How to Clean your Grinder

Grinders are an essential tool in a stoner’s arsenal that often gets overlooked when it comes to cleaning. They help break up the flower into smaller, more manageable pieces, making it easier to smoke, vaporize, or bake. 

However, over time, grinders can get clogged with plant matter, making it harder to grind and diminishing the overall experience. 

Here are some simple steps on how to clean your cannabis grinder.

Step 1: Disassemble Your Grinder

The first step in cleaning your grinder is to disassemble it. Start by removing the lid, which usually has teeth or pegs to grind the cannabis. Next, remove the chamber that holds the ground-up cannabis. If your grinder has multiple chambers, you may need to remove each one separately.

Step 2: Scrape Out Residue

Once you have disassembled your grinder, use a small brush or toothbrush to scrape out any residue or leftover plant matter. Be gentle, so you don’t damage the grinder’s teeth or mesh screen. A toothpick or a small wooden skewer can also be useful to reach small crevices and corners.

Step 3: Soak in Alcohol

After scraping out the residue, it’s time to soak the grinder in isopropyl alcohol. Isopropyl alcohol is an excellent solvent that dissolves the resin that accumulates on the grinder’s teeth and screen. You can soak the grinder in a small container of isopropyl alcohol for 30 minutes to an hour. This will help break down the resin.

Step 4: Scrub and Rinse

After soaking the grinder in alcohol, use a toothbrush or small brush to scrub away any remaining residue. The alcohol should have loosened the resin, making it easier to remove. Once you’ve scrubbed the grinder, rinse it thoroughly with warm water to remove any alcohol and remaining plant matter. Make sure you dry it completely with a paper towel before reassembling.

Step 5: Reassemble and Use

Once the grinder is dry, reassemble it and use it as normal. Your grinder should be working like new, and you’ll have a smoother smoking or vaping experience.


Cleaning your grinder is an essential part of maintaining its functionality and getting the best out of your cannabis flower. With the simple steps outlined above, you can easily clean your grinder in just a few minutes. Remember to clean your grinder regularly to prevent clogging and ensure optimal performance. Happy grinding!