BJJ Poll: How Do You Care for Your Jiu-Jitsu Gi?

by Caleb on January 24, 2009

Some people are very particular about the way they care for their Brazilian jiu-jitsu gis. After all they are our uniform when doing jiu-jitsu, and most are not inexpensive, so you can’t blame someone for being careful about how they take care of their gi.

I have heard two schools of thought about drying a gi after it has been washed. Some people do not put their gi in the dryer, saying that the heat and wear and tear that a gi is exposed to will shorten the lifespan of the gi. Others prefer the convenience of having a gi dried quickly so that they can use it sooner.

What about you? Do you prefer to air dry your gi or put it in the dryer? Leave comments below!

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

radamez85 January 24, 2009 at 2:07 pm

depends. lately if i go to the laundrymat, i throw my Gis in low heat dry.

if i wash them on my own with my portable washer, i hang dry. =/
im not opposed to either.

Elyse January 24, 2009 at 5:39 pm

I only put it in the dryer if I REALLY REALLY need it… i.e. I’ve been too busy all week to wash my gis and I absolutely have to go to the Saturday class.
Or if I’m visiting Boston and I only have room to pack one gi, but I REALLY REALLY have to train two days in a row.

Ah the trials of being a BJJ addict.

mark January 25, 2009 at 12:00 am

wash and dry machine style. hang dry leaves it stiff and itchy. me no likey.

astyak January 25, 2009 at 12:08 am

I live on the coast in the Pacific NW. I can’t air dry a towel in 24 hours. I can not imagine trying to air dry my gi. It would never be dry. Not to mention I am the sweater in the class. My gi jacket is soaked at the end of class. I can not go two classes without washing.

Edward January 25, 2009 at 3:22 am

I prefer hang drying…I would put it in the dryer if it was preshrunk though.

franck January 25, 2009 at 12:40 pm

One thing though, some guys don’t wash their gi after each training that sucks and stinks… I wash mine and put it in the dryer if i have to train two days in a row.
Hang dry makes it too hard and itchy , in that case I air-fluff it , at lowest temperature in the dryer. i have a double weave Mizuno gi ( judo style ) . best case scenario two gis.

Keith January 26, 2009 at 9:07 am

Should have had : c) both. I (ok my wonderful wife) dries it for a while and then hangs it up damp.

rowdy February 1, 2009 at 9:08 pm

i wash mine on cold with arm and hammer laundry soap and then air dry them. i have 3 so i just rotate through them as i train like 4 times a week normally so i am washing them constantly.

Dick Nasty March 12, 2010 at 3:16 am

What works really good is to wash the gi, hang, and then have a 12″ portable fan on high setting blow on it. Dry gi overnight!

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