Fail: Bleached Jeans

Name:  Bekah

Original Inspiration:


What I Did: I didn’t like my plain yellow skinny jeans anymore, and wanted to jazz them up with the marbled bleach stains I had seen on DIY pins. I checked several sites, and all of them said to leave them in the bleach (rubber banded) for 20-30min. I did only 20min. I rinsed them after I was finished, but I could already tell something was wrong. I saw some holes, but I figured it might give it a cool, worn in look. When I ran them the the washing machine and took them out…they looked like a cross between zombie pants and pirate pants. I figure my Halloween costume will be covered…

My Result:

pinterest fail bleach jeans

Next Time I Will: I have done a little work to them afterwards. I turned them in to cut-off shorts with a frayed edge, and then cut triangles on both sides and stitched in lace like I’ve seen on other pics. Luckily, after that they are much more appealing for public use on days other than Halloween!




  1. Melissa

    Oh no! Was the bleach solution too strong maybe? Way to turn lemons into lemonade though! Or in your case, pee pants pirate wear into lemony chic shorts! Which is not as popular a phrase…

  2. Erica

    Ok I won’t lie. I laughed hysterically at this. I can’t believe that happened!!

  3. Jessica Smedick

    Hi, I would love to feature your story on an upcoming feature on DYI failures. Can you email me at if you or any of your friends are interested? Thanks Jessica

  4. blu_canary

    I HAD to comment on this one. I snorked so loudly when I scrolled down and saw the shark attack jeans! You made my entire evening, and it even sounds like you made a glorious save to the shorts! Thank you, and congrats!

  5. Donna

    When my mom first moved to the states in the 60’s she wanted to make my fathers military t-shirts as white as white can be. She soaked them in pure bleach over night!!! Oh my!! Needless to say, there was nothing left of the. LOL He had to get all new t-shirts.

  6. DK

    If you think about it, jeans which are colored or pre-faded tend to be much lighter weight than those darker, original blue jeans hues. The lighter ones have already been bleached which breaks down the fabric. If you were to try again by spraying them with a bleach mixture or dipping them for short periods of time, it might work better (or started with a good thick pair of “blue” jeans). I’m glad you found a solution so it wasn’t a complete loss.

  7. Pat99MI

    Back in the 70’s when I was in high school tie dying was very popular. A friend of mine and her cousin decided to tie die a shirt and used a roasting pan to soak the shirt in dark blue dye. Even though they cleaned the roaster with Ajax cleanser it wasn’t 100% clean. This became apparent when my friends mom baked the Easter ham in the roaster and it came out blue. Because my fiiend didn’t want her cousin to get in trouble she told her mom I did it LOL.

  8. Meredith

    My mom always used to tell me this would happen if you used pure bleach. I thought she was making it up!

  9. Kelly

    Maybe it meant 1-2 minutes, lol!!!

  10. Jean McNulty

    Oh my gosh…I cannot stop laughing…..oh my.. tears are falling…especially the picture of you modeling them….Thanks for sharing and making me laugh so hard I almost peed my pants:)

  11. Brittany

    I’m not going to lie…..I almost peed my pants on this one. It made me laugh so hard I almost cried. My husband and I love your blog because it’s so true.

  12. Beth

    I read somewhere that this only works on the older kind of jeans that are all cotton, versus the newer kinds which all seem to have some spandex. This one really did make me laugh, though, and glad you were able to use them anyway!

  13. Shelley

    I agree with DK and Beth… looking at your pants it seems to be a lighter material and more soft in general.. maybe try soaking that type only a few minutes max.. you can always add but you cant take away.. pure bleach does break down materials pretty fast so don’t set it and forget it.. but worth another shot and great save with the lace and what nots… lol

  14. chels

    This was the funniest thing I’ve seen all week. I laughed so hard when I saw the disintegrated jeans. Classic PintrestFail.

  15. Susan

    The 50% bleach solution that the directions suggest is way too strong! 10% bleach is plenty.

    That said, I’m glad you managed to salvage your shark attack jeans.

  16. Michelle

    I was laughing so hard my husband came running in because he thought I was crying….then I showed him what I was laughing at and he started laughing hysterically. Thanks for the cherry on my Sunday!!!!

  17. Steph

    I was reading this while eating a burger. I almost die.
    I laughed way too much!!!! You girl, just made my saturday!!!!

  18. Sonia

    Of all the Fails I’ve seen this is truly the most hysterical. Cracking up so bad here.

  19. sammie

    I had this happen to a favorite shirt of mine, it was my first time using bleach outside the machine, I only wanted to remove a stain. And ended up with a giant whole and it tore apart like paper. Needless to say it looks like you’ve had the same issue. Did you forget to mix the bleach with water?

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