A night of heavy drooling? A bloody nose? Perhaps it was spilled coffee? Maybe you just want to disinfect your buckwheat pillow after a fevered night in bed.
Whatever the reason, your buckwheat pillow will eventually need to be cleaned. And today, we are going to show you how to do just that.
Buckwheat pillows require extra care when it comes to cleaning time. Unlike other types of pillows, you can’t just throw your buckwheat pillow in the washing machine.
Again, just to stress it:
Don’t clean your buckwheat pillow in the washing machine.
Because water ruins the buckwheat hulls. Soaking the hulls makes them soggy and unsupportive, squashing under their own weight. Even worse, leaving the buckwheat hulls even slightly damp can lead to mold growth. And you don’t want mold lurking just below the surface where you rest your head at night.
If you are reading this and thinking “I’m reading this warning too late” then your best bet is to purchase a brand new buckwheat pillow. It may seem wasteful but a buckwheat pillow that has gone through a washing cycle will never be the same again.
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Okay, with the warning out of the way, it’s time to take a closer look at how to clean your buckwheat pillow.
Cleaning your buckwheat Pillow
You will need:
- A large container or pillow case
Step 1: Unzip your buckwheat pillow
Locate the zipper on your buckwheat pillow and open it up!
Note: Cheap or poor quality buckwheat pillows may not have a zipper at all. If you want to clean your pillow you will have to undo the stitching and sew it back up when you are finished. This is why we always recommend buying a buckwheat pillow with a zippered opening.
Step 2. Remove the buckwheat hulls
Now it’s here that you want to make sure you have a pillow case or container large enough to hold the entire buckwheat filling.
A pillow case is easiest since you can place the pillow case all the way around the cover (with the zip undone) then slowly pull the cover upwards, transferring the buckwheat hulls to the pillow case.
Be sure to check inside the pillow case to make sure there are no small buckwheat hulls that have gotten stuck to the lining. This is quite common. Simply remove each hull with your fingers.
If you are transferring the hulls into a container, it is better to use a scoop. Upending the pillow into a container will result in buckwheat hulls falling all over your floor.
Step 3. Wash the empty buckwheat pillow cover
Typically buckwheat covers are made from cotton. It is natural for cotton to shrink when it is washed. To reduce shrinking, wash your pillow cover with cold water (75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit) and hang it out to dry. Don’t cut corners and throw the case in the dry, the high temperatures from the dryer can also cause shrinkage.
You can either wash the pillow case in your washing machine or by hand.
Step 4. Examine The Buckwheat Hulls
While you are waiting for the cover to wash, take the time to examine the buckwheat hulls inside.
If the buckwheat hulls are soaked, say you spilled your morning cup of coffee or soda over your pillow, then the hulls should be discarded and replaced. Buckwheat hulls can be purchased separately from online retailers such as Amazon.com.
If the buckwheat hulls are slightly damp, perhaps from spilt water or even a humid environment, then you can simply dry them out to return them to there former glory.
Buckwheat hulls heat up quickly from the suns rays. Simply pour the buckwheat hulls into a large container and place it in a sunny window. Stir the hulls periodically so that all the buckwheat hulls get a turn to dry in the sun.
Because sunlight also naturally disinfects you might want to place your buckwheat hulls in the sun anyway. Doing so will keep your buckwheat hulls fresh.
Step 5. Refill your pillow cover
Now that the shell of your pillow has finished drying, it’s time to make it look like a pillow again.
Carefully pour the buckwheat hulls back inside the shell. Because this part can get messy you may want to use a container as a scoop, for more accurate filling.
It may seem like a lot of work, but you will be rewarded with a clean and hygienic pillow to sleep your head on. And don’t forget to use a pillow case it will help keep your buckwheat pillow cleaner for longer. Even better, throw a pillow protector into the mix!
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