How To Cleanse Crystals

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So you may be wondering,

Why is cleansing crystals important?

If you are asking yourself that question, that means that...

1) You are thinking of purchasing your first set of gemstones or
2) You already have your gemstones and want to know what's next.

Once you have chosen your new crystal, the most important thing to do is cleanse the crystal of previous energies that may have been picked up on its long journey to get to you. Crystals often travel long distances, from mines to sellers, before a purchase is made. In the process absorving and holding residual energy from its journey. This means that your crystals can possess a lot of energy that comes from all over, good and bad. Each transition exposes the stone to energies that may be misaligned with your own until its cleansed.

Keep in mind that much like a sponge with water, crystals easily absorb energies and after a while, the crystal will become overloaded. So make sure that you regularly cleansing your crystals to ensure you get the best energy when working with them.


1) Natural Light Cleanse
2) Sea Salt as a Crystal Purifier
3) Pure Water Cleanse
4) Earth Cleanse
5) Using other Crystals Cleanse
6) Copper Pyramid Crystal Cleanse
7) Smoke Crystal Cleanse

Ways to cleanse your crystals:


1) Natural Light Cleanse

A simple way to cleanse your crystals is with the use of natural light. All you need to do is leave your crystals outside and allow them to sit under the moonlight of an evening or the sunlight after a new moon. The moon and the sun hold significantly different energies, the moon is feminine and the sun is masculine. You will always be your own best guide, so go with what works best for you or what resonates with you the most!

Sunlight Cleanse:

Approximate duration: 30 minutes

Use this for: Most tumbled stones

Don’t use this for: Vibrant stones, such as amethyst, or soft stones, such as celestite, halite, and selenite, that may be damaged by inclement weather. It’s important not to overdo it. Extended exposure to direct sunlight will fade most crystals over the course of months, weeks, or even hours.

Natural sunlight is the best way to take an overloaded stone and make the energy vibrant again. Sunbathing your crystals will get rid of excess residual energy and toxicity as well as charge the crystal so it is renewed, revitalized, and ready for put into good use. When it comes to cleansing methods of crystals, there is none more natural, or powerful, than the Sunlight Cleanse. 

How to perform a Sunlight Cleanse:

  1. Find an area of your house or outdoors that receives a fair amount of sunlight.
  2. Prepare your space with candles, incense, mindfulness, or any other ceremonial practices that resonate with you.
  3. When you are finished setting your intentions, leave the crystals in the spots you have chosen and leave them there to soak up the sacred vibrations of the light.
  4. Throughout the Sunlight Cleanse, be sure to rotate the crystal or crystals so that their entire surface receive equal amounts of sunlight. Be very mindful of your thoughts and words during this period as all of your energy will be transmitted into the crystal during this cleansing period. 
  5. Once your Sunlight Cleanse is complete, express your gratitude towards the light for its precious cleansing power and close your cleansing ritual the way it feels right for you.

Avoid exposing the following stones to prolonged hours of sunlight for they will begin to fade:

Moonlight Cleanse:

Approximate duration: 10 to 12 hours

Precaution: The following stones will get damaged in rain or snow: SeleniteKyanite, Soapstone, Minerals, Halite.

The method for a Full Moon Cleanse is similar to the Sunlight Cleanse. Full Moon Cleanse is best done under a Full Moon when the light will be brightest and the energy from the Moon is most refreshing. This method is safe and effective for all crystals.

Moonlight is a great way to cleanse crystals and stones and it is one of our favorite methods to use. Moonlight Cleanse is great during periods where you feel exceptionally intuitive and feminine. The moon, and particularly the full moon, embodies the most divine feminine energy in our night sky. So it only makes sense that you would want to recharge some of your strongest crystals in this unique Light, unlike any other.

To make sure your crystals receive the moonlight energy, it is best to begin your Full Moon Cleanse after the Sun has set so that the two energies do not become conflicted. 

How to perform a Full Moon Cleanse:

  1. Find an area of your house or outdoors that receives a fair amount of moonlight, which could be your garden, next to a window.
  2. Prepare your space with candles, incense, mindfulness, or any other ceremonial practices that resonate with you.
  3. Make sure your crystals are protected from animals, weather, and passersby as well.
  4. Perform your sacred ritual, and leave your crystals to be blessed by the ancient power of the Full Moon overnight.
  5. The following morning, you will want to make sure that your crystals were not dirtied or damaged and give them a brief rinse under Pure Water.

This method can be used for any stone and is especially useful for:

Precaution should be taken for stones that could be damaged in rain or snow, such as:

2) Sea Salt as a Crystal Purifier


Approximate duration: 1-5 minutes

Use this for: Hardstones, such as Amethyst and Quartz

Don’t use this for: stones that are soft, porous, or contain trace metals, such as malachiteSelenite, halite, calcite, Lepidolite, and Angelite. Some crystals can not be placed in water because they are too soft, or brittle. Water can cause some stones to fracture and break, or even dissolve! Be sure to look up your crystal and what cleansing is best for it. 

Like Pure Water, Salt Water is one of the most essential forms of cleansing and has proved to be very powerful in recharging crystals.

Try to source natural Salt Water from the nearest ocean, sea, or other body of Salt Water. This ensures that the Salt Water is of the highest quality and retains its natural energetic properties.

If you are unable to source natural saltwater, consider Sea Salt or Pink Himalayan Salt as options to add to your pure water or to apply directly onto your crystals once wet. You don’t need to use a lot of salt here, only a pinch of salt for a bowl of pure water.

How to perform a Salt Water Cleanse:

  1. Pour the saltwater on top of your crystals.
  2. Leave them submerged in the saltwater, or sprinkle salt on top of them.
  3. Let them sit for one to five minutes.
  4. Afterward, make sure to rinse your crystals with pure water (see above).
  5. Pat them down with a towel made of natural fibers.
  6. Once your Salt Water Cleanse is complete, close your eyes, hold your crystals and express your gratitude. 

Like the Pure Water Cleanse, the Salt Water Cleanse is best used for hard crystals such as:

It should not be used for soft stones, minerals, porous stones, or any stones which contain trace metals within them:

3) Pure Water Cleanse


Approximate duration: 1 minute per stone

Use this for: Hardstones, such as Quartz

Don’t use this for: stones that are brittle or soft, such as SeleniteKyanite, and halite

Natural bodies of water like lakes, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, and the ocean have the powerful cleansing and purifying energies that will help return your crystal to nature and revitalize. The water will wash away, remove, and purify any residual energies and toxicity that has been absorbed by your crystal leaving it clean and ready to be worked with.

How to perform a Pure Water Cleanse:

  1. You want to be mindful of whether or not your crystal is water safe for this method.
  2. Submerging your crystal in a natural body of water for a few minutes with the intention to purify in the mind will give the crystal a powerful natural cleanse.
  3. Pat them down with a towel made of natural fibers.
  4. Once your Pure Water Cleanse is complete, close your eyes, hold your crystals and express your gratitude. 

4) Earth Cleanse


Approximate duration: 4 hours, however you can leave it overnight, 24 hours

Use this for: Any stone

Another nature method is using the earth. Be reminded that crystals came from our beautiful mother Earth, so it makes sense that returning them to the natural place they came from reinvigorates their energy. Burying your crystal can have a powerful cleansing and energetic reset effect. Not only will the energy from the earth cleanse the crystal of energies it has absorbed and restore life into the crystal, but it also allows your crystal to connect to natural crystal grids in the earth and grounds those energies. Submerging, or burying, your crystals in the earth is a great way to strip your crystals back to their original aura, ready to be used again.

5) Using other Crystals Cleanse

Cleansing Kit - White Sage, Palo Santo and Selenite Stick

Approximate duration: 5-30 minutes

Use this for: Any stone

Certain crystals have tremendous absorption capabilities and can be used to extract and collect negative energies from other crystals as well.

Popular crystals used for crystal cleanse ceremonies are: Selenite slabs, large Black Tourmalines, and beds of Amethyst. Each of these crystals have unique cleansing powers and can be used alone or with one another. Experiment with each and decide what type works best for you.

How to perform a Crystal Cleanse:

  1. Place the crystals needing cleansing on an altar or sacred space prepared with your choice of ceremonial details such as candles, incense, tarot cards, etc.
  2. Stay mindful while you perform the cleansing ceremony, as all of your thoughts will be transferred directly into the crystals.
  3. For Amethyst beds, place your crystals directly on top of the Amethysts. Be careful not to damage them, especially the softer stones, when setting them in contact.
  4. For Selenite and Black Tourmaline, leave your other crystals resting in their places and gently wave the Selenite or Black Tourmaline around their auras. Use your intuition to guide how and where to move your hands.
  5. As you sense the energy being released from the crystals below, decide when is best for the cleansing to end.

6) Copper Pyramid Crystal Cleanse

Copper-Pyramid-MagicCrystals-Copper Pyramid - Giza

Despite the studies and tests people do at home, Pyramid Power is not likely to be fully accepted by mainstream science anytime soon. In the metaphysical community, they are becoming and more and more popular. Pyramids are a very important structure in Sacred Geometry. They consist of four triangles with a square base.

The use of metals like copper and gold is to conduct energy. The specific angles and proportions of the Great Pyramid relate to the Planet and the Moon, so harmonize with the natural cycles and connect with the Earth’s magnetic field. These are all environments that minerals and crystals feel at home in. Pyramids are also said to be natural ionizers.

How to perform a Copper Pyramid Cleanse:

  1. Align one of the sides of your Pyramid to magnetic North with a compass.
  2. Place your crystals inside the pyramid in the middle area, under the point or cap.
  3. Leave them there for at least an hour or overnight to also boost their energies.

Where to shop for copper pyramid: Copper Pyramid

7) Smoke Crystal Cleanse


Approximate duration: about 30 to 60 seconds per stone

Use this for: Any stone

Sage removes unhealthy and negative energies that have accumulated inside your stones after a single event.

  • White Sage smoke is a great tool to cleanse your crystals and their environment. You can hold the stones in a stream of the sage smoke or simply hold a sage stick close to the crystal to cleanse it. You can also smudge the area the crystals are sitting so the air around them is full of the sacred cleansing smoke. 
  • Palo Santo, also known as Holy Wood, is a mystical tree that grows on the coast of South America and is known for its energy cleansing and healing properties. It is great for cleansing your crystals and bringing positive, and uplifting, energy into your space. If you prefer, you can also use smoke from Frankincense or Incense

Homegrown sage is always the best choice during cleansing sessions. But if you need to purchase your own, consider finding a local grower who practices environmentally-conscious harvesting and who regularly blesses their plants with positive vibrations.

It’s essential to be mindful and conscious of every step along the way during a cleanse as you never know when negative energies can enter into your field.


How to perform a Sage Cleanse:

  1. Once you have sourced your sage, simply place your crystals in an altar and light a sprig of sage in a large sacred dish, seashell, or another spiritual container.
  2. Smudge the space around your crystals by wafting the sage’s smoke gently across the surface of your stones.
  3. Be sure to keep your vibrations elevated during this entire process. Tune in to the energies resonating within your crystals and use your intuition to feel when the negative energies have departed.
  4. Feel secure knowing the sage smoke is protecting you as the energies disperse out of your space. As you feel them leave, you may notice your soul releasing any pain or trauma that had been held back as well.
  5. Give a blessing for your healing process and wish all energies and spirits a joyful transmutation back into the positive energies of the universe.

Think of recharging your crystals as them taking a power nap and waking up restored with fresh energy! If you enjoyed this article, please subscribe. You will get each daily story delivered straight to your inbox. If you have any questions about citrine gemstones, feel free to ask.

Love and Light, 

Much love from your Magic Crystals Family.

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