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If you’re grinding and grinding and suddenly you’re stuck, it’s time to clean your grinder. But don’t worry, this happens to the best of us. While we remember to clean our bongs, pipes, and vapes, for whatever reason, we tend not to think about our grinders as getting “dirty.” But they can and do. When this happens, we run the risk of damaging quality product that gets stuck together and compressed by the added pressure of trying to release the lid.
To guarantee we’re getting the best grind, it’s advised we clean our grinders every so often depending on our usage. But how?
Well, there are several kinds of grinders and each have different cleaning requirements, so let’s start here.
Types of grinders
A good grinder is an essential tool for properly consuming cannabis. While there are a lot of options on the market, some are markedly better than others. We opt for those that last longest (metal) and are low-tech (hand grinders).
Plastic options aren’t eco-friendly and they degrade over time. People worried about toxins from plastic leaching into their food should also avoid plastic grinders.
Electric grinders, like those used for coffee beans, are powerhouses that can easily over-grind cannabis. The quick and aggressive spinning separates crystals from the flower and these crystals stick to every little nook in the machine.
Metal hand grinders
Take your grinder’s pieces apart and put them in the freezer for a few hours. This will make removing the crystals easier.
Remove from the freezer.
- With the pieces still apart, take a toothbrush or makeup brush and gently begin sweeping away the plant debris. You can collect this for later use in making butter, oil, or rosin.
Once the grinder has been brushed over a few times, you can do your deep clean.
Put the separated pieces in a zip-top bag and add isopropyl alcohol.
Close the bag. Shake a few times.
Timing will vary depending on the level of cleaning required. You’ll know you’re done when the alcohol is murky. For convenience, you can just leave it the bag overnight and clean it in the morning.
- Drain and rinse well with hot water.
First and foremost, unplug your grinder and take apart its pieces.
Using a toothbrush or makeup brush, gently sweep the crystals away from the blade and sides. Again, you can save this material for later use. #reuse
Put your grinder back together and plug in.
Add 2 or 3 tablespoons of rice and grind until its consistency is that of flour. It will bind to any remaining plant materials.
- Empty the grinder and use a damp cloth to wipe it clean.