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I Bought The 10 Most Popular BJJ Soaps on Amazon (Here is My Review)

Looking for the best bjj soap? One that you can use after Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training to guarantee you won’t catch any nasty skin infections?

Well, I bought the ten most popular bjj soaps and tried them all out. I’ve also included some solid options for body washes that are also anti fungal and anti bacterial.


At a Glance

Best Overall Soap: Gold BJJ

Best Exfoliant: Martial Arts Soap

Best Smelling: Dr Squatch / Armbar Soap

Best Body Wash: Truremedy Tea Tree Oil Body Wash

Most Affordable: Dove’s Men’s Soap

Key Takeaways

  • Listen, most of the soaps that claim to be for bjj or martial arts are just regular soap marketed better with a higher price tag
  • In reality, what you should be more concerned about is getting home and showering sooner rather than later (wipes are also a good option if you can’t shower immediately)
  • However, if you are concerned with fighting off bacteria and looking for a decent antifungal, we recommend aiming for soaps with natural oils (like tea tree, peppermint, or eucalyptus)
  • Finally, you can sometimes find deals for soaps on martial art warehouse sites like bjjhq.com (I usually will buy a bundle of armbar soap when they have them on sale there)

1. Gold BJJ Submission Soap

I’m a big fan of Gold BJJ products – they are always high quality and have never disappointed me. Their Submission Soap is no exception.

ProsCons
Great Smell
Minty/Tingly Feeling
Good Size
No residue

If you like minty, tingly soaps than this bar is the one for you. I bought their tea tree and peppermint soap, and it definitely made me feel tingly and clean. I also didn’t feel like my skin was dried out after or any residue after I got out of the shower.

Overall, this is a great bar soap that meets all my requirements of purchasing again.


2. Martial Arts Soap

I would put this bar of Martial Arts Soap up there with the best including soap from Gold BJJ. I like the peppermint smell activated charcoal (which Submission Soap from Gold BJJ doesn’t have).

Pros
Great exfoliant (contains charcoal)
Nice mild peppermint smell
Contains oils to help with moisturizing
No residue

About This Item:

  • Available in activated charcoal and peppermint,, peppermint tea tree, and classic tea tree
  • Includes no dangerous chemical
  • Great for body, hands, and hair

3. Dr Squatch

Dr. Squatch easily makes from of the best smelling soaps out there but does come at a bit of a higher price.

ProsCons
Amazing and mild scentExpensive
MoisturizingNot anti bacterial or anti fungal
No ResidueNo exfoliant

About This Item:

  • Subtle Scent
  • Great for Eczema
  • Ingredients include a combination of goats milk, sea salt, and oatmeal

Moreover, Dr. Squatch’s bar soaps are long-lasting and produce a rich lather that leaves the skin feeling clean and refreshed. They are also vegan and cruelty-free, which is important to many people who practice BJJ and MMA.


4. Armbar Soap

There’s a reason why the Armbar Soap brand is one of the most popular soaps for bjj in the world. I can’t praise their scent enough. If you want to choose from the best smelling soaps on this list definitely go with Armbar Soap or Dr Squatch.

ProsCons
Amazing mild smellnot sold through amazon
Contains micro beads (exfoliant)bars can sometimes be larger and hard to hold

All of their soap bars are antibacterial and antifungal.  

Each bar is dusted with Bamboo Charcoal Powder to absorb bacteria from the mat. On the other hand, powdered Black Sesame Seeds exfoliate dead skin from heavy exercise like BJJ and MMA.

Pro Tip*: bjjhq.com sometimes has packs of armbar soaps on sale. Whenever they do I usually try to buy one or two.


5. Defense Soap

A pretty decent bar of soap, defense soap hits all of the marks with no strong stand out qualities.

With use of essential oils of Tea Tree and Eucalyptus Defense soap can definitely get the job done of keeping you skin infection free.

ProsCons
Strong Eucalyptus Smellno exfoliant element
Good size bar
Good for sensitive skin
Leans no residue

About This Item:

  • Made With Natural Tea Tree Oil And Eucalyptus Oil
  • Proven To Efficiently Remove Built-Up Oils, Allergens, Sweat, Gym Crud, Smog, And Dirt, Among Others
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Natural

6. Art of Sport

Another mid range soap, Art of Sport, makes a decent bar with a nice masculine scent and some moisturizing qualities.

ProsCons
Cool masculine scentfelt a slight residue
skin felt a little dry after

About This Item:

  • Moisturizing
  • Cool Eucalyptus Scent
  • Deep-Cleansing Charcoal, shea butter, and tea tree oil

Made from natural botanicals, the soap is a natural treasure for those who dwell on gyms most of the time. You can bring it and use it after workouts to recharge and keep moving.

It is packed with zero sulfates, phthalates, and parabens. It is dermatologically tested and completely vegan.


7. Dove Men’s Care

Dove Men’s Care soap are a solid buy if you’re looking for a more affordable bar of soap.

Again, this soap is affordable which is great, but when compared to the other soaps on this list like those from Gold BJJ or Armbar Soap it really didn’t blow me away. Plus, its scent smelt manufactured and almost fake.

ProsCons
InexpensiveHarsh Smell
No residueNo exfoliant
moisturizingNot antibacterial or antifungal

About This Items:

  • Deeply purifies while moisturizing
  • Unique patented ingredients designed for men
  • Easily rinses off with no residue

The first thing you’ll notice about these bars is the rich lather. It quickly washes away dirt and sweat without stripping away natural oils.

And because they contain 1/4 moisturizing cream, they won’t leave your skin feeling dry or tight like some other soaps can.


8. Dr Bronner’s Soap

While this is probably a great buy as an inexpensive soap for the whole family, it didn’t really do it for me. Its scent really wasn’t the best, but I did feel like it moisturized well. Also it doesn’t have any of the other properties I look for in post bjj training soaps such as being anti bacterial or having an exfoliant.

ProsCons
AffordableNot the best scent
Moisturizing
Good for whole family

About This Item:

  • This variety pack includes 6 scents: almond, baby unscented, lavender, peppermint, citrus & rose
  • All natural, vegan ingredients
  • Uses organic certified palm oil
  • Packaged in 100% post-consumer recycled wrappers

Dr. Bronner’s soap is not only good for the bodies of BJJ and MMA practitioners. But purchasing it also helps to make the world a better place.

With the support of its fair trade suppliers, the company has adopted organic agricultural techniques. These techniques include regenerating soil, boosting biodiversity, and mitigating the effects of global warming.


9. Solpri Shield Antifungal Soap

For me personally, this soap wouldn’t be a good everyday one, but is excellent for post bjj training when I want to feel totally clean after.

*If you are looking for soap to use after tough training and really enjoy lemon and orange scents than this should be your go to soap.*

ProsCons
Anti bacterial/Anti FungalStrong lemon/orange scent
Skin felt a little dry after

About This Item:

  • 5 Essential oil blend: lemongrass, tea tree oil, eucalyptus, orange, and lime oil
  • Free of triclosan, triclocarban, sulphates, parabens, detergents, and dyes

One bar can last you a little over 3 weeks showering one to two times a day. Though, you want to buy a soap bar dish for the shower that allows the water to drain out so the soap stays relatively dry.

The soap offers confidence and freshness that makes your skin feels great, your acne in check, and smell good, especially after gym workouts.


10. Hemp Soap Bar for Muscle Relief

This is a solid bar of soap, but I felt like it had a strong medicinal scent moreso than other bars on this list.

ProsCons
Contains charcoal (good exfoliant)Strong medicinal scent
Cooling sensation
Leaves no residue

Hemp soap can be a great option for people who have sensitive skin. It is gentle and will not strip the skin of its natural oils. Hemp soap is also hypoallergenic, so it is unlikely to cause any irritation.

So, If you are looking for a soap that can help with muscle relief, then hemp soap may be a good option for you. It is gentle, effective, and made with natural ingredients.


Other Soaps and Body Wash to Be Aware of:

1. Truremedy Tea Tree Oil Body Wash

With over 40k reviews on Amazon, if you prefer a body wash, Truremedy Tea Tree Oil Body Wash, should be on the top of your list.

My wife actually prefers body wash and this one is her favorite – it’s antibacterial and moisturizing.

It is a powerful antifungal and antibacterial soap designed with martial artists in mind. It contains tea tree oil, a natural ingredient proven to combat a wide range of infections and skin problems specific to athletes practicing BJJ. It also includes aloe vera and mint that not only soothe the skin but also provide a refreshing and rejuvenating sensation after training.


2. Tea Tree Body Bar Soap

Tea Tree Body Bar Soap is another excellent choice for BJJ practitioners. Like I mentioned before you want to stick with natural oils that have anti bacterial and antifungal properties and avoid harsher chemicals. Tee tree oil is probably the most effective one.

Its main ingredient, tea tree oil, is known for its incredible healing properties and powerful antimicrobial effects. This body bar strikes the perfect balance between natural ingredients and thorough cleansing, providing protection against various common training-related infections.


3. Viking Revolution Tea Tree Oil Soap

Another solid option for those who prefer a body wash is Viking Revolution Tea Tree Oil Soap. Again, it relies on the power of tea tree oil, a natural antimicrobial agent, to provide long-lasting protection against harmful bacteria and fungi frequently encountered on gym mats and locker rooms.

This body wash smells great (if you’re a fan of the lime/mint/Pine-Sol smell). It’s also pretty tough on fighting skin and fungal infections.


4. Friendly Tea Tree and Turmeric Soap

If you want a bar of soap that stands by its organic and cruelty free advertising then Friendly Tea Tree and Turmeric Soap may be a solid option for you.

Note that when I tested this soap it seemed smaller than other bars of soap, but I guess what you pay for is the quality ingredients.

It that combines the antibacterial properties of tea tree oil with the anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric.


5. Oleavine TheraTree Tea Tree Oil Soap with Neem Oil

If you’re looking for a mint scented body wash that has tee tree oil, this is another good option.

No harsh chemicals but by using essential oils like tea tree and neem oil, Theratree soap is ideal for those who want a soothing, comfortable feeling on their skin while knowing that your safe from fungal infections and bad bacteria.


6. Botanic Hearth Tea Tree Body Wash

Looking for a body wash that helps with dry skin and is anti fungal? Then Botanic Heart Tea Tree Body Wash should be your top pick.

Simply put, it keeps you clean without drying your skin.

I’d rank it up there with the other top body washes like Truremedy any day. If you have dry skin but don’t want your body wash to make your skin drier then go with this body wash.

It’s also pretty affordable when compared to others and has a great scent.

7. Majestic Pure Tea Tree Body Wash

Majestic Pure Tea Tree Body Wash is an exceptional antifungal and antibacterial soap specifically formulated for BJJ practitioners and athletes alike.

This bottle is a bit smaller than others for its price and when I used this for my showers it lasted ~6 weeks.

I could tell its still high quality but be aware that it is a bit pricier for the amount you get.

Overall, I liked the minty scent and felt liked it did help with my dry skin.


8. Dettol Anti Bacterial Body Wash

This is probably one of the more affordable body washes on this list.

When testing it I felt like it foamed up nicely and had a nice (but not over powering) lavender scent. It’s always good for dry skin.

Overall, Dettol Anti Bacterial Body Wash is a solid investment for grapplers who prioritize their hygiene and seek a safe yet effective weapon against mat diseases without drying out their skin.


9. Purely Northwest Tea Tree Oil Body Wash

Purely Northwest Tea Tree Oil Body Wash should be another top choice for BJJ athletes, thanks, again, to its powerful antifungal and antimicrobial properties.

This body wash is a bit pricier than others but does contain a blend of essential oils, including tea tree, eucalyptus, and peppermint, which are all known for their ability to combat various fungal and bacterial skin infections.


10. Ethique Exfoliating Body Wash Bar

If you’re a fan of a more exfoliant focused bar of soap (just like the Martial Arts Bar of soap) then here is another similar option.

The Ethique Exfoliating Body Wash Bar features a combination of natural exfoliants, such as pumice, tea tree oil, and charcoal. These ingredients work in unison to effectively cleanse the skin, eliminate fungal and bacterial infections, and detoxify the skin.


11. Battleskin Bar Soap Tea Tree Soap

Battleskin Bar Soap Tea Tree Soap is a high-quality antifungal and antibacterial soap designed explicitly for BJJ practitioners and other athletes participating in contact sports. Its also pretty tough on odors so if you struggle with getting rid of sweaty musk scents this is a good option.

However, when testing this bar of soap, I felt that it did leave my skin feeling a bit dry.

This soap, again, contains tea tree oil, a potent natural ingredient with impressive antimicrobial properties. Tea tree oil is known for its abilities to fight common mat-related infections such as ringworm, athlete’s foot, and even MRSA.


Why you can trust this list

To be clear, I went out and actually bought these 10 main soaps myself – see image below:

Over the past month and a half, both me and my wife have used each of these soaps at least once, and most were used until entirely disintegrated or used until they became tiny pieces of soap that go down the shower drain never to be seen again.

I’ve always appreciated a good post bjj training shower and a solid anti bacterial soap to go with it.

Just like anyone who trains for any amount of time, I’ve gotten my share of skin infections, such as ring worm, over the past 6 years of bjj training. These soaps in combination with gi and training apparel cleanliness as well as post training wipes have helped me stay skin infection free for the past year.


Methodology:

Both me and my wife used each of these soaps. After using them I combined our reviews and took notes on them (see image below):

In addition to spending several hours combing through reviews on Amazon and Reddit, I took notes on each soap and included them in each review.

Lastly, along with providing details on these soaps, each soap will be rated in the below categories:

  1. Overall
  2. Scent
  3. Cost

Finally, I know some of these factors such as smell and feel are totally opinion based and shaped heavily by my own preference. So I tried to include as much honest detail as possible in each review to help you decide on the best soap for you.

Hopefully, this list will provide some helpful, detailed reviews from someone who actually used them.


What are Antifungal and Antimicrobial Soaps and How are They Different From Regular Soap?

Antifungal and antimicrobial soaps are designed to kill bacteria and fungi. Regular soap is effective at removing dirt and debris from the skin. But it does not contain any ingredients that specifically target bacteria or fungi.

This means that antifungal and antimicrobial soaps are more effective. Especially in preventing the spread of these organisms.

Additionally, the most common active ingredient in these soaps is triclosan. And it has been shown to be effective against a variety of bacteria and fungi.

There are also a number of natural substances that can be used for this purpose, such as tea tree oil.


Why Use Antifungal and Antimicrobial Soaps?

There are a few reasons why you might want to consider using an antifungal or antimicrobial soap when training in BJJ and MMA.

  • First, these soaps can help to keep your skin clean and free of any harmful bacteria or fungi that could cause infections.
  • Second, they can also help to prevent the spread of these organisms to your training partners.
  • Finally, using an antifungal or antimicrobial soap can also help to reduce body odor caused by sweat and bacteria.

Our Most Recommend BJJ Soap:

To avoid suspense here are my top recommend bjj soaps – please take a look at their reviews below for further details:

What’s the Difference Between Antifungal and Antibacterial Soaps?

Antifungal and antibacterial soaps serve diverse purposes when it comes to personal hygiene. While both types aim to eliminate disease-causing microorganisms, their target organisms and active ingredients differ.


Antifungal soaps specifically target fungi, such as ringworm and athlete’s foot, whereas antibacterial soaps are designed to combat bacteria, like E. coli and Staphylococcus.


One advantage of antifungal soaps is that they often contain natural ingredients like tea tree oil or eucalyptus oil, which are known for their antimicrobial properties. These ingredients have been proven effective in eliminating fungal infections and preventing their recurrence. Antibacterial soaps, on the other hand, generally focus on synthetic compounds like triclosan and triclocarban, which disrupt the growth and production of bacteria.

When practicing BJJ or engaging in contact sports, using a soap that incorporates both antifungal and antibacterial properties is ideal. This dual-action approach promotes overall hygiene by addressing various skin infection risks that athletes might face. Keep in mind that while regular soaps can clean and remove dirt, specialized soaps like these help to target specific microbial concerns and offer better protection against certain infections.

What to Look for in High Quality Soap?

Does It Contain Exfoliants?

Exfoliation helps remove dead skin, dirt, debris while bathing. This is super important if you are training in a tough, close contact sport like bjj. While I prefer soap that contains exfoliants some people with sensitive skin may prefere that there soap doesn’t contain them.

Some common forms of exfoliants are:

  • Microbeads
  • Charcoal
armbar soap with microbeads

Is It Anti Fungal / Anti Bacterial

When it comes to soap one of the main focuses (if not the main focus) for anyone who trains bjj or MMA should be is it anti bacterial and anti fungal? Does it kill bacteria and help you avoid skin infections?

While it should be noted that of course your body and skin does have and require plenty of good bacteria, showering with an antibacterial soap will absolutely help fend off common bacterial and fungal skin infections such as ring worm.

While most of these soaps on this list do, I strongly recommend you keep an eye out to see if the soaps you intent to buy have some of the below ingredients which are anti fungal and anti bacterial:

  • Tee tree oil
  • Neem oil
  • Hibiclens
  • Betasept

Does It Have Moisturizing Properties?

While antibacterial soaps are great, you don’t want them to dry your skin out.

So the next factor after – “is it antibacterial?” should be does it have any moisturizing agents or properties. Most if not all the soaps on this list contain some sort or moisturizing ingredient. These should always be present especially when frequently using soaps that may be harsher on your skin.

Some common moisturizing agents found in bar soap are:

  • any vegetable oils
  • olive oil
  • cocoa butter
  • shea butter
  • goat milk
  • aloe vera
  • avocado oil

What Are Some Other Cleaning Products You Should Use for BJJ and Martial Arts

There are other essential cleaning products that can be highly useful for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and other martial arts enthusiasts. These products often target specific aspects of gear cleanliness, by either sanitizing or deodorizing equipment or clothing.



One essential cleaning product for BJJ practitioners is a laundry detergent specifically designed for athletic wear.

I used to buy whatever was on sale when it came to laundry detergent, but I noticed sometimes in the next class my gear would begin to smell funky as soon as I started to sweat. It wasn’t until I switched to a stronger laundry detergent that I finally got rid of those persistent smells. I use Tide Sport Detergent and just have it set to my subscribe and save on my Amazon.

Such detergents are formulated to remove sweat, odor, and bacteria from your training gear, ensuring it stays fresh and clean for an extended period. A popular athletic detergent option is WIN Sports Detergent, which includes bacteria-fighting ingredients to eliminate odors and keep your gear smelling fresh.

Next, I always am a big fan of wipes like those from Gold BJJ that you can use immediately after class. The longer you let bacteria sit on you the higher chance for infection or some other contamination. If I am not showering immediately after class, I’ll usually do a quick wipe down just to be safe.

Finally, cleaning your gym equipment like your bjj bag will help stop the transfer of smells and bacteria. You can use warm soap and water and let it air dry. Some let you run the bags in the washer, but I would always check with the manufacturer. I usually will just wipe the inside of it down with wipes or run it through the washer if its really bad.

Most Common Skin Infections From BJJ

Ringworm

Ringworm is a fungal infection that commonly affects the skin on the body. It characterizes a ring-like rash that is often itchy and can be accompanied by flaking or peeling skin.

Ringworm is highly contagious. It spread through direct contact with an infected person or animal It can also spread by sharing contaminated items, such as towels or clothing.

The good news is that ringworm is treatable. Remember to keep the affected area clean and dry. Moreover, wash your hands thoroughly after coming into contact with the fungus.

Staph/MRSA

Staphylococcus aureus, more commonly known as “staph,” is a type of bacteria that can cause a variety of infections.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection is a strain of staph that is resistant to certain antibiotics.

Both staph and MRSA can be spread through skin-to-skin contact or contact with contaminated surfaces.

It is common for people who train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) to come into contact with these types of bacteria. Why? Because these activities involve close physical contact.

Impetigo

Impetigo is a highly contagious skin infection that usually occurs in children. A bacteria usually causes this infection and can spread quickly through close contact with someone who has the infection.

The most common symptom of impetigo is a red, itchy rash that develops into blisters. If not treated properly, impetigo can lead to serious health complications.

So it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible if you or your child develops any symptoms.

Herpes Gladiatorum 

Herpes Gladiatorum, also known as Mat Herpes. it’s a highly contagious viral infection that affects the skin.

It is most common in athletes who compete in contact sports, such as MMA and BJJ. The virus spreads through contact with infected skin, mucous membranes, or body fluids. 

Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, and a burning sensation on the skin. The virus can cause severe skin lesions and can be fatal if left untreated.

Therefore, early diagnosis and treatment are essential to preventing serious health complications.

Antifungal Soap Questions FAQ

How to Use Antifungal Soaps

Antifungal soaps are an important part of any fighter’s hygiene regime. Here are some tips on how to use antifungal soaps:

  • Use a small amount of soap on a wet washcloth or loofah.
  • Gently massage the soap into the skin in a circular motion.
  • Focus on areas that are prone to fungal infections, such as the groin, armpits, and feet.
  • Rinse the soap thoroughly with warm water.
  • Pat the skin dry with a clean towel.

FDA’s Info on Antifungal Soaps

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released information regarding the use of antifungal soaps for the treatment of fungal infections.

The agency states that these soaps are safe and effective. Especially for the treatment of superficial fungal infections.

The FDA cautions that antifungal soaps should not be used to treat deep or serious fungal infections such as those that occur in the lungs, blood, or other organs.

Jiu-Jitsu Hygiene Basics and Tips:

Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art that heavily emphasizes ground fighting and grappling. Because of this, it is important for practitioners to maintain good hygiene. Thus, preventing the spread of germs and infections.

Here are some basic tips for Jiu-Jitsu hygiene:

  • Showers should be taken before and after training sessions. It is especially important to shower after training, as this will remove any sweat and bacteria that have built up on the skin.
  • Wash all Jiu Jitsu gear, including gi, belt, and rash guard, after each use. This will help to prevent the growth of bacteria and fungus.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before and after training sessions. This will help to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Avoid touching your face while training. This will help to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria from your hands to your face.

Which Antifungal Soap or Antimicrobial Soap is Right for Me?

If you’re looking for the best bar soap for BJJ and MMA, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind.

You need to consider what type of skin you have. If you have sensitive skin, you’ll want to avoid any soaps that contain harsh chemicals or fragrances.

Instead, opt for a gentler option made with natural ingredients. Exampled are tea tree oil and aloe vera, which are both gentle and effective against fungal infections.

Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide. But, all of the soaps mentioned above are great in their own way and contain all the ingredients you need for your everyday hygiene.

What Soap Does Joe Rogan Use for Jiu Jitsu?

Joe Rogan, a famous comedian, UFC commentator, and dedicated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, is vigilant when it comes to maintaining personal hygiene while participating in grappling sports. One may wonder which soap he uses to keep infections at bay while training rigorously.

Joe Rogan has mentioned he uses Defense Soap and tea tree oil to prevent infections when training.

Check out the video below of him discussing it

There are a couple of key reasons why Defense Soap might be Joe Rogan’s choice for maintaining proper hygiene during his BJJ practices. Obviously, close combat, intensive workout sessions put him at risk of skin infections and various pathogens.

Defense Soap is one of the brands specifically designed to help with these issues by incorporating natural ingredients with antimicrobial properties, like tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil. Again, using a soap with these ingredients can minimize the risk of contamination and provide a fresh, clean feeling.

What Is the Best Soap for Wrestlers?

The best soap for wrestlers is one that effectively combats the common skin infections they encounter during intense training sessions. Again, Defense Soap stands at the top of the list, as it has been specifically designed for grappling sports. Its formula includes a powerful blend of tea tree and eucalyptus oils, which are known for their broad-spectrum antimicrobial properties. Defense Soap efficiently helps prevent and treat common mat diseases like ringworm, staph, impetigo, and more.

Another great option for wrestlers is Submission Soap by Gold BJJ, which contains a potent mix of olive oil, coconut oil, tea tree oil, and eucalyptus. It offers a charcoal-infused variety and is created explicitly for the grappling community.

Wrestlers should also consider investing in specialized shampoos, like Avalon Organics Scalp Treatment Shampoo or Nizoral Shampoo, to combat fungal infections in the scalp and prevent dandruff.

Do You Have to Use Antibacterial Soap if You Train BJJ?

When it comes to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, hygiene plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy training environment.

While it is not mandatory to use antibacterial soap, incorporating an antibacterial or antifungal soap in your post-training routine is highly advisable.

It promotes a cleaner and safer training experience for you and your training partners.

One primary reason behind using antibacterial soap is the increased risk of skin infections that grapplers often face.

Mats, shared equipment, and skin-to-skin contact provide an ideal breeding ground for bacteria and fungi. Using antibacterial soap can be an effective preventive measure against common mat infections like impetigo, ringworm, staph, and more.

Side note: For those with sensitive skin, be sure to choose a soap that is gentle on the skin and free of harsh chemicals.


Another advantage of using antibacterial soap is that it helps in keeping your personal gear clean and odor-free.

Sweaty gear and clothing items attract bacteria, which can lead to unpleasant odors. Cleansing your body with antibacterial soap helps eliminate these odors and keeps your gear feeling fresh longer, making your BJJ journey more enjoyable and comfortable.

Thanks for reading – hope this post has been insightful and hope you have a good day – Zack