Because crystals can absorb energy, the first and most important thing you can do is cleanse your crystals. There are many ways to do this, the important thing is to find a way that works best for you. What you don’t want to do is assume you can just rinse or wash all of your crystals in the sink. Some crystals are water-soluble, meaning they can dissolve in water. Be sure to pay attention to the type of crystal you have before choosing the best method. There are many methods to choose from, so you should have no problem finding the safest one.

Water Bath or Soak

As a general rule, tumbled stones are safe to immerse in water. The main exception to this rule is Selenite, which has an extremely high salt content, potentially causing it to dissolve. You’ll want to use spring water for this method since much of our tap water is filled with chemicals such as chlorine. Simply fill a bowl with warm spring water; you could use rainwater too! Soak your stones for 10-15 minutes, and you’ll be set.

Full Moon & Sun

Placing your stones out under a full moon is a beautiful way to cleanse your crystals. You can place them on the ground or in a dish and place them outside for the entire night. Try to avoid a plastic dish; a natural material is preferred. It is also very important to note that the full moon can be very powerful. Therefore, stones with higher vibrations like clear quartz can become super-charged and could potentially crack or shatter. Be mindful of this, and if you choose this method, let your crystals rest for a few days after by placing them in a drawer or cupboard.

The sun is another powerful cleaning method, and your crystals only need an hour or two in the sun to cleanse. Be mindful that some crystals, particularly those that are artificially dyed, may fade from the sun. Make sure you don’t forget them outside for too long.

Other Crystals

Some crystals, such as Clear Quartz, Citrine, and Selenite, do not hold negative energy. That makes them great tools to cleanse your crystals. In fact, some shops sell Selenite boards, which are long and narrow and perfect for placing your crystals on for a few hours.

Keep in mind that while there are crystals, as mentioned above, that do not hold negative energy, it is always a good idea to regularly cleanse all of your crystals.


Just like crystals, the sound is energy and vibration. You can use crystal or metal singing bowls, tuning forks, or drums to cleanse your crystals. All you have to do is place your crystals on a soft surface, like a cloth or towel, and hold your instrument near the crystals while you play them. The sound will penetrate the crystals and clear them of any negative energy.


The smoke from different herbs or incense is potentially the easiest and fastest way to cleanse crystals. Some people call this smudging, but it is important to note that smudging is an extremely sacred ritual for several cultures. Therefore, unless you engage in the true practice of smudging, with a full understanding of its background and history, I discourage you from even using the term. If you choose to learn more about smudging and utilizing it for your practice, please be mindful and respectful of the sanctity of this practice. Also, ensure you purchase ethically sourced herbs, preferably from local shops or growers. I grow sage in my garden, so I like to use that.

      • White Sage
      • Lavender
      • Cedar
      • Thyme
      • Tea Tree
      • Palo Santo
      • Eucalyptus
      • Tea Tree
      • Frankincense

Keep in mind that you don’t have to have the raw herb; you can also use incense sticks or cones.

What about charging? Do you need to do that too?

Technically the answer is yes. First, I should tell you what the difference between cleansing and charging is. While people often use the terms interchangeably, they are two different things. Cleaning your crystal removes any energy left by someone else or negative energy. Charging the crystal is the act of restoring the crystal to its powerful state.

That said, all of the methods I described above for cleansing also charge the crystals. There is no need to do any additional charging if you use any of the methods above.

Programming your crystals.

There are some misconceptions about programming your crystals. The truth is, only Clear Quartz is a programmable crystal. Meaning all other crystals have specific properties and abilities. However, I like to connect with all of my crystals. A kind of a “getting to know you” kind of moment. An easy way to do this is to place your crystal under your pillow at night. Just as simply, you can hold the crystal in your hand for a few moments and mentally connect with it.

Crystal Quartz is another story. As the most powerful healer of all the stones, it can transmute your thoughts and intentions into its own energy. You can set your intention for each piece of Clear Quartz you own. To do this, first set your intention. For example, “I want to help others so I can experience healing in my own life.” You’ll note that my intention is a clear and positive intention that is not only self-serving.

Once you have set your intention, you will cleanse your Clear Quartz using any of the above methods. Then, you will connect with your crystal. Holding it in your hand, close your eyes and notice how it feels in your hand. In your mind’s eye, visualize the stone opening itself to receive your intention. Then recite your intention clearly and concisely. With feeling now! You have to believe it for it to manifest. Repeat your intention until you feel it has been transferred to your crystal. Offer gratitude and place it somewhere safe until you are ready to use it or wear it. You can reprogram it at any time following the same steps.


Like most other things that relate to crystals, follow your intuition. Choose the practices that work for you, and leave those that don’t. If it doesn’t feel good to you, you don’t have to do it. I encourage you to try different methods to find which work best for you.

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About the Author Heather Honold

I am a Certified Conscious Living & Dying Coach, End-of-Life Doula, Eldercare Doula, Advanced Care Consultant, Grief & Spiritual Coach, and Energy Healing Practitioner. I offer a range of services to support any person working through the human experience. This may look like conscious living coaching, spiritual coaching, end-of-life support, vigil sitting, legacy projects, energy healing, and more. I offer support throughout the Phoenix-metro area, including Phoenix, Glendale, Peoria, Avondale, Litchfield Park, and Sun City.

My intention is to offer a safe space for everyone, regardless of what phase of life you are in.

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