Fashion Advice: Getting Rid of Scratchy Tags

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Dear Budget Fashionista-

I have a HUGE problem..I’m an extreme budget shopper and purchase most of my clothing from thrift stores and bulk discount stores like Big Lots. While I find great deals at these places, I almost always have to deal with itchy, scratchy labels and tags. Is there any way to control these tags without removing the tag?

Answer: I hate scratchy tags, too. There’s nothing more annoying to me than a tag that digs into your neck/side/back. There’s an alternative to cutting the tags out. The Hollywood Tape folks, also invented a product called “Hollywood Tag Tamers”, which are pieces of clear smooth fabric that you can place over your tags to prevent itching. You can purchase a box, retail price $8.95, online at On the cheaper side, you can also try using clear packing tape to lay the label down, but be careful…. the adhesive from the tape might leave some residue on the fabric.

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  • ejs

    I just cut the threads off very carefully and the label just comes off – all that’s left are the sewing holes where the threads used to be.

  • janie

    this is available at stein mart at a fraction of the cost

  • Anne

    To remove tags, I use either a seam ripper, working very carefully, or nail scissors with the curved side toward the tag.  Work under a good light and go slowly so you don’t cut any threads or fabric of the garment itself.

  • jj

    OMG… that’s AWESOME!  I have some shirts where I’ve cut out the tag, but I still can’t get rid of a few jagged bits that still poke at me.  I gotta get some of this stuff.

  • margaretta

    Yes, and surgical tape is perfect for that too.