Friday, January 23, 2009

How to Get Your Gi Really Clean

After you've used your gi for awhile, you may notice that the arm pits and other key areas start to discolor from use. Today, I was introduced to the solution to this problem: OxyClean (no-name variants are fine too).

Now that I have 3 martial artists now staying under the same roof, my white wash is entirely for gis. One of them extolled the benefits of OxyClean for getting out those unbecoming discolourations, so I thought it worth a try.

You do your wash as usual and add a scoop of this stuff (2 for heavily soiled gis) and it works like a charm. It's not chemical-based so it's safe on pretty much any material. If you have any major stains, just give a scrub with a mix beforehand. It's inexpensive too.

So if you're tired of hiding those awful pit stains and such, give this stuff a shot!


Hannah said...

New here and fellow MA. Thanks for the stain remover suggestion. I find the stains on my gi very stubborn, the worst of them being from my belt.

Lori O'Connell said...

Hello Hannah,

If you're getting stains from your belts it's because the dye from them isn't fixed. Some companies don't do this. The way to prevent stains from belts is to soak your belt in a bucket of water mixed with a couple of cups of vinegar for a day then allow to dry. This fixes the dye to your belt so it won't run into your gi. Hope that helps!