The Art of Cleansing Crystals: 10 Ways to Cleanse Your Crystals


Jun 01, 2023

The Art of Cleansing Crystals: 10 Ways to Cleanse Your Crystals

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The world of crystals is vast and fascinating. Crystals are not just striking in their natural beauty, but they are also believed to possess certain energies and vibrations that can enhance spiritual practices.

It's essential, therefore, to maintain your crystals' clarity, both physically and spiritually, through regular cleaning. This guide will show you how to clean and cleanse your crystals to keep them vibrant and energetically tuned.

Understanding Crystal Cleaning

Before delving into the how-to, let's first understand why we need to clean crystals. Crystals are said to absorb and hold onto energy from their surroundings. They could accumulate negative or stagnant energies over time, which might affect their efficacy. Cleaning or cleansing them helps to clear these energies, restoring the crystals to their natural vibrational state.

1. Physical Cleaning

Physical cleaning is the process of ensuring that your crystals are free from dirt and dust. It's the first step to crystal care and involves gentle methods to preserve the crystal’s integrity.

2. Water Cleansing

The easiest way to physically clean your crystals is by using water. However, not all crystals can be safely cleaned with water due to their mineral composition.

For example, Selenite, Lepidolite, or Halite can dissolve or get damaged. Do your research or consult with a knowledgeable source before water cleansing.

For water-safe crystals, hold them under running tap water for a few minutes. You could also immerse them in a bowl of water. As you do this, visualize the water washing away any negativity.


3. Dry Cleaning

For crystals not suited for water cleaning, you can use a dry cloth or brush to remove any dirt or dust. Make sure you do this gently to prevent any scratches or damage to the crystals.

4. Energetic Cleansing

Energetic cleansing is the spiritual aspect of cleaning crystals. It's about releasing accumulated energies from your crystals.

There are several methods for energetic cleansing, and you can choose the one that resonates with you.

5. Moonlight Cleansing

Exposing your crystals to the moonlight is a gentle way to cleanse and recharge them. Full moon nights are especially potent.

To do this, place your crystals on a windowsill or outside where they can soak in the moon's energy. Leave them overnight, and remember to collect them in the morning to prevent them from getting sun exposure, which could fade their color.


6. Sunlight Cleansing

Some crystals can benefit from the radiant energy of the sun. However, be cautious as the sun can fade or damage certain crystals. This method involves placing the crystals in sunlight for a few hours.

Crystals like Citrine, Clear Quartz, and Amethyst should not be placed in the sun.

7. Earth Cleansing

Burying your crystals in the earth allows them to discharge any negative energy and recharge with the earth's natural energy.

This method requires careful handling to ensure your crystals don’t get lost or damaged. Place them in a cloth bag and then bury them in your garden or a pot of earth for 24 hours.


8. Smudging

Smudging involves burning sacred herbs or incense, like sage or Palo Santo, and passing your crystals through the smoke. This is believed to clear negative energy. Make sure you're in a well-ventilated area while doing this, and always ensure your safety when dealing with fire.


9. Sound Cleansing

Sound is a potent form of vibration that can cleanse your crystals. You can use singing bowls, tuning forks, or even a simple bell for this method. The sound waves move through the crystals, shifting any stagnant energy.

10. Using Other Crystals

Certain crystals, like Selenite or Clear Quartz, are known for their cleansing properties and can be used to cleanse other crystals. You can place your crystal on a Selenite slab or next to a Clear Quartz for 24 hours to cleanse and recharge.

Programming Your Crystals

After cleaning and cleansing your crystals, it's essential to program them, which means setting an intention for what you want the crystal to help you with.

Hold the crystal in your hands, close your eyes, and clearly state your intention in your mind or aloud.


Final Thoughts

Crystals are more than just beautiful objects; for many, they are tools for spiritual growth and personal development.

Cleaning and cleansing your crystals is a vital part of crystal care that ensures your crystals are energetically tuned and ready to assist you in your spiritual journey.

Remember that the most important aspect of this process is your intention. Regardless of the cleansing method you choose, approach it with a clear mind and open heart, knowing that you're preparing your crystal for its highest good and yours.



Lisa is a Reiki Master, Certified Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner, and trained in the Bengston Energy Healing Method. Lisa is also a Certified Life coach and currently in her second year of graduate school for a Master of Social Work to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

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