Many moons ago I pondered the question of “how many Gis is too many?”, and I’ve come up with “as many as need be”. I have four right now, but my first is due for retirement or the “everything else is dirty, which leaves me no other choice” option. My most recent acquisition is going through a new washing experiment courtesy of Atama, which will hopefully help keep it tournament legal.
The downside to having so many Gis is running through laundry detergent at a voracious pace, and having Gis in one state of drying or another in the laundry room constantly. Also I need to get new patches for my new Gis and have them sewn on, which will take a week or so once the patches arrive.
The new washing experiment I mentioned should also help keep my blues blue. Colour fades when you’re constantly using it and washing it, but maybe this will help keep it just a little bit longer.
What you do is fill start your laundry machine cycle (I start mine on small load, cold water). Let the machine fill with water and add two or three cups of white vinegar. When the machine is done filling, submerge your Gi beneath the water and let it soak for2o-30 minutes. When the soaking period is complete, you can add a bit of detergent (I added a tiny amount) and let the cycle finish as normal.
Having done this with my Genesis-ified OTM Gi, I can now tell you that at the very least is has reduced the amount of blue fuzzies that were left on myself and others. These Gis are a new batch, and there were quite a few of us wearing them, but I may have been the only one with a pre-washed Gi. They were pre-shrunk as much as possible before construction, and a pre-wash ensures that any minimal shrinkage left is kept minimal and gotten out of the way immediately.
I have one more Gi on the way, ETA the middle of June, and I shall attempt the same washing method with it. Then I shall have two Gis that were regularly washed and two Gis that were fade-guarded.