How to Bleach White Jeans

White jeans are a versatile piece of clothing and can add class to an otherwise ordinary outfit.

Yet, it is important to keep white jeans looking brand new, and the only way to do this is to properly care for them when laundering. If you avoid mixing your white jeans with other colors and use the right type of cleaning supplies, you will likely find that keeping your white jeans brilliant and attractive is easy. .

Check the manufacturer's care label on the inside of the jeans.

Fill the washing machine to an appropriate level for the wash cycle you are using, add the proper amount of bleach detergent to the water, and agitate the water and detergent to mix well. Turn the washer off.

Submerge the jeans in the water and detergent mix, and leave for three to four hours or overnight.

Turn the washing machine back on so it can finish its current cycle.

Process the jeans through a second rinse cycle to ensure that all the detergent is removed.

Dry the jeans on a regular setting with medium or low heat.

Things You Will Need

  • Washing machine
  • Water
  • Bleach detergent
  • Electric clothes dryer


  • If you choose to use a non-chlorine bleach, follow the soaking and first wash cycle with a second wash cycle with regular detergent.


  • Avoid the delicate cycle when washing white jeans.
  • Never use high-heat temperatures when drying white jeans, as it can cause yellowing.
  • Avoid using any type of fabric softener when laundering white jeans. It can cause the material to yellow after a period of storage.

About the Author

Based in Texas, Cynthia Measom has been writing various parenting, business and finance and education articles since 2011. Her articles have appeared on websites such as The Bump and Motley Fool. Measom received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin.