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Off white, tan, and beige

7 May, 2013

Question:

In terms of dealing with staining, what exactly is considered a white surface? What about off–white, tan, beige, etc… How do I know if something is white or not?


Answer:

Off-white is considered white in this respect. Tan and beige are considered colored. You are correct that it can be difficult to distinguish between a very pale beige and off-white. When white garments are required (such as during the seven clean days), you should make sure to wear clearly white or off-white underwear. Conversely, if you find a stain on a pale beige and are unsure whether the garment is considered white or colored, you can bring it to a rabbi for clarification.


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