Clearing Crystals for Dummies

Crystals are very important tools. They can be used for balancing your chakras or clearing a house. Learn how to clear and charge them.

How To Clear Crystals

Clearing crystals is a must. Within time, they are covered with dust and the energy absorbed from people, things and other beings. Dirty, the crystals not only stop helping you but they can also poison you with negative energy, attracting hooks and vampires.

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Fortunately, you can reverse this process, by using some powerful tools. There are at least seven effective ways to cleanse and program your crystals. You do not need to use all of them in one go and sometimes not all are suitable for each crystal.  

1. Natural Water

Water neutralizes the negative energy stored in the stone and directs it back to the earth. It is known from ancient times. Aura cleansing, baptism, washing clothes, all of that is done by the purifying energy of water.

Rinse and stimulate your stones with water by placing them directly under natural rainfall for four to five minutes. If it’s a dry season, you can also place your stones in a colander and run water from the tap for ten minutes.   Dry with a soft, clean, lint-free cloth, or if it is a warm, sunny day, you can let the crystals dry naturally outside.  

A Word Of Caution

Firstly you cannot afford to cleanse your precious stones by dirty rainwater in the city. Also, ten minutes of running tap water is a waste of water and the risk of damaging crystals. To compromise you can rinse them for one minute and then using other methods of cleansing or soak in the water with a pinch of sea salt (see Method Five below).

Secondly, water does have a physical force, so be sure to only clean hard stones such as amethyst, turquoise, or quartz with this method. Otherwise, you will destroy your crystals.

2. Sunlight or Moonlight

The Sun will supply a newly harvested crystal with yang solar energy that balances the stone’s innate yin energy it received from the earth during its creation. After each session of balancing chakras put the crystals for direct sunlight for an hour.

Clear quartz, in particular, loves sunlight. In the warm summer months,  place these crystals outside in your garden in a safe place away from children and pets. If you do not have a garden, put clear quartz pieces on a sunny window sill. This is also the best way to let them re-charge during the winter months.

Important to note: Firstly, moonlight is a more delicate and does not alterate colours. The moonlight is especially effective with a full moon. Then it can increase the crystals' vibrations the most.

Secondly, some stones cannot put under direct and strong sunlight, like amethyst, citrine, amber or rose quart;, otherwise, they will be destroyed, staying pale. But you can put them to the sunlight at the dawn for an hour.

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  • 3. Earth

    If you have a garden or a pot with earth, you can use the element of the earth for cleansing. Bury your crystals underground for a full day. Let the earth soak up all the unwanted energies contained within the stones so they are cleansed and refreshed. Do not forget to rinse the crystals properly before use.

    4. Fire

    Use fire or smoke to cleanse your stones by quickly burning or smudging them. Smude the crystals with sage sticks, palo santo, or commercial incense - sandalwood or cedar, which is known to remove negativity.  

    Wave your crystal over your smoke source for 20 to 30 seconds to cleanse it. At the same time, you are purifying your home.

    However, I would be cautious with using direct fire, even if it is strong cleansing energy.  If you do want to use direct fire, place your crystals over a candle for a few seconds. If you do not have experience, use other methods.

    Using sea salt water can help you cleaning crystals

    5. Salt Water

    Salt has been used for its cleansing and negativity absorbing properties throughout the ages.  A saltwater bath is one of the most common methods to cleanse your crystals.

     Ideally, if you have access to sea water, you can bring the stones back to nature and let them sit in the sea in a mesh bag.  If you cannot use the sea water, place your crystal in a bowl of well-salted water for at least four hours, but preferably overnight. Any negative energy will be absorbed into the water, which when finished with should be washed down the sink so that the earth can absorb the negativity safely. Rinse your crystal briefly under running water and then dry with a soft, dry, lint-free cloth. Good method for Quartz crystals.

    A Word Of Caution

    It is not always advisable to use salt water to cleanse delicate stones as it can damage them, e.g. hematite, pyrite.

    Selenite, clear quartz and amethyst can absorb the negativity from other crystals. To cleanse your stones, lay the other crystals on selenite for at least six hours (but the longer the better). It is proved that selenite and clear quartz clusters actually amplify the energy of your other stones, having the ability to absorb, neutralize, and then recharge your stones with higher vibrations.

    6. Meditation

    Yes, you can meditate your way to cleanse crystals. You can balance your own energies during meditation. Just blow balanced breath onto your stones. It is important to state an intention so you can refuel your crystals after cleaning them. And the calmness of your being will allow for true stone sterilization. However, do not forget to cleanse your aura first before cleansing the stones.

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  • 7. Dry Brown Rice

    Use dry, uncooked, organic, brown rice.  Fill a bowl large enough to accommodate your crystal(s). Gently place the crystal on top of the rice and leave for at least four hours, but preferably overnight. Any negative energy will be absorbed into the rice. When finished with cleansing, you should remember to safely dispose of the rise of in a waste bin. Never cook it or eat it as you will absorb all of the cleared negativity!

    In A Nutshell

    Today you have learnt how to cleanse crystals from negative energy. Soaking in salty water, rinsing with water, smudging and keeping in white rice or earth are the most popular. However, remember which method can be used for each crystal. Good luck.