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Mystery holes in my shirts!

Updated on September 17, 2013

Tiny Mystery Holes in my Shirts!

For the last three or four years, I have been finding holes in my shirts. They are mostly thin, cotton shirts, and the holes are appearing in the same spot almost every time (bottom, front, near my belly button). I am running out of money buying new shirts all of the time. Where are they coming from?

Will Google Save Me?

My Quest to Solve the Mystery

Since discovering the clusters of tiny holes in my shirts, I have heard many theories as to what might be causing them. My husband thought it was the seat belts in my car, and I thought it might be my washing machine. My friend said that she thought there was no way it could be the washing machine because the holes are always in the same place. It was beginning to get expensive, and frustrating as I was going through this endless cycle of buying shirts, finding holes, and buying new shirts to replace them. It was particularly frustrating when I bought a new shirt that I loved and it seemed as soon as I washed it the first time, it had holes in it. That was agony.

But, it seemed that no one had experienced the same agony as I, until a few weeks ago. At a birthday party that I was attending, the hostess and I were casually discussing her purchase of a new washing machine, when she told me that the reason she bought it was because she thought that it was causing these strange holes in her t-shirts. I couldn't believe my ears! I thought that I was the only person to be experiencing the "mystery of the holey shirts", and it was beginning to drive me crazy. But, finally, there was someone else who was experiencing the same thing. She hadn't had the washer long enough to determine if it had been the cause or not, but it got me thinking. If there was someone else, another person being driven crazy by the mystery of the holeyness, then there must be others out there.

So, I decided to do a Google search, and to my amazement, up popped 10,300,000 results! Of the links that I chose, most just repeated the same old, tired thoughts that had been running frustratingly through my mind for a long, long time (washer, drier, seat-belt, zipper on my jeans). A few of the links presented new theories, with many commenters chiming in with their rebuttals and opinions. This is really an epidemic!

Of all of the theories that I saw; from moths to jean buttons, and even shirts getting pinched by dumbells at the gym, the theory that made the most sense (in my case, anyway) was my kitchen counter. Many people were coming to the conclusion that they were leaning against their granite counter tops, which were causing the button of their jeans to rub through the shirt and against the edge of the counter, which caused the holes. There were a few people (seems that these commenters and posters are mostly women, by the way) who did not have granite counter tops, but the majority did.

Because I do have granite counter tops in my kitchen, the holes are located exactly where the counter hits my belly, and I realized that I do spend quite a bit of time leaning against the counter in my kitchen doing dishes and cooking, I decided that this was most likely my problem. It just makes the most sense. But, in order to find out for sure, I need to test the theory and try to prevent getting the holes. This needs to be done either by not leaning on the counter, or wearing something to protect my clothes from rubbing on the counter. I am more aware now, but most of the time it is done out of habit, and I don't even realize that I have been doing it until it's too late. So, I have decided to wear a thick apron. I bought a nice quality, canvas apron in navy blue, and I love it! It makes me feel all "nineteen-fifties housewife" and stuff (yeah-right). Now, if I can just remember to wear it each and every time every time I am in the kitchen....

It has been a couple of weeks, and I have not noticed any new holes. But, it is still too soon to tell. I hope that there is someone out there who can benefit from some of this information, and/or who can tell us a story about their own experiences regarding the secrets of the mysterious holes.

You can get a new apron here-or a tank top to wear under your shirt - Just in case you'd like to give it a try!

Photo by sporkist
Photo by sporkist

Update

It has been a little over two weeks since I began testing my theory, and it seems to be holding up! I have not seen any new holes since then. My next move will be to buy an awesome new unholy shirt and keep my fingers crossed, and my apron on...

I'll let you know how it goes!

A Little More Information

From what I have been reading on other websites and forums, it seems that the subject of the quality of our clothes has come up. Some have said that the quality of the shirts available to us has gone down. The fabric is thinner, and therefore, it stands to reason that this may be part of the problem. One of the questions that I had with the counter top theory was - if it is the counter top, why did the holes begin to appear in the last 4 or years or so? I have lived in the same house for 17 years.

This would answer that question. If the quality of the shirts that I purchase has dissipated in the last 4 years, they may wear down more easily than the shirts that I owned previously.

It may also be the stores that I purchase my shirts from now. I have noticed that the holes showed up more quickly on the shirts that I bought from Old Navy than on my Nike t-shirts, although almost all of my shirts eventually show these holes.

When Did This Phenomenon Begin?

Clip art courtesy of US EPA SunWise Program / ryanlerch/Open Clip Art Library
Clip art courtesy of US EPA SunWise Program / ryanlerch/Open Clip Art Library

Could it be that the quality of the clothing that we buy in the US (and even around the world) has declined in the past few years? I have been living in the same house for 17 years, and didn't have this problem until fairly recently.

Approximately, when did you begin to notice the holes in your shirts?

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Could it Be the Brand?

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      Tammy 

      3 years ago

      I also have this same problem; however, while a lot of them do appear around the waist area, I have had them show up on other areas of my shirts, sweaters or blouses. I really think it has to do with the quality of the material. Even if these items of clothing are costly to purchase, it seems to make no difference. I really believe these days things are just cheaply & poorly made. We have a real shortage of good quality cotton. I have a sweat shirt that I purchase twenty years ago, and it's in perfectly good condition. I wear it around the house cooking and doing chores, and not a single hole to be found. I have a sweat shirt from the same store purchased last winter, and guess what, holes have appeared. This is from a high end store, where one would think with the price paid, it would not happen. It doesn't really matter where you buy or how much you pay for clothing; these days they're just poor quality.

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      matt 

      3 years ago

      I've been having this for a couple for years now, never really thought a great deal of it to be honest until today. I bought a new expensive top on Friday and today (Monday) I noticed that there are 2 holes in it just underneath the navel area. I haven't washed it yet so that rules out the washing machine, I know it's not the kitchen worktop. I'm at a loss. The only thing I can think of is my belt. It's a leather belt with 3 rows of small metal studs going around it which thinking about it I bought round about when all this started, I wear it all the time. I'll try not wearing it for a bit and see if that makes a difference.

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      Nancy 

      3 years ago

      I have had the EXACT same problems for years now! In fact, just today, I wore a brand new shirt that I literally just took off the tags! During dinner, I looked down and noticed the stupid holes! I did not wash this shirt. I wore it brand new! I am SO EXTREMELY frustrated! I was thinking that it must be me leaning against the counter and rubbing up against the zipper. I however, do not have a granite countertop. I have a regular old counter top. I am going to start wearing camis underneath my shirts from now on and see if this helps.

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      Ctee 

      3 years ago

      I use a half cup of bleach in my dishwater every other day, disinfect dish clothes or sponges etc mostly due to constants spills and such I have a 2yr old LO. Also chemical sprays on my countertops almost daily. I have had the same holes appear over the years. Never thought to wear an apron... Duh, right ? I'm out to buy one today!

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      Carol 

      3 years ago

      I get holes in my T-shirts at the exact spot that they contact my granite counter tops, which have smooth rounded corners and no jagged edges. I do not wear jeans or pants with snaps, buttons, or zippers. I mostly wear knits or yoga pants. I originally thought it was my cats who were snagging their claws into my shirts but it was just too strange that they were all in the same spot. I reject the idea that some bug has an affinity only for the belly of my T-shirts.

      I have one apron that didn't last against the counter tops either. It was rayon instead of the usual cotton.

      I have lived in homes without granite counters and did not seem to have this problem. I wonder if it might have something to do with the cleaning products I use on my counters. I often lean up against wet counters I have just cleaned. Dunno. Just a thought.

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      Anna 

      3 years ago

      I find my stuff gets snagged on the tables a lot, cause the top is all nice and pretty but the undersides are rough, I even got a splinter once. Its not just the quality of the clothes, its also the quality of the furniture.

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      Matt 

      3 years ago

      I have holes in my t shirts only on my left shoulder coming down on my arm a little. It's been years and many t-shirts. If someone ever figure out this mystery please email me at matthew1945@live.com

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      karen58 

      3 years ago

      I started seeing these holes about 6 months ago, now every new tee shirt I buy gets holes in it. Just today a brand new shirt, worn only 2 hrs and there was a hole, after 5 hrs a second hole. I have thrown out 35 tee shirts this summer. Called in an exterminator who claims he found 1 dean carpet beetle in my closet so had him treat the entire house. All was good for about 2 weeks, then holes again. Had them come back and repeat the treatment, he also suggested I run all of my clothes thru the dryer for 15 min to kill any beetles. Well, here I am again, 2 days later, holes in new shirt. Not seat belt, or counter top or anything else suggested and apparently not beetles either. I have no clue what this is coming from. I also have a friend who experiencing the same problem. Hopefully someone out there has the answer.

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      BKInteriors 

      4 years ago

      Some of the Anthropology shirts bought this summer have the same holes in the weave in the same location.

      I mentioned this to my cousin who lives in Florida and she too is tired of throwing out and replacing her tops.

      I believe there is a problem with the weaving process.

      Funny that men's tees are not having the same issue.

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      nickie8521 

      4 years ago

      Add me to the list. These holes started happening 4-5 years ago, I have thrown out at least 20 tops. Someone posted that she things those holes are in the tops when we buy them, very small but after wearing and washing them once they get bigger. There is no better explanation in my opinion.

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      DianeinCT 

      4 years ago

      I never had an issue with small holes in my clothes until I bought a new car in 2009. I started to find small holes near the bottom of my casual tops. For the past few years I couldnât figure out how a brand new top would get holes the very first time I wore it. I blamed it on my old laminate kitchen counters assuming the rubbing against them while doing dishes was the culprit. Well we replaced the counters with smooth granite and I still continued to get holes. I finally discovered it was my carâs seat belt two years ago when my sister wore a brand new top in my car for the first time and when we arrived at our destination two hours later she had the same small holes I had been complaining about for years. Turns out the small plastic button on my seat belt rests exactly in the center of my tummy just below the belly button. This continuously rubs against your clothing while driving. If you have pants with a zipper it exacerbates the problem. I only had holes in my warmer weather tops because wearing a jacket in cooler weather protected them from the seat belt friction. Suggest you check the seat belts of all the cars you ride in. Most likely you will find a plastic disk on one of them that rests in the same area where you have holes. I covered that spot on the belt with a velcro lambs wool seat belt cover I purchased and havenât had a problem since.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Look up carpet beetles. They are likely your real problem. Not your kitchen counter

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Look up carpet beetles. They are likely your real problem. Not your kitchen counter

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I to have become one very frustrated person over the appearing holes in my shirts. I am now on this site writing this as I just looked down and found yet another lot of holes in one of my tops. This has been going on for years, and yes will always be the one I love to wear the most. Same story as all, the holes appear in the same spot and always several tiny ones. Have worn my tops once only and not washed them and bingo holes appear. Please somebody tell me why......

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Hi, I know you are almost correct with the counter tops - BUT - we are all concentrating on the EFFECT and not the CAUSE, which is poor quality cotton. We need to get to the bottom of the mystery and looking at changes in manufacturing and cotton production. Not everyone wants to do that. I have been puzzling this for the last 5 years now since it started happening, and I have old tee shirts which I have kept for years for sentimental reasons which have no holes at all, so, what is it that has changed??

      Where have companies switched with cotton purchasing? Is it China? Is it India?

      I know my high quality cotton sheets don't get holes in them after one use!

      I have had a Facebook page called 'Holes in the front of my tee shirts' for years where we have all been puzzling this same mystery.

      But, whatever it is - IT IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH. Clothing manufacturers have a lot to answer for.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Not trying to be difficult here, but I don't think the counter top is to blame, or at least not the ONLY reason. I have some shirts I bought brand new and hung in my closet, tags still attached, and in just a small amount of time, holes start appearing. Makes me sad... I want to know the real reason. Plus, I don't have granite counter tops either. But get this on so many shirts and often on the ones I wear the least. It's like we buy them with small pin pricks in them and the size of those pricks gets larger over time, till they are then noticeable and more annoying.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      You are correct. I have the same cluster of holes on all me t-shirts. I found that I had gained a little weight which caused my pants to fit a litter tigher and the button on my pants was no longer laying totally flat. When I leaned against any of our counter tops it was slicing holes in my shirts. Very frustrating but I am more aware to avoid it from happening. I have thrown so many nice shirts out as they look so gross with all those holes. I am glad to see I am not the only one who has this issue. This only started after I remodeled my house and had special edges cut on all my counter tops in the bathrooms and kitches.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      @anonymous: The rough edge on Formica counters (underneath) causes the holes as well. A friend of mine poited out (during one of my fits at throwing away another favorite shirt) that I often carry things in front of me and lean them against my stomach...same cause and effect as the counter but universal and mobile!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Me Too!!!! It's driving me crazy. I've thrown out so many shirts! It only happens on my shirts, and some have been pretty expensive ones! I don't have granite countertops, it's not my seatbelt, I'm at my wits end! I can't figure out what this is! I've checked all my drawers, some shirts I hang in the closet. I don't wear belts, I've never gotten my zipper caught. It's driving me crazy!!!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      For the last 18 months or so, I have also noticed this exact same issue - in the same location. Also, similar fabrics (thin cotton). The first cluster of shirts with holes was in 5 tops all bought from Antrhopologie. I had only worn them once or twice, and one developed a hole without going in the wash. All the shirts were kept in the same drawer leading me to check for nails, moths etc. However, the same frontal location of the holes makes no sense for insects or random trauma in a drawer. I have thought about the belt buckle or seat belt and the granite counter top is interesting but I don't always wear jeans with buttons or belts. there must be some consistent behavioural thing however. The latest hole issue was in a banana republic t-shirt. getting very annoyingi, but interesting to hear the issues are abound with others. thanks.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      i was plagued by this for so long too!

      One day, at a friend's backyard at a summer BBQ I was complaining about it. About 5 minutes later, I got up, got a bottle of beer out of the cooler. While continuing to complain, I stretched my t-shirt over the bottlecap to use it as friction for twisting off the cap....

      At that moment I had clarity.

      Now I notice that I constantly use the hem of my shirt for unscrewing bottles, jars, everything.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I have ruined many nice tops with these small holes appearing on the bottom front of them! Ugh! I too, thought either seatbelt or my granite countertop. But this morning.....maybe the top corner of my denim Jeans????? I pounded the top outside corner of the Denim fabric with a hammer to soften & flatten the corner. I'll see how it goes. But your theory on wearing an apron is good. I'll be trying that, too. Too many nice, hardly worn tops are ruined!!!! :-(

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Your experience was exactly mine and we have recently had counter top changed to granite. I put on an old top and wore jezns with a metal button underneath and tested the theory and .... Bingo, 5 little holes! Thanks for solving the mystery. Will have to invest in an apron now.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      @IamBronwen: This has been happening for a long time. I've been thinking moths, carpet beetles. I've tried everything, spraying, soaking, keeping in plastic containers. I assure you it isn't the counter tops, probably not the washer, zipper or seat belt. These are not snag holes. They look like little punctures. Whatever it is, it's ruining all my shirts. I note they are almost all nearly 100% cotton. Someone mentioned the quality of cotton, etc? I've started marking the inside collar with a sharpie for # of holes to test. I start out with a 0 on new shirts and then add small lines as new holes appear. I am beside myself trying to figure this out. My latest shirt couldn't have gotten a hole in the washer as it had no holes when I put it on and by the end of the day it had a hole. I only wore it a few hours. I note I do not wash these shirts in hot water or dry them as I hang them up which leads me to believe it could be some sort of moth or beetle?? Please help. I'm just going to wear my shirts with holes and keep records as holes increase until this can be figured out. :(

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Same thing. Mystery holes in the lower front part of all my tops. It's not the washing machine. My husband and son seem to an immunity to these terrible little wholes. I wander if the counter top is to blame. Although I can tell you it's probably not the zipper on my jeans because I often wear tights. Crazy that so many people have the same problem and know one can come up with a concrete answer.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      It's not the granite counter tops in my case because it happens in my workout shorts. This means that it's not the button on my pants either, because my workout shirts only get worn when I wear my workout shorts. It's got to be something in the washer or dryer.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      My boyfriend and I have been experiencing this for a couple of years, and he just got me started googling it last night. I don't know about the kitchen counter theory for a couple of reasons - first, I have had much rougher counters than this in the past and never had these little holes before. Second, while most of the holes are on the fronts of the shirts, and most of those are near the bottom, it isn't all of them. A few identical holes also appear in the chest area, shoulders, and backs of shirts. Further, it only happens to t-shirts. Why aren't the countertops causing any wear patterns at all on my sweaters or woven shirts? No sign of it there at all.

      But I have to admit that although the kitchen counter theory doesn't fit perfectly, I don't have a better suggestion. I don't know what is weirder - these little holes in my t-shirts, or the fact that it's happening to so many people who also have never heard of such a thing before (my grandmother and mother never wore aprons, and I was not familiar with this phenomenon as a child, as nobody else seems to have been either...)

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      @anonymous: I hate to rain on your parade, but it is not the granite countertops.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I have had this problem for about 4 years as well. IT IS MIT THE HRANITE COUNTER TOPS! I don't have granite countertops. Also not the seatbelt, as I get holes on shirts that I never wear in the car. I'm distressed and mad that all of my shirts have holes in them. Someone suggested that it is carpet beetles. So many explanations, but no cure! Seems like a good investigative reporter would jump on this.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! I have granite countertops and I suffer the same oddity. I'm overjoyed you have solved the mystery!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      @lantean: All I have to say is "I hate you LOFT"

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      lantean 

      5 years ago

      I am surprised that most of you haven't come to the obvious conclusion. No, it is not you or anything you are doing that are causing the holes. Just ask yourselves, why are the holes exactly in the same place every time? If it was moths, cleaning materials or you washer, wouldn't the holes in the shirts be all over it? The holes are usually in the bottom front part, right? And Rachel, your theory on the manufacturers using cheap materials is perhaps the closest theory I have read here. The truth is over the last couple of years the t-shirt manufacturers have been poking holes in their shirts just before shipping them out. When you buy them, the holes are too small to be seen by the naked eye; so you don't know it is there. You only notice the holes as they bigger after each wash. Then you wonder what you are doing is causing them, not realizing that the shirts were defective before you even bought them. So why would the t-manufacturers do this, you may asl? Well, the answer is pretty obvious. They want to sell as many shirts as possible and increase their profits. They want you to buy a new shirt every year, perhaps even couple of times a year. There has to be a governmental investigation into this.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I have the very same problem and through a process of elimination I believe that in the last few years clothing manufacturers have started using much less expensive materials to make clothes - so the quality of the cotton is not very good and it doesn't last. I can tell you that most of my shirts that have holes are made by J. Crew and J. Crew has a no refund policy after 15 or 30 days (I can't remember how many days) but I have stopped buying clothes from any store that does not have a unconditional refund policy. Even some of the best brands are using sub-standard materials to save money and it's costing us money!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I have the same problem and have been going crazy trying to find out what it was! What made my situation even more perplexing was the fact that I was the only one getting the holes so I kept thinking, it could not be my washing machine. It never dawned on me that it could be my granite countertops. But now that I think about it, of course, I AM THE ONLY ONE SPENDING COUNTLESS HOURS IN THE KITCHEN COOKING AND CLEANING. Phew. I feel better now except for the fact that I work so hard around the house I'm wearing holes in my clothes and no one else in the household is. LOL :)

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I have the same problem and have been going crazy trying to find out what it was! What made my situation even more perplexing was the fact that I was the only one getting the holes so I kept thinking, it could not be my washing machine. It never dawned on me that it could be my granite countertops. But now that I think about it, of course, I AM THE ONLY ONE SPENDING COUNTLESS HOURS IN THE KITCHEN COOKING AND CLEANING. Phew. I feel better now except for the fact that I work so hard around the house I'm wearing holes in my clothes and no one else in the household is. LOL :)

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I have been getting the small holes in my tee shirts for a few years. I've gone through many 'solutions', but what seem to really have stopped it is applying a narrow strip of Duck Tape under my granite work surface, especially at the sink where I lean over to reach into the sink. When standing at the sink my tummy just fits under and this is where the holes appear in tee shirts.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I also had this same problem and found it was caused by the waist band of my jeans. The front part above the zipper where the button is, the edges are as hard as a rock. The problem was I had gained a little weight during pregnancy afterwards while I could get back into my jeans the waist area was very tight and as a result causing the edges of the waist band to jut out causing the holes in my tops. I bought new jeans a size bigger that fit better around the waist and I've no problems since. Hope this helps anyone :)

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I have the same type of holes, a cluster of them on all my shirts!!! It's so annoying. I actually think it might be from my baby carrier or my babies toe nails? As I carry my baby often on my arm. Still a mystery!!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I now only buy cheap t-shirts because it happens to all of mine, cheap or expensive. It does not happen to my husbands shirts, only mine. 90% of all holes are in the belly area, but I do occasionally find them in the shoulder area....which makes me lean towards seat belts. I do not have granite counter tops, I don't have a front loader washing machine. Makes me crazy, I'm actually sitting here staring at a hole now in my shirt...gggrrrrr

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I am having the same issue for 3 years now. If it were just mine and my husbands shirts, I would think this could be the cause, but my 2 1/2 year sons shirt has these tiny holes in it too. What gives? My theory is the spinning rotation of the front end loading washing machine. The vacuum of the spin is pulling the shirt into the tiny holes of the washer...that is the only thing I can think of. I had a baby sleeper that had many holes in the back of it once, this is why this is my guess. However, it IS usually on the cotton shirts, in the front at belly level. Weird.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      So glad its not just me..... i'm also stuggling with the same problem. Is it not the gas hob? When we it ignites? The kitchen tops make sense too, but can't believe how easily it can make holes!!!!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      It is poor quality cotton and the washing takes out any seeds that are left from the ginning. Most cotton products in the West come from either the Indian sub continent or China. To cut costs, they don't do a very good job of making the cotton fabric. Companies such as WalMart are only interested in price. They know people arent going to return a washed 10 dollar T shirt. However, it is more expensive to buy cheap products than good quality American made ones.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I think it's the zipper in my pants. It sometimes is standing horizontally rather than lying flay and I believe that its the culprit. I have one pair of shorts that has a particularly long zipper "pull" and the shirts I typically wear with those shorts have the worse holes.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I think it is the seat belt and here's why. I have the holes in all soft cotton shirts that I wear as clothing, but none of my soft cotton shirts that I wear only as pajamas. None of the soft cotton pj shirts get the holes. I wear the pj's washing dishes so they come in contact with the granite countertops just like my regular t-shirts do. The only thing I don't do in pj's is drive. I don't think it is the snaps or zipper on blue jeans cuz it has happened to brand new t-shirts that have only been worn with cotton shorts.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I am convinced it is something to do with the hardness of the seat belt rubbing against the zip or button on my trousers. I have today ordered some fleece-y seat belt protectors to soften the belt. II do have granite work surfaces, and it's just the right height, but I get several tiny holes - more like wear rather than a snag. I do agree that the quality of material is not as good as it used to be, but why does it always happen to my favourite tee shirt? Maybe it's a combination of all these things!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I have the same problem. Surprised to discover I am not the only one! I also wear jeans often and am thinking that's the problem, perhaps combined with the seat belt trapping the fabric between it and the button on the jeans. But how to stop it? Don't want to abandon my jeans and t's wardrobe!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I have the same problem with the tiny hole on my t-shirts. The only thing about your theory that puzzles me is that, I've had my granite counter tops for 10 years now and the holes started appearing within the last three years or so. You would think that I should have had this problem since back then and not be a more recent issue.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I don't wear belts and I get the same holes. I really think it may be that even though the granite if smooth and sealed, it still has microscopic sharp points that pulled the fabric. Either that or the sealer eats at the cloth. Sure isn't the belt buckle idea for me.

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      adelais lm 

      6 years ago

      You could also try buying a cheap shirt and leaning against the counter more often and consciously to see if new holes begin to appear fastuer than the usual?

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I've got exactly same issue! Yesterday I bought brand new top and only got to wear it for 5 hours before it was full of holes round my belt buckle area. Will try the apron, thank you for the tip.

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      angelsigh 

      6 years ago

      Loved it! Great lens for informing those with the holy shirts...

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Lovely lens! Who knew the counter top would be such a menace. All the best in your experiment. I do hope you beat the holes syndrome

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Interesting! I would have never guessed that a granite counter top would cause something like this.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I only get the holes in my shirts when I wear jeans. Since I rarely wear jeans, it's a pretty definitive relationship between jeans & the holes...not washing machines or counter tops. Only happens to the shirts I don't tuck in and only happens in the area around the zipper pull or button. Since it also happens when a belt is worn, that leaves out the button. Must be the zipper pull.

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      SarahGh LM 

      6 years ago

      I haven't experienced this yet but it surely gave me a reason to pay attention to my shirts and the holes!

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      ChiroAustin 

      6 years ago

      haha great idea for a lens...

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      Brandi 

      6 years ago from Maryland

      OMG! I can't believe I found this...ALL of my shirts get these holes in the exact same spot! My husband had a theory that it was the countertop, but I wasn't sure unitl I read this. So glad I'm not the only one...mystery solved! :)

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      fitnessdad70 

      6 years ago

      My shirts always seem to get snags

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      jballs6 

      6 years ago

      Oh my goodness I have the same problem bit it's everyone's T shirts, so it's still a mystery in our house how they appear I also got a new washing machine but the problem still exists!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Yes, I'm very amused by this lens. I like the simple narure of it. I hope you'll do a sequel on where the socks go that you put in the dryer.

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      IamBronwen 

      6 years ago

      @efriedman: If I were you, I would be suspicious of the washer as well. When I thought that my washer might be to blame I did read some information about washers doing this. When I realized that the holes were all in pretty much the same spot on my shirts every time, I knew that it would be almost impossible for it to be my washer. I did mention that those countertops were sneaky, but I don't think that they are sneaking into your bed and making holes in your pillowcases...but you never know.... Thanks for the comment :)

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      IamBronwen 

      6 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: Yes Susan, be careful. Those granite countertops are very sneaky...but they are beautiful, and I love them. Wow, I just realized that my daughter has a lot in common with granite countertops. By the way, congrats on your new home and thanks for your comment!

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      IamBronwen 

      6 years ago

      @tvyps: That's so funny! Maybe we will find the answer if they can ever get into the secret chambers under the Great Pyramid of Giza. I am sure that the Egyptians got extremely tired of needing new tunics and loincloths all of the time :). Thanks a bunch!

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      efriedman 

      6 years ago

      Surprising and fun topic about mystery holes in clothes. We have just been noticing this, but kitchen counters don't answer the mystery for us. Many of the holes are in shirts or teeshirts, but not where a counter would scratch; some in the tops of relatively new socks, a couple showed up in pillow slips. I am getting suspicious of the washer or dryer as culprit...

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      Susan Deppner 

      6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      So glad I'm reading this today - our granite countertops were installed in our new home just last week! Looks like I shouldn't take any chances. I've been thinking I should have an apron anyway, and now I know it's a good idea. We'll be moving in soon. Thanks!

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      Teri Villars 

      6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I think they might be related to the Crop Circles. I also saw a show on National Geographic where the Egyptian Hieroglyphics showed just this kind of thing, the tunics and loincloths had these holes! Make sure that you buy 2 of every color shirt, that way you can wear one under the other and you won't notice the holes. ha! Funny lens!

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      IamBronwen 

      6 years ago

      @kindoak: Thanks for your comment. If the counter is the culprit, maybe you will just have to stop washing dishes altogether! That would solve the problem :D I didn't believe my counter was the culprit at first, but the holes matched up so perfectly, and so far so good. No new holes so far...

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      kindoak 

      6 years ago

      I got a couple of holes in my own clothes. I would never have thought of the kitchen counter as being the culprit! I guess I will have to see if they match up with the counter.. even though I spend as little time as possible doing dishes :)

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