Cleaning a grinder is a simple task that takes less than an hour to complete. It may seem like an unnecessary chore to add to your already overcrowded list of things to do, but cleaning your grinder has many benefits including:
Grinders are primarily made with metal, plastic, or acrylic. Here are the steps for cleaning each type of grinder.
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What You Need to Clean Any GrinderThe first thing you need is a dirty grinder. If it’s been harder for you to twist your grinder or produce a fine grind, your grinder probably needs to be cleaned. Another clue is a clogged screen.
Whether your grinder is metal, plastic, or acrylic, you should gather the following materials:
Before the Deep CleanHere are the steps to preparing your grinder for a thorough clean. These steps work no matter what material the grinder is made with.
Cleaning Metal Grinders
The following steps are specific to cleaning an all-metal grinder:
Cleaning Plastic or Acrylic Grinders
These steps are for plastic and acrylic grinders. Do NOT use isopropyl alcohol on plastic or acrylic. Alcohol will break down the plastic and acrylic, damaging your grinder and leeching chemicals into your bud.
Why Clean Your Grinder?
Sure, going through the steps of cleaning a dirty grinder isn’t an ideal way to spend your time. But a little effort goes a long way in protecting your health, improving your smoke, and preserving your grinder.
A clean grinder is a healthy grinder. Cannabis is organic material. This makes it especially vulnerable to bacteria, mold, and mildew. These pathogens can wind up in your lungs if your grinder is not cleaned. According to the CDC, exposure to mold can lead to upper respiratory symptoms and hypersensitivity pneumonitis. It can also exacerbate the symptoms of asthma.Clean grinders provide a better smoking experience. A grinder’s purpose is to break apart dense cannabis buds into much smaller pieces. The finer the grind, the smoother and more even the smoke will be. Cleaning out a grinder makes it more efficient at doing its job.
Effective grinders save money. A clean grinder is more effective at the job of grinding. When flower residue is removed, it’s less likely that large buds will get stuck together. Well-ground flower can also be stretched to last longer. Burning through large chunks of bud wastes weed. That can become an expensive mistake.
Well-maintained grinders last longer. Finally, cleaning a grinder makes it easier to use. The easier it is to use, the less likely you are to break it trying to muscle through built-up gunk.
The process of cleaning out your grinder might take a few minutes out of your busy day, but cleaning your grinder now will save you from losing money, time, and weed later.