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I'm seriously so frustrated because I been having this problem for a while and I don't know why it's happening. I wash all of our clothes in a rented (pretty ghetto looking <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes"> ) washer and dryer in our apartment. I use purex detergent with purex liquid softener wash on cold and dry on hot. It seems to be my shirts that are having the most issues, but I have noticed a few little holes in my girls clothing that are washed with dreft and no softener, but otherwise the same. So, WTH?!?!? We're not talking about poorly made clothing either. The shirt I just noticed it on is a few week old American Eagle and one of my girls' gymbo shirts was a recent victim <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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Where are the holes? My mom had a problem with getting holes right by her waist and she figured out it was the new tile counter in her kitchen. She'd lean up against it and her shirt would rub between the tile and button on her jeans! Pretty weird. Is there something in the house that could be snagging them? Or, is there something in the dryer that could be snagging them?
 

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Moths like to eat clothes.
 

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I don't think they are moths. I have never seen any at least. How would I know?<br><br>
I did think that I was getting them snagged on my dd's snappi when I had her go coverless so I have been using pins since, but I haven't even had this shirts with the new holes since then. I wonder if there could be something that is snagging them. I keep thinking that it is a laundry problem though....
 

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do you have a cat? I noticed some tiny holes in our clothing, mostly t-shirts and other soft stuff. I think the cat had been getting int he laundry basket and kneeding the clothes before taking a nap.
 

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I have been noticing the same thing with my clothes-only the 100% cotton stuff. I was blaming our old monster of a washing machine. Its pretty rough on out clothes. Curious if anyone else has any ideas...
 

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We have a front loader washer and had the same thing happen about six months ago. Are you over stuffing the washer...? Because that was the problem with ours. When I overstuff, I get holes. It must push/put pressure on the stuff rotating around in there...and it must snag on something. Try washing less at a time and see if there is a difference.<br>
Hope that helps...it eliminated our problem.
 

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It could just be the fabric. DH and I both noticed that a LOT of clothing manufacturers seem to be cheaping out on material. We've had a front loader for seven years, but have noticed that in the past two years that our t-shirts are getting holes in them like crazy. We do NOT have moths, no cats. It's like a hole just appears and I think it is b/c the material is so thin and cheap that it just gets holey very easily. We've noticed this with old navy, gap and banana republic brands, which I think are all related in some way or another. Just the other day I went to a friend's house for a playdate, looked down at my shirt (old navy) and noticed a hole!!! It was so embarrassing, I swear the hole was not there the last time I wore it (a wk before). I think it's the cheap fabric. I've noticed that the 100% cotton shirts are now really, really thin now compared to a few years ago.
 

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Well, I don't have a cat, but I could be over stuffing my washer <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> The washer is a little smaller since it's apartment sized, but I never realized that it could be issue. It's not like I'm filling it to the brim, but I bet the recommendation is less than I put. Maybe I'll try less in a load.<br><br>
I don't know about companies cheaping out on material. I certainly hope that's not happening <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: I have noticed it from my mossimo (target brand) all the way up to gymboree shirts, which IMO are good quality materials.<br><br>
Thanks for the ideas!
 

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I get holes right at my waist in the front. I wear my baby a lot, and the tshirts get rubbed between my baby carrier and the fly of my pants (usually jeans). So, I have lots of tiny holes.
 

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Make sure any zippers are zipped and snaps snapped. Friction from these can cause microtears.<br>
I had this happen but it was the washing machine doing it. The agitator was messed up. It even ripped up a heavy bath mat.
 

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do you happen to have any nice little furry friends around? even a pregnant one or a mommy with babies who are still hidden could do this, believe me, i know <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: they like clothes, diapers, ummm..anything remotely material like. and thats besides the boxes or food or CLEANING PRODUCT BOTTLES that they chew through!!!<br>
and yeah, sometimes theyre just little tiny holes, sometimes its bigger ones, just so noone tells me im nuts and mice dont cause little holes, cause well, the ones around here do at least!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Where are the holes? My mom had a problem with getting holes right by her waist and she figured out it was the new tile counter in her kitchen. She'd lean up against it and her shirt would rub between the tile and button on her jeans! Pretty weird. Is there something in the house that could be snagging them? Or, is there something in the dryer that could be snagging them?</div>
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Bingo! I have that same problem, it must be the button on my jeans. I kept thinking "Why am I getting holes there? I don't scratch my belly button!" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">.
 

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Had this happen to my Lands End shirts (which I <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">). Turns out it was my cat.<br><br>
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<a href="http://www.sdahq.org/laundry/fact/laundrytable1.html#12" target="_blank">http://www.sdahq.org/laundry/fact/laundrytable1.html#12</a><br><br>
This is a nice list of common laundry related problems, what causes them and how to solve them. Hope you solve your mystery, I have had similar problems but realized it was due to overloading the washer...husband is still guilty as sin of this and many other horrific laundry practices, poor guy means well but he has maimed and defiled too many washable and "non-washable but oh well" important cloth entities and is now strictly forbidden to touch my laundry or the baby's lol.
 

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I have a portable apt sized washer and it loves to eat clothes so I started only washing CPF's and sheets in it and holy cow it did more damage in a month then 5 years of use for both.
 

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I didn't read all the replies.<br><br>
I used to have an older washing machine and it had rusted a tiny, tiny bit in one place and left a little piece of sharp metal sticking out into the compartment. I would get these random holes in my finer fabrics. Turned out that they were just getting snagged on that tiny piece of metal during the wash cycle.<br><br>
Got a new washing machine, and voila, no more holes.
 

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I'd say it's the machine.<br><br>
If you use a dryer, also, maybe the dryer is getting too hot.<br><br>
There is also the issue of crap fabric. Just b/c you paid a lot of money for it doesn't mean it was worth it. I have an Aeropastale shirt and it got a hole in it just from me taking the tag off. That never happens to my Target shirts. LOL
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">It could just be the fabric. DH and I both noticed that a LOT of clothing manufacturers seem to be cheaping out on material. We've had a front loader for seven years, but have noticed that in the past two years that our t-shirts are getting holes in them like crazy. We do NOT have moths, no cats. It's like a hole just appears and I think it is b/c the material is so thin and cheap that it just gets holey very easily. We've noticed this with old navy, gap and banana republic brands, which I think are all related in some way or another. Just the other day I went to a friend's house for a playdate, looked down at my shirt (old navy) and noticed a hole!!! It was so embarrassing, I swear the hole was not there the last time I wore it (a wk before). I think it's the cheap fabric. I've noticed that the 100% cotton shirts are now really, really thin now compared to a few years ago.</div>
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That's true that those companies are all related. But, rather than the fabric being cheap, I think it is thinner for a fashion reason. The "favorite t" line at Gap was very thin and silky. I have also noticed that this fabric tends to get holes in it, but I prefer the way it looks and feels. They also have thicker cotton t's, but I never like the way they fit as much.
 
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