Tevilas Keilim Guidelines

  • Utensil to be immersed must be completely clean – free of dirt, dust, rust, stickers, labels or glue. (Practical Tip: WD-40 is very effective in removing adhesive)
  • One wets one’s hands in the mikvah water, holds the vessel in the wet hand and says Baruch…Asher Kidshanu B’Mitzvosav V’Tzivanu Al Tevilas Keili (Keilim for multiple utensils) and immerses the vessel(s).
  • If one forgot to make the brocha, the immersion is valid.
  • The water of the mikvah must touch the entire vessel inside and out.
  • The entire vessel must be under water at one time, but does not have to be submerged for any prolonged period of time.
  • If a basket or net is used to hold small utensils, the basket should be immersed in the water, the utensils placed in the basket, and the basket swirled under the water, so that the water will touch all areas of the utensils.
  • The cover can be immersed separately if it is removable.
  • A pocket knife should be immersed in its open position so that the water will touch all areas of the blade.
  • Thermos bottle liners do not need to be removed before immersion.
  • A narrow necked bottle should be immersed neck up so that the inner surface of the bottle will fill completely with mikvah water.
  • Care must be taken that no air is trapped in the submerged vessels.
  • Anyone may toivel keilim, including a small child or a non-Jew, however, a Jewish adult must be present to verify that it took place. The recitation of a brocha can only be done if a Jew does the immersion. Therefore, if many utensils are to be immersed with the help of a child or a non-Jew, the owner should first immerse a few vessels with a brocha and then the child or non-Jew can take over.
  • Utensils require tevila with a brocha when they have direct contact with food during preparation or meal time and are made from metal such as aluminum, brass, copper, gold, iron, lead, silver,siverplate, steel, tin, or glass including pyrex, duralex, and corelle.
Food Utensil
Tevila Guideline
Food Utensil
Tevila Guideline
Aluminum Pans, Disposable
if intended to be used more than once
Tevila with Brocha
Meat Tenderizer Hammer,
Metal
No Tevila
Aluminum Pans, Disposable
to be used only once
Tevila w/o Brocha
Melamine
No Tevila
Blech
No Tevila
Metal Cutlery
Tevila with Brocha
Blender with metal blade on bottom
Tevila with Brocha
Metal Flour and Sugar
Storage Canisters
Tevila w/o Brocha
Bone
No Tevila
Metal Pots Coated with
Teflon, Enamel or Plastic
Tevila w/o Brocha
Brush, Pastry
No Tevila
Metal Spoon Specifically for Medicine
Tevila w/o Brocha
Brush for Grill, Metal
No Tevila
Microwave Turntable, Glass
Tevila w/o Brocha
Can Opener
No Tevila
Mixer Beaters
Tevila w/o Brocha
Cans, Reusable Empty
if opened by a Yehudi
No Tevila
Paper
No Tevila
China, Bone
Tevila w/o Brocha
Peeler, Vegetable
Tevila with Brocha
China, Glazed
Tevila w/o Brocha
Plastic
No Tevila
Colander, Metal
Tevila with Brocha
Porcelain Enamel
Tevila w/o Brocha
Cookie Cutters, Metal
No Tevila
Racks, Cooling
Tevila w/o Brocha
Cookie Sheets, Metal
Tevila with Brocha
Racks, Oven
No Tevila
Cork Screw
No Tevila
Rolling Pins
Metal or Wood
No Tevila
Corningware
Tevila w/o Brocha
Sandwich Maker
Tevila with Brocha
Crockpot Ceramic Insert
Tevila w/o Brocha
Silicone
No Tevila
Crockpot Glass Lid
Tevila w/o Brocha
Sink Racks, Stainless Steel
No Tevila
Crockpot Outside Metal Shell
No Tevila
Spatula, Metal
Tevila with Brocha
Dish Rack, Metal
No Tevila
Stoneware
Tevila w/o Brocha
Dishes, Ceramic
Tevila w/o Brocha
Stoneware, Non-Glazed
No Tevila
Earthenware, Non-Glazed
Dull Finish, e.g. Flower Pot
No Tevila
Storage Utensils, Glass
not brought to the table
No Tevila
George Foreman Grill
Tevila w/o Brocha
Styrofoam
No Tevila
Glass
(including Pyrex, Duralex & Corelle)
Tevila with Brocha
Tea Kettle, Corelle
Tevila with Brocha
Grater, Metal
used for foods that are ready to eat, eg, apples, onions
Tevila with Brocha
Toaster
which will not break
Tevila w/o Brocha
Grater, Metal
used only for foods that need further cooking,eg potatos
Tevila w/o Brocha
Toaster Oven
rack & tray only
Tevila with Brocha
Hamburger Maker
Tevila with Brocha
Trivet, Metal
No Tevila
Hot Air Popcorn Maker, Metal
Tevila with Brocha
Waffle Iron
Tevila w/o Brocha
Hot Water Urn, Metal
Tevila with Brocha
Warming Tray
No Tevila
Knife, Arts & Crafts
No Tevila
Wood
No Tevila
Knife Sharpener
No Tevila
Wooden Cask with
Metal Straps
Tevila w/o Brocha
Meat Thermometer
No Tevila