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Removing an Iron-On Transfer from a T-shirt

How can I remove an iron on transfer?

Jackie from Lakewood, CO


Removing an Iron-On Transfer from a T-shirt

If your transfer has reached the point that it's starting to crack, you can pick it off. It's time consuming but it can be done. (11/06/2007)


By perfume and powder

Removing an Iron-On Transfer from a T-shirt

I did not find any of these methods to work. I actually found the easiest way to remove the iron on is to use clear packing tape! I put the sticky side on the iron-on and ran my nail over the iron-on and peeled it off. (12/05/2007)

By mary

Removing an Iron-On Transfer from a T-shirt

Putting the parchment paper over the face of the transfer, ironing and then using tweezers to carefully remove the transfer worked for me, but I now have the imprint of the transfer in glue which I will now have to work on. (03/04/2008)


Removing an Iron-On Transfer from a T-shirt

Thank you, Abby! I wish I had tried your method first. I think I ended up making it worse by trying the parchment and the paper methods first. I was finally able, by using your suggestion, to fully remove the iron on number (which for some reason didn't fully adhere) from my son's football jersey which he got for his 5th birthday. Thanks for helping me get the rest off. I really thought I had ruined it. (04/12/2008)

By Linda C.

Removing an Iron-On Transfer from a T-shirt

Abby's right, I first started to peel away the edges realizing that with both front and back decals I wanted removed this was going to take forever. On came the iron and as I rested the iron on the decals they began to melt, even to the point of sticking to the iron, but as they got rubbery, larger clumps would peel off. I had both large decals off in less than 10 minutes.

Thank God for Google and Abby! (06/21/2008)

By Bruce

Removing an Iron-On Transfer from a T-shirt

My preferred method is to use rubbing alcohol. Using a Q-Tip dipped in alcohol, wet the underside of the shirt where the iron-on letter is located. Wait a few seconds for the alcohol to loosen the glue and peel away! It's very easy. Use a bit more alcohol to remove any glue residue. (09/05/2008)


By Claude

Removing an Iron-On Transfer from a T-shirt

I used the dark t-shirt transfer on a black t-shirt. I used a hot iron and a teflon coated iron. I used pressure on the transfer and "rolled" the tip of the iron forward on the transfer causing it to roll away and form a string of transfer which I then pulled off. Careful! It is hot. I finished an 8x10 transfer in less than 15 minutes.

Be sure and use a hard surface under your shirt. I used a teflon cutting board. (09/18/2008)

By Success!

Removing an Iron-On Transfer from a T-shirt

The alcohol (just used method) removed my soccer jersey name with barely any noticeable remains. The letter completely came off only leaving the outline of the letter, but this is ok since I am covering it with another letter. Thanks heaps. :) (10/15/2008)

By hales

Removing an Iron-On Transfer from a T-shirt

Spray the jersey on the back behind the letters with spray brake cleaning spray. The numbers will come off fairly easily, and it left no stain for me. (10/31/2008)

By tim

Removing an Iron-On Transfer from a T-shirt

Thank You Claude!

I had to make a school shirt so my son could be in the Christmas parade. We just could not find his and found out the evening prior he needed one. Well I did not understand the directions and went back to the store another time to get another shirt and iron on package. I did a front and back. Alas another disaster.

The paper on the transfer was stuck! It looked like a taped on sign. It was too late by then so I had to apply another on top. The front looked great. So this evening I am using her advice and it takes a lot of work because it is a boys red knit shirt. But it is working. There are some bits of tiny white balls scattered.

I can iron on the transfer in the exact same spot though and it will be...well as it should, lol. They wear the shirts on Friday, and I am excited he can wear it this Christmas Season. I was surprised the school took a picture of both front and back and will be showing it on there TV. So I am in the process of fixing it and could not have done it with out this tip. Thank you so much! (12/06/2008)

By Kathy

Removing an Iron-On Transfer from a T-shirt

Ah! Thank you guys for all the ideas. I got my iron-on design off by just going over it with an iron (get it as hot as possible) and the design just started shriveling up into clumps. Best thing is, it didn't ruin my iron and it all came off. ;) WARNING: The glue left a barely noticeable mark on the spot though, so I don't have a trick to get that off. (01/28/2009)

By suomi1991

Removing an Iron-On Transfer from a T-shirt

I didn't know how to get an iron-on off my old tye-dyed shirt, so I took a wet paper towel and wrung it out of the iron-on, and shortly after, took an iron set of high cotton and ironed in a circular motion taking the iron on off. (03/01/2009)

By Jill J.

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