This is heresy in the raw denim community. I figured it was OK since I have two pairs of raw denim jeans, I'm going for the fade with the other pair, I really wanted a new pair of pale blue jeans, and repurposing makes more sense than buying even more.
To do the deed I used three Home Depot buckets in the tub. One was bleach with water, one was just water, and one was water with hydrogen peroxide to neutralize any remaining bleach. My plan was to bleach, rise, neutralize. Fun fact, bleach and hydrogen peroxide combined make Chlorine gas. So I had that going for me.
I used an old pair of jeans that I liked as a reference point. Since even light blue jeans look dark when they're wet I soaked these and kept them around during the adventure.
As afraid as I was of the bleach I expected the jeans to either immediately fall apart or bleach to white in 10 seconds. Turns out that with a 10 to 1 water to bleach ratio it still took 40 minutes.
When I thought they were finished baking I took them out and ran them through a regular washing machine cycle. I think I came pretty close for my first try.
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