Friday, October 21, 2016

Doing Laundry During Hol Hamoed

Doing Laundry During Hol Hamoed
Day: Friday
Date: October 21, 2016
Parshat: Vezot Haberacha
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 534

Our Hachamim forbade us from doing laundry on Hol Hamoed in order to discourage us from not doing it before the holiday. However a person who has only one shirt may wash it on Hol Hamoed even if he had the opportunity wash it on Erev Yom Tov but didn't. Towels, little children's clothes, and other such things that are constantly used and get dirty quickly may be washed. Undergarments may also be washed during Hol Hamoed if one has no clean ones left. One who is washing any of the aforementioned items might think that since the washing machine is running anyways, and it doesn't require extra effort, it may be okay to add other items that are not needed for the holiday. In reality however, one may not add anything other than the items previously mentioned. Spot cleaning and ironing are both not considered laundry and are allowed on Hol Hamoed.

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