How to Cleanse Crystals

Cleansing crystals is essential to helping you get the most from your crystals. Use this crystal cleansing guide to help you understand how to clean your crystals, and when to cleanse them. Let’s get started!

What is Crystal Cleansing?

Crystal cleansing is the act of removing negative energy from crystals and is essential for preparing crystals to help with the healing process. Crystals can pick up negative energy from people, other objects, and environments. Removing negative energy is essential for helping crystals promote positive healing and its other characteristics.

How Do You Cleanse Crystals?

There are different ways you can cleanse your crystals to ensure they function as they should. Let’s discuss different methods you can use to cleanse your crystals.

Sunlight/Moonlight Crystal Cleanse

One of the easiest ways to clean your crystal is by exposing them to natural sunlight or moonlight. While sunlight energizes the crystals, the moonlight purifies and cleanses the crystal.

Leave your crystals in direct sunlight for several hours. You can leave them outside, on a window sill, or in another location that receives direct sunlight. To clean your crystals with moonlight, leave the crystals in direct moonlight overnight. To make your crystals more effective, leave your crystals in the moonlight for several hours during a full moon.


Smudging has been performed for hundreds of years and is used to purify and cleanse spaces, objects, and people. This ancient practice is said to restore balance and remove negative energy. You can use different herbs to complete the smudging process, but the most common herb that is used is sage.

To perform the smudging process with sage, light the end of a sage stick and give it time to smolder. Once this happens, wave the smoke around the crystals. Make sure the smoke covers all the sides of the crystal. To help you circulate the smoke, you can use a smudge feather or a fan, which is effective for removing negative energy from crystals. It’s best to perform the smudging process outside, but if you can’t, cleanse your crystals near an open window.


Sound is more powerful than you may realize. You can cleanse crystals by ringing a bell over the crystals or playing specific music to purify them. Playing music, such as drums, chants, and gongs can help you purify your crystals. Using singing bowls, such as Tibetan singing bowls, can also be cleansing and purifying.

If you’re going to use Tibetan singing bowls, place your crystals near the bowl and use a wooden mallet to strike the bowl’s rim or side. Make sure you gently strike the bowl to prevent damage. Use the wooden stick in a clockwise, circular motion on the outer rim of the bowl to continue to make the ringing sound. This sound will wash over the crystals and eliminate negative energy they might have absorbed and prevent bad vibes.


One common way to cleanse crystals is by using water. There are different ways you can clean crystals with water, but the most common way is to use rainwater. To use the rainwater method, you can collect the water in a cup, bowl, or similar type of container and pour it over the crystals.

Another water method you can use is placing the crystals in a stream, river, or ocean. You can also use distilled or spring water. Make sure the crystals are completely submerged in water. When you’re finished, pat the crystals dry. Be advised that all crystals are NOT water-safe, so make sure you know which crystals you have and if they are water-safe.

Sea Salt

You can also use the sea salt method to clean your crystals. Put sea salt in a bath or sprinkle the salt over the crystals. To use the bath method, you must place your crystals in a bowl and cover them with sea salt. You need to add enough water to completely cover the crystals. Once you’ve done this, stir the crystals around in the water until the salt has dissolved. Let the crystals soak for at least 3 hours, then you can rinse and dry them.

To use the sprinkle approach, place your crystals on a plate and cover them with sea salt. Let the crystals sit for several hours. You can then brush the off the salt and rinse your crystals. Using sea salt helps clean crystals by removing toxic vibes the crystals may absorb.


You can also bury your crystals to clean them. To use this method, you can bury the crystals in the soil inside or outside your home. To use the outdoor method, dig a hole in the ground and bury your crystals. Cover the crystals with dirt and let them sit for a few days.

You can also place your crystals in a pot of soil inside your home if you prefer. To use this indoor burial method, put the crystals in a pot on top of the soil. Water the crystals and let them sit in the soil for a few days. The dirt helps absorb negative energy and restores balance.


The breath technique can be difficult for some, but not impossible, which makes it ideal for advanced crystal users. To use the breath technique, hold your crystals in your hands and take several deep breaths.

Next, while exhaling your breath on the crystal, visualize the negative energy leaving the crystal. You can also gently blow balanced breaths on your crystals to remove negative energy.


The visualization method is an easy way to remove negative energy from your crystals. To use this technique, hold the crystals in your hands and visualize the negative energy leaving the crystals. Then, you need to imagine the crystals being completely cleared of all negative energy and restored to their original state of purity.

Brown Rice

Using brown rice to clean your crystal is an effortless way to remove negative energy that has found its way to your crystals and bad vibes. To use this crystal cleansing technique, place your crystals in a bowl of brown rice and coat them in the rice. Allow the crystals to sit in the rice for a few hours, then brush off the rice and rinse the crystals.

Hooray! You now know how to effectively cleanse your crystals. Trying all of these cleansing techniques is a great way to determine which cleansing method you feel works best. Happy cleaning!