Jiu Jitsu and judo are close contact activities. You’re bound to smell all of your training partners sooner or later while you’re training with them. And they’re bound to smell you too. That’s why it’s important to keep your training gear clean. Keeping your gis and rash guards clean ensures you won’t be the stinky guy in class. A clean gi also makes for a healthier academy!
I’ve been training for a little over four years now, and I’ve had my fair share of frustrations with trying to get the stink out of my Gis. I’ve developed a system that works for me, and I want to share my tips with you so your Gis can come out clean and smelling fresh too!
Tip #1: Don’t re-use a dirty gi
Training at Scranton MMA gets tough. When we work hard during class, we get sweaty and it gets soaked into our Gis. Even our training partners’ sweat gets on our Gis. There’s no getting around it. Our Gis are going to get stinky. The stink is caused by sweat and bacteria. After rolling in your gi for one training session, please wash it before you use it again. This will not only keep you from being the stinky guy (or girl), but it also keeps our mats clean for the rest of the students.
Tip #2: Wash your Gis alone.
When it’s time to do the laundry, try separating your regular clothes from your Gis and other training gear. When you mix your regular clothes with your gis, your washer might become crowded. This causes the washer to work improperly and your gis won’t get the wash they need. Also, separating your Gis will keep the sweaty germs away from your clothes.
Tip #3: Use scent boosters in the wash.
Companies such as Downy, Gain, and Sunggle all make in-wash scent boosters that you can throw right into the wash. I use my regular laundry detergent, and throw the scent boosters right into the drum of the washer. When the wash is over and you open the door of the washer, you’ll immediately smell the freshness of your Gis!
Tip #4: Dry your Gis immediately.
After your Gis have finished washing, take them out of the washer and dry them as soon as you can. If you leave them in the washer for too long, they will start to form mildew and get stinky again. So, whether you like to hang them or put them in the dryer, make sure you do it as soon as the Gis are cleaned!
So there you have it. Those are my tips for keeping your Gis clean and free of bacteria. You don’t have to follow my system exactly, but the one tip I do ask you to follow is Tip #1. It is so important not to re-wear a dirty gi on the mats. We don’t want any germs spreading around the academy! Our staff does our best to keep the mats clean, and we ask you to do the same!