Laundry During The Nine Days

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Question:

May one do laundry during the 9 days?


Answer:

The Ashkenazic custom is to refrain from both laundering and wearing freshly laundered clothing from Rosh Chodesh Av, since freshly laundered clothing detracts from the appropriate feeling of mourning.

According to Sepharadim however, one may wash and wear freshly laundered clothing until the week of Tishah B’Av. [1] Since Tisha B'av this year falls out on Motzaei Shabbat there is no Shavoah SheChal Bo. That being said, Sepharadim are allowed to do laundry during the 9 days.


One may not give his clothing to a non-Jew to have them laundered, or send them to be dry cleaned. [2]


An Ashkenazi may not give his clothing to a Sepharadi to wash between Rosh Chodesh and the week of Tishah B’Av, and a Sepharadi, too, should not give his clothing to an Ashkenazi to wash. [3]


Sources:

[1]. Shulchan Aruch 551:3. The Ashkenazic custom follows the Rama §4.

[2]. Rama §3. Similar to Rashi’s reason in Taanit 29b, the Terumat HaDeshen §152 states that even when one is not washing the clothing himself, he still feels satisfaction when they are clean and fresh. Kaf HaChaim §50 also adds that even according to Rashi, it would be prohibited to give clothing to a non-Jew to wash, since one is distracted from the mourning as he takes his clothing to the non-Jew. Further-more, Torat HaMoadim, Ben HaMetzarim, p. 169 adds that one may send his clothing to a non-Jewish cleaner before the shavua shechal bo, provided that there is enough time for the clothing to have been washed before the shavua shechal bo begins. See also Igrot Moshe, O.C. 3:79; Ohr LeTzion, vol.3, 27:1; and Nitei Gavriel, Ben HaMetzarim 35:16.

[3]. Chazon Ovadia, Arba Taaniyot, p. 237. See also Kovetz Teshuvot, vol. 1, 58:1 and Shevet HaLevi, vol. 10,81:4.


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