Regular cleaning of your weed grinder helps to ensure that the teeth do not stick when grinding. If they get stuck, loosening them can result in the teeth grinding against each and this is not what you want. For starters, it will create tiny metal shavings which can be mixed with your ground weed. Let’s face it. No one likes smoking weed with metal shaving.
In addition, cleaning helps to maintain high levels of hygiene as well as removing any residue between the teeth and screen. As you already know, any residue left will result in the accumulation of bacteria. Next time you use the grinder without cleaning it first, the bacteria will contaminate your ground weed and this is harmful to your health.
Want to learn how to clean a weed grinder?
The following are steps to help you clean your weed grinder properly.
What You Need
There are a few supplies required in order to properly clean your weed grinder. They include:
- l Isopropyl rubbing alcohol
- l Hot water or sink with hot water
- l Dish towels
- l Paper plate
- l Glass container (should be large enough to submerge the grinder)
- l Hair dryer (Optional)
- l Cleaning tools include a toothpick, Q-tips, Czech pipe tool and Toothbrush
How To Clean A Weed Grinder – Step By Step Guide
Step One – Place the weed grinder in your freezer
To loosen up the residue, start by placing your weed grinder in the freezer for 20 to 30 minutes. Aside from loosening the plant material, placing the weed grinder in the freezer provides a great opportunity for you to collect the sweet and powdery kief.
Kief are tiny crystals found on top of the marijuana bud. Normally, kief is used as an addition to your weed. This is because it contains high levels of THC. As a result, you don’t need much in order to achieve the desirable effects.
After 30 minutes, the residue should be loose enough to remove from the teeth and metal parts. Place a paper plate on a flat surface. This is where the kief will be collected. Take the weed grinder out of the freezer and proceed to give it a few taps. This will loosen the kief from the grinder and collect on the paper plate.
Step Two – Use your cleaning tools
There are times where you get to shake your weed grinder vigorously after taking out of the freezer but a little residue remains between the teeth. To remove these reside, you need your cleaning tools. Take your toothpick or 3 piece pipe tool and go around the grooves, teeth, nooks, and crannies of each piece to remove the remaining residue.
During this time, avoid using sharp cleaning tools especially on the kief screen. Doing so will damage the screen and render it unusable. After cleaning the teeth and grooves, clean in and around the metal ring. Remember; don’t scrape the actual mesh screen.
Once you are done, use your toothbrush to remove any plant material sticking between the teeth and grinder. While cleaning, it is important to ensure that you do so over the paper plate where the rest of the kief is collected. This will allow you to collect as much kief as possible. Remember, don’t dent or tear the kief screen.
Step Three – Use your Q-tips and Isopropyl rubbing alcohol
Using Q-tips helps to remove the tiny bits of plant material not removed when cleaning with a toothpick or toothbrush. To get started, dip the Q-tip in Isopropyl rubbing alcohol and rub in and around the areas with residue. By doing so, you will allow the residue to come off easily.
Another option for you is to submerge the pieces into a glass jar filled with Isopropyl rubbing alcohol. Allow the pieces to sit for 20 minutes and when the time is up, clean the pieces with Q-tips. Inspect each piece to ensure all nasty bits have been removed.
Now that you have cleaned the teeth and grinder using Isopropyl rubbing alcohol, it’s time to rinse the pieces. Take your grinder and clean each piece thoroughly under hot water. The reason for doing so is to remove the Isopropyl rubbing alcohol, as you don’t want it to get in your weed.
When you are done rinsing all the pieces, place them on a paper towel and allow the water to drip. You can blot excess water with your paper towel. Alternatively, you can speed up the drying process by grabbing your blow dryer and passing it over the pieces.
If you have done all the above steps correctly, your grinder should now be squeaky clean and fully operational. From now until the next time you clean the weed grinder, you don’t have to worry about bacteria or metal shavings.
Step Four – Assemble your grinder
Now that your grinder is squeaky clean, it’s time to assemble the pieces together. Take your time when assembling the unit. It is important not to damage the pieces as you assemble. Remember, removing stuck pieces of plant material on a regular basis is much easier than cleaning the weed grinder. To avoid your weed grinder from getting stuck, always place the buds on the outer part of your grinder instead of the inner circle.