After a few months of continuous use, you may find your grinder isn’t working up to par anymore. Your kief is taking it’s sweet ass time building up. Worst of all, the sticky resin that builds up will eventually make it harder to grind. Expect some hard resistance when twisting once things get sticky. Not to worry, there are tons of ways to clean your grinder and save kief! In fact, there’s too many. We’ll focus on the easiest methods.
Freeze for Ease
There’s a simple hack to make your life easier before cleaning time. The build up from constant grinding can be sticky and tough. To loosen things up try freezing your grinder for 15 to 30 minutes.
First, put your herb shredder in a freezer safe container. Leave it in for about a half hour and take it out. Then, take it out of the container and slam it on a hard flat surface multiple times.
After a few good slams, most of the kief should have reached the bottom chamber. As for any kief left in the upper chambers, it’ll be brittle and easier to scrape off. You won’t know what to do with all that kief! Use this method before any other cleaning method to maximize kief yields.
Easiest Ways To Clean Your Grinder
Brush and Pick
The simplest way to clean a grinder is with the help of a brush. A small paint or make-up brush will do. Use it to knock all the kief out and onto a paper plate. Brushing the screen is a good way to fill the bottom chamber. However, the best way to clean a screen is with a group of rubber-banded sewing needles. Use them to stab the screen all over until all stuck trichomes fall through.
For all hard plant matter build up you can use a pick or anything small, solid, and pointy. Just press up against or under the build up until it is knocked loose. You can use all the bigger pieces to pack a bowl and top it off with all that kief you brushed off if you really want a trip. Who knew cleaning would end up being so fun?
Get it Wet
If you’re more about your time than recycling your weed you can use a liquid cleaner. Simply separate the pieces and place them in a jar full of isopropyl alcohol or any liquid capable of safely cleaning metals. Rinse it off thoroughly and dry it off before using it again.
Don’t wanna splurge on cleaner that can cost as much as the grinder itself? We don’t blame you. Fortunately, you can clean your grinder with hot water! Boil some water soak the parts separately for 5 to 10 minutes. Surviving residue can be finished off with a paper towel or some q-tipping.
One of the laziest ways to clean and recycle everything in your grinder is to toss it in hot milk. Yep. Just boil or simmer some milk and toss the separate pieces in for about 10 minutes. Drink the milk. While you await blast off you may as well rinse the pieces off in case you need to grind soon.