Guide to Clearing, Cleansing, and Charging Your Crystals

Guide to Clearing, Cleansing, and Charging Your Crystals

Collecting crystals is an ancient pastime that remains practiced today. While each crystal is as unique and beautiful as snowflakes, they may hold some invisible wellness benefits. The thought is that crystals interact with the body’s energy and vibrational field using their own frequency, creating balance and alignment. At the same time, crystals act like sponges to the energy around them. So while they can attract positive energy, they can also retain negative energy.

To care for them and have them function at their best, it’s good practice to cleanse them of unwanted negative energies and charge them with light and new intentions.

When to Cleanse Your Crystals

There are a few times when cleansing your crystals is highly recommended. When they are first acquired, it's important to purify them of any previously collected energies. You might also want to cleanse them if you’re going through difficult times and need extra positive energy.

Most Common Ways to Cleanse Your Crystals

Fresh Water

You can do this in a few different ways by submerging your stones in freshwater from either collected rainwater, a lake, a running stream, a waterfall, or even a faucet (in a bath or bowl). 

Just keep in mind that some crystals are not meant to interact with water, such as raw unpolished malachite, and others that are soft and porous like selenite and may dissolve.

Salt Water

If you live near the sea, you can place your crystals in a mesh bag or jar and bathe them in the ocean water for a few minutes. If you have too many crystals to take to the beach, collect the sea water in a clean bottle and immerse the stones in the water at home.

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Naturally occurring salty ocean water is ideal, but you can also cleanse them with a DIY saltwater quick rinse or bath. Just fill a bowl with salted water and place your crystals in it. You can allow it to soak for as little as one hour. When your cleanse is complete, rinse your stone in cool freshwater and toss the salt bath away.

Sunlight and Moonlight

Natural light from the sun and the moon provide two purposes in that they not only cleanse your crystals but can also be used to give them a recharge. Placing your stones in direct sunlight outside or on a windowsill to soak in the rays will provide them with a boost of energy. 

For moonlight, it's recommended that you do so during or close to a full moon phase, as it's a time when magical happenings take place. The moonlight is at its brightest and most mystical.

This is a quick cleanse that only takes a few hours, but make sure that light-sensitive crystals such as citrine and amethyst are not left in the heat of the sun, or they can eventually begin to fade.


Sacred smoke from sage bundles is very powerful and can act almost as spiritual energy bleach. To deeply cleanse your crystals, carefully light the end of the sage bundle and let it burn for a few moments, then blow out the flames. With your crystal in one hand and the sage bundle in the other, waft the crystal through the smoke for about thirty seconds. You’ll find that this is a quick and easy method of purification for your stones and home. You can also use the smoke from sacred palo santo wood as well.

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You can use sound and the vibrations from chimes, bells, a tuning fork, and singing bowls to create a bath to cleanse crystals. The effect is like tuning an instrument with vibrations. It resets, aligns, and balances the stone’s frequency or aura. Place the stones on a flat surface and gently ring the bells over the top of them a few times. This is ideal for someone with many stones as they do not have to be moved.

Using Another Stone for Cleansing

Some stones are known for their own ability to neutralize negative energy and replace it with positive vibes like geodes, quartz, and selenite slabs. It’s thought that the stone's inherent vibrations dispel undesirable energies found in the resting stone. Simply place the stone or crystal you'd like to cleanse directly inside, surrounding, next to, or on top of the other cleansing stones. 

How to Activate and Empower Your Crystals

After you have cleansed your crystal, the next step is to activate it with your energy. When you do this, you are connecting to it so that it recognizes your energy and will work its magic alongside you. Here’s how: 

♦ Ground your body with deep breathing.
♦ Set an intention and ask your crystal for support, either aloud or silently.
♦ Quiet your mind and focus on your intention for a few minutes or until it feels right.
♦ Close your ritual by thanking your crystal.

How Often Do You Need to Cleanse Your Crystals?

The more often you use a stone, the more energy it collects. A good rule of thumb is to clear all of your stones about once a month or so, but you don’t have to wait a designated amount of time between cleansings, just what feels right to you.


After cleansing and charging our crystals, the stone should feel energetically lighter. When we nurture and care for our crystals, we’re practicing an ancient form of selfcare that brings positivity to our mind, body, and soul. We’re allowing inharmonious energy to leave in a peaceful manner. Taking these extra steps allows us to be more mindful of their energy forged deep on the earth and be more receptive to the mystical support they offer.