How To Fade Jeans

Do you own a pair of jeans that are almost too pristine to break in? You are not alone. It is harder than ever to find jeans that come pre-faded for you, but there are tried and true ways to get your own denim looking just how you want it.

To fade your jeans make a paste out of baking soda and water. Apply the paste to your jeans in the areas you want to fade. Let the paste sit for about an hour, then rinse it off with warm water. You can also use a toothbrush to help work the paste into the fabric.

In this article, I discuss how to fade jeans using a baking soda paste as well as other methods for fading denim. I also provide tips on how to care for your jeans so that they stay faded and look great for longer.

Can Jeans Be Faded?

The short answer is yes. Jeans can be faded, and there are tried and true ways to fade your jeans that you will discover below.

Before we get into the details of how to fade jeans, it is important to note that most denim fades with time and wear. If you like a dark blue jean color with minimal fades, wash your jeans sparingly – or not at all. Denim connoisseurs will tell you that washing (and wearing) often leads to better-looking and more pronounced fading patterns in the fabric.

If you do choose to wash your jeans, turn them inside out before laundering them according to the manufacturer’s instructions using cold water on a delicate cycle. Hang the jeans outside if they are still wet after washing. Do not use fabric softener or dryer sheets, which can inhibit fading.

How To Fade Jeans

There are several different ways to fade jeans, but the most popular methods are using a baking soda paste or bleach.

1. Baking Soda Paste

By using this method, you can achieve a more subtle fade. It is also a great choice for people who want to fade the thighs and seat.

1. Mix equal parts baking soda and water together in a bowl or cup.

2. You can use more baking soda for heavier fading, but just using regular old baking soda from your pantry works well too.

3. Apply the paste to your jeans where you would like them to fade.

4. Use a toothbrush to work the paste into the fabric. Let the paste sit for about an hour, then rinse with warm water.

You can use this method on your entire pair of jeans if you would like them faded all over.

2. Bleach

This is by far the easiest way to fade any pair of dark denim jeans and it gives you the most control over how faded they will become.

1. You will need a gallon of water, a cup of bleach, and a pair of jeans.

2. Fill the gallon with water and add the cup of bleach. Stir until the bleach is dissolved.

3. Put your jeans in the bathtub or outside if it is sunny and warm enough to let them air dry.

4. Soak the jeans in the bleach solution for about an hour.

5. Rinse the jeans with cold water and air dry.

If you have a washing machine, you can also use this method by adding half a cup of bleach to your regular wash cycle.

3. Lemon Juice

This is a great method if you want to achieve a faded look without using any harsh chemicals.

1. Cut a lemon in half and squeeze the juice into a bowl or cup.

2. Dip a cloth into the lemon juice and apply it to your jeans where you would like them to fade.

3. Let the lemon juice sit for about an hour, then rinse off with cold water.

4. Air dry your jeans.

You can also use this method as a pre-wash to help set the dye in your jeans and achieve a more faded look.

4. Hot Water

If you are part of the vintage crowd, you probably have heard of this method. Not everyone believes it works, but if you want to try it for yourself then go ahead.

1. Fill your bathtub with hot water and soak your jeans in it for about an hour or so.

2. Rinse off with cold water and air dry.

This method is also a great choice if you want to lighten up your jeans and would like them faded all over. Keep in mind that fading will be less noticeable than it would be with any of the other methods mentioned above.

5. Sun and Dirt

This is the most natural way to fade jeans and it can take a while, but the results are worth it.

1. Wear your jeans as often as possible. The more you wear them, the more faded they will become.

2. Let them get dirty. The dirtier they are, the more faded they will become.

3. Leave them out in the sun. The more sun they get, the more faded they will become.

This is a very slow method, but it is also the most organic and free way to fade jeans.

No matter which method you choose, be patient! Fading jeans can take time, so don’t expect to see results overnight.

6. Washing Machine

You can also fade jeans in your washing machine by adding a cup of bleach to your regular wash cycle. This is a great option if you want to achieve a faded look quickly.

1. Add a cup of bleach to your regular wash cycle.

2. Wash your jeans in the hottest setting possible.

3. Air dry your jeans.

Keep in mind that this method will fade your jeans more than the bleach bath method, so use it if you want a really faded look.

How To Lighten Dark Jeans

If you want to lighten dark jeans, then you can try this one method which is recommended by us.

1. You will need a gallon of water, a cup of bleach, and a pair of jeans.

2. Fill the gallon with water and add the cup of bleach. Stir until the bleach is dissolved.

3. Put your jeans in the bathtub or outside if it is sunny and warm enough to let them air dry.

4. Soak the jeans in the bleach solution for about an hour.

5. Rinse the jeans with cold water and air dry.

If you have a washing machine, you can also use this method by adding half a cup of bleach to your regular wash cycle.

The best way to lighten dark jeans is by using a bleach bath. This is the most effective way to lighten jeans and it will also help to fade them.

1. Fill your bathtub with hot water and add a cup of bleach.

2. Soak your jeans in the bleach solution for about an hour.

3. Rinse the jeans with cold water and air dry.

This method is the best one if you want to lighten your jeans quickly and achieve a faded look at the same time. Keep in mind that fading will be more noticeable than it would be with any of the other methods mentioned above.

Things To Remember While Fading Jeans

1. Be careful when using any chemicals to fade your jeans. You do not want to ruin them or irritate your skin.

2. If you are using bleach, always wear gloves and work in a well-ventilated area.

3. If you are fading with baking soda paste, be sure to rinse the paste off before it has the chance to sit too long. You don’t want it to bleach your jeans from the inside out.

4. Wearing denim that fits well and is comfortable will always look better than a pair of faded jeans that are baggy and worn out.

5. Always wash your new dark denim jeans before you start wearing them to prevent any fading.

6. If you are using one of the methods that involve soaking your jeans, remove any belt loops before doing so.

7. Never wash your newly faded jeans with the rest of your laundry until they have had a chance to fade completely. You do not want them to keep fading after being washed or fade other items in the wash.

8. If you are wearing your jeans in the sun, use sunscreen on your knees to prevent any further fading. This is especially important if you plan on leaving the house after applying the lemon juice or baking soda paste.

9. You can also wear them inside for a few hours before rinsing with cold water to achieve softer shades of blue.

10. If you decide to purchase a dark dye to fade your jeans, remember that some dyes will bleed while others may not. Test the dye on your jeans before using it on them and never got further than three inches from where you applied it in case of bleeding or color transfer.

Safety Precautions When Fading Jeans

1. Use the bleach sparingly and only in a well-ventilated area.

2. Rinse your jeans with cold water as soon as you can after applying any chemicals to fade them.

3. Follow all of the manufacturer’s instructions for using dyes, bleaches, etc… if there are any warnings about what to avoid.

4. Do not let children play with any of the chemicals you are using to fade your jeans.

5. Keep in mind that some fading methods may not be suitable for all types of denim fabrics. Always test a small area before applying any solution or paste to your jeans.

6. If you have any questions about how to fade your jeans, consult a professional before proceeding with any of the methods mentioned in this article.

7. Jeans will continue to fade even after they have been washed, so don’t overdo it when trying to achieve the desired effect. A little bit of fading goes a long way!

FAQs About Fading Jeans

Can I fade my jeans at home?

Yes, you can fade your jeans at home by using a number of different methods

How do I fade my jeans without ruining them?

You can fade your jeans without ruining them by using a number of different methods that are described in this article.

What is the best way to fade my jeans?

The best way to fade your jeans depends on the look you are trying to achieve.

How do I fade old jeans?

The quickest and easiest way to fade your old jeans so they look like new is to purchase a dark dye and apply it yourself. You can use Lemon juice as an alternative if you prefer.

Do fading jeans make them look old?

No, fading jeans does not always mean they will look old. You can fade them to any color or shade you prefer. Just be careful not to overdo it if you want them to last.

Conclusion:

The methods described in this article are relatively quick and easy to do yourself. While you may not get the precise result that a professional would get, if you follow the instructions carefully and test before using any chemical or dye on your jeans, you can achieve great results at home with minimum risk of damage to your denim jeans.

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