Sunday, October 8, 2017

Laundry During Hol Hamoed

Laundry During Hol Hamoed
Day: Sunday
Date: October 8, 2017
Parshat: Vizot Haberacha
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 534

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Our Hachamim forbade us from doing laundry during 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 to 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 therefore allowed during Hol Hamoed.

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