When should you cleanse crystals and how often should you cleanse your crystals? It’s a good question, so let’s jump straight into it!
I get asked this a lot and it is a bit of a complex question as there are so many points of view. Everyone develops their own ways with crystals plus some of us can sense energy more than others.
Why Do We Need To Cleanse Crystals?
Crystals pick up all kinds of energies from our thoughts, feelings, other people and places. Sometimes these energies are not in alignment with the crystal’s higher purpose or our intention. This energy may even be negative or can simply clog the crystal, weakening its properties.
Energetically cleansing them clears away anything that should not be there and brings the crystal back into perfect balance and working at an optimal level. My beginner’s guide to cleansing crystals can be found Here.
“See your crystals like a channel of energy, we want that channel to be clear!”
When Should You Cleanse Crystals?
The following is a guide only and based on my experience with crystals over two decades, what I sense from them, plus dowsing their energy. Many people develop their own cleansing routine over time and with experience.
I cleanse my crystals and crystal jewellery often and it has always worked for me. I see many people run into problems when they rarely cleanse their crystals or don’t cleanse at all. Here are nine reasons to cleanse your crystals and crystal jewellery:
1. When You Get New Crystals
I recommend you always cleanse new crystals that you bought, found or were given as soon as possible. Certainly, do not use them before this initial cleanse.
2. If You Have Not Cleansed Them Before
If you have not done this for whatever reason, don’t worry. Start today, better late than never!
3. After Wearing or Carrying Them Throughout The Day
This is the most common way to work with crystals and crystal jewellery on a daily basis. I cleanse mine at the end of the day.
4. After Using Them In A Crystal Healing Treatment
This includes placing crystals on parts of your body, doing a crystal healing layout (aka body crystal grid), visualising or meditating with crystals.
5. After Placing Them On Or In Your Chakras
You may be working with a set of crystals for Chakra Balancing or just working on one chakra with a single crystal.
6. If Someone Else Touches Or Handles Them
Energy is transferred easily this way but there may be nothing to worry about. Better to cleanse them just incase.
7. Before & After Using Them In A Crystal Grid
If you follow my steps for crystal grid creation on my blog or in my books you will know this already.
8. Once A Month For Display Crystals
Crystal grids, crystals on display or left out in your home pick up energies over time. A monthly space clearing routine is the easiest way to do this.
9. If You Feel The Crystal Needs Cleansing
Never ignore your ability to sense energy. If you feel it needs cleansing sooner than normal, then cleanse it.
Do you have a question or anything to add? I would love to hear from you in the comments below (PLEASE keep any questions you have concise and stick to this blog post topic if you want a response).
Hi there, How you??I have differnt crystals as braclets, could you tell me how to cleanse n charge those crystal braclets?? Should i charge it monthly once?? In full moon day?? Please detailed me.. Thanks in adv!
Hi Priya, hopefully, I have already answered this in the blog post above. I recommend you cleanse crystal jewellery just like crystals after using/wearing them during the day. How you cleanse is up to you but waiting for the Full Moon can be a long time. I’ve already covered cleansing methods and my take on charging crystals elsewhere. Please visit the Resources page for more info.
Is incense sufficient to cleanse my crystals? I use Palo santo or a sage bundle for monthly cleanses but incense is more convenient for daily. Would you recommend this?
There are many different cleansing herbs, woods and resins and you can use them to cleanse crystals. Good ones are Sandalwood, Frankinsense, Sage, Copal, Lemongrass, Camphor or any cleansing blend. If using incense sticks or cones you will have to be sure they are natural and not just made with fragrance oils.
Hi Ethan! Thank you for this post! If my crystal jewlery is programmed, will cleansing it at the end of the day deprogramm it?
Thank you so much for all your resources!
No, cleansing is not deprogramming and does not remove positive intentions unless of course that was your intention
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Hi ethan i have just started my journey with crystals and have finally found a site…yours…its like the bible of crystals….so thankyou for all the information…i have read a few of your posts and i have just bought a new chakra necklace aswell as a set to help with calming….stress anxiety and all round wellbeing..these are jasper…turquenite…carnelian and amethyst is this the right choice for for me to start with …i have them on my bed side table around a buddha statue is this the right place to put them…and my last question is should i cleanse the chakra necklace before i put it on…..look forward to your reply thanks
I have done level 2 Reiki. If I want to cleanse my grid with Rreiki, how long should I hold the hand over it?
Love and light.
can you put 2 grids on one table?
Always check with your teacher. I don’t know there is any set time, go with your intuition when it feels it is done
You can but please see what I say about more than one crystal grid in my post Can You Have More Than One Crystal Grid
I have a question concerning the cleaning of Shungite.
I have read that you should recharge it in the sun periodically to clean but living in Canada we can have 10 days or more in a row without sun, especially in winter. Is there another method that would be as effective.?
Cleansing is cleansing. Use whatever methods you prefer and are able to use