Solved: the mystery of tiny holes in shirts

I think we have solved the mystery of the tiny holes in my shirts!

The bad news is that, after doing laundry, the number of shirts affected has (hopefully) topped out at 10 shirts. That was pretty much all my long-sleeved and mid-sleeved shirts. I’ve taken out my summer clothes now, since I had no more shirts left. Are blazers still “in”? I have a ton of those I could wear over my summer tops. But, I digress…

What was ripping tiny holes in all my shirts around hip-level?

We think it is our granite counter tops. It must happen when I am leaning over the sink washing the endless baby bottles, sippy cups, and plastic dinnerware because I am too paranoid about plastic leeching chemicals at high temperatures to put any of those things in the dishwasher.

Way to go, fear of plastic. You just cost me 10 shirts.

Also, per comments from several friends on Facebook – I don’t think this would happen to everyone with granite counter tops, it’s just the particular bevel of our counter tops. Most counter tops are more rounded on the edges than ours are.

My first idea was to get some cool half-aprons.

Then, my husband suggested we just put the gummy crib protectors from our kids’ crib on the edge of the counter.


12 thoughts on “Solved: the mystery of tiny holes in shirts

  1. Goshoppago says:

    I’ve lost at least 20 shirts to tiny holes in the same place. Definitely rules out granite countertops as the holes are below the level of the countertop for me, I’m only 5′ 1″. This is driving me insane. I’m thinking it might have something to do with the button on particular jeans because my daughter has the same jeans and she has a few shirts with hoke too….she does not have granite countertops.

  2. Clemintine says:

    I’ve been puzzled and nuts over this problem for the past year. Upon examining the little holes closely with a magnifying glass, you can see they are little cuts being made by something sharp. I don’t think a countertop edge would create a sharp cut; however, leaning against a countertop might cause the t shirt to rub against the metal zipper of (especially jeans) pants. If you run your finger over those zippers you can feel how sharp they are; take an old piece of t shirt fabric, rub it across the zipper, and presto! holes. I suspect the solution is to tuck in a t shirt – but I don’t wear them that way – so, the holes continue. I’d be happy to hear of a proven solution, as mine is logical, but still somewhat theoretical. To test it, I guess I need to get new t shirt, wear tucked in for several days, and see what happens.

  3. Jwmidwife says:

    I have another theory. Everyone gets these holes in the same spot and we all have different stories. Do you think it’s possible that in the manufacturing they some how stick pins or something sharp in the same areas of the shirts? This thinner cotton just can’t take the stress of a previous stick?

  4. conscientious says:

    Wow that is a good theory! I would not be surprised if that has something to do with it because I can tell you for sure that most of the shirts I have are pretty old and not great quality. Many were those super-thin t-shirt type material, you know?

  5. Marystevenon says:

    My sister in law and I have the same issues!  We are both short – so the granite counter top didn’t do it.  Most of my shirts are GAP or the LOFT that it happens to.  I get shirts at Target and it never happens to them!  I have thrown out so many shirts because of this.  I have vowed to stay away from LOFT and GAP….   Amazing to see how many others this happens to – when I found out it happened to my sister in law we were shocked as we thought we were the only one and it was something related to us personally – but the fact that its out there this much – it’s got to be manufacturer related!

  6. TinaTwo says:

    This has happened to me numerous times with Ann Taylor t-shirts. I believe it is due to poor quality, thin fabric that cannot stand up to the pressure from either the edge of the material at the top front of jeans, or the buttons/snaps in that area. I am heading out to return a tee that I have only washed 3 times and it has 2 tiny holes there. Usually I can get at least one season of wearing the shirts before this happens. This is getting ridiculous!

  7. Anonymous says:

    I also have about 10 shirts that are ruined. I was thinking that maybe it was shirts I got from wholesalers like Ross and Marshalls. It doesn’t happen to things I buy in Express, Chaps, Lucky Brand or Target. Just the stuff I get at Marshall type store. And it’s always made with a mixture of cotton, rayon or modal. Check your tags. I truly think the material is too thin to rub against the jeans. That makes the most sense to me.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I can’t believe so many people with these tiny holes in shirts! Me too – SO frustrating. Unfortunately, I have to disagree about the quality of shirt being the issue for me. I have been getting these holes in an extremely wide variety of t-shirts – some thick, some thin shirts, from numerous manufacturers, for the last two years only. After reading other people’s similar issue on various sites, I have to conclude that my holes are coming from beveled counter tops that we installed at the same time the holes started appearing. I never had this problem before we installed the granite. When I run my fingers along the beveled edge, I do feel enough roughness that would cause these holes. I have tried to start wearing aprons but it is a really hard habit to get into.

  9. Anonymous says:

    OMG I thought it was just me…….its definitely started since we moved house. I now haven’t got a single top without holes!!
    Its got to be the granite worktops. My dear sisters rubbed themselves around my kitchen and the holes started to appear! They got 3 in a few minutes. How annoying, a kitchen that I can’t really use, it looks lovely but is costing a fortune in tops.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Hello…. I have the same holes but I’m now noticing they r in my brand new clothes that haven’t been worn or washed… driving me insane!!!!

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