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Heres the laws for Getting ready -for-passoverpesach-20125772 Preparing Your House for Pesach 5772
Based on the Halachic Rulings of Rabbi Shlomo Gissinger Shlita, Rav in Lakewood NJ
Cleaning for Pesach
Pesach is the Celebration of Freedom. Unfortunately, for too many women the preparation
for this holiday is anything but freedom; it is a real-life nightmare.
Cleaning…cleaning…and…more…cleaning. The average housewife does 75% more cleaning than is
required according to the Halacha. Spring cleaning should be done after Pesach!!!
As the prohibition of chametz on Pesach is very serious, the Shulchan Aruch: The Code of
Jewish Law, and later Halachic opinions (the Chafetz Chaim in Shaar Hatziyon OC 442:52),
commend the practice of holy Jews who proudly uphold various stringencies that have been
passed down from generation to generation in regards to Pesach. Nevertheless, some of the
excessive cleaning practices adopted by many people today are not an actual continuation of
these holy practices. Furthermore, one is not permitted to perform stringencies when they
infringe upon and undermine basic Torah obligations. Women are obligated in all the mitzvos
of the Seder, as men are. They also have a mitzvah of enjoying the holiday (Simchas Yom
Tov). How can these mitzvos be accomplished when women are totally washed out, exhausted
and too tense from the excessive cleaning to even maintain a conversation! We must maintain
Introduction: The obligation to search for, and destroy Chametz, applies to Chametz which
is the size of one complete k’zayis or more. A k’zayis is approximately the volume of one
ounce. A standard whisky cup holds one ounce. There is a more stringent Halachic opinion
that chametz which is even less than a k’zayis is problematic unless it is rendered unfit for
human consumption. In consideration of that opinion, it is recommended, not required (where
applicable) to apply a soap based water solution* to the chametz, thus rendering it inedible.
Please note: Do not confuse this Halacha with the more stringent prohibition of consuming
even a crumb of chametz.
Items & Places That Do Not Need To Be Cleaned For Pesach
The following items need not be cleaned for Pesach: Windows, walls, carpets, ceilings, doors
and doorknobs. Neither do linens, bedspreads, curtains, towels, and fresh dish towels. For
those who sell their chametz; all pots, pans, dishes, flatware, appliances (e.g. mixer,
grinder, toaster, microwave etc) and toys, which are being stored away for Pesach, do not
The closet/room where chametz and/or chametz utensils are being locked up does not
need to be cleaned for Pesach. Rather, merely take a quick assessment of the
approximate amount/value of chametz present there, so that it may be properly listed
among items being sold as chametz.
Items & Places That Do Need To Be Cleaned For Pesach
Clothing: The cleaning of clothing can be divided into the following categories:
1. Pockets of adult clothing that never contained chametz – do not need to be
checked at all.
2. Pockets of adult clothing, which during the year may have occasionally contained
chametz, and which will be worn on Pesach – should be emptied of food and crumbs.
Alternatively, if one resolves not to put any food in pockets during Pesach – then the
pockets need only to be frisked for either edible crumbs of chametz (not little
crumbs mixed with lint and dust), or a “considerable amount” of chametz.
3. Pockets of children’s clothing, which will be worn on Pesach – should be emptied
of food and crumbs.
4. Pockets of other clothing, which will not be worn on Pesach – need only to be
frisked for either edible crumbs of chametz (not little crumbs mixed with lint and
dust), or a “considerable amount” of chametz.
5. Pockets of other clothing which will not to be worn on Pesach, and which are being
locked up and sold along with the chametz – do not need to be checked at all.
Should one decide on Pesach to wear clothing on Pesach whose pockets may have
contained chametz, and whose pockets were not thoroughly cleaned – then extreme care
must be taken not to put any food into the pockets.
Note: A “considerable amount” means a k’zayis, which as stated earlier is approximately
the volume of one ounce.
Toys: The cleaning of toys can be divided into the following categories:
1. Toys which will be used on Pesach, and which may contain a “considerable amount”
of chametz – must be cleaned.
2. Toys which will be used on Pesach, and which usually do not contain a
“considerable amount” of chametz, but rather have small particles of dirty
chametz stuck to them – may be used as-is on Pesach.
3. Toys which will be used on Pesach, and which usually do not contain a “considerable
amount” of chametz but have small particles of chametz stuck to them that appear to
be in edible condition – although according to the majority of Halachic opinions the
toys may be used as-is, care must be taken not to place these toys on areas where
food is placed (e.g. tables, countertops etc.). Furthermore, according to the more
stringent Halachic opinion stated earlier (in the introduction), the small particlesfood should be rendered inedible. This may be accomplished in the following manner:
Toys which are waterproof – may be soaked (in a tub) in an soap based water solution*
for a short time and then rinsed. This will render the food inedible. The toys may be
dried and used as-is. Toys which cannot be immersed in water – can either be wiped
down with a sponge moistened with an soap based water solution*, or if that is not
possible, the chametz particles should be physically removed.
4. Toys which will not be used on Pesach, and which are being locked up and sold
along with the chametz – do not need to be cleaned at all.
Seforim/Books: Since the only crumbs that might be present in Seforim or books are
less than a k’zayis, they do not have to be cleaned. However, care must be taken not to
place them on areas where food is being placed (e.g. tables, countertops etc).
Nevertheless, to avoid any problems, seforim or books which commonly have crumbs in
them (e.g. benchers etc) should be cleaned or sealed away with the chametz.
Preparing the Kitchen
Refrigerator/Freezer: Should be washed with a soap based water solution* and may
then be used without lining the shelves with paper/aluminum foil etc.
Range top: Clean thoroughly then light flames for ten minutes. Cover the area
between the burners with aluminum foil. Note: The drip rings/pans need only be cleaned
Oven – Self Cleaning: Set the self clean at highest setting for one hour. It is
preferable that you then wash the inside of the door with a soap based water solution*.
Oven – Non Self Cleaning: Apply acid solution (e.g. Easy Off), rinse, then light for
one hour at the highest setting. It is preferable that you then wash the inside of the
door with a soap based water solution*.
Microwave: Clean thoroughly (especially around fan area) then don’t use for twenty
four hours. Boil water in the microwave for several minutes so that it will fill with
vapor. Since the validity of kashering plastic for Pesach is questionable, use only when
Pesach food is covered (e.g. in a plastic bag).
Sink: Clean thoroughly then don’t use with very hot water (i.e. Too hot to touch with
ones bare hand) for twenty four hours and then perform Iruy (i.e. pour boiling water)
on entire surface including the spout.
Counter tops: Clean thoroughly with a soap based water solution (or something
stronger e.g. Fantastik, Ammonia/water solution, etc
then either cover with aluminum foil etc. or perform Iruy (even on Formica) and use as
is. However if you are using the Iruy method, care should be taken not to place Hot
Pesach food directly (i.e. without dish or container) on counter.
Pantry and Cabinets: Clean thoroughly with soap based water solution* and then use
as is (i.e. without lining with paper etc.)
Kitchen/Dining Room Table: Clean thoroughly with soap based water solution*. It
is preferable to also cover the table.
Kitchen/Dining Room Chairs: Clean chairs well with soap based water solution*.
Food and Non-Food Products
Introduction: There are three prohibitions relating to Chametz on Pesach: 1)
Consumption, 2) Deriving Benefit (e.g. feeding a pet chametz), 3) Ownership. These
prohibitions only apply to chametz which is edible and/or has the ability to sour (leaven)
other dough. However, chametz which is inedible, and is has lost its power to sour
(leaven) other dough, although it may not be ingested, it may be owned and even used.
Thus, the following products (whose chametz ingredients are inedible, and have lost
their ability to sour (leaven) other dough) may be used on Pesach without any Kosher for
All cosmetics; e.g. creams, ointments, powders, nail polish, lipstick, blush, eye shadow,
deodorants, hair spray, shampoos, perfumes etc… Note: When not using a new lipstick
check old one for crumbs.
All cleaning agents; e.g. soaps both solid and liquid, dish washing soap, laundry
detergent, waxes, polishes etc.
All paper goods, plastic ware, aluminum foil etc.
Have a Kosher & Meaningful Pesach
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