Bud Washing: How To Clean Your Buds

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If you are a careful person, we can safely assume you wash raw veggies and fruits before consuming them. Whatever you buy from a vendor or grow in your backyard – the first step is to clean them.

And guess what? Your weed buds are no exception to this rule. Before you dry your weed buds, you need to clean them up nicely to avoid anything harmful lingering there.

To some people, this may sound like a bizarre idea. Is it necessary to wash your buds after spending so much time growing them? Many marijuana growers are very doubtful of the idea, and are confused about How To Clean Your Buds.

So let’s discuss bud washing! We will explore its benefits and methods to do it.

About Bud Washing

Bud washing is not too complicated to understand – dip your freshly harvested marijuana buds in the water to clean them up. Although it might sound strange at first, bud washing is slowly becoming a phenomenon in the marijuana industry.

Your customers want their weed – but safely. They don’t want to consume the dirt, bacteria, dust particles, and other harmful substances sticking to these unwashed weed buds.

Many growers are concerned about one thing when considering bud washing – how will it affect the quality of the product? Won’t the water wash away the precious trichomes, terpenes, and cannabinoids? Will that not affect the resulting potency and flavor of the product?

The answer to these questions is a comforting ‘no.’ Cannabinoids like CBD and THC are hydrophobic and fat-soluble, so water is no danger to them. And those beautiful trichomes are locked in a sticky resin so water won’t be able to wash them away.

It can feel a little troublesome to include an extra step in the process after doing so much already, but this extra step only improves the quality of your weed. So let’s explore some best ways to do it!

Cleaning Cannabis Buds

To wash healthy cannabis buds correctly, we will follow the steps of the 3 bucket method. So let’s start by preparing a cleaning solution that won’t harm your weed buds.

Preparing the Solution

While you can use water for cleaning the buds, they don’t ensure that your goal (clean buds) is met. Using various solutions ensures that the weed buds get clean.

There are 3 solutions that you can use for the same:

Baking soda and lemon –

Acidic lemons and alkaline baking soda clean your buds in a balanced way without harsh chemicals.

Hydrogen Peroxide (diluted) –

Hydrogen peroxide has strong cleaning properties, and many people keep it in their homes for the same reasons. Use it in small concentrations to kill microbes and bacteria lingering on your weed buds.

Reverse Osmosis (RO) water – 

Tap water can help remove the external dust and debris containing chemicals like fluoride and chlorine. RO (reverse osmosis) water can remove these unwanted, small molecules from the weed beds.

How to Wash the Buds

Before you can start bud washing, here are the things you will need:

  • Three plastic buckets to submerge the buds
  • Baking soda and lemon juice
  • RO (reverse osmosis) water

Step 1:

Fill the first bucket with 15 liters of lukewarm RO (reverse osmosis) water. Now, mix 30 spoons of baking soda and 30 spoons of lemon juice into the water.

Fill the second bucket with cold tap water and pour RO (reverse osmosis) water into the third bucket for the final cleansing.

Step 2:

Now take a branch of the buds, gently dip it in the solution’s bucket, and swirl it around it for about 30 seconds.

Step 3:

Now take that bench and dip it in the second bucket containing the cold tap water for the second round of cleansing. This will help wash off the solution and the debris from the buds.

Step 4:

For the final step, take the branch and swirl it around in the RO (reverse osmosis) water for 30 seconds. This final round of rinsing will ensure all forms of contamination are washed away from cannabis buds.

Step 5:

Simple repeat steps 1 through 4 with all remaining branches to clean all your cannabis buds thoroughly.

Drying the Buds

Cannabis buds are highly vulnerable to molds. After washing, hang your buds to dry right away, without any delay.

The bud drying process is essential and not something you can be lenient with. Hang your buds to dry in a place where it is windy enough to help speed up the process.

Hanging them outdoors is a great idea – but if you want to dry them indoors, make sure your fan is on a high. Once all the water evaporates, you can turn the fan at average speed.

Ensure the place isn’t too humid and there is enough ventilation. Make sure the humidity stays between 45-55% for optimum results. The complete drying of cannabis buds takes about 2-3 weeks.

To make the complete process more efficient and successful, avoid hanging the branches too close or touching each other. If branches/buds come in close contact, it can increase the relative humidity among them and cause rotting.


While many people might want to skip the washing part, this is essential in producing high-quality products. Instead of reducing the potency of the weed, washing can ensure high quality and safe consumption for customers.

Moreover, the trichomes, cannabinoids, oils, and other elements found in marijuana aren’t soluble in water. Hence, the fear that the quality of your product might decrease is not something to worry about.

Also, have you considered the possibilities in case you don’t wash your buds? What if some microbes had infested your plants? Have some insects been feeding on some parts of it?

If some insects or bugs have fed upon your plant, they can leave nasty residues. It could lead to some dangerous side effects for consumers.

Owing to the benefits and precautions, many weed growers take up bud washing as part of the process. Sure, it’s some extra time and patience, but the results are fantastic.

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