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I have a cotton-polyester kittel from Ben's Tallit Shop (everyone's favorite, right?) Here's the description: http://tzitzit.tallit-shop.com/pleated-kittel/

Does anyone know how to wash them? Do I wash it like a normal cotton garment? Also, will it shrink? (I hope it does.)

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is about cleaning a garment, not about anything particularly Jewish. Is there a stack for laundry? – rosends Feb 2 '16 at 23:14
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    Vote to keep open because it is about how to care for a garment that is a דבר המיוחד לתפילה. This isn't any different than any of the questions about how to make lighting for a sukka, etc. etc. – Yishai Feb 2 '16 at 23:56
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    I take mine to the dry cleaners. – Gershon Gold Feb 3 '16 at 0:39
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    @yishai Until he explains why this garment may be unique in its laundry needs, it remains a weak question. – Double AA Feb 3 '16 at 1:09
  • We have a question here about cleaning tzitzit, this is fine. I wash mine in the machine, and you can tell. – user6591 Feb 3 '16 at 1:10
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I always bring my kittel to the dry cleaner. It always comes back nice and clean (and freshly ironed).

  • I've been doing just that for years. Recommendation - if you can get a kittel with an attached (sewn on) belt, if possible,. Otherwise, you risk losing it. Not that it's the worst thing to happen, but I find that kittels tend to be big, and having the belt helps quite a bit, and it looks nicer too. – DanF Feb 3 '16 at 3:41
  • @DanF consider keeping the belt at home when the kittel goes to the cleaners. – Y     e     z Feb 3 '16 at 3:59
  • @yEz Duh... It's a simple solution, if you want to wash and iron the belt yourself :-) The attached ones, though, is a good solution. – DanF Feb 3 '16 at 4:03
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    @DanF, an alternative would be a white gartel, as it should also be more of a "one size fits most" solution if you get a new kittel or let it out. – Noach MiFrankfurt Feb 3 '16 at 4:38

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