One of the concerns people have with buckwheat pillows is – do buckwheat pillows attract bugs or mites?
The answer is no, absolutely not.
Buckwheat hulls do not have any nutritional value, so there are no reasons insects or bugs would be attracted to them as a food source.
The hulls actually repel dust mites and other little nasty bugs that some foams and other pillows attract too.
This is because the hulls shuffle around a lot and have a decent amount of airflow. Meaning they are not desirable as a place for mites to nest and hangout.
They are not 100% immune to dust mites however. I’ve seen buckwheat pillows claiming to be completely resistant to mites, this can’t be strictly true.
Over time your pillow will gather bits of dirt and debris that may attract mites. Keeping your pillow clean will reduce this however and they have a long life so there’s still nothing to be concerned about.
What Are Dust Mites?
Dust mites are microscopic little bugs that thrive in warm, humid environments. They end up in bedding, carpets, and upholstered furniture in most homes as these materials provide a nice warm home and dead skin to feed on.
If you’re allergic to dust mites you’ll experience cold-type symptoms, such as itchy eyes, sneezing, and a runny nose. Some people even develop asthma and other breathing difficulties.
Less Bugs and Mites Means Less Allergies
None likes to think that there are nasty little dust mites and bugs nesting in their pillows, right?
The main issue they cause is allergies. Most of the time if you’re experiencing an allergic reaction to your pillow it’s due to the mites rather than the materials in the pillow.
Hypoallergenic pillows are designed to repel dust mites. Buckwheat hulls resist them too, so if you buy a hypoallergenic buckwheat pillow the risk of dust mites and allergies is about as low as it gets.
Are Buckwheat Pillows Hypoallergenic?
Typically they are. You should always check that the manufacturer has labeled their products as hypoallergenic, however.
All ‘hypoallergenic’ really means is that during the manufacturing process as much care as possible was taken to minimize the risk of allergic reactions through the materials and processes.
There are two materials typically used in a buckwheat pillow; the pillowcase, and the buckwheat hulls.
If you have any known allergies to materials that may have been used in the pillowcase check what it’s made from.
It’s likely going to be cotton or a cotton mix. Allergies to cotton are extremely rare, so you have no reason to be concerned if you don’t already know you have an allergy to cotton.
Allergies to buckwheat hulls are also extremely rare. Obviously, there are processes the hulls go through to be cleaned and prepared so they may have come into contact with other chemicals.
This is why you should lookout for a hypoallergenic tag on the pillow you’re interested in as this should mean they have been through a cleaner process.