How to wash a gi without destroying my washing machine?

Discussion in 'Gear & Equipment Discussion' started by Keej613, Sep 16, 2010.

  1. Keej613

    Keej613 Guest

    Heyo!

    Until I get my own gi, a friend has been lending me his.

    It's a very thick, very heavy judo gi.

    The problem is that, when I put it in the washing machine, it gets so heavy that (especially during the spin cycle) it gets tossed onto one side of the drum, which unbalances the machine, and then the drum starts wobbling around, which makes the machine shake like crazy and make really loud "ka-klunk! ka-klunk!" noises.

    I know that this can kill a washing machine in no time but cleaning a gi jacket by hand sounds like it would be extremely time-consuming and not very effective.

    Anyone else encounter this problem? Any solutions?
     
  2. Alacrity

    Alacrity White Belt

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    Put other items in the machine, like jeans, to act as a counter weight. And if they are dirty, double bonus since you get to clean them too.
     
  3. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Green Belt

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    Add other items into the wash, but don't overload it.

    You can also try going to a public washateria if you're that concerned.
     
  4. theSkeptiks

    theSkeptiks Blue Belt

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    Turn the spin cycle to LOW.

    Mine did the same thing until I realized I could change the spin speed setting.
     
  5. BigCP84**

    BigCP84** There are no absolutes!

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    most washers are designed to handle that which is why the drum sits on a spring. when mine goes crazy in the spin cycled I just sit on the machine so it doesnt walk across the floor lol. But as others have said you can add jeans to counter balance it, I have a smaller portable machine since I live in an apartment so my Gi and other training stuff take up the whole machine.
     
  6. snakepitz

    snakepitz Orange Belt

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    towels do the trick to counter balance

    and you can never wash them enough : )
     
  7. Keej613

    Keej613 Guest

    Would a "gold weave" gi cause the same problem?
     
  8. Chalito

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    I think any weave other than a double would be better.
     
  9. Keej613

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    I had tried counter-balancing with more clothes and towels, but it still sounded like the Large Hadron Collider was about to destroy the planet.

    The gi I order for myself is a gold weave, so I'm hoping that solve at least part of the problem.
     
  10. blackers10

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    I just wack a stack of other clothes(jeans shirts etc) to probably 3/4 fill the machine and put stuff on both sides (has an agitator in the middle)

    mine spins on fast silently and i always wet the water to highest level because the gi tends to float a bit and not all the soap gets washed off
     

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