How to clean a buckwheat pillow

how to clean a buckwheat pillow

Use a pillowcase to protect your buckwheat pillow from getting dirty.


Prevention is a good first step, but there may come a time when your pillow needs to be cleaned. Buckwheat pillows can last for a long time, and during those years (dare we say decades?) your pillow may get dirty. Accidents, illnesses and general wear happen.


Whole buckwheat pillows cannot be put into the washing machine.


Soaking buckwheat hulls with water will ruin them. Whole buckwheat pillows should not be put directly into the washing machine or drier. However, our cotton pillow cover can be washed and buckwheat hulls can be set in the sun to dry. 


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how to wash a buckwheat pillow - from ComfyComfy

  1. Gather together: your buckwheat pillow, a clean pillowcase and a ribbon or tie.
  2. Lay the buckwheat pillow on a flat surface with the zippered end inside the open end of the pillowcase. Make sure the pillowcase is totally tucked under the buckwheat pillow.
  3. Carefully unzip the zipper on the end of the buckwheat pillow.
  4. Pull the pillowcase all the way around the buckwheat pillow. Buckwheat hulls will fall out of the pillow and start to fill up the bottom of the pillowcase. Completely empty the pillow cover into the pillowcase. Turning the pillow cover inside out will help to get all the buckwheat hulls out of the pillow corners.
  5. Tie up the pillowcase to keep the buckwheat hulls from escaping while you wash the pillow cover. The cotton twill pillow cover on all ComfyComfy buckwheat pillows is machine washable. However, because it is made from cotton it will shrink when washed. To minimize shrinking, wash the pillow cover with cold water and hang it up to dry.
  6. Once the pillow cover is clean and completely dry, the same process can be used to get the buckwheat hulls back in the pillow.

What about cleaning the buckwheat hulls inside your pillow?


If the buckwheat hulls are completely soaked - say, for example, you spilled your morning coffee all over your pillow - the hulls should be replaced with new ones. Saturating the hulls with any kind of liquid may cause them to loose their supportive, three-dimensional shape. Furthermore, cleaning coffee or any other liquid from them is impossible and may lead to mold growth.

However, if the buckwheat hulls in your pillow are just damp, due to a spot of spilt water or a humid environment, they can be thoroughly dried out and rejuvenated in the sun.

how to rejuvenate buckwheat hulls - from ComfyComfy

  1. Find a clean container. If you are rejuvenating all the buckwheat hulls from your pillow make sure all of the hulls will fit in the container before dumping them out.
  2. Carefully pour buckwheat hulls into container.
  3. Place in bright, sunny window for a few hours and 'fluff' periodically (this part is a lot of fun!). If you have pets or children, make sure to choose a safe place where your buckwheat hulls won't be knocked over or played with.

It's a good idea for all buckwheat pillow users to place their pillow in the sun for a few hours once or twice a year - either in a warm window or outside in a safe place. The warmth of the sun will leave your pillow fresh for a good nights sleep (just be wary of rain storms!).

Happy sleeping!

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Hi Annemarie, A larger size ComfySleep pillow, or ComfyNeck pillow would be good if you have broad shoulders and sleep on your side. Some folks with asthma find buckwheat pillows helpful. We do ship outside of the US – please visit our Shipping & Returns page for more details. ~Claire & the ComfyComfy team

Claire July 18, 2019

Which pillow would you recommend for broad shoulders and supported neck I am a side sleep and can you also tell me if this is good for asthma sufferers do you deliver to UK

Annemarie July 09, 2019

@Eve Not sure if you’re still watching this thread, but I would try cherry stone pillows for your sauna.

Kass April 19, 2019

Hi Eve, Lucky you having a personal sauna! We don’t have any experience with using buckwheat pillows in a sauna. I suspect there is a lot of steam or moisture in a sauna that could lead to buckwheat hulls degrading quickly, or becoming moldy. I hope this helps. Send an email to if you have more questions.

Claire @ ComfyComfy March 21, 2019

Hi can I use my buckwheat pillow in my personal sauna. Temperature gets up to 160F. Usually 120-140F
Thank you.

Eve March 10, 2019

I bought the small size to see if I like it. I’ve had it for about 20 years already. I never had a problem with the molding or stinking I just wash the pillow case and that’s it. How I use it is I put my feet on it when I sleep and it is so comfortable elevating my feet! Actually I cannot sleep without it.! My grandkids say grandma is like your “bunny”? And I would answer “yes.”

Mary Mannino August 29, 2018

Hi Joanne, Thanks for your comments on buckwheat pillows – how wonderful your pillow has given you support and comfort for so many years. ~Claire & the ComfyComfy team

Claire @ComfyComfy July 05, 2018

I’ve had my sobakowa buckwheat pillow for at least 20 years and I find it more comfortable than down or foam-filled pillows. You can easily shape it to support your head or neck shape and it stays that way until you reshape it. I still prefer down covers (quilts) however, I have not gone back to down pillows since trying the buckwheat hull pillow. I
have not found any other material that can match the comfort and support that buckwheat hull pillows can provide.

Joanne July 05, 2018

Hi Marilyn – thanks for your kind words. We’re so happy to hear you love your buckwheat pillows! Happy Sleeping – Claire & the ComfyComfy team

Claire @ ComfyComfy June 05, 2018

These are the best pillows i have ever used. I have 3, one at my cabin, and 2 more at home. I always carry one with me when traveling. Have had these for at least 15 years. I wash the cases, (always two) on each pillow, every week.

Marilyn Newlon-Cole June 04, 2018

I have slept on a buckwheat pillow for many years. It is more comfortable than any pillow because you can shape it easily and it stays put. I don’t notice any crunching noise. I have not cleaned it yet. But have washed the outer cover. I have tried other pillows but find the buckwheat pillow most comfortable overall.

Shirley Bostock May 10, 2018

Hi Chris, some people find buckwheat pillows too noisy, but most people do not. There is some noise every time you rest your head on a pillow. To see more thoughts on buckwheat pillows check out the reviews left by other customers. If you have questions you can send me an email. Claire @ ComfyComfy

Claire @ ComfyComfy May 01, 2018

Is the pillow “noisy”? I am terribly sensitive to noise. I have some couch pillows filled with little styrofoams beads and every move I make, they make a squishy sound. This would prevent me from falling asleep.

Chris May 01, 2018

Thank you for all the questions – If you are worried about dust mites or other detritus that has built up in your pillow over time, it’s a good idea to replace the buckwheat hulls in your pillow. They can be composted or used in the garden as mulch! We sell buckwheat hulls in 2 lbs increments here: The amount you need depends on the size of your pillow, and how full you would like it. Please don’t hesitate to send a message to if you have more questions.

Claire @ ComfyComfy January 17, 2018

Where can I buy new hulls and how much?How many do I need for 1 pillow?

Ron January 16, 2018

please answer last question from William Krumn, as I have a similar one.

jean January 04, 2018

I’ve owned the same buckwheat pillow for 20 years now. I’m worried about dust mites in the pillow after all these years. Should l be concerned about this. Should I buy new buckwheat hulls and make a new pillow. I love the one I have.

William Krumm December 20, 2017

Hi Marcia – You should wash your pillowcase just as you would any other bed linens. If it becomes soiled faster than other linens you can wash it more frequently. ~Claire & the ComfyComfy team

Claire December 08, 2017

Hi Emily – It would be best to purchase new buckwheat hulls. Once they have been saturated with any liquid they cannot be cleaned. Claire & the ComfyComfy team

Claire December 08, 2017

Heavy sweating while sleeping is a problem. Will that affect the buckwheat? How often may I wash the pillowcase. Is that as often as you do regular bed cloths laundry> This sounds fascinating for a good nights sleep especially if I can try it first with money back guarantee. Thanks. Is Hulu company name or pillow name?

Marcia December 02, 2017

My cat peed on my buckwheat pillow. Any way to clean the hulls?

Emily Patterson November 26, 2017

Hi Kaz, I would not advise putting your pillow in the drier. The high heat of the drier could damage the pillow by singeing the hulls, leaving you would a pillow that smells like a campfire. Please let us know if you have any other questions. Claire & the ComfyComfy team

ComfyComfy October 15, 2017

Can the whole pillow be run through a drier? I have had a very bad cold recently and I would like to disinfect it if possible without disassembling the entire thing. Thanks!

Kaz October 13, 2017

I bought a pillow 15 years ago due to night sweats. It works like no other pillow. Keeps head cool, no doubt. However, it is like sleeping on a brick. I don’t know if the new (are they different) pillows are softer, but I use this as a last resort. But it really, really keeps one cool. I just wish it was softer.

Diane June 15, 2017

Hi Nick, Our pillows are made without fumigants or chemicals. ~Claire & the ComfyComfy team

Claire April 06, 2017

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