Cleansing and Recharging Crystals

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Cleansing and recharging is an important part of caring for crystals. Crystal cleansing involves removing and releasing any negative energy that the crystal may have absorbed. Charging or recharging a crystal is the process of infusing it with positive energy this is typically done after it has been cleansed.

This guide is intended to provide you with the information you need to effectively cleanse and charge your crystals and ensure they are ready to use in your spiritual and healing practices.

Start by deciding which method of cleansing you want to use. It’s important to choose a method that is right for your crystals to prevent damaging them. There are several methods you can use to cleanse your crystals and we’ll go into further detail in the “ways to cleanse and recharge” section. Common methods include smudging, sound vibrations, soaking in salt water and placing them under the light of the full moon. Each method has it’s own unique benefits and drawbacks so choose the one that best suits crystal and your needs.

crystals for cleansing and charging

Preparing the Space for Your Crystal Cleanse

Preparing the space for your crystal cleanse is the first step on your journey to cleansing and recharging your crystals. Taking the time to create a space that makes you feel connected to the energy of your crystals and your spiritual intentions will help you to ensure that the energy of your crystals are clear and powerful.

Find a quiet and comfortable place where you will not be disturbed. You can light some candles, burn some incense, or diffuse some essential oils to help create an atmosphere that is conducive to relaxation and spiritual connection. Many people find that the energy of nature helps to amplify their crystal cleansing rituals so maybe try to select a place outdoors if possible. You can do a crystal cleanse indoors just make sure the room or area is away from any electronics or other sources of energy, including mobile phones!

Once you have selected the space for your crystal cleansing place a cloth on the ground or altar and lay your crystals on it (The alter can be any elevated surface such a table or plinth). You may also want to add in some extra items that represent your intentions for the cleansing such as flowers, pictures, or additional crystals. Take the time to meditate and focus on your intentions. This will help you stay grounded and focused while you cleanse the crystals.

6 Easy Ways to Cleanse and Recharge Your Crystals for Optimal Energy

Cleansing your crystals is an important part of their care and maintenance. Crystal healing is a powerful practice and it’s important to ensure your crystals are healthy and well-maintained.

So, what happens if you don’t cleanse your crystals?

If crystals are not cleansed and charged they can become stagnant and their energy will become muddled. Resulting in the crystals becoming less effective and impeding their ability to absorb, store, and release energy. By regularly cleansing and charging your crystals you will maintain or increase their energetic properties. Another important reason to keep your crystals clean is that uncleaned crystals can be contaminated with other people’s energies if you’ve used them to help someone else.

No matter which method you choose cleansing your crystals is an important part of keeping them healthy and energized. With these easy methods we’ll show you how to clean crystals at home so that you can keep them in tip top shape for your crystal healing practice.

Cleansing with Sage

Sage bundle
Sage bundle

Sage is regarded as a sacred herb and has been used for cleansing for centuries. It’s believed to be very effective, used to cleanse not only crystals but for any object or space that may have negative energies. Sage is dried then burnt and it’s smoke is said to have a powerful ability to clear away any negativity and bring in positive energy.

The ancient art of burning sage is known as smudging. Smudging is an ancient spiritual practice used by many cultures and religions including Native American and indigenous people. It’s also a popular choice among holistic healers and spiritualist alike.

In order cleanse with sage you will need a “smudge stick”. A smudge stick is a bundle of dried herds (in this case sage) that are bound together with twine then burnt. The smoke that it produces is what does the cleansing. Its fairly easy to make a smudging stick see details below. If, however you are new to this you may want to buy one instead of making your own. These can be bought online or in any good holistic store.

How To Make a Smudge Stick

To make a smudge stick you will need the following supplies: Dried Sage, something to bind such as cotton / jute string / twine and a pair of scissors.


1. Gather and bundle your herbs. Make sure that the herbs are completely dry as wet herbs won’t burn well.

2. Tie the bundle tightly together at the stem with the string or twine. Make sure that it is securely tied.

3. Carefully snip the ends of the bundle off with the scissors. This will help the smoke to travel better.

4. Light one end of the bundle and let it smolder. Make sure to keep it in a safe place away from any flammable objects.

5. When you are done let the smudge stick burn out completely or extinguish it in a bowl of sand.

Once you have your smudge stick ready you can begin to cleanse and charge your crystals. Begin by setting up a comfortable and safe space. Place the crystals on a tray or plate and light the sage stick. Wave the smoke over the crystals slowly and methodically. Allow the sage smoke to encircle the crystals, being careful not to let the smoke directly touch the stones. As you do this visualize the negative energy being removed from the crystals and being replaced with positive healing energy. You can utter some incantations at this point as well if you like.

When you are finished either allow the sage to burn out on its own or extinguish safely. Be sure to take note of how the sage smoke and ritual make you feel as this can be an important part of the cleansing and charging process.

Do be aware of the safety issues surrounding this though – don’t leave the sage unattended while it’s burning as you don’t want to cause damage to your house or possessions!

Cleansing with Sunlight

Cleansing and recharging crystals with sunlight
Cleansing and recharging crystals with sunlight

Cleansing with sunlight is an effective way to cleanse and charge your crystals. Sunlight is powerful and it can be used to clear away negative energy that may be stuck in your crystals. It can also be used to charge them with positive energy and bring out their unique healing properties.

To use sunlight to cleanse and charge your crystals simply place them in direct sunlight for a few hours. This will allow the sun’s rays to penetrate the crystal and help to clear away any negative energy that may be stuck in the crystal. After a few hours, your crystals will be cleansed and charged with positive energy.

Although this is an easy and effective way to cleanse and recharge, there are some crystals that are sensitive to light. These crystals should not be cleansed with the sun as the intense light may make them brittle, fade or discolor them. These include crystals like Amethyst, Opal, Kyanite, Lapis Lazuli and Fluorite.

In addition to using sunlight to cleanse and charge your crystals you can also use moonlight to do the same.

Cleansing with Moonlight

cleansing crystals under moonlight
Cleansing and recharging crystals under the full moon

Cleansing with moonlight is an ancient practice that many people use to cleanse and charge their crystals. It is believed that the light of the moon has a powerful purifying effect that helps to remove negative energy from the crystal replacing it with positive healing energy.

Why does it have to be a full moon? The answer is simple…. when the moon is full it’s energy is at its strongest and this is the ideal time to use for cleansing and charging your crystals.

To begin make sure to place your crystals in a spot where they will be bathed in the light of the moon for a few hours. This can be outside or on a window sill just ensure that your crystals are in a place where they won’t be disturbed or lost. After the crystals have been exposed to the full light of the moon they should be allowed to rest and absorb the energy for at least twenty-four hours. After this time has passed your crystal should be ready to use and its energy should be greatly improved.

This method is especially useful for crystals that are sensitive to water or salt, such as selenite or calcite, but bear in mind you’ll want to be putting the crystals out on a clear night where there’s no risk of rain.

Cleansing with Earth

cleansing crystals with the earth
Cleansing a crystal with earth

Cleansing with Earth is a powerful way to cleanse and charge crystals. Not only is it an effective way to clear away any negative or stagnant energies it also helps to recharge the crystal with positive energy. The Earth is known to have great healing and grounding properties and can be particularly beneficial in cleansing and energizing crystals. To cleanse your crystal with Earth simply bury it in the ground for a few hours or days, depending on the size and type of crystal.

Charging your crystals with earth energy helps to restore the balance and power of the crystal, and can also be used to set an intention for the crystal. When you have a specific need in mind, charging your crystals with earth energy can help to amplify the energies of the crystal and can also be used to help you remain grounded and connected to the Earth.

Make sure to choose a place in nature away from any man-made structures. Once your crystal has been buried visualize the crystal being cleansed and recharged with the energy of the Earth. When you a happy the crystal is ready take it out of the ground and either rinse it in running water or dust off with a soft cloth to remove any dirt or debris. Afterwards you can use your crystal knowing that it has been cleansed and charged with the powerful grounding positive energy of the Earth.

In addition to cleansing and charging crystals with the earth you can also use other elements such as water, air, and fire. Water can be used to cleanse the crystal by soaking it in salt water or running water, but do be aware that some crystals can be damaged by water – we’ll go into that in more depth later. Air can be used to blow away any negative energies, and fire can be used to burn away any unwanted energy. All of these elements can be used in combination with one another to create a more powerful cleansing and energizing ritual for your crystals.

Cleansing with Sound

Cleansing with sound is also a powerful way to cleanse and charge your crystals. Sound vibrations can help to clear away any negative energy and restore your crystals to their natural vibrant state. This type of cleansing is often used in crystal healing and is a great way to give your crystals a fresh start. You can use singing bowls, bells, chimes, or even your own voice to create a sound that will help clear negative energy from your crystals.

One of the most effective ways cleanse and charge your crystals with sound is with a singing bowl or bell. Simply set the crystal on the bowl and then gently rub the rim with the mallet to create a soothing sound. (Similar to rubbing the rim of a glass with your finger). This will help to break up any negative energy and restore your crystal’s natural vibrational frequency. You can also use crystal singing bowls to amplify the healing energy of your crystals.

If would prefer to use the sound of your voice you could try Tibetan throat singing. Tibetan throat singing is an ancient form of vocal chanting that helps to balance and align the body, mind and spirit. By chanting and vibrating your voice in different tones you can help to clear away any negative energy and restore your crystal’s natural frequency. If you or someone you know can play the didgeridoo this can also be used to infuse your crystals with natural energy.

Crystals resonate at different frequencies although they will have good results from sound cleansing, charging crystals that resonate at a high frequency such as Quartz, Amethyst and Selenite will definitely benefit from the power of sound.

Tibetan throat singing in action

Cleansing with Salt Water

Cleansing with salt water is another ancient and powerful way to cleanse and charge crystals. This practice is said to help restore the vibrational energy of a crystal and is often used to help activate the healing powers of a crystal. By submerging crystals in salt water you can help to remove any negative energy and restore their natural power.

Salt water cleansing is a simple process that can be done with a variety of different crystals. First fill a bowl with salt water, making sure to use pure sea salt or Himalayan salt. Place the crystals in the salt water making sure that they are fully submerged. Allow them to soak for at least 15 minutes then rinse off with clean water. To further charge your crystals you can place them in the sun, moonlight, or on a window sill for a few hours. By doing this you can help to restore the energy of your crystals and bring them back to their natural power.

But bear in mind the next section!

Not All Crystals Like Water

There are some crystals should never be cleansed with water. The reason for this has to do with the loss of protective properties that can occur when certain crystals are exposed to water. By understanding which crystals should not be cleansed in water you can ensure that you are preserving their natural healing properties and protecting them from deterioration.

The hardness of the crystal itself determines to a large extent whether it is safe to be submerged in water. A system called the Mohs scale (named after a German geologist in the 19th century) measures the hardness of a mineral (which forms crystals) on a scale from 1 to 10. As a rule of thumb, any crystal with a Mohs Scale of 5 or above can be cleansed with water – any crystal with a score below 5 has a high risk of being damaged.

One of the minerals that is particularly vulnerable to water’s effects is Selenite. Selenite is a type of gypsum crystal it has a very high water solubility, meaning it can dissolve when exposed to water. This can lead to the crystal’s protective properties becoming less effective or even completely lost. In addition to its solubility when Selenite is exposed to water it can develop a white film on its surface. This white film is caused by calcium sulfate which is a by-product of the crystal’s reaction with water. This film can further weaken the protective properties of Selenite making it less effective in its intended use.

It is also important to note that some crystals such as pyrite and hematite are made up of iron and can rust when exposed to liquid. When rust forms on the surface of the crystal it can cause permanent damage to the crystal’s structure making it more vulnerable to breaking or chipping. Additionally, some crystals, such as malachite are so absorbent that they can take on the energy of the water and create a negative energy.

For these reasons it is generally recommended that crystals like Selenite and Pyrite not be cleansed with water. Instead use alternative methods such as smudging with sage, burying in the earth, or using a crystal singing bowl.

In addition to avoiding water certain crystals should not be exposed to salt. Salt is abrasive and may damage the crystals. Similarly, some crystals should not be exposed to direct sunlight, as it can fade their color or cause them to become brittle. These include crystals like Amethyst Kyanite, Lapis Lazuli and Fluorite.

If a crystal requires a stronger cleansing, you should use a sound-based or smoke-based method instead of water or salt.

How To Charge Crystals

Cleansing your crystals is an important step in their care and maintenance. Charging your crystals is the next step in ensuring that your crystals are properly taken care of. Charging your crystals can be done in a variety of ways depending on the type of crystal you have.

One of the most popular methods of charging crystals is to use the energy of the sun. Place your crystal in direct sunlight for a few hours. This will allow the sun’s energy to recharge your crystals and help cleanse them. However, be aware that some crystals may fade or become damaged if exposed to too much sun.

The moon is another great source of energy for charging crystals. Place your crystal in a bowl of water (so long as it’s one that’s safe to go in water) and set it outside during a full or new moon. The energy of the moon will help to recharge your crystals and cleanse them. You can also bury your crystals in soil or place them on a bed of salt (those that won’t react with it) or sand. This helps to absorb the negative energy from the crystals making them more powerful.

By taking the time to charge your crystals and focus your intention you can ensure that they are properly cared for and that they can continue to bring in positive energy.

To give your crystals a super charge you can use amplifying crystals such as clear quartz to amplify your intentions and positive energy. Alternatively you can use a crystal grid.

Charging with a Crystal Grid

Charging crystals in a charging grid
Charging crystals in a charging grid

To set up a crystal grid start by gathering the crystals you wish to use. Place them in a pattern such as a star or a spiral, that resonates with you. Set an intention for the crystals and visualize the energy of the grid radiating outward, allow yourself to be open to the energy of the crystals.

Once your grid is set up spend a few minutes meditating with your crystals. Use this time to focus on your intention and allow the crystals to absorb the energy of your meditation. After your meditation take a few moments to thank the crystals for allowing you to use their energy. By doing this you create a connection with the crystals that is mutually beneficial. Finally, take a few moments to enjoy the energy of your crystal grid before dismantling it.

Charging with a Crystal Grid is a powerful way to cleanse and charge crystals. It allows you to create a sacred space where you can place your crystals with intention and focus your energies. Which helps them to absorb and hold a greater amount of energy.

Completing the Cleanse and Recharging Ritual

If you’re wondering what to say when charging crystals then the only real golden rule is to remember gratitude. During the charging process you can say whatever you think is appropriate, so long as the intention is positive and evokes feelings of good energy being imbued into the crystal. Or you may decide you don’t need to say anything at all.

Once cleansing and recharging of your crystals is complete it is important to remember to thank the universe for its positive energy. In addition to thanking the universe give thanks to your chosen method used to perform the ritual. Finally give your crystals gratitude for being a positive part of your life.

Storing Your Cleansed and Charged Crystals

Storing your cleansed and charged crystals is an important part of ensuring that they remain in their highest vibrational state. After you have cleansed and charged your crystals it’s as important to store them in a place where they will not be disturbed or come into contact with any negative energy. You might want to consider storing your crystals in a velvet pouch or in a box or cabinet away from direct sunlight and other forms of radiation. It is also important to keep your crystals separate from those of other peoples as the energy of each individual crystal is unique.

If you are storing your crystals in a more visible spot such as on a shelf, you can use a crystal grid to make sure that they remain energetically balanced. A crystal grid is a powerful tool that uses the energy of crystals to create a specific pattern that promotes balance and well-being. You can also use a crystal grid to enhance the energy of your crystals and amplify their healing properties.

Final Thoughts

Regularly cleansing and charging your crystals is an important part of of their care. With regular cleansing and charging of your crystals you can make sure that your crystals stay in their highest energetic state and continue to provide you with their healing benefits.

For the best results it is essential to research the properties of any crystals you are using to ensure proper care and cleansing. Maintaining the integrity of the crystal is key to preserving its properties and allowing its energy to be used optimally. By taking the time to research and understand the appropriate methods of care and cleansing for each crystal will help you to maximize the potential of your metaphysical practice.

If you are unsure of the best way to cleanse your crystals contact an experienced crystal healer or a crystal expert. They will be able to guide you in the right direction and help you determine the best way to cleanse your crystals without causing any depletion of energies. 

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