If during the year, Chametz is not brought into a place, this place does not require to be cleaned or checked for Chametz. Any article which is not used on Pesach, does not need to be checked for Chametz, provided it is put away properly and the Chametz in it, is sold. Where Chametz is visible and has been used, the area should be cleaned very well, using a chemical cleaner, such as Mr. Clean, Febreeze, or any item of such nature, and cleaned as well as one can.

Examples of places which should be checked for Chametz:

  • attics
  • bar
  • behind major appliances
  • benching cards (store away till after the Festival)
  • bird cages
  • books
  • briefcases
  • attaché cases o bookcases
  • cabinets
  • car (glove compartment, trunk & seats)
  • cat baskets
  • C.D.’s, tapes, etc.
  • Clothing Closets
  • cosmetic boxes
  • cookery books (clean & store)
  • cribs
  • cupboards
  • desks
  • drawers
  • fish tanks
  • garages
  •  garbage cans
  • highchairs
  •  infant car seats
  • kennels
  • knapsacks
  • lockers
  • luggage
  • lunch boxes
  • medicine chests
  • picnic baskets
  • playpens
  • pockets & cuffs of clothing
  • porches
  • purses & handbags
  • school desks
  • school bags
  • shelves
  • shopping baskets
  • storage area for computer discs
  • storage rooms
  • strollers
  • study
  • toys and toy chests
  • workshop/office

Clothing Closets:

Should there be a significant possibility that these closets contains Chametz, they should be checked for edible Chametz and also for crumbs. Children’s jackets and pants should be checked, especially for food items.

Renting Over Pesach:

People who travel from home and rent an apartment over the Pesach period should carry out Bedikas Chametz at the apartment.