Cleansing Crystals 101

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This article will provide you with dos and don'ts of crystal cleansing.

Crystals serve many great purposes. They do a lot of hard work and need to be taken care of. When you first receive crystals you must cleanse them before using them in your magical workings. Here I will provide you with multiple methods for cleansing crystals. Remember all crystals at different and some methods shouldn't be used for particular crystals.

Cleansing with Water

Cleansing crystals with water is one of the most common methods of cleansing. Some individuals even add salt to water. But some crystals do not do well in water or salt.



Get a clear glass and fill it with water. But don't fill it with just any water. Try using spring water, lake water, ocean water, moon water, blessed water, etc.. Place your stone in the water. Than let it set over night. Once your done make sure you discard the water and don't use it for any other crystals.

Stones not to put in Water

  • Amber
  • Angelite
  • Azurite
  • Calcites (All)
  • Halite
  • Imperial Topaz
  • Kunzite
  • Kyanite
  • Lapis Lazuli
  • Malachite
  • Moonstone
  • Opal
  • Pyrite
  • Selenite
  • Turquoise
  • Cleanse with Salt

    Salt is a great cleanser. But try to only use sea salt. I would like you can also use pink and/or black salt.


    Fill a bowl with at least an inch of sea salt. Than set your crystals in the salt. Let them set overnight. When they are finished give them a quick rinse. Don't forget to dispose of the salt.

    Crystals that don't like Salt

  • See the list above.
  • Fluorite
  • Cleanse with Sunlight

    When you can't cleanse with salt and water, sunlight is a powerful alternative. Sunlight cleanses and charges crystals.


    You can set it on your window or even outside in the daytime. Make sure you let it set for 1-7 hours .

    Crystals that don't like Sunlight

  • Amethyst
  • Aquamarine
  • Colored Calcites
  • Fluorite
  • Kunzite
  • Rose Quartz
  • Smokey Quartz
  • Cleanse with Moonlight

    All stones love Moonlight. But their favorite moonlight is from the full moon. Just light the sun it cleanses and charges.


    Set the stone in your window or outside. You can let it set overnight.

    Cleanse with Visualization and Energy

    This method is very common and one of my favorite forms of cleansing.


    Set the crystal on the ground or in your hand. Next hover your power hand over the crystal. Close your eyes and visualize pure energy coming from the ground, into your body, and out your hand into the stone. Visualize the negative energy pushing out and fading away as it fills with pure clean energy. You should feel a tingling sensation in your body or your hand when it's finished. Now you have a cleansed and charged crystal.

    Cleanse with the Earth


    Crystals come from the earth. That is why this is a great method for crystal cleansing and very easy.


    You can set the stone in dirt, glass, by a tree, in a tree, or bury it. If you choose to bury it, you may want to wrap it in a cloth so they don't get damaged. Let them set overnight or for 24 hours.

    Cleanse with Reiki

    Reiki is the same as cleansing with energy. Reiki is using energy to heal. But symbols are also used in Reiki.


    I can't really explain this one. It requires pictures. Try googling Reiki symbols for healing and cleansing.

    Cleansing with Herbs and Smoke

    Using herbs and smoke for cleansing is very easy.


    The best herbs for this method is sweet grass, sage, and rosemary. You can burn a bundle use an incense or a little on a coal. Frankincense, myrrh, or dragon's blood as an incense or resin will work as well. Burn the herb of your choosing and run the crystal threw the smoke in circular motions. You should feel a tingling sensation when it is finished.

    Cleansing Spray

    If you are not able to use matches for some reason, a cleansing spray will do the trick.


    The best herbs for this spray would be sweet grass or sage. If you would like you can add a dash of salt. Fill a glass with some clean water and add your herb. Set the glass in sunlight to charge 3 hours or more. Once it's done remove the herb. Now you can add your tincture to a spray bottle. Spray 3x on the stone you wish to cleanse.

    Cleansing with Crystals

    This may sound strange but there crystals that are self cleansing and can even cleanse other crystals.


    Citrine and clear quartz are the best crystals for the job. You can keep them together or use its energy to cleanse your crystal. I like to set some stones on a copper plate, than add four citrines on each corner. Copper amplifies the citrines power and is a cleanser itself.

    But there you have it 10 different ways to cleanse crystals. I hope this was helpful to you. If you have any methods you would like to share or information please let me know.

    Good Luck and Blessed Be!

    Added to on Dec 18, 2016
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