How to Clean a Tallit

by Alicia Bodine

A tallit is a Jewish prayer shawl that is worn during morning prayer. Although it doesn't need to be cleaned often, cleaning it once every six months will keep it in good condition. Since tallits contain a large number of knots and are mostly made out of wool, a trip through your washing machine is not advisable. Cleaning your tallit should be done with care and a gentle detergent.

Clean your kitchen sink and then fill it with cold water. If your tallit is a large one, consider using the bathtub instead.

Add 1/2 cup of a gentle detergent to the cold water and give it a little stir.

Place the tallit in the sink. Submerge the tallit completely, and let it sit for 3 to 4 hours.

Wash the tallit with your hands. If you see any stains, gently rub over them with your fingers. Do not use a brush to scrub away the stains. This could damage the tallit's fabric.

Drain the soapy water from the sink, and rinse the soap off of the tallit with cold water from the faucet.

Wring the tallit out and hang it up to dry. Using a dryer could cause damage to the knots on the tallit, so it is best to use a clothesline and allow the tallit to dry naturally.


  • Your tallit can be dry cleaned. If your dry cleaner isn't Jewish, however, there is a chance that the prayer shawl could be damaged during the dry-cleaning process.

Items you will need

  • Water
  • Mild detergent

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