karategi drying


One of the biggest fears of all the people who practice martial arts is washing their uniform.

The karategi is made of a 100% cotton in order to be comfortable and allow the martial artist to feel free, for this reason we must take care of it.

In this article we will see how to clean a karate uniform perfectly without damaging the fabric or the color.

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Can you wash the karategi?

We immediately reassure all the people who ask themselves this question: karategi can not only be washed, it MUST be washed.


When should you wash your karategi?

Clean your karategi after each training session. 

As soon as you come home from a workout, your karategi will be wet and sweaty (if you have trained properly), for this reason you should wash it as soon as possible or, if you do not have the possibility, hang it out outside to get some air.

ATTENTION! Never leave your wet karategi inside the bag for days and days or you will end up regretting it.

How to wash the gi?

Here things start to get interesting, pay close attention from this point on if you care about your karategi.

karategi in washing machine

Should I wash the gi alone?

For a more effective cleaning, wash the karategi in the washing machine alone, without other clothes. 

Don’t crease it too much:

less folds = better result


If washing the jacket and trousers requires too much creasing, wash just the jacket first. 

Once the jacket is dry, put the trousers on, eventually you can add some other white cloth.

If your karategi has patches of your school or factory brand on it, we recommend to turn both the jacket and the trousers inside out to preserve the colors.


P.S. Do you know why its color is white? Check this: Why Is The Karategi White?

Washing machine settings to wash your gi

The washing of the karategi must be done with cold water, if this is not possible, set the minimum temperature (maximum 30-40 °)

Set a rotation speed of maximum 700 or the karategi will come out with too many folds.

karategi on washing machine

Which cleaner should you use to wash your gi?

For the use of the cleaner, the ideal would be to use a liquid or powder detergent made for washing at low temperatures.

DO NOT USE SOFTENER! If you wash your clothes with fabric softener, you’ll end up exercising while wearing a garbage bag.


Chlorine bleach

For washing karategi, chlorine bleach should absolutely not be used because it harms the fabric.

Use it only in dire circumstances, such as when the karategi turns yellow. 

(We have a better solution for this, read until the end to discover it!)


Machine dryers

Never use a dryer; the fabric will deteriorate and it will end up being worn by a newborn.

The same for warm water.


Let you karategi dry

Don’t let the karategi stay on the washing machine for too long after the cleaning is finished if you want to avoid getting the opposite of a fresh-smelling, clean uniform.

As the washing is completed, take the karategi and stand it.


If you don’t want to waste time ironing it, when you take it to dry make sure to spread it out as much as possible respecting the folds.

To prevent the white from turning yellow and the colors from fading, avoid spreading the gi in direct sunlight.


Fold when properly dried.

ironing a karategi

Can I iron it?

Yes, you can iron the karategi to make it perfect, but take care not to iron the patches because they will be damaged.


Do not stay still on a point too long, remember that the fabric of the karategi in contact with the heat will ruin.

karate belt on sink

Can the belt be washed?

Yes, the belt can be cleaned but it is recommended not to put it in the washing machine. 

Choose a hand-washed method, in this way the belt will not shrink or lose its color.

How to remove stains?

One of the biggest problems that can be found in the use of karategi are stains, let’s see how to remove the most common ones.


Mix equal parts water and vodka to create a solution. 

The contaminated area should be submerged in the prepared solution and left to soak for about 30 minutes. 

After that, wash the item in the washing machine.


Use hydrogen peroxide

Use peroxide to completely moisten the stain, then wait for the reaction to happen before wiping away everything with a cotton sponge.


The laundry soap will help. 

Apply the soap to the dirt, and then leave it alone for ten to fifteen minutes. 

Wash then the clothes with the classic mode.


Apply lemon, cover the stain with a slice of lemon wrapped in cheesecloth and then a paper towel, and press with a hot iron.

karategi folded with red belt


We have analyzed the complete karategi washing process, answered the most frequently asked questions and gave you tips on how to preserve your uniform.

What are you waiting for? You just have to wash it!

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