Hagolas Keylim Guide
Information and guidance for your at home Hagolas Keylim
How do I kasher utensils at home – I won’t be able to make it to a public Hagolas Keylim?
- Utensils should be meticulously cleaned, paying attention to joins, cracks, lips, folds, engravings etc. Soaking items in bleach can be helpful to clean inaccessible areas. (Remember to remove any silver polish also.)
- Utensils should be out of use for 24 hours before kashering.
- Boil up a large pot of water (as full as possible).
- You can use a chometz pot for kashering as long as it is perfectly clean and has not been used in the preceding 24 hours.
- Once the water is bubbling, dip each area of the utensil into the water. It is not strictly necessary for the entire utensil to be immersed in water all at once (as is the case with tevilas keylim) as long as each area is submerged at some point.
- If the water stops bubbling wait for it to boil again before dipping further utensils.
- Pour cold water onto the utensil once dipped.
Note: If you are concerned that you won’t be able to do this safely at home, it is of course better to use disposables than to risk injury.
which materials cannot be kashered?
- Plastic (it is generally accepted that this cannot be kashered – discuss specific shailas with a Rov)
- Items with joins or small holes which can’t be cleaned
For which items does a hagoloh in boiling water not suffice?
- Frying pans
- Baking trays and other items used in the oven
If you are unsure how to kasher an item, ask your Rov or contact ShailaText.
Further reading – Oneg Archive