Dive into the world of screen printing with a twist that's as refreshing as a lemonade on a scorching summer day! Imagine transforming your apparel without the weighty embrace of thick ink layers or the clingy hug of heat transfer vinyl. Bleaching the fibers of your favorite pieces doesn't just add a splash of fun and creativity; it leaves the fabric breathing freely, light as a feather. Not only is it a blast to see your designs come to life in such a unique way, but the airy feel of the fabric post-bleach is a game-changer for comfort and coolness.

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What you'll need:

  1. Cornstarch 1/3 cup
  2. Water 1 cup
  3. Bleach 1/2 cup
  4. A cooking pot & stirring spoon
  5. Heat source (stove)
  6. A squeezy tube (for bleach solution application)
  7. EZScreen® stencil
  8. Tape (to secure the stencil to the frame)
  9. Plastic frame, for holding the stencil (optional)
  10. Squeegee (for pushing the bleach through the stencil)
  11. Protective gloves (recommended for safety when handling bleach)
  12. Apron and/or long clothes you don't mind getting bleach on
  13. Safety glasses

Make a Bleach Shirt Screen Printing

Screen printing with bleach offers an innovative twist on traditional methods, allowing for unique designs on fabric items like hoodies. The process begins by creating a thick gel from a mixture of cornstarch and water. To make this gel, mix 1/3 cup of cornstarch into one cup of water, stirring until the cornstarch completely dissolves. Then, heat the mixture on medium, stirring continuously, until it forms a thick gel. After allowing the gel to cool, incorporate 1/2 cup of bleach by stirring it in thoroughly. Transfer this bleach solution into a squeezable tube for easy application.

The next step involves preparing the EZScreen® stencil by taping it into a plastic frame, readying it for the screen printing process. Apply some of the bleach solution to the side of the design area and then use a squeegee to evenly push the bleach through the stencil onto the fabric. After the application, carefully remove the stencil, rinse it immediately to prevent damage, and allow the bleach to develop on the fabric.

This technique transforms a simple hoodie into a remarkable piece of wearable art, showcasing the versatility of screen printing with unconventional materials.


We have heard some reports of people using hair bleach powder mixed with peroxide for a gentler bleach, or of using Softscrub with bleach without needing to mix the paste. We are going to experiment with some of these suggestions. Follow us on Instagram for updates on our progress. Comment there, or below to let us know if you have tried these or any other methods.

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May 21, 2024
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