As much as we love our finely ground herbs, we need to show that same love to the tool that makes it all possible - our grinder.
It’s important to take time to clean the gunk out of your grinder. Not only does it preserve the performance of your grinder, but leaving your grinder dirty can pose potential health risks like bacteria, mold and other allergens.
Here are some basic tips to clean your grinder in just a few minutes:
If you’re noticing your grinder is working less efficiently or can see the screen is clogged, this is a sign it’s time for a cleaning. Before starting, grab a few items to help:
Plate - A plate will help contain the mess, but it will also catch any loose bud that falls out while cleaning the grinder.
Q-tips - You’ll likely come across some areas of your grinder that are difficult to clean thoroughly. Q-tips will help reach those areas.
Toothbrush - Good for cleaning your teeth AND good for cleaning your grinder. (But not both!)
Isopropyl Alcohol - This item is only needed if you have a metal grinder.
Rubbing Alcohol - Rubbing alcohol helps achieve a deeper clean.
Hair Dryer - This will speed up the drying time when cleaning your grinder.
Here are a few simple steps that will work for virtually any grinder whether plastic, acrylic, or metal. We’ll include instructions for specific types of grinders as well.
Disassemble your grinder and place all pieces in a freezer for a half hour to an hour. This hardens any loose debris sticking to your grinder. After you take it out of the freezer, tap each piece over a plate to get out any dirt.
With a (clean) toothbrush, brush the remaining debris out of your grinder pieces. Thoroughly get in the nooks and crannies of your grinder, paying close attention to the teeth and every groove. For a deeper clean, add a drop of rubbing alcohol to the toothbrush.
You can use isopropyl alcohol when cleaning a metal grinder. To do so, place the metal grinder in a ziploc bag and submerge the grinder in isopropyl alcohol.
When the liquid turns to a muddy color, you can remove the grinder, rinse it off, and dry it off with a hair dryer if you’re feeling impatient.
Do not use isopropyl alcohol for acrylic or plastic grinders - even if there is only a little bit of acrylic material.
Do not use Isopropyl alcohol on plastic or acrylic grinders as it can dissolve the grinder. However, boiling water works great!
Boiling Water - Put all parts of the grinder into a pot of water and bring it to boil. Next, take the pot away from the heat and allow it to cool for 10 minutes. After taking your grinder out of the pot, use a toothbrush to remove the particles from each piece.
Do not try boiling water with a metal grinder. It may cause the grinder to rust.
Soap and Water Method - As easy as washing dishes! Grab your toothbrush and Q-tips to scrub down every corner of your grinder. Then rinse with warm water and let dry.
A clean grinder leads to a happy smoker. It takes some time, but it’s more than worth the effort. If you haven’t given your grinder a good cleaning in a while, take time today to show it some love. You’ll be glad you did!
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