4 Tips for Extending the Life of Your Gi


When you started out in Jiu-Jitsu you most likely got a starter gi.  It didn’t cost much and it was a beginning point.  Now you have been doing BJJ for a year or more and have picked up one or two more expensive gis.  These cost you in the neighborhood of $100 to $250.  Its a little bit more of a investment in the art and sport you love.  Then one day you notice your gi is starting to show signs of deterioration.  AAAAHHHH!  What can I do to get the most wear out of my gi for the money I paid.  Here are a few tips I’ve come up with.  Please feel free to comment on the post and share your own.

  1. Stitch up loose ends.  Like in the picture, I stitched up the one on the left.  The red tie is a example of a good quality gi that comes with it already done.
  2. Don’t bleach.  Bleach is just acid after all.  It breaks down the fibers of your gi faster.  Try something else to whiten your gi that won’t destroy it.
  3. Drip dry.  I don’t throw my gi in the dryer.  Not just because it will shrink it over time but because it is stiff and the tumbling action creates friction which causes more wear and tear.
  4. Rotate gis.  Buy 2 or more and rotate wearing them.  Share the love.

I hope you find these things that I do useful.  Share your gi-saver tips with me.

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4 Replies to “4 Tips for Extending the Life of Your Gi”

  1. I would concur with all your points. My real issue is with fading. Black gis tend to fade way more than blue gis. I guess the dye molecules just cling onto the fibres that bit better with blue. I’ve tried salt, vinegar and all the other techniques but tbh it makes little long term different. The only thing is to re-dye it which gives different if not undesirable results.

    One thing I do make sure I do is to spray any blood spots and dark stains on my white gis with Vanish or other stain remover before loading it into the washing machine.

    But apart from that, as you know, I’m obsessed with gis and have so many that I have a lot of rotation going on, henc eless wear and tear overall.

  2. Definitely no dryer action for mine. Highly recommend 2 Gis at least. When hitting 2 or more days in a row it’s nice to have an alternate while the other is still drying. Hang ’em where the kids aren’t going to mess with them or your cats can’t use them as scratching posts.

    Read reviews on Gis to see the ones people are and are not having problems with. Check out http://gi.jokerjitsu.com/ . It was from the info on this site that I made my choices.

    To keep the color from fading quickly, add vinegar to the the first wash. Seems to help set the dye.

  3. I just don’t wash mine….ever. No problems with freying or fadeing. And if you havent noticed, the awfull smell makes my oponents hate rolling with me so much they just tap out to get away from me. Thus I go un-defeated against allmost everyone!

    1. Blake, we all know that’s not true. Good try. You’re so worried about having your gi clean and being spotless you bring a lint brush to get anything off of it between rolls. 🙂

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