HOMEMADE: acid wash shorts

I went on a revamping kick this week. To me, it is the best way to get new clothes without shopping! I have been wanting a pair of acid wash shorts for summer and thought they couldn't be too hard to make. After looking up numerous tutorials on acid washing and not seeing what I was looking for, I  made up my own method. Which worked great for me, my shorts turned out exactly how I wanted them to. 

pantry supplies:
steel wool
fabric dye
sink, bathtub, or bucket

Be sure to do this project in a well ventilated area. I also recommend wearing something you don't mind getting bleach stained. 

step 1 pour one cup bleach into the sink mixed with 2 cups water. Let the shorts soak in the water for 10 minutes. From here, judge the amount of bleaching you have left to do. I rang my shorts out and used a spray bottle to spray the bleach directly onto the shorts.

step 2 while the bleach is soaking, scrub the shorts with the steel wool to give them a distressed look. I found this also sped up the bleaching process. 

step 3 rinse the shorts and allow them to dry fully.

step 4 examine the beaching process, repeat as needed for desired color. 

step 5 follow the instructions on the bottle of your dye. Once the dye is made, dip the steel wool into the dye and dab it onto the dry shorts where you want the color to be most vivid.

step 6 rinse out the shorts with hot water. If you are dying cotton, pour salt over the areas you are dying and proceed using the dye and steel wool on the shorts. Be sure to scrub them well. 

step 7 let the dye sit for a darker finish, and rinse out with cold water. 

step 8 let the shorts dry and see how you like them. Bleaching and dying can be repeated at this point. 

I am really happy with the result. 

Have a good one.


  1. These are so so cool! I have been all about revamping pieces instead of just buying new ones, so I definitely should try this! Thanks for sharing. The wine colored ones are so unique, love it!

    Juliette Laura

  2. They look so adorable! I can't wait to put them on my list of restyle/ refashion! Thanks for sharing Madison! Have a great day! :)

  3. awesome, they all look great!! love how you did the colored ones too! thanks for sharing, i definitely want to do this!

  4. super fun I will have to try!!!!