Start Grinding Again (Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps)
Remove the grinder from the freezer. Use a toothpick and small soft-bristled brush to gently scrape away as much of the plant material as you can. As before, use your plate or bowl to collect everything. Remember to scrape around the edges of all the chambers, along the sides of the grinding teeth, and around the circumference of each chamber’s lid. Most of this plant residue—especially the powdery kief—is incredibly rich in cannabinoids and very potent, so be sure you keep everything you harvest for future use.
Freeze the Grinder (Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps)
Step 2: Soak the Grinder in Alcohol
Disassemble the Dirty Grinder (Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps)
Clean Off Remaining Residue (Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps)
When you’re satisfied that you’ve harvested as much of the leftover plant material as you possibly can, it’s time to make your grinder spotless. Place each chamber inside a large Ziploc bag or a glass jar. Fill the container with enough isopropyl alcohol to fully submerge the grinder. Let everything soak for at least 20 minutes. Every once in a while, give the container a gentle swirl to help break apart any plant matter stuck to the grinder.
Finally, some weed grinders use rotating blades rather than grinding teeth. These grinders can produce a more uniform final product, as the blades cleanly slice the herb rather than forcefully grinding it apart into small chunks.
Soak the Grinder in Alcohol (Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps)
How to Clean a Grinder What Is a Grinder? Grinding your weed before smoking is a crucial step in the consumption process. Using a grinder gives you an even and consistent burn when you’re
Lay all pieces on a paper towel or dishtowel to dry. Once fully dry, put your grinder back together.
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.
Plastic grinders: Place the pieces of your grinder in a plastic container and fill completely with hot water and dish soap. Let soak for about 20 minutes until particles are floating in the water.
For grinders with a kief catcher, make sure to pay special attention to brushing the screen.
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.
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.
Then, separate all the pieces and stash the contents in a bag or jar.
This next step will vary for metal and plastic grinders.
Once you’ve brushed all the debris and gunk, use your small towell to dry off each piece.
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.