What is the best way to wash a tallit gadol?

Mine is a fairly traditional large black and white wool tallit with plain white (not techelet) tzitzit. After a few years in shul it's a little yellow around the atarah and there a couple of blood spots (not what you think, one of my kids managed to injure herself during Shabbat services once).

  • personally I remove the atarah and send it to the dry-cleaners.
    – eramm
    Dec 24, 2013 at 10:43
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    Everybody I know dry-cleans, but the presence of a Jewish-owned dry-cleaner that does tallitot for free may be a factor. Dec 24, 2013 at 13:51
  • As far as I know the best way is a delicate hand wash in cold water with a careful drying procedure. I would think that dry cleaning could be OK but there could be a problem with the tzitziot in the machines.
    – Epicentre
    Dec 25, 2013 at 5:41

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Buy something what is called WOOLITE. This is special detergent for wool, you can find it in every supermarket. Put your talis in the bucket, fill with warm, not hot water, add cup of Woolite and leave it for 3-4 days.

For better effect you can change water ever day and fill the bucket with fresh water, don;t forget to add some woolite.

After 3-4 or more days... Take Talis out Talis rinse with room temperature water and hang it on the drying line. Your Talis will be dry in day or two and clean !


A similar question was posted yesterday, regarding a talis katan.

To quote from ezra's answer:

The best way to wash a wool tallit katan is by hand washing it. Washing machines and dryers can severely mess up a wool tallit katan if you're not careful. I would suggest hand washing the tallit katan in a mild fragrance-free hypoallergenic detergent, in cold/warm (not hot) water, and then hang it out to dry.


My wife has a large mesh zipper bag for her fine things like stockings. I put my Tallit Gadol in the bag and set the washing machine program for WOOL, using a special soap for wool. Can also centrifuge and comes out beautifully clean. Lightly over with a COOL iron. Good as new.


My wife, who is much smarter than I am about this, bought some kind of gadget that protects the tzitzits and then they go into a mesh bag and get washed normally.

This is for my talit katans but it should certainly work for a tallit gadol.

I don't have an atarah on my tallit gadol so if you do that might be an issue for taking it off

Gut Shabbos!


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