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Karate Uniform Care: Washing Tips

The incredible shrinking Gi

Most Karate uniforms will shrink considerably when washed in hot water, especially those made from all cotton. Although the initial shrinking during the first wash/dry cycle is by far the greatest, it is in general recommended to wash your uniform in cold water as this greatly reduces the shrinking. Care must also be taken during the drying step. Tumble drying can cause uniforms to shrink to a point where it will no longer fit.

Bleaching of the Gi for the perfect white

Be careful with the use of any type of bleach when washing your uniform. Over time, bleaching can severely weaken the uniform material, causing it to rip easily. Repeated bleaching may even cause small holes to appear in your uniform. Bleaching will also adversely affect the usually colorful badge that indicates your style and dojo.

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Tip: Use removable velcro-badges

If you do require to bleach your uniform from time to time, you should consider to use Velcro to attach any badges you have on your uniform. That way you can simply remove the badge when washing or bleaching your Gi and keep the badges looking brand new. When visiting or training at a school of a different style to your own, it is proper etiquette to remove any of your style’s badges. Velcro badges and patches come handy in this situation too!

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Ironing of the Gi

Most cotton and canvas uniforms, when washed in a washing machine on the drip-dry cycle, can be hung on the line without spin drying. This may in fact make ironing unnecessary. Just flatten the wet Gi with your hands once it’s on the clothes line to remove the largest folds and wrinkles and it will look very smooth when dry. If you still prefer to iron, it will iron much easier when it is still slightly wet.

95 comments about “Karate gi washing tips”

  1. Michelle Ingleton said:

    Need help! I have washed my boyfriends Gi and its gone all stiff! I rewashed it with extra softener but thats not worked, any advice??

  2. Simon West said:

    As Chuck Norris once said when referrring to over starched Gi’s. “Rigidity of the Gi is but an unfamiliar blessing. With time it shall soften, as shall your heart”.

  3. Chrystal said:

    Does anyone know how to get out the yellowing you get from sweat? I have had my gi for about 18 months and it is starting to yellow were I sweat the most. I have tried bleaching but it has not worked. Any ideas?

  4. Christine said:

    try vinegar or baking soda.

  5. Rijiya-san said:

    get a new gi if it really bothers you, if not try bleaching it to make the whole thing yellow. ( just tell your sensei you didn’t know that would happen, and that you don’t have enough money for a new gi, this way when you do buy another gi, just use that one for competitions, while your old gi for class)

  6. Araiso said:

    It’s a very good idea to hang dry your gi, especially if it is a heavy weight gi. If you want a smooth “ironed” look without shrinking the cotton, this is a great way to go. Also, hem your gi as soon as you get it. A rolled up rumpled gi looks terribly tacky.

  7. valid said:

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  8. Kinerry said:

    Use a fabric steamer to avoid the iron, much easier on the fabric and much faster.

  9. Bill L said:

    Chrystal…try ammonia paste. It usually works greats for armpit sweat stains.

    It usually isn’t the sweat that causes the stain/crunchy arpits on clothes it’s the type of deodorant you use.

    A spray antiperspirant/deodorant works better and usually does cause the staining gels, rollon, or sticks cause.

  10. Catherine said:

    Great site! My grandson started Karate this year and I needed info on care of uniform, tying belt, terminology, etc. I’ll keep this site as one of my “favorite places.”

  11. Optimus Prime said:

    i cannot fit in the gi! please help me find a gi that suits my size. and what is kyokushinkai?

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    I was just informed by a friend of mine that Old Spice Deodorant doesn’t have the ingrediant in it that causes the yellowing.

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  30. Jeff said:

    Did you put it in the dryer, that softens my gi.if it is a new gi it will be quit stiff for a couple of months too :)

  31. Jeff said:

    Yea they all turn yellow, I take bleach and water mix it half and half, put in a spray bottle and just spray the coller, I had to do it today on a stain on my pants, and I have done my coller to, works well, it might take a couple of washes it is a deep stain to get out, keep it away from any colored crests, :)

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  36. Jad said:

    I scrubed the stains with brush and soap and left on an hour before washing. It removed the stains, but you have to be careful, I used quite a hard brush and it ripped bits of stiching. Maybe use a soft brush, like an old toothbrush.

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