- Cold wash
- Hang dry
- Use an eco-friendly detergent
- Choose a soap that contains minimal amounts of dyes, perfumes, and other irritants
- We've had good experiences with Rockin Green Soap's Athletic Wear Detergent
Shrink to fit
Our gis are preshrunk and you will see minimal amounts to no shrinkage if you cold wash and hang dry your gis. However, your gi is slightly roomy out of the bag, it is possible to shrink it. Try a combination of warm water wash and medium heat dry cycle. For extreme cases you will have to hot wash and hot dry.
For natural white hemp gis
If you prefer a brighter shade of white for your hemp gi, DO NOT use bleach. Bleach will damage the hemp fibres and weaken the fabric. Rather, use the age old practice of drying your gi in the sun. Sun light naturally whitens the hemp fibres.
What to do if your gi is scratchy from hang drying
Firstly, a scratchy gi is a sign that you may be using too much detergent. If that is not the case, we recommend that you put your gi in the dryer on a tumble dry cycle with NO heat. If the gi is still a bit scratchy, toss in a couple of tennis balls into the dryer when you tumble dry. If cared for properly, a hemp gi should be the softest and most comfortable gi you can wear.
Shedding is a natural characteristic of 100% hemp clothing and is unavoidable in the breaking in period. However, after 5-6 wash cycles the shedding should be minimal. Just be patient with the gi and consider it something that gives your hemp gi personality. :)
Vinegar is your gi's best friend. If your hemp gi has a hard to remove stench, try soaking your gi overnight in a bucket of vinegar. Vinegar also helps with removing blood stains and also softens up a rough gi. Don't worry, after putting your gi through a wash cycle, the vinegar smell will completely wash out.