Quick DIY: How to Clean Dried Herbs

This is a lazy person’s problem, which is why I’m writing about it. I am the best at getting too busy or distracted to take care of things when they need it. For instance, if I leave my herbs hanging for over a month. Oops. This is a DIY for the forgetful.


Obviously, washing or soaking them in water is not ideal, since you’d have to re-dry them and possibly start the whole mess over again. If you’re anything like me, you’d to dry again and then you’d be in the same mess all over again. And this is all to say that the leaves would stay on the stems. That is rare, even in ideal conditions.

The easiest way to get dust off herbs is using a can of pressurized air — the kind you use to dust off your keyboard. Same principle. Aim the can 1.5 to 2 feet away from your herb bundle and spray from the base of the stems downward. Do it somewhere that you can vacuum later, as you’re going to get dust and a few leaves all over the place. Then you can put them in jars and be on your way.

Are you a lazy gardener like me?  What is the hardest aspect of it for you to maintain?  Let me know in the comments!


6 thoughts on “Quick DIY: How to Clean Dried Herbs

    • It’s as if you wrote this just for me😝 I literally have a bundle of basil that’s been drying over a month bc I keep forgetting to take it down! This post will help me so much 😘 for me the hardest part of gardening is what to do after everything grows like storing herbs and preserving fruit and veggies haha

      • Same here. This was totally a life parallel post for me, as I’d had some catmint up for about two months. Ha! I usually end up giving a lot away, aside from a bit that I keep back for projects.

      • yes well i grow it all and then forget what i planned to do with it so im always like “oh ill just dry it” and then i forget lol oopss maybe ill have to get more crafty like you haha

  1. I’m a total lazy gardener, as in I don’t garden. I dunno that I want to garden in this new townhome, considering all the FECAL BACTERIA AROUND ME OMG WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE. I like this photo though. For some reason I just want whatever herbs those are to stick in my non-existent linen closet.

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