I f you’re a cannabis enthusiast, then you definitely have a grinder. And a grinder, like any tool used over time, needs maintenance and care in order to prolong its life, give peak performance, and for you to get the most for your money. It isn’t necessary to have a grinder cleaning schedule per se, but to keep your grinder in top shape, consider cleaning it every few months as a matter of maintenance. However, if you are an infrequent smoker, or notice that your grinder isn’t operating smoothly, it may be time to give it a good cleaning. Here’s why.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Next, tap the pieces out into a bowl, tray, or any other implement that can collect your kief. A small brush or Q-tip will suffice to get any remaining pieces. Depending on your grinder, you can then boil it, or use isopropyl alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to get your grinder squeaky clean and working its best.
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.
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.