Bleach To Lighten A Color

Hi Jennifer.
I am hoping you can help me. I bought some fabric at the store hoping that it would match with my daughter’s comforter. When I got it home, although the colors are right, they are too bright. Is there anyway to lighten the fabric, possibly by bleaching it? I do not know what the fabric is made of but I am sure it is some blend of cotton.
Thanks so much for your assistance.

Dear Cheryl,
Unless you are really desperate and have no other fabric resources in your town, I suggest that you start over. There is no way to get the exact color that you have in mind. Bleach could produce an uneven effect or seriously damage the fabric. You could try it if you are willing to experiment. Start with 1 cup of bleach in a wash load of warm water.
good luck,

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