How to Cleanse Crystals

When you first dive into the magical world of crystals and their various uses, it can be overwhelming to take in the abundance of information about proper uses, meanings and methods to having a crystal enriched life.

One topic that people have a lot of confusion about is cleansing their crystals; they don’t know how to do it, let alone the reasoning behind it. The purpose of this post is to help you figure that out.

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Crystals have many uses both in everyday life and healing. They can:

  • Draw out negative energy

  • Distribute positive energy back into the world

  • Be programmed based on their original properties

As crystals draw out your negative energy, they store it. However, like a flash drive, they can fill up and no longer work as well as they once did. That is why you must cleanse your crystals regularly, so they can continue to properly absorb and release energy.

You should also cleanse new crystals as they can pick up unwanted energy from anyone they’ve come in contact with previously. (This does not apply to a crystal that has been programmed for you.)

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There are many methods for cleansing your crystals:

  • Salt

  • Water

  • Earth

  • Smudging

  • Visualization

  • Use of other crystal forms

Some crystals do not do well with the use of water or earth, so we will focus on the methods that work well for the majority of crystals and stones.

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Placing a crystal into an Amethyst or Quartz geode / cluster for 24 to 48 hours is another simple way to cleanse a crystal. Although simple, this method is extremely effective as Amethyst and Quartz will also recharge your crystal for you.


Smudging can be done with incense or smudge sticks composed of a combination of sage and either sweetgrass, sandalwood, or cedar wood. Simply ensure the crystals are exposed to the smoke for 20-30 seconds and you have successfully cleansed your crystals.


Visualization requires no outside materials and can be useful if you want to program a crystal as well. To use the visualization method:

  • Simply hold the crystal and clear your mind

  • Imagine a bright white light surrounding the crystal and passing through it completely

  • Keep the light there until you feel the crystal is sufficiently cleansed


You can program a crystal after any cleansing by holding the crystal for a few minutes and focusing on the power you want to enhance in the crystal.


After you cleanse the crystal, you need to recharge the positive energy as cleansing leaves the crystal essentially blank.

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You can recharge the crystal by leaving it in direct moonlight for one to two nights for a gentler energy or sunlight for a stronger energy. However, be warned that the strong sunlight can change the colors of crystals, so use sunlight near sunrise or sundown to reduce damage.

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You can also recharge a crystal through positive physical contact. The Native Americans believe you can use your own energy field in order to recharge crystals. Think positive thoughts while you handle the crystal and allow your energy to flow into the crystal for a few minutes.


Overall, cleansing your crystals is an important yet simple process that helps you fully utilize their energetic abilities.

How often you cleanse will depend on your level of use, but once a month will do for the average user. Remember to research the types of crystals you have before exposing them to certain cleansing methods to prevent damage.

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