How To Cleanse Your Crystals

How To Cleanse Your Crystals



In this blog I will teach you different ways to cleanse crystals. Depending on the crystals and your intentions for that crystal.



Crystals hold the energy of anything or anyone it comes in contact with, after a while the crystals can hold onto many energies and become overwhelmed. After a long period of wearing or having a crystal without cleansing it can cause negative energy to build up and not be released. If you imagine a pot boiling on a stove without stirring or taking care of it it will bubble and eventually overflow. Which is the same thing with crystals, cleansing of them allows them to continue helping you without ”overflowing “. Crystals also change their frequency to match yours or serve you in a better way.



“Crying is cleansing. There's a reason for tears, happiness or sadness“ 


Smoke cleansing


cleansing your crystals with smoke is safe for all types of crystals and is a popular way to cleanse not only your crystals but yourself and home. Smoke cleansing involves burning incense, smudge sticks and other herbs. When burning your chosen” herbs“ wave your crystals through the smoke it produces and have an intention of cleansing all stagnant or negative energy within it. Smoke cleansing is very powerful on full moons, and is great for air signs e.g. Libra, and good if your intentions are to work on your heart chakra.

Salt water/ water cleansing

You can use water from a tap or river maybe moon water and salt water from the ocean or made by you to cleanse certain crystals. Pour chosen water in a bowl or dish deep enough to submerge your crystals which will purify them from any imbalances or negativity, perfect for crystals related to the element water and for water signs e.g. Scorpio, and great if your intentions relate to the sacral chakra.

Water Safe Crystals:

  • Clear Quartz

  • Rose Quartz

  • Amethyst

  • Smokey Quartz

  • Citrine

  • Agate

  • Moonstone

  • Carnelian (though NOT safe in salt water)

  • Rutilated Quartz

  • Jasper

  • Tiger's Eye

  • Aventurine

  • Black Obsidian (FYI: can break in EXTREME cold or hot water temperatures)

The crystals listed above are a great place to start and are especially safe when in polished, or tumbled form. Always double check when it comes to salt water, because salt can be corrosive!


Water Unsafe Crystals

  • Fluorite (especially SALT water)

  • Selenite

  • Apophyllite

  • Tangerine Quartz

  • Gypsum

  • Lepidolite

  • Opal (although Australian Boulder Opal is generally safe, because it not porous)

  • Azurite

  • Apatite

  • Halite

  • Malachite

  • Turquoise

  • Ulexite

  • Labradorite (I've safely placed Labradorite in water in short bursts and it was fine, but do not count on my experience being the norm)

  • Celestite

  • Pyrite

  • Hematite

Many of the crystals on this list will completely dissolve when placed in water, or they will lose their shine. Either way always do your own research.

Moonlight cleansing

Using the moonlight, especially on a full moon is an easy and powerful way to cleanse your crystals. Simply place your crystals outs in the moonlight overnight and let them soak up the power of the full moon and cleanse their negativity, if placing them outside worries you simply place them on a windowsill with good moonlight and it will work just as well. You can also place a jar of water there to make moon water which is good to drink, water plants, spells, cleansing crystals and cleaning. The moon is a beautiful sage way for all crystals and great for crystals with the intention of improving your third eye chakra.


Charging Your Crystals

Charging your crystals is important to amplify the energy your manifesting, simply using clear quartz, selenite and the sunlight to amplify the power of your crystals for extra confidence or whatever your intentions are. Be cautious that the suns light is powerful and can cause the colours in certain crystals to fade.

Amethyst- A member of the quartz family. Colour will fade in the sun since the colour comes from the iron in it.


Ametrine - The colour will fade when in sun too long. Made up of amethyst and citrine.


Apatite - The colour will fade in the sun.


Apophyllite - Can become brittle in the sun and colour can fade.


Aquamarine - Direct sunlight will fade the blue to white if kept too long.


Auralite 23 - Primarily composed of amethyst, so it can fade.


Aventurine - A member of the quartz family and can fade in colour.


Beryl - Can fade and get brittle in the sun.


Calcite - Can fade and get brittle in the sun.


Celestite - The blue will turn to white in the sun and get brittle and possibly break.


Chrysoprase- A member of the quartz family, it’s a green chalcedony, and it can fade or get brittle and crack.



 - Since it’s a form of quartz, it will fade to a clear colour within 4 hours in the sun


Clear Quartz - Can only withstand about 2 hours in the sun. Can get brittle and crack or break.


Fluorite - No more than 15 minutes in the sun. Gets very hot.


Hiddenite - The colour will fade.


Kunzite - Will fade to white if kept in the sun too long.


Opal - Will lose its colour in the sun. But okay in water.


Prestolite - This is a green amethyst, and the colour will fade.


Rose Quartz- Will fade in colour in the sun.


Sapphire - Will lose whatever colour sapphire it is.


Spirit Quartz - Will fade in colour and clusters could ignite if in the sun too loses its colour


Smokey Quartz - Loses its colour to become grey or brown


Topaz - The colour will fade when kept in sun for more than 8 hours. A yellow topaz will turn brown and a deeper colour topaz will turn maroon.


Turquoise - Colour can fade in the sun and be careful with time in water.


Unakite - Colours can fade in the sun.

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