Monday, April 2, 2012

Pesach Cleaning Got You Down?

I hope you all enjoyed my prank yesterday! That is the only successful prank I've ever done. I am physically incapable of playing a prank because my face gives it away every time. Enter...the anonymity of the interwebz. If you have no idea what happened, check out this explanation: What Is a Rick Roll? And no, I'm never gonna give you up.


Back to your regularly-scheduled blogging...
I hope you're readier for Pesach than I am. Granted, I don't go crazy and try to combine Pesach prep and spring cleaning. (I'm also a pretty detailed cleaner throughout the year, so it's not that dirty. Yes, even the baseboards get a monthly cleaning. I may be insane.)

Don't let Pesach cleaning and preparations get you down. It's not as hard as people make it sound. If you want a time estimate for how much prep time you need, check out Out of the Ortho Box's handy flowchart. Despite being tongue-in-cheek, I think it's true.

Personally, I like this item-by-item approach to Pesach prep: How to Do Your Pesach Cleaning Cheerfully in Less than One Day. (Note: your community/rabbi's standards could be different than printed here.)

If you decide to go all out, this is what you will look like:


And this is what "going all out" can look like: 




Disclaimer: Take all of the above with a grain of salt. I was pronounced as "lacking an appropriate fear of chametz."

5 comments:

  1. Wow, you need a better guide! That one kinda rubs me the wrong way when it says things like "If you don't have a self-clean oven, it's best not to kasher your oven, just tape it up and don't use it"...Seriously? It's really not that difficult to kasher an oven. :\

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    1. Sadly, this is the sanest (and most easy-to-follow) guide I've seen. As my chavruta wisely said, every chag tests a part of our yetzer hara. Pesach brings out our most machmir/judgmental/fearful traits.

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    2. The end when it spoke about chumrahs was really great, actually, so I will give it that. I really agree that we don't need to go more than necessary for pesach and that's how I'm doing my apartment.

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    3. In Israel, many are accustomed to not cleaning ovens, unlike in the US.

      In addition (or possibly as a source), the Israeli ovens also can be a bit harder to clean than the American ones.

      There is also a famous guide from R' Sheinberg floating around many different places; see, for example, http://www.orchos.org/torah/chagim/pesach/pesachcleaning.html

      All of them are rooted in a very simple principle: any piece of chametz less than a kezayis is not a problem if it's not near food. Any piece of chametz, regardless of the size, is not a problem if it's pagum [ruined] through the use of a household cleaner. But, any non-spoiled chametz is a problem if it gets into food ON pesach (as opposed to before).

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  2. Okay, that's a guide that doesn't make me feeling like just burning the house down.

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