How to Clean a Weed Grinder?


Smoking weed is fun, but you need to grind it before consuming it. Thanks to a genius who invented a weed grinder and made the process easy and smooth.

It is easy to forget to clean a grinder. Most people avoid it for as long as they can but the consequence of leaving it dirty leads to grinder teeth not working properly. Make sure that you service your grinder regularly as you can to get consistent results and save kief in the process.

If you don't know how to clean a weed grinder, don't worry! This article will teach you all the methods that have proved themselves to be effective and get you an almost new, clean grinder.

How to Clean a Weed Grinder
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What Is a Weed Grinder?

Weed grinders are cylindrical devices with sharp teeth that enable the grinding process. They help in giving even burn when you're smoking weed, increasing efficiency, and letting you get consume maximum smoke out of the bud.

Many people simply use their fingers to pick apart the weed from what is an actual plant matter. However, fingers don't yield the best results as a grinder does. An herb grinder is one of the best ways to break your cannabis into small, smoking-sized pieces.

What Happens In a Weed Grinder?

If your grinder is cleaned regularly, the teeth will work efficiently and grind the bud by breaking off the glandular heads of the compressed trichomes. The oils discharged from these glandular heads linger behind on the grinder and toughen over time.

These stiff resin layers then oxidize the grinder's teeth and other parts, which can decrease the functionality of the herb grinder. So, if you wish to get consistent results, make it a habit to deep clean your grinder pieces after the job is done.

Clean a Grinder by Freezing

Now that we know that cleaning a herb grinder is essential, let's learn how clean a grinder by freezing. It is an easy and effective way of cleaning, especially if you are seeking to save kief. Follow these methods for a clean grinder.

Step One: Keep It in the Freezer

You need to take out parts of the grinder for deep cleaning and put them in the freezer for half an hour to an hour. This method will help in changing all the kief in the kief chamber to become hard and flaky in low temperatures.

Step Two: Tap Out Kief

Once, it goes from being soft to brittle, you can take each part and tap out the remaining kief on a hard, flat surface. You can use a paper towel or large plate to aid in the tapping process.

You will be surprised to see the quantity of the trap kief in the grinder.

Step Three: Clean With Rubbing Alcohol

Once you are satisfied by procuring as much kief as possible, it is time to upgrade the cleaning process. Take a soft paintbrush to clean a grinder with rubbing alcohol for a deep clean. Just simply polish the grinder's surface and chambers, and you'll have a herb grinder as good as a new one.

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Clean A Grinder with Isopropyl Alcohol

If you have a metal grinder. then it is probably not safe to clean it via a freezing method. You can employ the use of isopropyl alcohol to clean your grinder. Follow the method below to get a clean grinder.

Step One: Disassemble the Grinder

You will first need to disassemble your grinder. Once that is done, gently take the parts and place them in a Ziploc bag filled with enough isopropyl alcohol to immerse the grinder pieces.

Step Two: Wait 30 Minutes

Keep shaking the container in which the grinder is dipped. Let it sit in the liquid for about 30 minutes until the liquid turns a muddy shade of brown. Once you witness the change of color, pour out the alcohol.

Step Three: Scour the Grinder

Take the pieces out of the bag and use a stiff-bristled brush to scour your grinder. The stiff brush will help in a thorough cleaning of the lids as well. Don't forget to wash the kief chamber, teeth, and other parts at the end with warm water.

Additional Tips

Did you know that you can save kief while using isopropyl alcohol to clean metal grinders? That's right! All you need to do is soak each part of your grinder individually in the alcohol so kief can be completely dissolved.

Then transfer the iso alcohol to a large glass dish and wait for it to completely evaporate. The remaining remnants are hash that you can scrape off the dish and smoke!

Furthermore, try not to air dry your metal grinders as they easily rust the machine.

Clean Plastic and Acrylic Grinders

If you have a plastic or acrylic grinder, then make sure you don't use isopropyl alcohol as it completely damages your herb grinder. A metal grinder with an acrylic window can also get damaged if cleaned with iso alcohol.

You can clean your grinders in a few easy steps with the help of warm water and dish soap.

Step One: Disassemble the Grinder

You need to start with dismembering all the parts if you want to clean a grinder that is made out of plastic or acrylic. Make sure you are gentle with it, especially if it is a plastic grinder.

Step Two: Soaking and Scrubbing

Now, take a dish with some warm water in it and soak each part in it for a few minutes. Take it out after a while and then scrub it gently with soap. This step is crucial to remove all the sticky stuff.

Step Three: Pat it dry!

Once you're done with the scrubbing part, take a paper towel and pat the pieces dry before putting it all back together. Voila! Your marijuana grinder will be as good as new!

Additional Tips!

Don't use this method on metal grinders as it can damage the device. Moreover, it is important to be gentle while cleaning your grinder using warm water and soap as it can damage plastic grinders.

How to Clean a Weed Grinder
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Clean Plastic Grinders with Boiling Water

It can be quite hard to clean solid matter stuck in a plastic grinder. However, this job can be made quite easy if you use the technique with hot water.

Step One: Boil the Water

First thing first— boil the water without any solvent-based cleaning solutions to avoid the emission of toxic components.

Step Two: Placing In the Water

Wait till the water bubbles. Then, take a pot and keep your grinder in it before pouring boiling water. You will have to wait for a longer duration of time but eventually, the resin will get brittle. You can use a scraping tool to scour the dirt and it should come off easily after sitting in the water for a while.

Step Three: Drying Process

The last stage of cleaning your grinder with hot water includes taking it out and using a good brush to remove any leftover cannabis products. This method will help in disinfecting the grinder as well.

Then pat it dry with a paper towel and you're good to go!

Clean a Grinder with Milk

Are you thinking if you have read the heading correctly? Well, the answer is yes! You can clean a grinder with milk. It is a creative process and might make you lose some highly potent substance, but give it a try!

When you are cleaning a grinder, you will come across a lot of debris. However, keep in mind that all of the debris is not useless plant matter because it is filled with valuable THC. The leftover plant matter is important in its own right! You can make THC-infused milk and not waste any kief at all.

To clean your grinder with milk, follow these simple steps!

Step One: Boil the Milk

When you are boiling the milk, make sure that you can touch it. It shouldn't be too hot because the evaporation rate will increase and leave your grinder extremely stick at the end.

Step Two: Place In the Milk

When your milk reaches a relatively high temperature, place your grinder in it. Let it sit in the milk for about 15-20 minutes. Keep a keen eye on the milk and ensure that the bubbling does not get too intense.

Step Three: Clean the Grinder

You can then take our weed grinder and clean it with some soap and warm water to wash away all the plant material. However, the remaining milk can is now THC infused and can be used for anything. How cool is that?

How to Clean a Grinder?

It is extremely important to make it a regular habit to clean a grinder if you're a weed smoker. It might require some elbow grease in routine cleaning but it is worth it if you want the best cannabis experience.

Moreover, cannabis equipment can be a one-time investment if you buy a good quality grinder and keep it in top-notch quality by taking care of it.