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

By Dr. Laundry 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:


  • Clorox® Regular-Bleach

  • 3% hydrogen peroxide (2 quarts)

  • 3 plastic dishpans (12 quart size)

  • Plastic hanger

  • Measuring cups

  • Plastic gloves

  • Old, white, full-size towels


1. Set up two dishpans on the side of a sink; put a third dishpan in the sink.

2. In the first dishpan, add 1 1/2 cups Clorox® Regular-Bleach to 1 gallon of water; stir with a plastic spoon.

3. In the second dishpan, pour in 2 quarts hydrogen peroxide.

4. Rinse the entire tee-shirt in plain water and squeeze excess moisture out so the shirt is slightly damp.

5. Put on your gloves and put the tee-shirt on the hanger.

6. Immerse the bottom portion of the tee-shirt (the part you want to lighten) into the bleach solution (first dishpan).

7. Keeping the tee on the hanger, lift the shirt out of the bleach solution.

8. Watch the shirt carefully—when the bottom looks lighter than the top half (and you are satisfied with the difference in color) drop the entire shirt into the peroxide to stop the bleaching action. (Note that depending on the color of the shirt, results may vary.)

9. Rinse the shirt very thoroughly in cool water in the third dishpan in the sink.

10. Squeeze excess moisture out into the towels, and air dry.