Natural Pillow Care 101 - Our Guide

Natural Pillow Care 101 - Our Guide

Whether your natural fibre pillows are Kapok, Natural Latex, Woolly Bolas, Alpaca, or Down, they require a little more effort to keep clean and comfortable than synthetic pillows. As they cannot be machine-washed, you’ll need to consider non-wash methods to keep your natural fibre pillows free of sweat, dust, and allergens. At Eco Comfort, we specialize in pillows with Kapok fibre fillings, among others, which you can maintain with these easy care tips. 

Kapok Pillows

Kapok is a fibrous substance much like cotton that requires special but simple care. Here’s how to best preserve your Kapok pillows. 

Don’t wash it

Because Kapok fibres tend to clump together and become brittle when washed, we suggest covering it up with a zippered pillow protector instead. Don’t use a regular pillowcase—zippered cases will better reduce sweat and dust from getting into the Kapok fibres. 

Wash only your pillow protectors

Though Kapok fibres naturally deter dust mites, your pillowcases won’t. Be sure to wash them every now and then to prevent any dust mite allergens.

Fluff your pillow

Fluffing your pillow won’t only help you revive its loft but also keep it free of moisture and dust. Silky and soft Kapok will compact over time, so you’ll want to purchase one that is adjustable, in case you need to buy Kapok fibres or reduce them. 

Avoid heat

We sell our natural pillows with double-layer knit cases that you can machine wash in a cold setting and tumble dry on low. Avoid using high heat and be sure to stretch out the case after every wash to help regain its length. 

Natural Latex Pillows

Most natural latex pillows are made with Dunlop or Talalay and are generally easy to care for. 

Use a protector

As with any natural pillow, you’ll want to protect your natural latex pillow with a case to avoid moisture and dust. Wash your protector but not the latex material. Natural latex will naturally deter dust mites, but your cases will need to be washed on a weekly basis to prevent any allergens from clinging. 

Avoid sunlight

Too much exposure to direct sunlight can cause natural latex to yellow or deteriorate altogether. When leaving home, be sure to draw your blinds or store your pillows in a cool area in your closet. 

Unlike Kapok pillows, natural latex pillows tend to keep their shape over time, so you won’t need to purchase extra fibres. 

Woolly Bolas

These pillows are made with fluffy twisted bits of balled wool fibres.

Keep them covered

As always, you’ll want to cover your natural fibre pillows with a case. Wash them weekly to keep them dust-free. Reduce residual moisture by placing your pillow under the sun every now and then. 

Don’t wash it

Though you can technically wash a woolly bolas pillow, the fibre bits can swell, become matted, or clump, which removes the pillow of its springy texture. Avoid machine washing them, as the wool doesn’t tend to regain its shape and texture even after being pulled apart. 

Duck Down and Feather

Naturally insulating and breathable, these pillows are very popular but require a bit of extra care. 

Wash cases weekly

Double up with a pillow protector and pillowcase to keep your pillow free of moisture and dust. Be sure to wash your cases weekly. 

Launder once a year

If it is absolutely necessary to wash your down pillow, be sure to only do so once or twice a year. Use an oversized machine without a center agitator. Use warm water and very mild detergent on a gentle cycle. Tumble dry it on low heat and dry it thoroughly to prevent mildew. 


When you buy a Kapok pillow at Eco Comfort, we don’t only strive to provide you with the best quality—we make sure we’re being environmentally responsible! We’re always looking for new forms and fabrics while being sustainable. 

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