Cleaning crystals is not difficult, but it does require a little bit of time. However, it’s worth the effort because if you don’t give them an annual cleanse, your crystals’ energy can become imbalanced or polluted.
Crystals have been used for centuries as a way to amplify energy. They are sometimes called “stones of power” because they can be programmed with intent, which can be helpful for healing or spiritual growth.
They’re often found in places like temples, churches, homes, yoga studios, and anywhere someone who needs help might go looking for some kind of solace or comfort from these powerful objects that radiate positive energy all around you.
Some people believe crystals can absorb negative energies too, so we’re a fan of keeping a couple on our desks to keep the negative workday energies at bay.
How to Cleanse Crystals: The Methods of Cleansing Crystals
The energy of the full moon can present a perfect opportunity for cleansing your crystals and ridding them of negative energies. Below are 6 methods that you can use.
- Water method
- Oil method
- Salt method
- Charging the stone with sunlight or moonlight (moonstone)
- Purifying with sage or smudging the crystal
- Cleansing in a ritual bath of sea salt, Epsom salts
The Water Method
The water method is probably the easiest and quickest way to cleanse your crystals. You can use either filtered tap water or spring water for this process. With your crystals in a bowl (a singing bowl if you have one), fill the bowl up enough to submerge your stones and let them sit for at least 30 minutes before draining off any excess liquid that remains clinging to their surfaces (don’t worry about getting all of it).
If you have some time but not days, leave them soaking overnight too if possible.
The Oil Method
The oil method involves leaving an organic oil on top of each stone for three nights straight without interruption followed by running vinegar over each one. To do this, pour some olive oil on top of each crystal and let it sit for three nights before running a mixture of water and apple cider vinegar over them.
The Salt Method
In the salt method, you’ll need to first fill a container with coarse sea salts or Epsom salts (both work fine) that are coarse enough so they don’t dissolve when wet. You can either submerge your crystals in this solution or place them at an angle with their points sticking out into the air above the surface.
Leave these stones like this for between 30 minutes and 24 hours if possible, but be sure not to leave any longer than one day because bacteria will form quickly in such conditions due to lack of water flow on the stone’s surfaces. Then rinse off your crystals and dry them well before storing them.
Charging the Stone with Sunlight or Moonlight (Moonstone)
There are a few ways to charge your stones up, but one of the easiest is to leave your crystals out in natural light for 24 hours—preferably when it’s shining on you so your crystal can soak up all that lovely energy from the sun! You’ll want to keep an eye on them so they don’t get overheated, but leave the window open and let nature do its work.
Purifying with Sage or Smudging the Crystal
The easiest way to cleanse them is by smudging with sage smoke in a process called “smudging.” This is an alternative to using water as a natural way of cleansing your stones with burning sage. You’ll need some sage sticks (or smudge broom) for this process—either dried leaves from fresh plants will work well too if you can find it in stores nearby.
The best way to cleanse crystals with sage is by holding one stick over each stone while moving it slowly back and forth three times before passing the smoke over their surfaces for about five seconds per crystal. After you’ve done this with all of your crystals, leave the sage sticks to smolder until they go out.
You can also consider using palo santo, which is an herb that is often used in cleansing rituals. It emits a beautiful, light and earthy aroma that helps clear away any unwanted energy or entities.
Cleansing in a Ritual Bath of Sea Salt, Epsom Salts or Crystals
If you want to make some kind of ritual involving cleansing your stones (or if you have an excess amount and would like them for rituals), add sea salt or Epsom salts into any bath that is hot enough so it’s comfortably warm but not too hot that will burn sensitive skin on contact. Salt water is a wonderful way to create a crystal healing ritual that can restore the energetic levels of your stones.
You can also use small crystal clusters made from quartz points, Amethyst chips, or other types of stones in place of these ingredients as well—just know beforehand what type they are so you don’t ruin their properties by submerging them in water.
We hope this article is helpful as you learn more about how to cleanse crystals. We’re big believers in the power of energy and that the energy and thoughts you put out into the world can actually directly impact your life.
By believing in the power of something, you are giving that thing or object power. If holding a crystal in your hand empowers you and makes you feel good, then by all means do it!