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.
Soak the Grinder in Alcohol (Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps)
Step 4: Rinse and Dry the Grinder
Step 2: Dump Out Residue
Step 2: Soak the Grinder in Alcohol
Soak in Alcohol (Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps)
Scrub the Grinder (Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps)
Freeze the Grinder (Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps)
There are grinders that include multiple chambers stacked onto each other. (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
For grinders with a kief catcher, make sure to pay special attention to brushing the screen.
Depending on whether you have a metal or plastic grinder, you’ll need some items to aid in the cleaning process.
If you’re like me, you typically clean your smoking accessories only when it’s absolutely necessary. Pipes and bongs are usually the first on the list — when your friend comes by for a smoke sesh and looks at your bong with disgust, you know it’s time to whip out the glass cleaning solution. Yet grinders tend to slip through the cracks despite weeks of gummy resin build-up which make them basically unusable.
Once you’ve brushed all the debris and gunk, use your small towell to dry off each piece.
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.
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.
Then, separate all the pieces and stash the contents in a bag or jar.
Metal grinders: Place the pieces of your grinder in a plastic bag and fill with isopropyl alcohol — enough to cover all pieces. Soak until the liquid turns muddy, usually about 20 minutes. A higher strength of isopropyl alcohol will typically work faster.
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.
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.