Bleach Stencilling

Using bleach to stencil clothing must have been created after a bleaching accident but its a crafters delight. You can bleach t-shirts, hat's bag just about anything.

Bleach Stencilling

What you need

Bleach cleaner
Rubber Gloves
Adhesive stickers or freezer paper


For this project I used ready made adhesive stickers for the writing. You can use freezer paper and iron down the cutouts shiny side down to help it stick to the shirt. Your design can be elaborate or as simple as you like.

Before you begin make sure you prepare your work area, cover any bench tops with newspaper. Make sure you also prepare yourself by wearing an apron and some gloves.

Take your item that you wish to bleach and layout your design. Place a heavy piece of cardboard inside the shirt to stop the bleach going through to the other side.

Then take your bleach and add a small amount of water to it. I used 50% bleach cleaner. Just add enough water so that it’s thinner. If you were using pure bleach or higher concentrated bleach then you will need to add more water.

Take your toothbrush and dip it into the bleach and flick the bleach over your item. Keep layering the splashes paying attention to the area around the letters.


Leave it to sit until the color bleaches out.

Wash the item in the washing machine on its own. This will remove any excess bleach.

It has also been suggested that you wash it in vinegar to neutralize the bleach. But if you wash it straight away this should not be a problem at all.

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  1. Its a great idea i got the idea from my sister in law :)

  2. Awesome

  3. i thought this was so cool and t kept my family busy

  4. I just finished a project using an old black apron. I put some paper stencils on the front and used a spray bottle with 50/50 mix of bleach and water. I love the results and will keep my eyes open for other items that may need a new life using this process.

  5. psbrady1 says:

    This is a very good idea for those clothes that accidently get a splash of bleach, or a stain. Thanks for the idea.

  6. my kids did this with leaves and flowers and the shirts turned out really neat!

  7. Great idea i love it, and i know your materials list says you need rubber gloves, but i was bit concerned your photo doesn’t show rubber gloves

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