How to Clean a Grinder

One of the most utilized tools for any type of smoker is the trusty grinder. After many uses, these must-have accessories can become more of a burden than a utility, leaving you with a grinder that’s nearly impossible to use and covered in grime. After a while, they can even harbor mold which will end up on whatever it is you are trying to grind and smoke.

With some occasional maintenance, you can keep your grinders looking beautiful and gliding through your product like butter. Here’s what you’ll need:

Tools for Cleaning a Grinder

  • Toothbrush
  • Cotton Swabs (Q-Tips)
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Small Bowl / Cup
  • Thin Towel / Rag
  • Rolling Tray

Step 1: Take the Grinder Apart

Unscrew and remove all the various compartments of your grinder.

Step 2: Start with a Dry Brush

Take the dry toothbrush (one of the cheap, disposable sort is acceptable) in hand, and gently scrub the inside of each of your grinder’s components to remove any dry debris or pollen. If your
grinder has a screen for collecting pollen, be sure to spend some extra time tidying the screen while taking care not to damage, shift, or bend it.

Step 3: Dip the Brush in Rubbing Alcohol

Pour some Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol in a small cup or bowl in preparation for this next step.

Dip your toothbrush into the bowl of spirits and repeat the process from Step Two, this time paying careful attention to the grime between the grinder’s teeth and at the edges and corners
of the apparatus. Use the cotton swabs to assist in reaching the nooks and crannies inside and for polishing the outer surface of the contraption.

Step 4: Clean with Warm Water

Now you must eliminate the alcohol from your grinder. Place all of the grinder’s elements on your rolling tray and deliver them to the sink. Under warm water, thoroughly rinse each piece
for 1 to 2 minutes.

Step 5: Dry the Grinder

Dry each piece of the grinder with a thin towel or rag, making sure to dry in between the grinder’s teeth as best you can. Use the cotton swabs, a vacuum, or a hair dryer to aid in whisking
moisture away from all the tiny crevices. It is best to let the grinder dry overnight before using it again, however, it is not required.

Enjoy Your Clean Grinder

Now your grinder should be as clean and polished as the day that you received it. Relish its smooth operation and sleek appearance. To maintain optimal cleanliness and ensure peak grinding performance, repeat these steps after every 20 uses or as you deem necessary.

When to Replace Your Grinder

On occasion, a grinder may simply be ripe for the trash.  If your grinder has any of the following symptoms, it may be time to visit the Butler’s online smoke shop and start afresh with something new.

  • Magnets Not Holding the Pieces Together
  • Rubber O-Rings Lost or Damaged
  • Metal Shavings Present in the Grinder
  • Damaged or Missing Screens
  • Damaged or Missing Grinder Teeth

In the unfortunate event that your grinder is ready for retirement, you may want to consider choosing a new grinder or selecting from these top-selling grinders to get you back into action:

Erinn Holman

A millennial writer who's passionate about alternative medicine, the smoking industry, and the Oxford comma.

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