Preventing the tiny holes in the front of your thinner tshirts

Photo by author. Holes in the front of t-shirt at waist level

There’s a rolling mystery in our house.  We have been wondering what is putting the little holes in the front of your t-shirts? And today, we’ve got the answer for you. 

 It’s not moths eating your finer fabrics nor silverfish in your cupboards and no amount of  camphor or store bought moth preventer will cure it.  

The problem is your jeans or pants. Yes, folks! It is that simple. Your jeans are damaging your tops.

The small holes are caused by your tops sitting on top of the hard surfaces of your jeans, in which you bump up against tables tops and counter tops.  Stone benches are a primary evil.  Seatbelts too rub on the similar point of your shirt and if they have hard edges can do damage in a similar way. Small threads break in the tops from the rubbing of everyday life and when the tops are washed the threads pull back. It is even worse if you use a dryer as the threads contract further.

You can do your own experiment – wear a shirt for a week untucked from your jeans then take a good look at it for small holes around the top area where it covers the button region of your jeans.  Put it in the washer and dryer and you’ll see the holes widen quickly.  

Or wear a shirt for a week, and tuck the front of the shift into your jeans – you won’t get holes.

The solutions to this problem are:

1. Wear pants with no buttons i.e. exercise pants, leggings, and similar.

2. Tuck your shirts into your buttoned pants at the front (even if you don’t tuck the sides and back).  This will stop them rubbing up against the benches.  

3. When you wash your shirts, try to resist using the dryer as it adds to any damage that has been done.  Hang your shirts instead.  

Have you had problems with holes in the front of your shirts?

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