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How to Wash and Dry a BJJ Gi

How to wash a BJJ gi

  1. Wash your gi immediately after training. This helps to reduce odours by limiting the time the gi fabric fibres absorb odorous germs from training.
  2. Always wash your belt. This should go without saying. A dirty belt will soon smell bad and might contribute to skin infections to you and your training partners.
  3. Scrub stains with running cold water immediately before washing. If the stains are still present after washing, consider submerging the gi overnight in a bucket filled with cold water with some white vinegar before washing again. 
  4. Avoid bleach. This can weaken the fabric fibres in a gi and strip colours from the fabric.
  5. Turn your gi inside out before washing. This can preserve the colours, patches and the overall condition of the outside of your gi as it won’t rub against other clothes during the wash.
  6. Wash in cold water on a gentle setting. Washing in warm or hot temperatures can shrink your gi and/or damage the collar, so wash your gi using a cold temperature, recommend washing at 30 – 40 degrees celsius / 86 – 104 Fahrenheit.
  7. If you’re washing your gi with other clothes, only wash with similar colours. Throw your gi in the wash with similar colours to avoid colours running.
  8. Consider using an organic or mild detergent without softener. Using these types of detergents will avoid the effects harsher detergents have on the gi fabric, and will help your gi last longer.
  9. Remove your gi from the wash immediately. This helps to reduce the chance of your gi smelling.
  10. Hang to dry your gi. Putting your gi in a tumble dryer will stress out the fabric, and tumble drying at warm temperatures can also shrink your gi and warp the collar.
  11. Avoid direct sunlight. Direct sunlight can dry out your gi fabric and reduce its overall durability.
  12. To speed up drying, use a fan. If you need to speed up drying, consider hanging the gi in a room with a fan. Tatami recommends hanging the gi approximately 1 metre / 3.2 feet away rom a radiator to help increase drying.
  13. Do not iron over a gi. This can damage or ruin your gi fabric and patches. If you really want to iron your gi, turn it inside out and avoid ironing over patches.