Question:

1) I ran out of undershirts on Chol Hamoed. Is there any heter to do laundry? Must I buy new undershirts? What if no stores are open, such as in Jerusalem (and I am makpid not to go to “town” because of shemiras einayim)?
2) What if I ran out of Shabbos shirts? Would it be better to wear white weekday shirts? Buying new Shabbos shirts can be expensive… Please advise.

Answer:

Undershirts should not be washed on chol hamoed, ( according to some poskim nursing bras and support hose would be peritted- Hilchos Chol Hamoed pg. 32) but you may buy new ones, because you now need them for yom tov, I am not aware that shmiras einayim is a heter to transgress a takana of chazal not to do laundry.

A person that does not have shabbos shirts may wear clean weekday ones. Lekovod Yom Tov is not a heter to do laundry either.

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