Learning how to wash and take care of your BJJ Gi shouldn’t be rocket science but you’d be surprised how many practitioners don’t know how to do it properly! But needless to say, there definitely is a right way to do it and a wrong way to do it.
You BJJ Gi is the most important piece of training equipment and it is essential that you learn how to properly take care of it!
In this guide, we go over some of the most recommended procedures on how to wash a BJJ Gi as well as tips on how to take care or maintain the quality of your gi.
Washing and Shrinking Your GI
Before we begin, when purchasing your gi online, make sure to check the size chart or, if not, contact the shop's customer service support just to make sure that you'll be getting the right size.
It’s important to know that most BJJ Gi’s tend to shrink after washing them. It’s essential that you know this firsthand before purchasing your Gi so you can make adjustments accordingly.
But now let's say that you're a first-timer who's very excited to buy that gi online, and due to excitement, you just went over and clicked that purchased button and ended up with a baggy A2, wherein you're supposed to be wearing an A1 or an A1L gi. And sometimes you can make the proper planning and carefully looking at the size chart and still end up with a baggy Gi! It sucks but it does happen!
You can always return the gi and get the right size, but sometimes, the shipping might cause more than the gi itself, and you really needed the gi for training. If you decided to shrink your gi, you could follow these steps:
If the fit is still slightly larger than you would like it, allow it to air dry, and it will continue to shrink a bit until it dries completely. This will leave you with a near-perfect fit.
If your gi is still too large, place it back in the dryer for another 5-10 minutes on hot until it fits. It might take more than one wash and one complete dryer cycle to get the desired fit, but it might also shrink really quickly, so make sure to check often.
Do take note that consistently washing and drying your gi on hot may weaken the material and/or cause the color to fade prematurely.
How Do I Take Care of My GIS?
It is very important to wash your gi and your belt after every training, and the sooner, the better or else over time, it will end up as a stinky gi. But if you absolutely can't, then do it later as long as you don't wear it again before it was washed, and if that is the case, as soon as you get home, hang it outside.
DO NOT ever leave it in the bag, in your closet or in the trunk your car. Let it air out and wash when you get to it.
For those who are new to BJJ and got their gear recently but have no idea how to wash a BJJ Gi, here are a few tips on how to keep them clean as well as how to maintain the quality and the color.
How To Wash A BJJ GI
How To Remove Blood Or Stains On Your BJJ GI
Wash Your Gi Immediately When You Get Home, No Excuses. The faster you get it into the machine and don't let the blood or stains dry, the easier it will be.
Do Not Use Bleach And Do Not Wash With Hot Water. Blood is a protein stain, and hot temperature will change its chemical structure, and that will set the stain or yellow it.
Do Not Use Dryer, Hang It To Dry Instead. If your white gi comes out of the wash and it's still stained, don't put it in the dryer. The heat will set the stain, and you'll likely be stuck with a permanent blood spot on your favorite gi.
Stain Removers. Use the following to remove stains or to wash your white jiu-jitsu gis:
How To Remove That Funky Smell On Your BJJ GI
Stinky gis are often the result of mold or dormant bacteria that settled in when you decided to leave your gi rolled up in a ball inside your bag, and it stayed in the trunk of your car for a week. Your gis picks up bacteria and other germs from the mat or just from rolling with your training partner, and sometimes it smells fine when you put it on, but then it starts smelling bad with just a few minutes into training.
Now that you’ve learned the basics on how to wash a BJJ Gi, we’ll now go over these simple steps on how to cure your gi of that stinky smell.
It goes without saying that taking care of your BJJ Gi is paramount if you want to maintain their quality and longevity. Your BJJ Gi is the most important piece of training equipment. As such, be sure to learn how to properly wash and take care of it!