How To: Clean Your Grinder
Just like pipes and attachments, grinders should be cleaned every once in a while to maintain sharpness and efficiency. Grinders don’t have to be cleaned nearly as often as pipes, but when you start to feel some resistance it’s time to get out the gunk.
Disassemble your grinder and place them in the freezer for 30 minutes to an hour to harden any matter sticking to the sides and screen. Then remove the parts and tap out each piece over a paper towel or paper plate.
Use a soft paint brush or toothbrush to sweep off any remaining particles, getting into the grooves of the threads and nooks of the grinder. You can also dip the brush in rubbing alcohol for a deeper clean.
Step 3 for Metal Grinders:
If you have an all-metal grinder, you can use isopropyl alcohol for a deep clean. With pieces still separated, place all of them in a ziploc bag with enough isopropyl alcohol to cover the grinder. You should only have to soak it until the liquid turns a muddy color and most particles seem to have come loose. If you have a higher percentage of isopropyl alcohol, you won’t have to soak as long.
Step 3 for Acrylic or Plastic Grinders:
Acrylic and other plastic materials can be dissolved or damaged by isopropyl alcohol, so for these grinders or metal grinders with an acrylic window in the top, do not use the isopropyl method. For these grinders use either the boiling water method or just soap and warm water.
To clean using boiling water, place all the grinder pieces in a large pan of water, bringing it to a boil and then removing the pan from heat. Let it cool for about 10 minutes and then remove the grinder pieces, rinse or clean off with a toothbrush, and then let air dry. Do not use this method for metal grinders, as they may rust.
Enjoy your freshly cleaned grinder!
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