How to Clean your Grinder

how to clean your grinder

Make your grinder like new again

Learning how to clean a grinder properly isn’t that difficult, but the results you’re likely to get will depend on the cleaning equipment you have and how you go about using them. It’s also important to mention that learning how to clean a plastic grinder isn’t all that different to learning how to clean a metal grinder, but you may find that some tools are better equipped for cleaning metal grinders, particularly when it comes to the teeth. You’ll want to avoid tools that might scratch your metal grinder, for example.

Assuming you use a three or four-piece grinder, you’ll know that it’s time to clean it when the teeth are covered in kief or the filter is starting to clog. So, let’s imagine that you’ve got a four-piece, metal weed grinder. What kind of tools or equipment will you need?

Cleaning Equipment

Gather up everything on this list before you begin to avoid having to stop half-way through:

  • Sheet of paper
  • Toothpick
  • Toothbrush
  • Q-tips
  • A 3-piece pipe tool
  • A few Can-A-Wipes
  • Sink with hot water
  • A dry cloth
  • Paper towels

The 3-piece pipe tool should include a scraper, cleaner, and poker. The only thing to mention about this, however, is that you must never use this tool to clean your grinder’s filter, as you could end up damaging it beyond repair. When cleaning the filter you’ll need to go slowly and carefully, using only very soft tools, like the Q-Tips.

clean grinder with can-a-wipes

The Best Way to Clean a Weed Grinder

So, once you’ve got all the tools and cleaning equipment you need, you must first loosen any weed trapped in the grinder and the best way of doing that is to tap it on both sides and give it a good shake. Tip the loose contents onto the sheet of paper and put it to one side. After all, there’s no need to waste good weed. Now you’re ready to get cleaning…

  1. Use the 3-piece pipe tool to clean around the teeth and the other difficult to reach places in your grinder. Remember! Don’t use the pipe tool to clean the filter. It’s just too delicate.
  2. Use the toothbrush, as gently as you can, to remove any kief trapped in the filter. Again, brush the kief through the filter directly onto a sheet of paper. That way, you can save even more weed to smoke at a later date.
  3. At this point, you can gently wipe the grinder with a few Can-A-Wipes. These wipes are the best for removing sticky resins or troublesome bits of flower. It literally takes one good wipe to get everything off. No more tedious rubbing. More time for smoking.
  4. Rinse your grinder under a hot tap in the sink and leave it on a dishcloth to dry.
  5. Use some paper towels to blot the grinder of any excess water until it’s completely dry.

And that’s how to clean a weed grinder. It’s no rocket science, but it’s important to follow the steps to make sure that your grinder gets the best and safest clean possible.

how to clean your grinder

Additional Steps for the Grinder Cleaning Nerds

If you happen to be a bit of a nerd when it comes to cleaning and taking care of your weed equipment, you can follow two extra steps to take the quality of your clean to the next level. Before you even begin cleaning, you can place your grinder in a freezer for around 15 minutes. The cold environment will help to loosen any kief stuck to the teeth or clogging up the filter.

And if you just can’t wait for your grinder to drip dry, blast it for a few seconds with the hairdryer. It’ll be ready to use in a flash!



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