How to Wash a Jiu Jitsu Gi
Everyone loves their Jiu Jitsu Gis, but no one wants to roll with someone who doesn’t wash their Gi often enough. Following these tips will make sure you’re not that person. Ideally you should wash your Jiu Jitsu Gi after every training session, and you definitely should after every session if you work up a heavy sweat. You can make your Gi last a long time and save money in the process by using the proper cleaning techniques.
Pre Soak Everything: To fully clean a Jiu Jitsu Gi you are going to need to use a pre-wash cycle. Just throw all of your gear into the wash and run a cycle with one tablespoon of our Funk Rock Ammonia Bouncer, or a couple more tablespoons if you really need some deep cleaning action. This’ll help get rid of that stinky build up.
Wash With Cold Water: Use cold water to minimize damage when washing a Jiu Jitsu Gi. This also helps with skrinkage.
Wash Inside Out: This helps when you wash a Jiu Jitsu Gi to not have other clothes in the washer rubbing against the fabric. Your Gi will stay looking brand new for longer!
Use The Right Detergent: Use a detergent with no chemicals like Rockin' Green to keep chemicals from interacting with the fabric and colors of your Gi. Using a natural detergent will clean just as well while being healthier for both you and your Gi.
Never Use Bleach: Bleach will ruin the materials your Gi is made of.
Do Not Use a Tumble Dryer: This is the number one way to shrink your Gi. The cotton absorbs a lot of water when being washed, and if it is dried out too quickly the cotton fibers constrict tightly causing the whole Gi to shrink and even permanently warp. If you have to use a dryer, put it on the most delicate setting.
Hang Up to Dry Quickly: The longer the Gi sits in the washer the more wrinkled it’ll become. Hang it up to dry as soon as possible, and you should usually be able to get away with not ironing it. Ironing is always an option, but it shouldn’t be necessary for regular use.
Do It All Again: If you wash your Jiu Jitsu Gi, and it still has a funk after these steps you can always go through everything a second time!
Rockin’ Green products are more than strong enough to wash the dirtiest of Gis. The Rockin’ Green Athletic Wear Detergent is a high performance green laundry detergent specifically formulated to get rid of sweaty scents. It uses only natural, biodegradable ingredients with strong cleaning power free of any of the bad stuff like parabens, optical whiteners, phosphates, bleach, and SLS/SLES. This detergent works as hard as you do!