5 Easy Tips to Keep Your BJJ Gear Smelling and Feeling Clean and Fresh

Posted on October 25, 2018 in Academy News, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing

Training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a fun and challenging total body workout that will leave you and your gear drenched in sweat. It very important to keep your gis smelling and feeling fresh in order to be considerate of both your training partners, prevent the risk of any bacterial infections and extend the life of your gear. After all, nobody wants to train with somebody wearing smelly gear and BJJ gear isn’t cheap to replace. At 5 Star Martial Arts/Renzo Gracie Los Angeles, we require all of our students to wear clean gear and attire to each class. Here are a few simple ways to help keep your BJJ gear fresh and clean

Don’t Leave Your Dirty Gear in Your Gym Bag – Leaving your dirty, sweaty gear in a gym bag in the car of your trunk for hours allows bacteria and fungi to spread in a hot, moist environment.  The longer the wet, stinky clothes sits, the more the bacteria that causes a funky odor and presents health risks will spread. It is best to wash your gear immediately or let your gear dry out in the sun.

Wash Your Gym Clothes Immediately – The best thing to do is wash your dirty BJJ gear as quickly as possible. This will aid in preventing your gear from getting a long-term stench that can make both you and your training partners uncomfortable. If you aren’t able to wash your clothes immediately, then the second option would be to let it hang dry and air out, preferably outdoors in the sun. The UV light from the sun can prevent the spread and even kill the bacteria in your dirty gear.

Throw in Vinegar, Baking Soda,  OxyClean and/or Odoban into your wash – There are several additives you can add to your BJJ gear wash to help kill odors, remove stains, and help your gear maintain its color without harsh chemicals that can damage the fabric. When you do wash your gear in the laundry in cold water, feel free to add one or more of the following additives

  • 1 cup of white distilled vinegar to remove odors, brighten colors, get rid of mildew and soften fabrics.
  • ½ cup of Baking Soda to remove odors, boost detergent performance, and softens fabrics
  • 1 scoop of OxyClean which removes stains and is color safe.
  • ¼ cup of Odoban to your wash. Odoban is an industrial strength cleaning concentrate that disinfects, deodorizes, and sanitizes textiles and fabrics. Wait until your washer fills with water before adding the concentrate to the laundry.
  • Avoid Bleach, which can breakdown both color and the integrity of the fabric.

Air Dry Your Gear in the Sun – Air dry your BJJ gear out in the sun to help give it a fresh smell, kills bacteria from UV rays, and whiten your white color gears. Drying your gi in the dryer can cause it to shrink. Also, air drying is better for the environment and your wallet.

Soaking Hard to Clean Gear in Bucket of Vinegar – For BJJ gear that seems to have a permanent, lingering stench, try throwing your dirty gear in a bucket and fill it with vinegar and let it soak overnight before washing. This could help remove the funky smell from your gear. If not, it may be time to retire it. Soaking your new gi in vinegar before its first wash has also been recommended to help prevent the gi’s color from fading.

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