Asked on May 3, 2017

OOOPS! Favorite tee needs help.

Shirley HeikkinenSusie LeeCaseyem11


My favorite "goes with most everything" gray tee shirt got a couple little spots of black "Rub-A-Dub" marker in a very obvious spot. I need ideas of how to make it wearable again. Please don't suggest dying it black, I look terrible in black. I thought about doing a stencil on it, but I have an essential tremor that makes detail work very difficult. Ideas please! It's in very good condition and oh, so comfortable to wear. It used to have a printed on label inside but it has washed away so I can't tell you what the fabric content is. It comes out of the dryer ready to wear, so likely has some synthetic in the fabric along with some cotton.
5 answers
  • Judy Ferrell
    on May 4, 2017

    If you haven't put in the dryer, try spraying with aerosol hair spray. Then wash spot with hands in cold water. Don't know if this will work but works on ink so it might.
  • Shawna Bailey
    on May 4, 2017

    I'm a big fan of the oxygen products to get out stains. Also if you hand has a termor, embrace it and find a nice abstract design the tremors will enhance.
  • Caseyem11
    on May 4, 2017

    The alcohol in hairspray works wonders.
  • Susie Lee
    on May 4, 2017

    Hi Shirley,
    I don't know what it is that you got on the shirt, but I've always had great success getting stains out with white vinegar. Squirt it with white Vinegar, gently rub it with a soft toothbrush and let it sit for a few minutes for laundry soap on the stain and try to get it out that way. If not you could always add decorative buttons, a pocket, or possibly have a butterfly, flower or small object either painted or embroidered over the spot. That is what I did just recently with one of my favorite blouses. Hope this helps.

    Warm wishes, Susie
  • Shirley Heikkinen
    on May 9, 2017

    Follow up! I decided I had nothing to lose, and I treated the spot with Oxiclean Gel Stick, and voila the spots are gone. So much for Rub-A-Dub markers being permanent!
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