Tiny Holes in T-shirts?

I've been noticing these tiny holes all over the front of my t-shirts. I've looked inside the washer and dryer and there's nothing there that could be causing this. Plus my son and husband clothes are washed in the same machines and they are not experiencing these tiny holes in their t-shirts. It's not my detergent. I've used the same one for years. I don't think it's moths because it's happening to all my t-shirts old and even new ones. It's getting really frustrating.


I just bought four new t-shirts by Levi, Adidas, Calvin Klein, and Old Navy. Three of these shirts already have holes in the front of them. Its not just in the same areas it's all over the front of them. Please help!

By Barbara R.

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September 27, 20112 found this helpful
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Because they're on the front only, and not on your husband's or son's, I don't think it's due to insects or your washing machine. I've read some pretty interesting posts about this problem, and experienced it myself. It's probably because of a hard object pressing against your t-shirt and wearing the small hole, or your t-shirt rubbing between 2 hard objects. Situations like your belt buckle, the metal button on your jeans, your seat belt, etc.; or rubbing the front of your shirt up against the edge of a counter or table, especially if you have a metal belt buckle or metal button on your jeans.


I think metal belt buckles, metal jean buttons and seat belts come up a lot when other people are talking about this. Pay attention to the area some of the holes are, what you were doing and what else you were wearing, and something may come to mind.

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October 21, 20170 found this helpful

I, too am experiencing this "hole" problem. The holes in my shirts are nowhere the waistband or the zipper. They show up much lower than that. I have changed washers and dryers 3 times and also place each t shirt in a separate laundry lingerie bag and it still happens. These holes are much lower than the ones your readers describe.

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October 18, 20161 found this helpful
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I too have had this problem for years now. I have considered every possibility. After years of literally driving myself mad over the situation, I seem to have made one conclusion. I noticed I can go a long time washing things with no holes. Then I can wash a load and have three shirts come out with holes. The last two times it happened, I can tell you that I had used a stain remover on at least one article of clothing that I threw in with the load.


I am thinking it has to be something involving the stain removers, at least for me. If I noticed it twice now after using shout or Clorox 2, but not any other time I wash clothing, I am going to make sure if I use it on an article of clothing from now on, I'm not going to then throw it in the washer. I'm just going to hand wash it. I use Purex detergent, and don't seem to have problems regularly.

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September 26, 20110 found this helpful

May I suggest checking your drawer or closet where you hang or store these. There are mites that attack certain fabrics, and certain kinds of wood that clothing may be stored in. Take everything out of that space, take it outside and dump it in your garbage bin. Then spray it with insecticide inside and out. Let sit over night then wipe out with a fabric softener sheet. Hope this helps!

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July 28, 20160 found this helpful

Not possible. Mites or insects do not know to only chew holes in the FRONT of a top. It's cheapo fabric.

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September 27, 20110 found this helpful

I agree with the previous poster. It must be something that you are doing that is causing wear in that spot. It may be some product that you are using for something that is coming in contact just with the front of the shirt.


Perhaps some new cleaning product? I notice that my 100% cotton shirts get tiny holes in the tummy area first, long before there is any sign of wear anywhere else. The softer the cotton, the more there is wear. Insects or some laundry product wouldn't wear holes in just the front.

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September 1, 20160 found this helpful

I also get holes in my t-shirts. It not from anything I'm doing or wearing. Just got a shirt and after one wash a hold. This only happens to my cotton shirts. I hate it

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