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Cleaning Checklist

Cleaning Checklist


The following is a checklist of all areas that should be searched well and thoroughly cleaned from all traces of chametz.

Room-by-Room Checklist

  • dining room
  • front room
  • dinette
  • vestibule
  • study, library
  • den, playroom, recreation room
  • kitchen
  • laundry room
  • master bedroom
  • children’s rooms
  • guest room
  • nursery
  • bathroom
  • adjacent living areas
  • attic
  • basement
  • car
  • garage
  • hallways
  • office
  • porch, deck or terrace
  • staircases
  • storage areas

Alphabetical Listing

  • Attic
  • Arts ’n’ crafts
  • Basement
  • Bedroom
  • Bed
  • Bed frame
  • Behind furniture
  • Bookcase
  • Books
  • Breadbox
  • Briefcase
  • Buffet
  • Cabinets
  • Candlesticks
  • Carpets
  • Car
  • Car seats
  • Carriage
  • Cell phones
  • Chairs
  • China closet
  • Closets
  • Clothing
  • Coats
  • Coat closet
  • Computer and keyboard
  • Cosmetics
  • Couch
  • Crib


  • Desks and drawers
  • Dining room
  • Dishwashers
  • Dressers and drawers
  • Entertainment center
  • Exercise equipment
  • Floors, carpets
  • Freezer
  • Furniture
  • Garage
  • Garbage cans
  • Handbags and purses
  • High chairs
  • iPods
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchen appliances
  • Lamps
  • Laundry hamper
  • Linen closet
  • Living room
  • Luggage
  • Lunch boxes
  • Medicine cabinet
  • Office or workspace
  • Oven
  • Pet cages


  • Playpen
  • Playroom
  • Pockets
  • Pocketbook
  • Pocket PC
  • Porch
  • Radiators
  • Radios
  • Recreation room
  • Recliner
  • Refrigerator
  • Remote controls
  • Rings
  • School bags
  • School lockers
  • Sewing box
  • Shopping cart
  • Sink
  • Staircases
  • Storage room
  • Stove
  • Stovetop
  • Stroller
  • Table
  • Telephone
  • Toys
  • Utility drawers
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Wallets
  • Washing machine/dryer
  • Windowsills
  • Woodwork
  • Yard

Click here for a PDF print version of this list.

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Lisa Providence, RI April 18, 2016

Passover Cleaning I keep bread confined to my kitchen, so it's the only place I need to clean. Reply

Bryan Russell Hollywood, FL April 5, 2014

Excellent Checklist! This checklist is a wonderful tool. Thank you! Reply

Alona Los Angeles, CA via March 10, 2013

Roommate My roommate is not Jewish. And I have quietly begun my cleaning. Should I disposed of the chametz with a promise to buy her more later? Any advice is welcome. Reply

Menachem Posner for Montreal, QC April 13, 2011

Gluten Intolerance If you know that your home is chametz free, you do not need to clean it. However, you do need to check your house to ensure that that no chametz walked in by mistake over the course of the year. Reply

Anonymous Miami, FL via April 11, 2011

Gluten Intolerance Hi,
I have a gluten intolerance. Therefore, I don't keep any chametz anyhow. Do I still have to clean for chametz? Reply

Yardena Zimmermann winnipeg, MB via April 10, 2011

Key Board Posted By Chani Benjaminson, I would like to correct you. You should never use damp cloth on computer/keys. You should use rubbing alcohol on a cloth to clean keys and between keys. Water damage teh computer. Alcohol on a damp cloth is better. Reply

Eliezer Zalmanov for April 6, 2011

Re: Pets If none of the chametz-free options work for your pet, the recommended solution is to transfer its ownership to a non-Jew for the duration of Pesach, along with the responsibility for its care. Reply

Chana Philadelphia, PA April 2, 2011

Pets What do you do about pets whose diet requires them to have chametz? I have this situation (did not have it last year since we got these pets in July of last year.) Reply

Chani Benjaminson, April 18, 2008

keyboard Turn the keyboard over and shake it well over a garbage can or large sheet of paper. Then used a compressed air can (available in department stores and computer supply stores) to clean out the interior, finally go over the keys with a slighly damp cloth or paper towel and check between keys to make sure no crumbs are left. Reply

y b, ny April 18, 2008

whats the sufficient way to clean computer key board Reply

Gisele Brooklyn , NY March 25, 2007

Handy List Thanks for this handy dany list. it makes us feel less panicky. I feel now I have more control what has to be cleaned, and what has to be sold with the Chometz.
Chag Someach to all. Reply

Blake Thornhill (Toronto), Ontario, Canada via March 18, 2007

Passover housecleaning guide! Thank you for having such easy to use, easy to find information. I always know I can go to the Chabad webpage for the info I need, and it will always be easy to find! Thanx, and ...

Happy Passover! Reply

Anonymous Calgary, AB Canada via April 4, 2006

useful This is very usefull. I printed this out for myself!
Thanks!!! Reply

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