How to Clean Your Dry Herb Grinder
As you likely already know, using a dry herb grinder is an important part of having a great vaping experience. Grinding gives your herbs an even particle size, ensuring good oven contact and complete vaporization. When you grind your herbs, though, you’re probably going to run into two problems.
- The holes in a dry herb grinder are small.
- Your herbs are sticky. They plug the holes, and the grinder stops working.
You can scrape your grinder with a metal pick. That helps to open the plugged holes. After a while, though, the collected resins become so thick that the grinder refuses to turn at all.
Is your grinder so difficult to turn that you need to wear gloves to prevent blisters from developing on your hands? We feel your pain, so we’re about to give you the solution. Our foolproof dry herb grinder cleaning method will make your grinder as good as new – without wasting any of the expensive resins you’ve collected!
Important Note: This grinder cleaning method involves heat. If you use our aircraft-grade aluminum dry herb grinder, you can safely clean it using this method. You can’t use heat to clean plastic grinders or grinders with non-stick coatings.
What You Need:
- Nylon oven bag
- Mason jar
- High-proof drinkable alcohol such as Everclear
Prepare Your Grinder for Cleaning
Before you clean your dry herb grinder, scrape out any usable material from the teeth and pollen catcher. Vape the herbs or store them in another container. This grinder cleaning method uses heat to decarboxylate the materials stuck to the grinder. The particles in the pollen catcher are so small, though, that the beneficial compounds might vaporize during decarboxylation. Scrape away those particles and use them separately.
Decarboxylate the Herbs in Your Grinder
Our dry herb grinder cleaning method will leave you with an herb tincture. You can consume the tincture in small amounts to experience the benefits of the compounds you’ve collected from your grinder. To do that, you must first decarboxylate the herbs with heat.
- Preheat your oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit and disassemble your grinder fully. Some dry herb grinders have plastic rings to ensure smooth turning. If your grinder has a ring, set it aside.
- Place the metal components of your grinder in an oven bag and tie the bag closed. The smell of decarboxylation is extremely potent, and it will fill your house with the scent of your herbs. If you don’t mind that, you can skip the bag. Place the bag on a baking sheet.
- Bake the grinder for about 25-30 minutes. Even with an oven bag, you will begin to smell your herbs at this point. You may also notice that the material stuck to your grinder has turned from green to light brown.
- Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Leave it out to cool until it reaches room temperature.
- Place the metal parts of your grinder in a mason jar.
- Pour a drinkable alcohol such as Everclear into the jar until you’ve covered the grinder fully. If you can’t get a high-proof alcohol where you live, vodka also works. The stronger the alcohol, the more quickly it will draw the compounds out of your herbs.
- Close the jar and wait at least 24 hours. If you have a backup grinder to use in the meantime, let the grinder soak in the alcohol for a few days. A longer soak ensures complete extraction of the compounds in the herbs.
- Remove the grinder from the jar and rinse the components in your sink. The beneficial compounds from the herbs are now in the alcohol, so you can safely throw the remaining herb particles away.
- Dry your grinder and enjoy. Your grinder is now as good as new.
Clean Your Dry Herb Grinder With No Waste
Using Your Herb Tincture
The alcohol left in your jar after cleaning your grinder is an herb tincture. You’ve activated the herbs with heat, and you’ve used the alcohol as a solvent to draw the beneficial compounds out of those herbs. You can enjoy those compounds simply by drinking the tincture. When you want to enjoy the tincture, place one eyedropper of the tincture under your tongue. Hold it there for 60 seconds before swallowing. If the tincture burns your mouth, you can simply swallow it – but it’ll take a bit longer to start working. If you find the tincture weak, you can leave your mason jar open for a time to allow some of the alcohol to evaporate.
When you consume your herbs orally, the effects come on much more slowly than they do when you vape. Consume no more than one dropper at a time. Wait for up to two hours to gauge the tincture’s effect on your body before deciding whether you’d like to use more.
Clean Your Dry Herb Grinder Without Making a Tincture
We love our dry herb grinder cleaning method because it allows you to clean a dirty grinder with absolutely no waste. If you’re in a hurry, though, you might prefer a cleaning method that involves less waiting. If you don’t want to make a tincture, you can skip the decarboxylation step and clean your grinder by soaking it in rubbing alcohol instead. You won’t be able to consume the alcohol, but you will get a clean grinder with very little waiting. After soaking the grinder for an hour or two, rinse it in the sink and discard the alcohol.