A GUIDE TO THE LAWS OF
A Woman’s Checklist for the Mikvah
- From the onset of your period, did you wait at least five days and afterwards make a proper Hefsek Taharah examination which was completed before sunset?
- Did you count your seven clean days afterwards, making two internal examinations on each day?
- Have you removed all makeup; i.e. lipstick, nail polish, etc.?
- Have you washed and combed all your hair (including underarms, and private parts) making sure that no hairs are knotted or stuck together?
- Have you cut your fingernails and toenails? Have you cleaned the area around them?
- Have you cleaned your ears, nose, and the corners of your eyes, removing anything caught in the eyes?
- Have you cleaned all body crevices including between the fingers, between the toes, the naval, earring holes, etc.?
- Have you bathed your entire body, making sure you are entirely clean?
- Have you removed all old scabs? If you have scabs that cannot be removed without bleeding, have you soaked them in warm water for five or ten minutes?
- Have you removed all splinters which protrude or are on the same level as the skin?
- Have you rinsed your mouth and brushed your teeth? Have you used a toothpick to gently check every tooth for lodged in food particles? (Dental floss should only be used if necessary.)
- Have you tried to pass water or use the bathroom if you need to before going in the Mikvah?
- If you have reused the bathroom, did you again wash over the area?
DOUBLE-CHECK TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL THE ABOVE PREPARATIONS HAVE BEEN MADE.
DO NOT RUSH YOURSELF;
TAKE AS MUCH TIME AS IS NECESSARY.
If after immersing in the Mikvah, you realize that a preparation was overlooked, you should consult a competent Rav, since in certain cases the immersion may have to be repeated.
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