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How to cleanse your crystals

Wait I have to cleanse my crystals !?

Short answer yes.

Crystals absorb energy from everything people, plants, you name it, which is why we must cleanse them. There are many ways to cleanse your crystals and benefits of doing so. We always recommend cleansing your crystals after you have purchased or were gifted them. Doing so ensures that the crystal will work for only you and you won't pick up any unwanted energy.

Smoke from Smudging


Sage is a sacred plant with a multitude of healing properties. It is often used in ceremonial practices such as cleansing, purification, and protection, and is intended to ward off negative energy. Smudging your stone is said to clear inharmonious vibrations and restore its natural energy.

You’ll need:

  • a fire-safe bowl

  • a lighter or matches

  • loose or bundled sage

If you’re unable to smudge outdoors, make sure you’re near an open window. This will allow the smoke and negative energy to disperse.

When you’re ready, ignite the tip of the sage with the flame. Transfer the sage to your non-dominant hand and firmly grasp your stone and move it through the smoke.

Allow the smoke to cover the stone for about 30 - 60 seconds.

If sage is not available to you consider doing this with incense, or palo santo.

Time: about 30 to 60 seconds per stone

Use for: any stone


Sound healing allows a single pitch or tone to wash over an area, clearing a crystal of any energy that does not belong with it.

This can be done using chanting, singing bowls, a tuning fork, or even a bell. It doesn’t matter what key the sound is, so long as the sound is loud enough for the vibration to fully surround the stone.

Time: 5 to 10 minutes

Use for: any stone


Water is said to neutralize any negative energy stored inside the stone and return it back to the earth. Although natural running water is best, you can also rinse your stone under a faucet. Whatever your water source, ensure that your stone is completely submerged. Pat dry when complete.


  • No hot water when doing this crystal may crack.

  • Only do this with water-safe crystals.

  • Use a small mesh bag if cleansing smaller crystals or plug the drain so they don't fall.

Time: 1 minute per stone

Use for: hard stones, such as quartz

*Warning* Don’t use this on stones that are soft, porous, or contain trace metals, such as malachite, selenite, calcite, lepidolite, and angelite. Pretty much any stone that ends in "-ite".


Salt has been used throughout history to absorb unwanted energy and banish negativity.

There are two ways to use this method:

  1. Create a salt bed on a plate or in a bowl and place crystals on top of it overnight.

  2. If you’re near the ocean, consider collecting a bowl of fresh saltwater. Otherwise, mix a tablespoon of sea, rock, or table salt into a bowl of water. Make sure that your stone is completely submerged, and allow it to soak for a few hours. Rinse and pat dry when complete.

Time: up to 24 hours

Use for: Hard stones, like Quartz or Jasper

*Warning* Don’t use this on stones that are soft, porous, or contain trace metals, such as malachite, selenite, calcite, lepidolite, and angelite. Pretty much any stone that ends in "ite"

Florida Water

"This is my favorite method I love adding sea salt to mine and placing it in the moonlight overnight." - Maureen (Co-Owner)

Florida water was created in the early 1800s and it has been used in different spiritual traditions in rituals as a way to purify and cleanse. It can be added to a bath, used as a perfume, put on energy points like the third eye, sprayed in the air, and utilized to clean a counter to name a few. The citrusy scent of the cologne means that it’s both energizing and purifying. It’s also said to represent "the fountain of youth," which is supposedly in Florida.

Time: Overnight

Use for: any stone

*Warning* Don’t use this on stones that are soft, porous, or contain trace metals, such as malachite, selenite, calcite, lepidolite, and angelite. Pretty much any stone that ends in "-ite".


This crystal is great at moving energy in both people and crystals. Selenite should be placed next to a crystal that needs cleansing and left for a few hours.

Use caution when working with selenite it can break easily and do not get it wet or it will dissolve!

Time: 24 hours

Use for: any stone

Crystal Cluster or Geode

Large quartz clusters, amethyst geodes, and selenite slabs can be great tools for clearing smaller stones. Place your stone directly inside or on top of any of these stones. It’s thought that the larger stone’s vibrations remove the negative energies found in the resting stone.

Time: 24 hours

Use for: any stone


Burry the crystal in a bowl of rice preferably brown rice overnight. The rice is supposed to have absorbed the energy you’re trying to eradicate. Dispose of the rice immediately after the cleansing.

Time: 12-24 hours

Use for: any stone


Set your stone out before nightfall and plan to bring it in before 11 a.m. — this will allow your stone to bathe in the light of both the moon and sun. Extended exposure to direct sunlight can weather the stone’s surface, so make sure you return for it in the morning.

Time: 10 to 12 hours

Use for: most tumbled stones

Don’t use this for vibrant stones, such as amethyst, in sunlight; soft stones, such as celestite, halite, and selenite, that may be damaged by inclement weather


How do I know when to cleanse my crystals?

How often you need to cleanse your stones depend on how often you use them. The more you use a stone, the more energy it collects. A good rule of thumb is to clear all of your stones at least once a month.

What is the best way to cleanse my crystals?

The best way is determined by you everyone has their own use for crystals and we recommend trying everything once to figure out what works for you.

For beginners, though I recommend Smudbing, selenite, or light to start.


Book: In focus CRYSTALS your personal guide by Bernice Cockram

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