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Chapter 122:9b
Between the 17th of Tammuz and Tisha B'av

9b. Similarly, during these nine days [between Rosh Chodesh Av and Tish'ah B'av], it is forbidden to wear or spread [freshly laundered clothing or linen], even if they were washed before [the nine days] (1). In honor of Shabbos, however, one may wear [freshly laundered] linen garments (2) and put out fresh tablecloths and towels, as one does on other Sabbaths. It is, however, forbidden to spread out clean bed sheets.

A woman that has to wear white undergarments for seven days in preparation for her ritual immersion, may wash and wear them [during the nine days] (3). Similarly, a baby's diapers may be washed because they are constantly being soiled (4).

FOOTNOTES:

(1) This prohibition includes all garments which are not worn to absorb perspiration. Undergarments, socks, and pajamas which are worn directly on the body may be changed during the nine days, where irritation or discomfort will develop (Rav Shimon Eider in the name of Rav Moshe Feinstein zt"l).

Spreading out freshly laundered bed linen during the nine days is prohibited; one may not even change tablecloths or towels, unless they have become soiled ("Summary of the Halachos of the Three Weeks" by Rav Shimon Eider, pg 10).

Any piece of clothing that has been worn before the nine days for long enough to cause it to lose its freshly laundered feel, may be worn during the nine days. For example, if one has worn a shirt for approximately one hour on a hot day, it almost certainly will have lost its fresh feel, and thus one would be permitted to wear it during the nine days.

These laws are comparable to those applying to one who is mourning over the death of a close relative for the first thirty days after the death ("Shloshim") (Kaf HaChaim 170)

(2) Obviously, this is not limited to linen garments, which are only singled out here because that was what was usually worn on Shabbos.

(3) She may also wash white bed sheets and use them during the nine days. If she discovers on Tish'ah B'av that she has no clean white underwear, it is prohibited for her to wash them; rather, she should wear anything which is clean (stain-free), even if it is colored (Rama 551:3 and Mishna Berura).

(4) The clothing of children who are at the age when they're constantly making themselves dirty, may be washed even during the week in which Tish'ah B'av occurs (Rav Shimon Eider: "A Summary of the Halachos of the Three Weeks" pg 9)

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