How to Fix Bleach Stained Jeans

Not all jeans are created equal.
Bleach-stained jeans can be restored.Bleach-stained jeans can be restored.
Even jeans that are marked the same size in the same jean style and brand can differ in fit, so when you find that perfect-fitting pair you want have them around as long as possible. Bleach is a harsh chemical that, if used incorrectly or inappropriately, can damage your jeans and ruin your day. Spare yourself this heartbreak and frustration by knowing how to fix your bleach-stained jeans.

Step 1

Mix 1 tbsp. sodium thiosulfate in a bowl with 1 cup of warm water. This mixture will neutralize the bleach.

Step 2

Dip a clean cloth into the mixture and blot the jeans until the liquid is absorbed by the denim. Repeat until the stain has disappeared.

Step 3

Place the jeans in a washing machine and wash them the same way you normally wash your jeans with laundry detergent. Remove the jeans from the washer and set them in a clean, safe place to dry outside, such as a clothesline. The sun will help lighten the color of the jeans surrounding the bleach stain, blending the color of the denim.

Step 4

Use a clothing dye that matches the color of the denim and apply it to the fabric according to the directions on the label. This can be done by either spot-dyeing the bleached area or by dyeing the entire pair of jeans.

Things You Will Need

  • 1 tbsp. sodium thiosulfate
  • 1 cup warm water
  • Clean cloth
  • Laundry detergent
  • Clothing dye

About the Author

Jason Cooley began writing in 2005 as the owner of a personal-training business, authoring advertising copy and business contracts. He has since served as a writer with Oral B and On Top of My Diabetes.