While cleaning your grinder might be low on your to-do list, you’d be surprised by how much it can improve your smoking experience. For starters, a clean grinder is a more efficient grinder, which can produce more usable weed and more kief. When a grinder is full of gunk, it’s much more difficult to achieve a fine grind and thus, very little magical fairy dust will accumulate at the bottom.
Empty the bud and kief from your grinder before you begin cleaning. Place the pieces in the freezer for 30 minutes. Note: You don’t have to freeze the grinder, but this step is very helpful in loosening the remaining plant matter.
But hey, new year new me, right? This is the year I stop mistreating my grinder (which has been nothing but kind to me and deserves way better). And if money is tight or you just prefer a good deal, no need to splurge on fancy cleaning supplies — sparkling accessories will never break the bank with our cheap and easy guide to a well-scrubbed grinder.
Plus, keeping your grinder clean prevents the plant matter inside from breaking down and growing mold or bacteria. While I’ve never noticed anything funky happen to my grinder, this is a genuine fear of mine now that I’ve learned that it’s possible. So to help you help yourself, follow our step-by-step guide below on how to properly clean a grinder.
You can also extend the life of your smoking accessories with a little TLC. If you’re guilty of never cleaning your grinder, you’ve probably had to throw one away because of damage caused by frequent use. Over time, too much stickiness will cause the teeth to become dull or snap off, or worse — you can end up with metal shavings mixed in with your flower. Too much strain on the teeth of a metal grinder can cause it to deteriorate without you noticing right away.
Then, separate all the pieces and stash the contents in a bag or jar.
Remove your grinder from the soaking solution and rinse with warm water to remove alcohol or soap residue. Scrub excess debris with a brush. Use a cotton swab to make sure to get every nook and cranny. If your grinder was really old and full of gunk, you may need to repeat steps 2 and 3 to achieve ultimate cleanliness.
For grinders with a kief catcher, make sure to pay special attention to brushing the screen.
Lay all pieces on a paper towel or dishtowel to dry. Once fully dry, put your grinder back together.
A clean grinder is one of the easiest and cheapest weed hacks there is. In this guide, we breakdown how to keep your grinder clean and your buds fresh.
Bleach is known to kill every germ in sight. However, it is a very toxic substance that is extremely irritating to the eyes, skin and lungs. Bleach can exacerbate asthma and allergies and is potentially carcinogenic. You don’t want your weed anywhere near a surface that has been cleaned with bleach.
This is especially true for people who smoke infrequently. Over time, if there’s even a hint of moisture in your stash and you store it in a dark, warm place and forget about it, you are bound to get mold. Smoking moldy cannabis is a bad idea, and not only because of a ruined flavor profile.
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You can then use a small brush to remove any leftover bits and pieces. Next, place the pieces in a pot of water and bring to a boil, and let the pieces boil for about seven to 10 minutes. Let the water cool, then carefully remove the boiled pieces. Afterwards, soak them in isopropyl alcohol or hydrogen peroxide for a few minutes more. Rinse the pieces thoroughly, then dry.
Over time, your grinder will get sticky with built up residue that will keep it from working properly. This will also wear down the grinder’s teeth and effect the flavor of your weed, since the fresh product will get stuck to the old. In this case, you’ll want to keep your kief for special occasions, but all the other cleaning rules apply. Disassemble your grinder and place the pieces in a freezer-safe bag, then leave in the freezer for an hour or more. If the pieces don’t come out easily, you may want it to put it back in the freezer for a little longer.
If your grinder is made of acrylic, freezing is the best way to go. Take the grinder apart, place the pieces in a freezer-safe bag, freeze, then make sure the moldy cannabis ends up in the trash. Next, use a toothbrush, cotton swab, or brush dipped in rubbing alcohol to remove any leftover pieces and give it a thorough sterilization. Rinse with warm water, and your grinder should be good as new.
To clean out the grinder’s smallest nooks and crannies, stick with a small paint brush, cotton swab, or even a guitar pick. Using an abrasive brush to clean your grinder can cause microparticles, microscopic pieces of steel, aluminum, or plastic smaller than a grain of pollen, to break off. These particles can be irritating to the throat and lungs and over time, could be detrimental to your health. Next time your grinder gets a little sticky, try using the steps above. They’ll definitely prolong your grinder’s life and improve the quality of your weed.
There are a few ways to clean your grinder after discovering mold, but you’ll definitely want to go with the most sterile method that won’t ruin your grinder. With metal grinders, the first step is to remove your resin. The simplest way to do this is to take the grinder apart, put the parts in a freezer-safe bag, and freeze them for about an hour or more. Then, tap the grinder parts over a paper towel to collect the moldy resin.
An alternative cleaning method is to disassemble the grinder and place the pieces in a bowl, then pour salt into the nooks and crannies, followed by an isopropyl alcohol soak. Then, use a toothbrush or other small brush to remove any leftover salt, rinse, and voila! Clean grinder.
Most cannabis enthusiasts use a common tool called a grinder to break down their flower before consumption. While grinders are extremely useful, they must be maintained for optimal efficiency. Learn more about why it's necessary to clean your grinder and how to do it effectively.