of your results!Materials:… Read More

Fall’s Hottest Fashion DIY: Polka Dot Jeans

September 21, 2012

The hot trend in denim this fall is polka dots! But why spend hundreds of dollars on designer jeans when it is so simple to make your own with a pair you already own? Below are some instructions on how you can create your own pair of designer-inspired jeans for… Read More

DIY: From the Runway to Your Closet

February 15, 2012

With all the looks coming down the runway during Fashion Week, my inner designer is itching to share some creations! Tomorrow, Fashion Week will come to a close, but not before a very important show that Clorox is helping to sponsor. On February 16th at 3pm ET you can tune… Read More

Blue Jeans and Bleach

January 20, 2012

Q:  Can I use Clorox® Regular-Bleach on my blue jeans to create a “stain” look?A:  To create a “stain look” by using bleach to lighten portions of the denim, first let me remind you to never apply full-strength bleach to anything, even if your goal is color loss.  Bleach should… Read More

Dying Blue Jeans White

January 6, 2012

Q: Can I dye blue jeans white with Clorox® Regular-Bleach?A:  It really depends on how the jeans were made and what type of dye was used to color the blue yarns.  Depending on the dye class, the blue color could actually be safe for bleach.  On the other hand, if… Read More

Bleaching Out Color

November 25, 2011

Q:  How do I bleach out all the color from a blue jumpsuit?  I need a white costume?A:  This sounds like a great project–I would love to know what the final costume will be.  You might be able to use Clorox® Regular-Bleach to strip the blue color from your… Read More

Holes in Cotton with Bleach

May 19, 2011

Holes in Cotton with BleachQ:  I am trying to make holes in cotton with bleach.  I applied non-diluted bleach to the fabric directly, let it sit for a minute or two, and then washed the fabric multiple times until the holes start to appear. It usually takes quite a number… Read More

Using Bleach to Remove Color Out of a Section of Fabric

March 24, 2011

Q: I want to take most of the color out of a section of fabric for a reverse tie-dye effect. The fabric content is 100% flannel cotton, and has been washed and dried by the usual, conventional method. Is there a particular Clorox® Regular-Bleach to water ratio I should use,… Read More

Altering the Color of a Yellow Dress

February 25, 2011

Q. I recently purchased a yellow dress that I would like to wear for my wedding. The dress is currently a lime-yellow green, mostly yellow, but ideally I would like it to be white, off-white or just lighter yellow. The tag says it’s 100% polyester (like a satin look and… Read More

Lightening Blue Jeans

November 20, 2008

Q. Could you please tell me how to lighten a pair of medium-colored Levi’s blue jeans? A. There are several approaches that could work to lighten the color in your jeans. It depends on the “look” you are after. I am assuming you want kind of a uniform color. For… Read More

Your Questions: Dying Colored Fabrics

June 24, 2008

Q: Is there any way I can turn my curtains from a light blue color to pure white by using bleach? They do not match my new bedroom color scheme. If not, I’ll try a pink Rit dye, to come to a purple color, but I’d rather have… Read More