Shailah of the Week

Keeping Hygiene Going on Passover- Is Purell Kosher for Passover?

OU Kosher March 26, 2020

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Shailah of the Week by Rabbi Zvi Nussbaum

Rabbinic Coordinator, Kosher Hotline Administrator for the Orthodox Union



It is likely that the strict hygiene regimen that is currently being advocated will continue over Passover.


Disinfectants, soap and products like Purell should continue to be used.



According to Rabbi Moshe Elefant, Chief Operating Officer of the Kashrus Division of the Rolodex Union, products like Purell may be used because they are not fit for food for a dog, the halachic criteria which should be used in all instances in regard to hygienic products.


However, one rabbi cautioned that the Purell products, for example, should not be mixed with real chametz products and if possible kept separate for Passover.