Cleansing Crystals – 5 Crystal Cleansing Methods You Must Know

By | March 26, 2017

Cleansing crystals is the most important step in maintaining your crystals. There are a couple of methods that I personally use to cleanse my crystals, but I would prefer using a singing bowl to cleanse my crystal as I have found this method to be more effective than the rest of the methods which I will be explaining in this article. Through this post, you’ll be learning:

  1. Cleansing Crystals with Water.
  2. Cleansing Crystals with Salt Water.
  3. Cleansing Crystals with Sage through Smudging.
  4. Cleansing Crystals with Sound via Singing Bowl.
  5. Cleansing Crystals with your own Breath.
  6. Recharge Crystals with Sunlight or Moonlight.




Cleansing Crystals With Water

Crystals and gemstones absorbs energy (both positive and negative energy) from their surroundings (be it from the environment, people and even animals), so when you have just purchased a crystal, it would be ideal to cleanse your crystal first before using it as it would contain the energetic imprint of anyone who have handled your crystal before. Once you have cleansed your crystal, your crystal will be working at its highest level of vibration for its intended purpose. When your crystals are placed at home or your workplace, or if you are wearing it as a Jewellery, your crystals would need weekly cleansing (at best effort basis) or minimally monthly for its healing abilities to be effective.

However, if you are using your crystals for healing purposes (be it physical or spiritual healing), your crystals would need to be cleanses after every session or daily, for your gemstone to work effectively. You may ask, why is this so? Well, the reason is simple, your crystal will absorb the negative vibration of the illness or emotional upset during the healing process.

Type of Water to be Used: Spring Water, preferably containing some level of minerals in the water.

Qualities of the Cleanser: Spring water is a ritual purifier that naturally removes negativity and negative energies.

Crystals that must avoid this method of cleansing: Crystals and Gemstones which are either water-soluble or are crystals with physical properties being affected by water should avoid this methods of cleansing. Eg. Selenite, Lapis Lazuli, Malachite, Turquoise, etc.

Step By Step for Cleansing Crystals With Water

The simplest method of cleansing a crystal would be to cleanse them with spring water. Without knowing the history of the crystal, it is best to soak it in a bowl of Spring water for at least 24 hours. This would fully remove any trace of negative energy trapped within the crystals. If you are in a hurry or feel uncomfortable soaking your crystal overnight, hold your crystal with both hands and place it under running stream water (or under running water at your kitchen sink if stream/river water is not available) for a few minutes. As the running water flow past your crystal, holding your crystals allow your intentions to remove negativity or negative energy from your stone., bringing it back into its natural neural state. Dry thoroughly with a towel.

Cleansing Crystals With Salt Water

There are many opposing views when it comes to cleansing crystals with salt-water. Some crystal healers feel that this traditional technique of cleansing with salt-water is too harsh of a technique for the crystals and do not recommend it. While other crystal healers who adopt a more scientific approach would highly recommend this technique as the idea is pretty much like charging a battery. When a crystal is being introduced into salt-water, ions from the salt-water provides electric charges to the crystal, which effectively cleanse and recharge the crystal’s natural energy.

Type of Water to be Used: Spring water with a pinch of sea salt.

Qualities of the Cleanser: Spring water is a ritual purifier that naturally removes negativity and negative energies, while salt is an ancient purifying ingredient with natural antiseptic properties.

Crystals that must avoid this method of cleansing: Crystals and Gemstones which are either water-soluble (Selenite, Lapis Lazuli, Malachite, Turquoise, etc.) or are crystals with physical properties being affected by salt-water (Calcite, Carnelian, Labradorite, Opal, etc.) should avoid this methods of cleansing.

Step By Step for Cleansing Crystals With Salt Water

Salt treatment has been used for thousands of years as a natural purifier and for physical healing during sacred cleansing ceremonies. If you would like to try this method of cleansing, sprinkle a pinch of sea-salt into a bowl of spring water. Swirl the bowl of water with a spoon until the salt is completely dissolved. This is important as undissolved salt granules may scratch a soft crystal. With both hands, lower your crystal into the bowl of salt-water with the intention to remove all negative energies from the crystal. Leave the crystal in the bowl of salt-water for an hour before rinsing the crystal with spring water and subsequently drying it with a towel. If you feel that this methods of cleansing does not work well with your crystals, choose other methods which I teach in this article.

Cleansing Crystals With Sage Through Smudging


Smudging is a traditional technique used by ancient Native American to clear spaces of unpleasant sensation, negative omens and negative energies. Smudge sticks are made from dried herbs which are being rolled together and when lit, it produces a strong cleansing smoke. Sage herb is a powerful purifier and its smoke can effectively cleanse your crystals by removing all negative energy which has been absorbed by the crystal.

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Type of Smudge Stick/ Incense to be Used: Preferrably sage smudge stick. However, if unavailable, frankincense incense stick can be an alternative.

Qualities of the Cleanser: A sage smudge stick is a powerful cleanser for removing psychic debris and negative energies. Frankincense incense stick not only purifies the crystal but it is also spiritually uplifting.

Crystals that must avoid this method of cleansing: Nil. Safe for majority of the crystals.

Step By Step for Cleansing Crystals With Sage

To cleanse your crystals, place them in a bowl and light your smudge stick. Blow out the flames then waft the smoke from the smudge stick over your crystals. As the smoke engulf your crystals, it’ll remove all negativity and bring your crystals back to its original vibrational state. This method of cleansing also cleanses you and the surrounding room.

Alternative, you can also use Frankincense incense stick but it would be less effective. The main limitation of Frankincense incense stick is that it can only cleanse one crystal at a time. Light your incense stick and waft the smoke over your crystal a few times while it smoulder. Subsequently, leave the incense stick to burn out on a holder.

Cleansing Crystals with Sound via A Singing Bowl


Singing bowls have been used for centuries for healing and meditation purposes. There are two variations of it, which can either be made of crystal or metal. The metal singing bowl is made using seven different type of metals. On the other hand, the crystal singing bowl is made from the dust of quartz crystals. Both variant are now commonly used by Therapists to raise energy levels. They are effective cleansers which can remove negative energy from the crystal through the humming sound that they make when the mallet is struck and circled around the rim of the singing bowl.

Type of Singing Bowl to be Used: Metal Nepalese, Tibetan or Crystal Singing Bowl.

Qualities of the Cleanser: Sound vibrations created by the singing bowl can dispel any negative energy absorbed by the crystal.

Crystals that must avoid this method of cleansing: Pointed crystals should avoid this method of cleansing. During this cleansing process, the crystals may chip when they move around the bowl.

Step By Step for Cleansing Crystals With A Singing Bowl

Place your crystals into your singing bowl, and strike the mallet on the singing bowl. Strike the bowl at the 12 o’clock, 6 o’clock, 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock (in this sequence) position. Subsequently, circle your mallet around the rim of your singing bowl until it produces a humming sound. As you move your mallet in faster circles, negative energy from the crystals whirls out of the crystal while positive energy gets pulled into the crystal. Once you feel that your crystals are fully charged, slowly stop playing your singing bowl and remove your crystals from the bowl.

Cleansing Crystals With Your Own Breath

This method of cleansing your crystals by breath can only be a quick fix. It is not as effective as the rest of the methods which are being taught in this blog post. Cleansing crystals with your own breath is only ideal when you are away from home.

Type of Cleanser to be Used: Using your own breath

Qualities of the Cleanser: This method requires you to send your on intentions with your breath. This will help remove any negative energy trapped within your crystals.

Step By Step for Cleansing Crystals With Your Own Breath

This method of cleansing requires you to first take a few deep breaths to clear your mind. Pick up your crystals with both hands and focus on removing any negative energy present in your crystal. Whispering it under your breath “With all my might and determination, I’ll cleanse this crystal with one strong breath”. Breathe in deeply and exhale forcefully over it. Now visualise all the negative energy flowing out of your crystal. As it flows down onto the ground, it get absorbed by Mother Nature.

Recharging Crystals with Sunlight or Moonlight


Although not an essential process for your crystals, but you can recharge your crystals first when you first purchase them. This is to allow them to reset its basal energetic levels for them to work optimally in future. The natural energy from the sun or moon can help boost the crystal’s own vibration. This would allow them to work at their highest level of efficiency.

Type of Energizer to be Used: Direct sunlight or moonlight.

Qualities of the Cleanser: Both the sunlight and moonlight are natural energizers for crystals.

Crystals that must avoid Sunlight Energizing:  Crystals which can fade or be adversely affected by heat. (eg. Amethyst, Aquamrine, Aventurie, Beryl, Celestine, Heat-treated Citrine, Fluorite, Kunzite, Lapis Lazuli, Malachite, etc.)

Step By Step for Recharging Crystals

In order to recharge your crystals fully, they need to be left in the sun for approximately 12 hours. For maximum efficiency, place your crystals outside in the open under direct sunlight on a sunny day. It is not advisable to leave your crystal by the windowsill as the glass would reduce the sun’s strength. If you are afraid that direct sunlight would damage your crystals, leave them in the garden with a linen cloth over them. However, never place a crystal ball under direct sunlight as it could pose as fire risk.

Alternatively, you can also place your crystal under the moonlight. Leave them out at night and retrieving them in the morning. For it to work best under moonlight, try to pick a date when there is full moon. This method is most suitable for opaque stones such as agates, moonstones and obsidians.