7 Easy ways to cleanse/charge crystal stones

Overusing your crystals for healing and manifestation, will lead to them becoming depleted in energy, so I have compiled 7 easy ways for you to quickly cleanse and charge your crystal stones. 

Although crystals are a conduit for light energy, many of them do not have the power to self cleanse so they need to be cleansed to be able to then recharge.

A good rule of thumb is to clear all of your stones at least once a month, but this will also be a little dependant on how much you are using them. 

Cleanse/charge crystal stones - what is crystal energy?

The easiest way to explain crystal energy is using quartz as an example. Quartz crystal stones are used in watches and clocks as they act as a conduit for energy to pass through, and quartz stones naturally resonate at 1 second intervals. 

Crystal healing is working on the premiss that different crystals resonate at different speeds, and can conduct and/or absorb energy.

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Cleanse/charge crystal stones - why will crystal energy work with my body?

Crystals resonate with electromagnetic energy, and so too does our body, which can be regarded as an extraordinarily complex electrical machine. 

The heart, brain and nerve cells all emit electromagnetic energy, with the heart generating the greatest level. The small electric currents that are present naturally in our body are used to send signals by means of electrical impulses, so for example, the brain will send an impulse to your arm, via the central nervous system, to enable it to move at your command.

Cleanse/charge crystal stones - why cleanse crystals?

When crystals are touched they take on energies from the person who has touched them. With jewellery, for example, you might leave your crystal pendant necklace on always, and this means the crystal pendant never gets a break from your energy.

If for some reason you are experiencing an issue and the crystals energy is working hard for you, to help you to find resolution, it will get more and more depleted as a consequence.

I also feel that, if I have had a necklace or ring on during a particularly arduous time. If I didn’t cleanse it after, it would bring the feeling of the negative experience back when I next wear it. 

So if you are going to put a piece of jewellery away, or have perhaps been given a piece of antique jewellery, always cleanse it before wearing it again.

Cleanse/charge crystal stones in jewellery.

7 easy ways to cleanse/charge crystal stones - list

1. Cleanse/charge crystals with crystal stones that have stronger energy

Ruby, amethyst, clear quartz, apophyllite, kyanite, selenite, and carnelian have higher energy vibrations which can be used to cleanse your other crystals. Slabs or geodes can be used, so your other crystals sit directly on them to charge.

I guess the thing to note here, is that the slab or geode that you are using as the ‘charger’ will need to be big enough to emit an energy that can envelope the crystal being charged. You could also grid around the crystal being charged, or have a plate of tumble stones of the stronger energy to place crystals on for charging.

Cleanse/charge crystals with crystal stones that have stronger energy – duration

24 hours cleanse/charge:  Using higher energy crystal stones.

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2. Cleanse/charge crystals with moonlight and/or sunlight

Moonlight: Every month on the night of the full moon leave your crystals out in its light, on a window sill, or outside (If it is raining please refer to the cleansing with water section too, as some crystals are porous).

Sunlight: Direct exposure to sunlight might damage your stone. However leaving them outside in gentle sunlight will not only allow the energy of the universe to penetrate them, it will also allow the negative energy direct access to the earth where it will be neutralised.

Moonlight and sunlight: To benefit from both sun and moonlight set your stone out before nightfall and bring it in before 11 a.m. 

Overnight cleanse/charge crystals:  Using moonlight.

 3. Cleanse/charge crystals with water

Some crystals are porous and as such should not be put in, or doused with water, as they will break or dissolve. 

Here are a few examples of crystals that shouldn’t be put in direct contact with water:

  • Kyanite
  • Desert rose
  • Selenite
Sylvies Spirit Kyanite
Kyanite tumble stone
Sylvies Spirit Desert Rose
Desert Rose
Sylvies Spirit Selenite
Selenite crsytal wand


Running water: Holding your crystal under a tap and letting the running water cover it and then drain away will literally wash away negative energy.

Hold it under the water for a minute, and have the intention that the crystal “resets to its original state”. (I think of it as restoring it to “factory settings”, like you would with a phone or computer.)

Salt water: Create or collect a saltwater solution and submerge your stones in the water for at least 24 hours. 

Rock salt crystals: These can also be used without water to cleanse/charge. Place a layer of rock salt crystals on a plate, and leave your crystals sitting on this layer for 24 hours.

Note: Only use this for: hard stones, such as quartz and amethyst. Stones that contain trace metals should not be cleansed with salt.

Examples include: Malachite, hematite and lode stone.

Rain water: Should you be blessed with rain, leave your crystals out to be cleansed by the downpour for the duration of the storm.

The rain water will wash over them taking any negative energy into the soil below

4. Cleanse/charge crystals with earth energy

Bury your crystals in the earth and leave them here to cleanse/charge for up to 48 hours

Plants: Placing crystals by plants will also cleanse and charge them with earth energy. Leave them near a plant for up to 48 hours.

Cleanse/charge crystal stones - using earth energy

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5. Cleanse/charge crystals with sage / incense

Sage herbs or incense: Burn sage herbs or incense over your crystals whilst using a mantra to invite cleansing in. (Again, ask the crystals to “reset”.)

Smudging your space (house) or crystal stones will clear negative energies. With smudging for crystals, you will need to allow the smoke to envelop the stone for about 30 seconds. (This is best done outside).


Rice: Place crystals in a bowl of rice and leave for 24 hours, this will cleanse and charge them.

However, do not use the rice again after as this will have the toxins within it that have been drawn out of the crystals.

6. Cleanse/charge crystals with sound or breathwork

Sound: A single pitch or tone, held for 5 -10 minutes, can be used to cleanse and charge crystals as the tone will cause them to resonate. You can use singing bowls, tuning forks or chanting, which will cleanse your complete collection of crystals in the room you are performing the cleansing in.

Breathwork: Breathwork can also be an effective cleansing method. Inhale deeply through your nostrils and bring the stone in close enough that the out going breath, from the nose, will blow over them.

30 seconds per stone to cleanse and recharge.

7. Cleanse/charge crystals with visualization

Ground and centre your energy first, this can be done using my chakra meditation, then pick up your stone and visualise your hands filling with white radiant light. Envision the crystal stone being cleansed and charged by the light.

1 minute per stone to cleanse and recharge.

Do not be worried about cleansing your stones, it is easier than you think, just find a method that resonates with you and your practices. 

I like to keep my stones on window sills, near sun and moonlight, and by plants so they can absorb this natural healing energy to keep them fully charged.

Enjoy x