How to remove iron-on letters

Written by isaiah david
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One of the hazards of making your own shirts with transfers is dealing with the occasional misplaced letter or number. The amount of work necessary to remove the transfer depends on the shirt and the transfer material, as well as what you intend to do with the shirt next. If you are going to put another transfer on it, don't worry about getting every last scrap of glue out. Just get the letter off and put a new transfer in place of the old. If you aren't going to put a transfer on, however, you will have to scrub quite a bit to get the shirt looking good.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Iron
  • Parchment
  • Shirt
  • Water
  • Cotton swab
  • Cloth
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Wire brush
  • Lint brush

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  1. 1

    Dip a cotton swab or the edge of a cloth in rubbing alcohol. Rub it on the back of the shirt, right behind the iron-on letter. Wait about 10 seconds and then try to peel the letter off. Repeat if necessary.

  2. 2

    Use a wire or lint brush to rub the last stubborn pieces off. Use smooth, continuous strokes. Any remaining bits of the letter should start to come off in little balls.

  3. 3

    Wash the shirt in hot water and scrub it with your fingers or the brush. If there is any remaining glue on the shirt, it should start to come off.

  4. 4

    Use the iron method if none of the above methods work. Wet the shirt and put it face up with a piece of parchment on top. Put your iron on the cotton setting and rub it in circles over the parchment. Peel off the parchment--it should have the transfer on it.

  5. 5

    If the iron leaves little bits of transfer on the shirt, try repeating step 4 with a new piece of parchment. If that doesn't work, try using steps 1 to 3 to get the last few bits off.

Tips and warnings

  • Be careful with the wire brush. If you scrub too vigorously, you can rub a hole in the shirt.

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