There are many ways you can cleanse your crystals. BUT it is important to understand that your crystals have chemical properties that will be affected by the method you choose. Below are some of my personal favorites that will not harm your crystal babies.
Incense or Smoke
Incense is something that I love to light to invoke very specific energies throughout my house. This is a form of cleansing that has been used for centuries. You can use incense to cleanse your space as well as your crystals. I recommend using scents that are for clearing and cleansing such as, frankincense, sage, myrrh, palo santo, and any incense that feels connected to what you are trying to accomplish. To cleanse your crystals, pass each crystal through the smoke until the energy feels lighter or neutral.
Soil not only has natural antidepressant properties, but it is also a perfectly safe way to cleanse your crystals. This method is easy to use and is low effort. You can bury your crystals in your backyard or in a bowl full of soil, it's totally up to you. I suggest keeping them there for an hour or more but trust your intuition throughout this process. You will know what feels right for you in the moment.
The more I listen to music with hertz frequencies, the more I personally feel attuned. Tuning your crystals with sound bowls, altar bells or hertz frequencies are also a great way to cleanse the energy that is stagnant. You can place your crystals directly in the sound bowl or play the sound bowl or bell close by to clear the energy.
Selenite (Bonus! also a charging crystal)
Selenite is a beautiful crystal used to clear energy around the aura. This stone also connects one to their highest teachers and loved ones. To cleanse, use a selenite wand to pass over your crystals or place your crystals on a selenite plate for about 24 hours (always use your personal judgement). Selenite is very soothing and calming so you can work with this energy as frequently as you wish.
Moonlight is known for being soft and nurturing. The energy of the moon reminds us of a caregiver full of unconditional love. While there are various phases of the moon, many people suggest using the full moon to cleanse or charge your crystals. I have to disagree with this BUT take what resonates and leave the rest. In my very humble opinion, using the energy of the full moon can be chaotic and unpredictable. If using moonlight place your crystals under a third quarter or half moon. This is a time of release before the new moon appears with new beginnings and intentions.
Some other ways to cleanse your crystals include saltwater and sunlight. While these are popular practices, you can damage your crystals if not done properly. For more information on safely using sunlight or saltwater, visit or FAQs page.
After choosing a method
Once you have chosen your cleansing method, the frequency of cleansing will depend on how often the crystal is used. Adding cleansing and charging your crystals into your practice or rituals will help with consistency. After you have cleansed your stones, you can activate them by affirmations or breath. Again, trust your intuition when activating your crystals. You will always know what is best for you.
These are my go-to ways for cleansing my crystals over the years. There are other ways to cleanse your crystals. You know the saying, "take what resonates and leave the rest".
Let us know in the comments your favorite way to cleanse your crystals! We would love to hear from you.