Simple and Easy Steps How to Clean an Herb Grinder

March 13, 2020 Grinders

Simple and Easy Steps How to Clean an Herb Grinder

Herb grinders need some TLC, just like your bong and hand pipe. Although your grinder isn’t burning your herbs, it’s breaking the nugs apart, releasing essential oils. As a result, plant matter is going to stick between the teeth and connections. Soon you’ll have a hard time twisting your grinder, and you’ll get ugly oxidation on your tool. Here are our tips on how to clean an herb grinder to maintain its optimum functionality.

What do I need to clean it?

Although it’s easy to clean an herb grinder, things can get messy. To help keep things organized, you’ll be needing:

  • Paper plate or anything that can catch debris
  • Toothpicks or Q-Tips
  • Brush – paintbrush is better, but a toothbrush can work
  • 95% Isopropyl alcohol or higher – strictly for full-metal grinders only
  • Hairdryer for fast drying

    Don’t add salt to your soak, or you’ll erode the metal finish.

How to clean an herb grinder

Now let’s get started cleaning your herb grinder. Please read all the steps carefully before doing the procedure to ensure that you clean the tool efficiently.

Daily maintenance or light cleaning

  1. Take your grinder apart and pop all the parts in the coldest part of your freezer. This will cause the stuck-on gunk to harden, making it easier to remove, especially on the screen. Take out the pieces and tap them vigorously on the paper plate or paper towel.
  2. Using your brush, sweep away any remaining debris to clean your grinder. Pay careful attention in between the teeth and corners as these are where dirt usually hides.

Deep cleaning for metal grinders

Sometimes, life gets in the way for us to give careful attention to our useful little friend. The best way to get all the gunk out is to do a deep cleaning.

  1. Do step #1 above.
  2. Dip your brush or Q-tips in isopropyl alcohol and scrub away any debris.
  3. If there’s still some stubborn material sticking to the grinder, place metal parts only inside a Ziploc bag.
  4. Fill the bag with enough isopropyl alcohol to soak it thoroughly.
  5. Give the metal parts some time to soak, around 15 to 30 minutes, or more depending on how dirty the pieces are.
  6. You’ll see the liquid turn into a dark brown color, with plant debris floating on the surface.
  7. Take out the parts and do a final brush to clean your grinder.
  8. Rinse out the alcohol under warm water to take out all the rubbing alcohol.

Deep cleaning for acrylic grinders

A paintbrush can do wonders for simple cleaning.

Deep cleaning of acrylic grinders is not the same as with metal grinders, or for grinders that have acrylic parts. The high alcohol concentration can ruin or melt acrylic material. There’s a unique cleaning process that you should do to make acrylic grinders clean and sparkling again.

The boiling method

For this, make sure that you’ll use a pot you’re about to dispose of as the scent and taste of the herb will stick. Don’t use this method on metal grinders or metal parts as they can rust.

  1. Do step #1 of the daily maintenance.
  2. Fill a large pot with water and place the acrylic parts in it.
  3. Boil the pot on the stovetop and turn off the heat.
  4. Let the acrylic grinder soak for 10 minutes, then use a toothbrush to take out all the debris.
  5. Let the parts dry thoroughly before re-assembling and using.
Trusty soap and water

Scrub your grinder with a toothbrush using soap and water. Pay close attention to all the corners, rinse, and you’re good to go!

Why should I keep my grinder clean?

A clean, well-maintained grinder will last you for years. Just like any beautiful piece of equipment, a clean grinder will have less wear and tear.

Also, think of your grinder as a machine. If there’s sticky resin stuck between the parts, it’s going to be hard for you to grind your herbs efficiently. The loss of close contact between the grinder teeth will make it hard for you to get that fine grind suitable for dry herb vaporizers.

You also prevent bacterial buildup when you clean your grinder. There are different ways to get contaminated herbs, and this is one of them. You want to inhale clean, honest-to-goodness smoke instead of bacteria and microbes.

We hope that these tips will help you understand how to clean a herb grinder. Click here for more information about herb grinders so you’ll know more about them and use them to the fullest. Also, don’t forget to check out our herb grinders here!

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