Non-Edibles That Don’t Require Certification

OU Kosher Staff

The consensus of the OU’s poskim (rabbinic authorities) is that the following may be used on Passover without certification:

  • Aluminum foil
  • Aluminum foil baking pans
  • Baby ointments
  • Bags (paper or plastic)
  • Body wash
  • Bowl and tub cleaners
  • Candles
  • Cardboard
  • Carpet cleaners
  • Charcoal
  • Cheese Cloths
  • Conditioners
  • Copper and metal cleaners  
  • Cork
  • Cosmetics (except possibly lipsticks, see below)
  • Cupcake holders
  • Cups (paper, plastic or styrofoam)
  • Deodorants
  • Detergents*
  • Dishwashing Detergents
  • Drain openers
  • Fabric protectors
  • Furniture polish
  • Glass cleaners
  • Hair gels, sprays and mousse 
  • Hair removers and treatments
  • Insecticides 
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Jewelry polish
  • Laundry detergents
  • Lotions
  • Napkins (paper)
  • Oven cleaners 
  • Paper towels
  • Perfumes
  • Plastic containers
  • Plates (paper, plastic or styrofoam)
  • Scouring pads and powders
  • Shampoos
  • Shaving cream and gel
  • Shaving lotion 
  • Silver polish 
  • Skin cream
  • Soaps
  • Suntan lotion
  • Talcum powder (100% talc)
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Water filters

* Some Poskim maintain that it has been the established Minhag Yisrael (Jewish custom) to use kosher detergents on plates, pots and utensils as they come in contact with food.  That said, if one used non-certified dishwashing detergent, Bidieved (after the fact), the kosher status of the utensils would not be compromised even for Passover.

Oral Hygiene (Toothpaste, Mouthwash) & Flavored Lip Treatment (Lipstick, Lip Balm) Products: Rabbinical authorities disagree as to whether kosher certification of these items is required (both for Passover and year-round). Consult your Rabbi.

OU Kosher Staff

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