What is the definition of “freshly landered”. What about items laundered, drty cleaned or even new that has been in a drawer or closet fir an extended period of time?
Thank you in advance for your help.
The term “freshly laundered” really means laundered before it was worn of used again. Therefore, even clothing or towels that were washed a while ago, are not worn during the nine days, even though they were washed a while ago. The term “freshly laundered” just means to explain the reason for not wearing laundered clothing- because wearing a laundered article of clothing has a certain pleasure to it because it is “fresh” and not sweaty or used.
Shulchan Aruch O:CH 551-3.