How to cleanse crystals
Before you start running a bubble bath for your crystals (we know you wouldn’t, but thought that was quite a funny mental image), take a look at our list of popular ways to cleanse them. As we mentioned above, certain conditions aren’t suited to specific crystals, so make sure you tailor your crystal cleansing to the pieces you have.
If you are looking for tips on how to charge crystals, see my other post!
Selenite is one of the few crystals that never needs to be charged or cleansed itself. It is also said that placing other crystals on a selenite platform or in a selenite bowl for just 10 minutes is equivalent to placing your crystals under the moon for an entire night. Bonus, you don't have to move your entire crystal collection outside haha.
The moon is probably the best way to cleanse all of your crystals, no matter which ones you have. The moon does not pose any harm in terms of heat, light or moisture, so a moon bath is many people’s preferred option. If you have soft crystals or live in a humid or wet location, you can still accomplish this by placing your crystals in a window that will have moonlight shine through. Honestly, probably easier than putting outside!
The sun has amazing cleansing and healing energies - we’ve all enjoyed closing our eyes and letting the sun warm our faces as we stop to enjoy this celestial body. Of course this doesn't mean leave them out in the sun all day every day. You just want to do this when they need some cleansing action. However as lovely as this warm and light is for many of us humans, some crystals just can’t hack the heat or direct light. Here are some of the beauts that don’t like to sun:
- Smoky Quartz
- Rose Quartz
When you think of cleansing, water is the first thing that pops into your mind and yes, the cleansing abilities of water can be great for SOME crystals. Placing crystals into a bowl of water or holding them under running water (many people opt for fresh springs or streams, but you can use a faucet) are both ways in which you can get your crystal ready to work with, but which ones are not safe to use this method for?
- Halite (salt)
- Unpolished Turquoise
- Himalayan Salt Crystals
Some of the harder ones are ok if you are only quickly running water over them, but never soak. For example, lepidolite is not going to just magically dissolve if you rinse it off, but given a long soak it might flake apart.
The energy of the earth from which the crystals originally came is obviously a great idea for cleansing, but because of the moisture in soil, it may not be the best choice for some of the crystals that don’t like water all that much (see above).
If you want to use the cleansing energies of the earth, then you will need to have an area in which you can dig up slightly to bury your crystals. Once buried, the crystals are left overnight, often on the night of a full moon for extra cleansing powers. Just make sure to put a marker in the ground so you can go back and find them the next day!
Using smoke to cleanse your crystals is another fab way to prepare them for programming with your own intentions. Incense is one of the ways in which you can utilise this and all you have to do is pass each crystal through the smoke created when your incense is burning. You can also use a bundle of sage to do this same technique. Please keep in mind that White Sage is a sacred herb and also considered endangered, so if you are going to use this, please make sure it is ethically and sustainably sourced and you understand the history behind it.
Some great options of incense or herbal bundle scents for cleansing are:
- White Sage
I actually have quite a few of these options and more in the crystal cleansing section of this website.
Palo Santo is wood from a mystical tree which grows in South American areas and it is actually related to frankincense and myrrh. The name Palo Santo literally means “holy wood” so it’s no wonder that it is used in rituals and ceremonies AND to cleanse crystals. Now, there IS a 'Palo Santo' on the endangered species list, but this is not it, despite what people keep trying to say. There are two species of Palo, we source both ethically and sustainable Palo Santo Bursera graveolens species which is NOT endangered.
Literal Crystal Cleaning
Now that we have covered the metaphysical cleansing of crystals, you might be wondering how to quite literally clean crystals. Many of the harder stones like quartz and amethyst can be cleaned using running water and a tiny bit of natural soap if its really dirty. Just make sure to cleanse it throughout. Some of the softer crystals you can still rinse off quickly, just don't use soap or any scrubbing. And make sure they can dry out.
In general, I don't clean my crystals much once I do the first cleaning. My favorite tool is a little USB compressed air blower that I can use to dust off my pieces. It's quite handy around the house too! While it is not the cheapest in the world, think of how many cans of gas you could go through if you were constantly blowing off your entire collection (or all the surfaces and corners in your house). It even has a throttle for how much it blows! Plus this is way more environmentally friendly than those cans.