How to Choose the Right Pillow

How to Choose the Right Pillow

Choosing the right pillow is all about your individual comfort preference, and at Soaring Heart Natural Bed Company, we have pillows that will suit most anyone’s needs for comfort, support and great rest. The most important part of choosing your pillow is making sure that the pillow has the proper loft so your neck aligns with your spine. The firmness of your pillow often depends on how you sleep – on your back, your side, or your stomach. It’s also possible you’ll want to sleep with several pillows of different firmness and different amounts of support.

If you’re a side-sleeper, we recommend pillows made of firm wool, natural latex, contoured latex, a firm down pillow or one of our Premium Eco-Wool™ body pillows. For those who sleep on their back, we recommend soft wool, synthetic latex, soft down or even medium down pillows. Stomach sleepers tend to like pillows made of soft wool, synthetic latex, natural latex or medium down.

At Soaring Heart, we also carry a variety of pillows with adjustable firmness – meaning you can easily remove filling and change the loft until you find what’s exactly right for you. Adjustable pillows include options like buckwheat, wool bolus, shredded latex and kapok. All our handcrafted pillows come with a special made case of 100% organic cotton sateen, with zippers to allow for easy maintenance and comfort.

Cleaning and maintaining your pillow needs to be done in a specific way to preserve the structure and filling. Some pillows, especially those made of small balls or pieces of soft materials or feathers are very straight forward to wash. These are pillows like shredded latex, which you can wash cold, gentle cycle, squeeze excess water out and air dry, or like wool bolus pillows, which you wash cold, woolen cycle, and let air dry. Down pillows are also washable in your machine, just be sure all machine washed pillows are thoroughly and completely dried and fluffed before reusing. Other pillows have special care instructions. For example, our layered wool pillows cannot be immersed in water or they’ll permanently clump. We recommend that you clean spots with a barely damp cloth, spritz with rubbing alcohol to kill germs, and put out in sun, since wool will self-clean there.

We recommend that our all natural kapok pillows are regularly fluffed in the dryer. You can also lay these pillows out into the sun once a month or more so they can air and semi-self-clean. You can dry clean these pillows, but it is also possible to just throw them in the washer with an extra rinse cycle to completely remove all soaps and then put it in the drier with a couple of tennis balls to keep the filling from clumping together and restoring the fibers natural loft. Buckwheat pillows are very easy to freshen quickly. While you cannot wash buckwheat (or get the hulls wet in anyway) you can put them out into the sun every now and again. If you’re concerned the hulls are clumping due to some natural moisture another easy solution is to just pop the pillow into the freezer for a couple of hours – if there is any moisture in the hulls, it will quickly evaporate.

At Soaring Heart Natural Bed Company, we are your hand-crafted pillow experts! We’re dedicated to help you find what best suits your needs, with a commitment to use all natural products from the highest quality suppliers we can find. Explore the site to see the rest of our product line or contact us at 202-282-1717 or 877-288-1717 to learn more about our natural bedding company located in Seattle! Sleep well!


Andrew Himes
Andrew Himes

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2 Comments

Soaring Heart
Soaring Heart

June 29, 2016

Hi Carrie,

Thanks for checking in!

Organic Wool Bolus Pillows are machine wash safe. Separate pillow and pillowcase and place in washing machine on cold, gentle cycle. Do not use bleach. Every few washes use a wool detergent to put the lanolin oil back into the wool to maintain its natural properties.

Tumble dry low with dryer balls to break up the wool and bring back original loft

 carrie  payne
carrie payne

May 18, 2016

I bought a bolas pillow from you and can’t find what I did with the wahing instructions. How do I wash it?

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