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Can I use white bed linens throughout the month?

19 February, 2023

Question:

What are the halachic requirements regarding bed linens? Can a person use white bed linens only during the 7 clean days? Are off white/ivory or beige permitted during the rest of the month? Are white blankets/duvet covers allowed at all times during the month?


Answer:

Thank you for reaching out to us.

White linens during the clean days can show whether a woman is bleeding overnight. However, if a woman wears white undergarments (or white pajama bottoms) to bed, they will catch staining. In that case, the bed linens can be of any color, although some women still maintain the custom to use white.

At any time of month, using white or off-white bedding and linens (including blankets and duvet covers) is fully permissible. It is usually not advisable, though, because a stain on a white surface may make a woman niddah. (Learn more about the halachot of stains here .)

Off-white and ivory are considered shades of white. Beige is considered a colored surface, although it can be difficult to distinguish between pale beige and off-white.

Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.


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