How to Cleanse and Clear Your Crystals and Gemstones

Caring for your Healing Stones

Tap Water Quartz Crystal Cleanse
Tap Water Quartz Crystal Cleanse. Joe Desy

It is of utmost importance to clean any new gemstones that come your way to clear them of any energies that they may have picked up during their previous journeys. Also, if you use any of your stones as healing tools they should be cleaned before and after each healing session. Healers will dedicate or program crystals to increase or enhance their vibrational energies. The programming also helps protect the stones themselves from absorbing any harmful energies while they are in service.

Cleaning Basics

There are many different ways to clean your gemstones. Choosing the best cleaning method depends on the type of stone you are wanting to clean. An hour in direct sunlight is more than enough to clean most stones. However, certain stones will fade if left out in the sunlight, amethyst is one example. Keep your amethysts out of direct sunlight if you want them to retain their vibrant purple hues. Moonlight cleansing can take several hours or days. To expose a stone to all the moon phases (full moon to new moon) place the stone outside each evening at dusk (retrieving it before sunrise) for 28 consecutive days.

Some stones will dissolve in water, whereas others love to be soaked in fresh water. I actually clean most of my stones under a running tap of cold water while brushing them with a soft-bristle toothbrush until they are sparkling clean. It is simple to do and no fuzz. My stones are perfectly happy to be shined up from the same water source that I take my showers in. Rub-a-dub-dub!

Recommended Crystal Cleaning Methods

  • Smudging Smudge crystals with incense or herbs (lavender, sweetgrass, sage, etc.)
  • Sunlight - Energize crystals in the sunlight.
  • Moonlight - Energize crystals under the moonlight.
  • Salt Water - Soak inside bowl filled with salt water.
  • Brooks, Lakes, Rivers - Cleanse crystals in a natural water reservoir (lake, river, creek, pond).
  • Brown Rice - Purify overnight in a bowl of brown rice
  • Earth - Bury crystals in the earth for a ritual purification.
  • Cold Tap Water - Scrub crystals under running tap of cold water.
  • Reiki - Infuse crystals with balancing Reiki energies and symbols.
  • White Light - Visualize beaming white light to cleanse your crystals.
  • Purple Plates - leanse and re-energize with purple plates.
  • Selenite - Use a selenite wand to wave over your other stones (selenite has cleansing properties).
  • Sea Water Cleans - Secure the stones in a mesh bag or you might lose them to the ocean.
  • Intentional Breath - Blow onto the stone with clearing intention
  • Rainfall and Thunderstorms - Set your stones outdoors during a rainfall for a natural washing. Energize them further by allowing them to sit out during a thunderstorm.
  • Dew Drops - Collect dew drops from grass or leaves to cleanse your stones with.