Monday, June 11, 2012

DIY: Tie- Dying with Benzoyl Peroxide

I would estimate in the past twenty years I have probably ruined at least fifty shirts because of my use of benzoyl peroxide for my persistent acne issues. All it takes is one drop on a shirt, and, boom, the shirt is ruined! Not to mention countless sheets, pillow cases and towels. You would think by now I would have learned, but nope, here I am, still battling acne and still ruining clothes.

My latest destruction was this awesome "Vintage Tee" from Old Navy. The t-shirt comes in a rainbow of faded colors; they are super soft (even Allie over at Wardrobe Oxygen has blogged about them. And she's a big deal, y'all!). So I was really aggravated when I pulled on my forest green tee the other day and it had some lime green splotches front and center. Most people would probably say "Ignore it!" But I felt like I'd spend all my days worrying that people would think I had dripped something down the front of my shirt. I had resigned it to the pajama pile, but then I thought, "Why not bleach the rest of it and make it look intentional?" So I did. And I will be doing it again. And I'm going to show you how to do it too!


DIY: TIE-DYE BLEACHING WITH BENZOYL PEROXIDE

Step 1: Tie your shirt up using whatever method you prefer. I did a very simple knot technique, but next time I will be trying some of the fancier techniques here.

Step 2: Fill a big bowl with warm water and a quarter size amount of benzoyl peroxide-based face cleanser. I used Clean and Clear, but anything should work. Mix well.

Step 3: Immerse t-shirt into water and let soak for thirty minutes.

Step 4: For the truly authentic, summertime tradition of tie-dye, let the shirt dry in the summer sun. Or if you are super impatient like me, throw it in a super hot dryer till dry.


Vintage Tee- Old Navy
Khaki Shorts- Wal-Mart
Lime Green Sneakers- Old Navy (similar)
Button earrings and Wide Bangle- PolkaDot Pancake


I have to say, I am not a crafty, DIY-er by any stretch of the imagination, but this was so simple, and man I felt like a super genius! I'm sure I'm not the first person who's ever tie-dyed with Clean and Clear, but I know I've never seen it on Pinterest. So pin it. I want to be one of those people with 10 bajillion pins. Make me famous. And go tie-dye stuff :)






47 comments:

Tara_St said...

I ruin towels all the time with my face wash. I have to keep a special tie dyed towel in the bathroom so that I don't ruin any more.
This is a fantastic idea. I have several shirts ruined by face products or cleaning products.
Tara
Penniless Socialite

Hannah @ Tattoos and Pearls said...

Ok Katie this really is genius. I used to use Benzoyl Peroxide face wash and ruined countless things as well. It NEVER occurred to me to purposefully use this demon product on a shirt. I am going to pin this and make you famous. And also copy you. THANKS THANKS THANKS!

Hannah

Always Maylee said...

I love the way the shirt came out! So smart to turn something that you would have just thrown out into something new and fun, love it. :)

xo, Yi-chia

Currently Coveting said...

SO awesome, I didn't know you could tie-dye with face wash!

XX,
Erin
http://erinscurrentlycoveting.blogspot.com/

tashia graham said...

I never would have thought of this! I wonder if just using peroxide from a bottle would work as well? Cute shirt, and it's nice to see you in a casual weekend look:)

Keesha said...

Ok this is really clever Katie! I may do this with the kiddos :)

Kacie Ellis said...

Found your blog through The Tiny Heart. I'm your newest follower :)

www.daisyraeboutique.com
www.kacieskloset.blogspot.com

Catherine said...

Wow, what a great idea! I am not crafty at all - I wonder where/how people come up with DIYs, but this is such a fun one and perfect for summer! Love that color on you.

Jenny said...

Ha ha, I too have ruined countless tops with these creams, and even toothpaste! What a great DIY idea! I'll definitely have to try it!

<3 Jenny
www.crazystylelove.com

Jupe_Cambria said...

I haven't tie-dyed since summer camp...would loooove to do thisa gain :)

<3 Cambria
jupefashion.blogspot.com

AnnGMorrone said...

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Ashley Vazquez said...

Such a great idea! I too have ruined many things with bp, never would have thought of this. Thanks for the inspo!

TJ said...

oh how fun, girl! it came out great!!!!!
xo TJ

christine said...

Wow I had no idea!!! Such a great trick for a tie-dye look. Thanks for sharing :)

Catie said...

Awesome idea Katie!! My stepdaughter has constantly been asking me if we can tie dye shirts this summer. I think we'll try this method. How easy!! I'll be one of the bajillion people to pin it. ; )

Chris Williams said...

I know I'm supposed to be looking at your shirt, but I can't get over how adorable your bun looks!

Kate Kindall said...

I have the same problem because of my acne! Your skin looks beautiful by the way :) I will definitely have to try this! Glad that The Tiny Heart led me to you and am now following!

~Kate

http://taleof2teachers.blogspot.com/

Atthepinkofperfection said...

OMG, this is awesomeness. I am loving this! I've always wanted to do my own tie dye...on my list now!

Annie said...

I LOVE this - your green tee is SO cute Katie! The hubs and I have been talking about tie dying something lately, and this post makes me want to do it ASAP :)

Annie
The Other Side of Gray

Oluwaseun S. said...

I really like the way the DIY turned out. I'm definitely trying it, this week!

www.mystyledexpressions.blogspot.com

Allie at Wardrobe Oxygen said...

This is utterly brilliant, just pinned it!

And you are a goober, just sayin'... :)

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

And now that you've called me a goober, I love you even more! :)

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Please do, and let me know how it goes!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Do it! I want to tie dye another one, and try a really cool pattern!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Amy, it was so easy! You've got to try it!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Yay! I am so glad you came over from The Tiny Heart! I wish I had thought of this years ago. So many awesome shirts I could have up-cycled!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Oh gosh, It is the EASIEST thing ever. Seriously. I know why so many bloggers with long hair do it :)

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

It's definitely easier. I guess not as colorful, but I like the tonal tie-dye. I don't know that I could take myself seriously in a Grateful Dead T!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

You are welcome! I hope you'll try it!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

It did! I can't wait to try it again!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

You are welcome! I hope you'll try it!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Do it! It was a lot of fun! It totally reminded me of summer camp!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Yes tooth paste! Peroxide so useful, so dangerous!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

I am so not a DIY-er either! My husband was like, "What are you doing?" He looked at me like I had three heads!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Your boutique is so cute! And I am glad you came over from The Tiny Heart! I am going to check your blog now!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Keesha, I really think they would love it. And it's way less messy than using dye. That's for sure.

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

I don't know, but I'm thinking it probably would! At that's practically free!!!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Neither did I! I wish I had thought of it years ago!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Hey, I was really proud of myself! So thank you for the support! I hate that I have thrown away so many shirts. I could be tie-dying away!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Please try it. I would love to see someone else do it too!!! :)

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Yes, me too! You don;t even think about it until the next time you wash, and you're just like, "Dammit! Not again!"

Feathers & Freckles said...

Oh wow, it came out fantastic! I love it.

Laurel Walker said...

SUPER. AWESOME. PROJECT. You're the absolute best on any given day, Katie!!!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Yay me! Now my head is so big, it'll never fit through another doorway!

mary smith said...

Great project! Tees are tricky. This simple shirt looks nice on you, because the length is perfect and the colors are good for you. Smart choice for the accessories!

Katie Frost said...

Hi, just a comment on adult acne. Since I gave up first grains and flours on a low carb diet, and subsequently dairy on a paleo diet, my acne, which I have had all my life, has completely cleared for the first time ever! The same occurred for my friend doing this too, and it seems there is evidence some people develope skin reactions to these foods. just thought i would pass this on as it may help. Love the blog by the way, just discovered it and going through past 'issues'

Katie Frost said...

OMG! I am so glad I found this. I washed my fuschia t-shirt with my jeans and now it has blotches on the front of it. I've been hanging on to it to paint in. Going to try this. If I like the way it works I'm buying some cheap t-shirts to do this with. I have the acne cream from using it to get the ink stains off my daughter's American Girl doll. Thanks so much.

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