Crystal Cleansing – All you need to know

Crystal cleansing is a very important procedure when you buy, hold, and wear crystals or crystal jewellery. 

We like to see crystal cleansing as a metaphor: 

Just as you’re taking regular showers to keep your body clean, by cleansing your crystals you keep them clean, clear ready to work with you. 

Why cleansing crystals is important

Crystals hold strong energy due to their particular structure. They are energised by the Earth they are coming from, and vibrate simultaneously with the whole crystalline structure. 

However, crystals do come in contact with different people, places and energies in their way to you. Also while you’re using them they absorb a lot of energy from the environment. 

Cleansing has the purpose to remove all external energies that doesn’t belong to your crystals and restore their original energy.

When to cleanse crystals

For crystal stones, geodes, clusters, point and crystals that are not part of a jewellery: 

  • When you buy a new crystal or before using it
  • Before and after each use
  • Once a month – even if you have crystals in your collection that you don’t use, they still need to be cleansed to remove any stagnant energy.
  • After someone else touched them
  • Every time you feel it’s needed.

For crystal jewellery

  • cleanse your jewellery first time you get them
  • at night after you wore them for the whole day
  • once a month

How to cleanse your crystals and jewellery

There are a couple of methods to cleanse crystals and jewellery, however not all methods are equally safe. 

Crystal cleansing methods suitable for jewellery

  • visualisation
  • incense
  • brown rice
  • sound cleansing
  • moonlight

Safe ways to cleanse your crystals

  • visualisation
  • incense
  • sound
  • moonlight
  • fresh water – to avoid with certain crystals such as selenite
  • sunlight – to avoid with photo-sensitive crystals such as amethyst
  • visualisation
  • soil – use with caution

Now let’s dive into each one: 

1. Crystal cleansing with incense

You can cleanse your crystals with sage, palo-santo, or smoke from incense sticks. This is a pretty safe method for all crystals and very effective energetically. 

How to cleanse crystals with incense

You may use your favourite incense sticks or cones. If you don’t have one or didn’t use incence before 

Simply hold the crystal over the smoke, at a safe distance of the heat source. Watch how the smoke covers the crystal and then leaves and imagine how the energies are removed while the smoke if flowing.

2. Crystal cleansing with running water

Water is one of the simplest way to cleanse crystals. 

You can use water directly from the tap, so no need to buy anything for this. 

But crystal cleansing in water isn’t suitable for all crystals, as some crystals are water soluble. 

How to cleanse crystals with water

Hold your crystal under running fresh water and visualise how all external energies are removed physically by the water. You can do this using tap water at your sink or you are closer to the sea or any water stream you can use that too. Keep the crystals under running water as long as you feel is needed.

What crystals can go in water? 

Water safe crystals – that can be cleansed in water are listed below: 

  • amethyst
  • rose quartz
  • clear quartz
  • agate
  • aquamarine
  • citrine
  • garnet
  • jade
  • amber
  • lapis-lazuli
  • malachite
  • opal
  • peridot

Crystals that are not safe to be cleansed in water are: 

  • selenite
  • black tourmaline
  • celestite
  • calcite
  • rhodonite
  • rhodochrosite
  • gypsum
  • black tourmaline
  • malachite
  • angelite,
  • fluorite
  • kyanite

3. Cleanse your crystals in Earth or soil

One of the most powerful cleansing methods when you feel your crystals really need a deep cleanse. 

You can use the soil in your garden if you have any safe and dry space or a plant pot. I recommend keeping the crystals in the soil either overnight or maximum between 3 to 7 days – always check with your intuition for exact timing.

Crystals that are safe to cleanse in soil are those who are safe to cleanse in water. Because soil is normally moist, it can affect the shine and quality of lower hardness crystals. 

4. Crystal cleansing in brown rice

Brown rice is a simple yet effective crystal cleansing method and safe with all crystals. It absorbs excess energy from the crystal and is gentle with most types of crystals. 

How to cleanse crystals with brown rice

Fill a bowl with uncooked brown rice and put the crystals in it. Leave overnight and then discard the brown rice as it collects the energies removed from the crystal. Simple, safe and effective. 

5. Crystal cleansing with sound

Works with any crystal as it doesn’t involve physical contact with crystals. 

Gentle use a singing bowl, Chinese bells, a tuning fork or a rattle to cleanse crystals with sound. A very effective, simple and safe method, perfect if you prefer a smoke free method. 

If you use a singing bowl, never place the crystals inside the singing bowl as the energy created by the sound can break the crystal. Just put the crystals on a table or on the floor and play the bowl around and over the crystals.

6. Crystal cleansing in Moonlight 

A suitable cleansing method for all crystals as it doesn’t involve physical contact. 

Use the moonlight for cleansing crystals on a Full Moon night. 

This method is ideal for your monthly crystal cleansing. 

Just leave the crystals by the window facing the Moon and the crystals will be cleansed during the night.

7. Crystal cleansing in Sunlight 

Leave crystals for five to fifteen minutes in bright sunlight for a quick deep cleanse. Effective and safe for most crystals. 

Caution: Do not leave crystals in sunlight for too long as some can fade in colour. Avoid with amethyst. 

8. Crystal cleansing with Visualisation

You can use visualisation with crystal or jewellery you have. This method works at an energetically and intentional level so your thoughts are very powerful in this process. 

Hold the crystal in between your palms and visualise white bright light over your crystal, set an intention for cleansing during visualisation. Very safe, effective and perfect if you don’t have anything else on hand.

9. Salt or saltwater

This method is popular with most crystals that are safe to cleanse in water, but we recommend using it with caution. 

Place the crystal into a small bowl with salt ( it can be rock or sea salt, depending on what you prefer). 

Keep it in the salt between 5 to 15 minutes. 

Be careful as crystals may loose shine if kept in salt. If you choose this method rather go with the minimum recommended time. 


International Gem Society – Gemstone Care Guide

International Gem Society – Mohs Scale 

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