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Removing dry skin from feet before mikveh

30 October, 2022


Is it halachically necessary to remove dry skin from the bottoms of your feet before dipping in the mikvah? I have OCD and sensory issues, and find scrubbing my feet with an exfoliator to be distressing and nauseating. If there are any leniencies here, it would be a big help.


Thank you for reaching out to us.

It is not necessary to remove dry skin for mikveh, as it is a natural part of the body and trying to remove it inevitably leads to more skin peeling off. You should just wash your feet thoroughly in a bath or shower, as you do other parts of the body.

We are sorry to hear of the distress that this has caused you. In general, OCD can present challenges for niddah observance. We encourage you to read our article on the topic, and to be back in touch with any further questions.

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