BH, I recently purchased a new pair of tefillin.

Does anyone have any tips for loosening new, stiff tefillin retzuot? Right now my retzuot practically cut into my skin. Over time, they will eventually become looser, but I was wondering if there were any quick tips or tricks.

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    Wearing them regularly? Mar 31, 2017 at 18:59
  • don't wrap them so tightly?
    – Laser123
    Mar 31, 2017 at 19:03
  • @TrustMeI'mARabbi - I do. And I mentioned that eventually they would become looser with wearing them for davening every morning. But my question is if there is a quicker way to loosen them.
    – ezra
    Mar 31, 2017 at 19:10
  • How do you deal with new leather shoes which aren't so soft yet? This is no different.
    – Double AA
    Mar 31, 2017 at 19:29

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Although I would ask around before trying it myself, apparently coating the tough leather with rubbing alcohol followed by a coating of petroleum jelly opens the pores and makes it softer.

  • I might be afraid that this method might hurt the retzuot. But thanks for the answer!!
    – ezra
    Apr 3, 2017 at 4:27

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