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Discussion in 'Grappling Technique' started by STFUjiujitsu, May 7, 2008.

  1. STFUjiujitsu Blue Belt

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    I wash my gi after every practice and hang dry it like everyone I've talked to recomends but for some reason my gi always has a slight stinch to it that just doesn't smell...clean..for lack of a better word. It's not like a musty smell or anything, it just doesn't smell right.

    Does anybody spray anything on their gi to make it smell better or anything like that. Kind of a weird question but thought someone might have a trick.
     
  2. ahcshon Purple Belt

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    I use to always hang my gi after I washed it. Now I put it through the dryer on the lowest heat setting. Does the trick for me. Try using more detergent or bleaching it
     
  3. jjmuaythaiguy Brown Belt

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    I wash my gi at a laundry mat.

    They have a front loaded washer, that washes my gis 3 times then I add softner to them then hang dry it above my split a/c for my apartment. I gave my gi to a friend to add my competition patch on it. He threw it on his couch went to the car and remembered he left his sewing machine at his apartment. He put on the patch and gave the gi back to me.

    Later his girl comes home and sits on the couch to watch t.v., smells the couch and it has the smell of the gi on the couch and talks to my friend. I don't know what the conversation was but he told he still smelled my gi when he came home. hahaha.

    Clean triple washed gi with softner for the win!
     
  4. shaftoe Orange Belt

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    I add some Oxi Clean to my wash and it helps with the stink.
     
  5. TacWar Green Belt

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    in the beginning washing it and air drying it worked, then washing it and then throwing it in a dryer on low setting with a bounce sheet worked... now... same as above but i febreeze it with a squirt or two and it seems to do the trick...although it never smells as good as the girls in my class...i think estrogen is the key.
     
  6. Tiger Uppercut Black Belt

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    could it be a stank gym bag u carry it in?
     
  7. kenban judan orange belt, i think

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    put mine to dry on my backyard fence; this tricks me into thinking that odor you are talking about is just a result of being in the yard all day.
     
  8. Masakatsu Funaki #1 Black Belt

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    Don't use more detergent or add bleach. All you'll be doing is wasting detergent and destroying your gi.

    When washing your gi (and gym clothes for that matter) add a box of baking soda, along with regular amount of detergent and let the gi soak for 15 minutes or so (check to see if you're washing machine has an autosoack option).

    Also when drying be sure to use a fabric freshener or if hang drying spray down with a bit of febreze.
     
  9. GroundWorkz Blue Belt

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    Wash it twice and put in the dryer on - no heat tumble. Your funk should go away.
     
  10. Mohawk79 Orange Belt

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    Don't ever bleach your gi. It will destroy the fabric.
     
  11. txfighter13 Purple Belt

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    WASH IT...many many times.
     
  12. jasond Purple Belt

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    Great advice! Thanks. I'm going to try using some baking soda and soaking it for now on. I haven't ever really had too much of a problem, but there is still a little bit of residual funk every now and then. :D
     
  13. black koala Banned Banned

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    hang it in the sun and NEVER use bleach.
     
  14. Easto Green Belt

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    Wash it as soon as you get home. Don't let the funk sit in your gi for a couple days on the laundry room floor
     
  15. pittfrog Blue Belt

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    Either Oxi-clean, or a cup of white vinegar added to the wash water for my gis has worked well for me.
     
  16. wvboy Brown Belt

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    I know hydrogen peroxide will brighten whites if they get dingy looking. If a fabric freshner, Febreze, and regular washing don't get the funk out then buy a new gi.
     
  17. STFUjiujitsu Blue Belt

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    thanks for all the help, hanging it in the sun sounds like a good idea so if it smells like outside that's better than any alternative. I was expecting a lot of take more shower comments. I have a black gi so I can't use bleach, but baking soda might work.
     
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    1 cup of bleach every month.
     

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