Buckwheat pillows conform to the shape of your head as the hulls shuffle around. They provide great support, and what I really like is how they stay cool in the summer months as they have plenty of airflow.
One drawback is is that you can’t throw them in the washing machine, and spillages will likely damage the buckwheat hulls.
You can and should keep your pillow clean though. Here is everything you need to know about how to wash a buckwheat hull pillow and ensure it’s clean, hygienic, and smelling nice and fresh.
You Should Be Using a Pillow Cover
First things first, you should be using a pillowcase or a protector underneath. You need to protect the hulls from moisture as much as possible, without adding too many layers and taking away from the feel.
We all perspire overnight. Quite a lot too actually, hence the yellowing you see on pillowcases. Your case is designed to absorb sweat and pillages and be washed, so use one!
Carefully Empty out All the Buckwheat Hulls
This is a simple step, but take it from me – don’t rush this or you will end up spending the next 30 minutes scrambling around looking for your hulls.
The best way to transfer all the hulls is to unzip your pillow, then place it upside down in another pillow case and pour all the hulls into the other pillowcase.
Washing Your Pillowcase
Your pillow will have come with a pillowcase and you may be using another pillowcase for protection. Either way, one or two cases, check the washing labels and run them through the washing machine.
Before putting the hulls back in make sure the cases are 100% dry!
Cleaning and Checking Your Buckwheat Hulls
You can’t wash your hulls as water causes them to swell and lose their shape. If you’ve spilled anything on your pillow or soaked it for any reason you’ll need to put all new hulls in.
While you’re cleaning the cases it’s a good time to just check your hulls for any damaged ones. Replacement hulls aren’t expensive and it’s as simple as just dropping some more in (or taking some out).
Refill Your Pillowcase and You’re Finished
With your bag of buckwheat hulls and a clean and dry pillowcase, all you need to do is refill your pillowcase and you’re finished.
Tips to Keep Your Buckwheat Pillow Smelling Fresh
Buckwheat doesn’t smell and isn’t going to cause odor anymore than other types of pillow. There may be a slight earthy smell when you open the case, but it’s not noticeable.
If you’re cleaning the pillowcase as directed above on a regular basis it will keep the pillow smelling fresh.
I also open the pillow and leave it to ‘air’ out sometimes during the day. I’ve heard that the hulls benefit from the sunlight, so you can leave it open in the sunlight if you want but I’ve never noticed any difference doing this.
Try giving the pillowcase a spray with a fabric freshener too if you’re combating odors. A nice lavender bed spray or something similar will do the trick and may help you sleep a little better.