Friday, April 22, 2011

Chametz sheh-avar*?

My understanding is that one is not permitted to eat, after Pesach (Passover) any chametz that one hasn't sold for Pesach. But what does one do about forgotten inedible chametz?

When I went to scrub the toilet earlier today, I got an unpleasant surprise--I'd forgotten to throw out the toilet brush before Pesach. "So what?," you ask. Well, it's like this--I clean my toilet with a combination of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and (grain-based) white vinegar. Does that make me the only Jew on earth who has a chametzdikeh toilet brush?

Long story short--I bought a new brush. The old one is now under wraps, literally (stuffed into a plastic bag), and will be thrown out after Pesach.

*Thanks to Woodrow/Conservadox for the link--see number 10 here for the explanation, and plenty of other useful Pesach/Passover explanations and information.


Anonymous Woodrow/Conservadox said...

I can relate. As I was walking to shul for the first night I found a candy wrapper in my suit jacket (admittedly no candy so not a kezayit of chametz by any means- but perhaps a non-microscopic amount of chocolate). I threw it in the nearest trash can of course.

At any rate, I think it is accounted for by the Bitul Chametz declaration when you get rid of the last Chametz that you know about. See

Sat Apr 23, 11:49:00 PM 2011  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Woodrow, thanks for the link. I've added it to this post.

Sun Apr 24, 03:35:00 PM 2011  
Anonymous rejewvenator said...

The prohibitions on Chametz she'avar alav ha'Pesach only apply to food, not to utensils. Plus, many white vinegars are not distilled from grain, including Heinz white vinegar. To top that off, chametz as a category no longer applies to something that is not fit for a dog's consumption - the vinegar on your toilet brush certainly qualifies as being unfit for a dog's consumption - so that vinegar stopped being chametz as soon as you dipped it in your toilet.

Thu Apr 28, 12:35:00 AM 2011  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

I've heard that dogs like to drink out of toilet bowls, but *I* would certainly consider a toilet brush unfit for a dog's consumption! Thanks for the information, Rejewvenator.

Thu Apr 28, 01:33:00 PM 2011  

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