Tiny Holes at the Bottom of Shirts? The Culprit May Be In Your Kitchen

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A while ago I discovered tiny holes at the bottom of my shirts. At first I suspected clothes moths and went crazy looking for them in all of our closets, of course I found none. I then realized the holes were all at hip-level only. What was ripping tiny holes in all my shirts, all in the same area? It was a total mystery…

I went online and researched a bit. I found many forums and sites talking about the reasons why the holes were appearing. Some people said it was their washer, some blamed the button and snaps from their jeans rubbing against the shirt, some even said the seatbelt in their vehicle was rubbing against their shirt coupled with the button from the jeans underneath. There were some people that even blamed it on the poor quality of the fabrics.

tiny holes in shirt

Then I came across people discussing granite countertops and how rubbing against the counter tops could be the issue.  Some natural granites have small pits, fissures, and “rough” spots to the touch where it’s crystalline structure is exposed when cut. Some granite counter tops are more rounded on the edges and wouldn’t have that same issue. The tiny holes were happening because I was leaning on my granite counters while I cooked, cleaned dishes or baked!

The holes all appeared after we moved to a house with granite countertops and my children’s clothes had no holes. This was happening only to my husband’s and my shirts. I believe we found the culprit in our kitchen! The solution? Wearing an apron made of thick material to protect our shirts, or cooking and cleaning wearing old shirts only.

Yes friends, I am happy to say that after wearing an apron regularly we have seen no more holes appear on our new shirts!

Have you ever experienced the “mysterious” tiny holes? Did you find the culprit or are you still finding annoying tiny holes in your clothes? Share your story below!

UPDATE: We have moved to a new home with no granite countertops and there are NO new holes appearing on our clothing. After six months, I think this proves the counters were to blame at the old place!

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20 responses to “Tiny Holes at the Bottom of Shirts? The Culprit May Be In Your Kitchen”

  1. Elaine — March 17, 2016 @ 7:22 am (#)

    OMG yes!!! I totally get the annoying tiny holes and they must be from our counters too!!!

  2. kathy downey — March 17, 2016 @ 9:07 am (#)

    Omg,im reading this thinking to myself you have solved my problem thats been going on for a long time all my tees have this..

  3. kathy downey — March 17, 2016 @ 9:20 am (#)

    OOps,i had to come back and share thisd on FB for my friends,we had this conversation a few times

  4. Laurie P — March 17, 2016 @ 3:32 pm (#)

    Totally been there…..definitely something most people don’t think of!

  5. Brent — March 17, 2016 @ 7:16 pm (#)

    I would never in a million years have thought that. I have had these ‘mystery holes’ in my shirts for years. BTW – my counters are corian.

  6. Kala S. — March 18, 2016 @ 11:58 am (#)

    I’ve been blaming my belt. We have laminate counters, so likely not that.

  7. Elizabeth Matthiesen — March 20, 2016 @ 4:24 pm (#)

    I also have granite counters which do have holes in them, in fact I called back the firm thinking they were defect and I must admit had I known they’d be with holes I’d have chosen a different granite! Luckily this hasn’t happened to me yet but if it does then I’ll just have to start wearing an apron. Thanks for posting 🙂

  8. Treen Goodwin — March 22, 2016 @ 6:05 am (#)

    I have old counter tops and there is nails holding on the side pieces one , i have caught myself a hundred times , i cant stop it either , its a pain in the butt :/

  9. Melinda Contreras — March 28, 2016 @ 5:35 pm (#)

    I currently don’t spend too much time in the kitchen, but I’ll keep this in mind in case that changes! Thanks for the info!!!

  10. Maria McLachlan — March 28, 2016 @ 6:49 pm (#)

    OMG, I was going crazy and so annoyed by these holes. My granite counter is the culprit too! I’ve ruined like 10 shirts.

  11. Kristina Scott — March 30, 2016 @ 7:16 am (#)

    This drives me CRAZY and we totally have granite. Thank you! I had no idea.

  12. MaryAnn — March 30, 2016 @ 11:03 am (#)

    I would have never guessed the granite countertops.

  13. AD — March 30, 2016 @ 5:15 pm (#)

    Huh, I did not know this! Makes sense… I have these tiny holes in my T-Shirts too and now the mystery is solved.

  14. Rosie — April 17, 2016 @ 12:15 pm (#)

    I have had these mystery holes for years! what is hard they start so small, if you are busy, you don’t notice, until that area of your shirt looks like a metal grater of small holes. I’ve been sewing mine up for the umpteenth time, I have to start wearing my cute handmade apron!

  15. kathy downey — July 18, 2016 @ 7:23 am (#)

    Most of my tees have this

  16. Laurie P — July 24, 2016 @ 6:02 am (#)

    This just happened to a kinda new shirt…..we literally had two moths in the house so naturally I thought it was them. But this totally makes sense.

  17. Joan — September 14, 2017 @ 5:05 pm (#)

    I have had this problem as well only since we got granite countertops and the seam is right at the sink. Not sure if it would have happened if the seam was not at the sink, but it’s been a pain. I have ruined many, many, shirts! I guess it’s apron time for me as well, though a pain to have to use it for a 5 minute chore in front of the sink. Maybe I need to learn to not lean against the sink like my husband!

  18. Jennifer rehmert — September 19, 2018 @ 8:02 pm (#)

    We do not have granite countertops and my husband is over 6 ft and I am under 5 ft and we both have these holes in the same spot. Still stumped

    • M Henke — October 29, 2018 @ 8:54 am (#)

      I wonder if stainless steel farm sinks do it too. It took me awhile to figure this out after ruining every cotton shirt! We have granite too but smooth edge and butcher block wood island where I do most work so I wonder if our stainless sink I lean up to does it. At our daughters house there’s honed granite than does it. I got myself a little bar apron to prevent this.

  19. Pat Lackey — January 18, 2019 @ 3:59 pm (#)

    I have Silestone and this happened to my shirts. A granite company came by to smooth out the edge and it helped a bit but I’m still wrecking knit or cotton shirts. Was hoping to find a topical treatment but found this blog.

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