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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April 09, 2014 by Claire Collie
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Carl Pizzo

Carl Pizzo said:

How much are the buckwheat hulls?


Claire said:

Hi Carl – we sell buckwheat hulls in two pound bags for $13. You can see them here:


Bob said:

Hmmm… is it the sunlight or the heat that treats the hulls? Could the same be done by placing the hulls in an oven?


Claire said:

Hi Bob, I think it would be hard to put the hulls in the oven without toasting them. We’ve tried microwaving hulls and they start smelling like a smoking campfire pretty quickly. If buckwheat hulls in a pillow are really dirty, it’s best to purchase new buckwheat hulls. – Claire & the ComfyComfy team


nick said:

I have a chemical sensitivity to anything that suggests petrochemical construction. Am I safe with this pillow as far as off gassing offensive smells? Thank you, Nick


Claire said:

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


Diane said:

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.


Kaz said:

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!


ComfyComfy said:

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

Emily Patterson

Emily Patterson said:

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


Marcia said:

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?


Claire said:

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 said:

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

William Krumm

William Krumm said:

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.


jean said:

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


Ron said:

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

Claire @ ComfyComfy

Claire @ ComfyComfy said:

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.


Chris said:

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.

Claire @ ComfyComfy

Claire @ ComfyComfy said:

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

Shirley Bostock

Shirley Bostock said:

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.

Marilyn Newlon-Cole

Marilyn Newlon-Cole said:

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.

Claire @ ComfyComfy

Claire @ ComfyComfy said:

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


Joanne said:

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.

Claire @ComfyComfy

Claire @ComfyComfy said:

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

Mary Mannino

Mary Mannino said:

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.”


Eve said:

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

Claire @ ComfyComfy

Claire @ ComfyComfy said:

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.


Kass said:

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


Annemarie said:

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


Claire said:

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

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