Before you cleanse crystals in water please read this! I reveal what most people will NEVER tell you about the dangers of cleansing crystals in water or salt…
Here’s why I never recommend anyone cleanse crystals in water unless you are absolutely sure you know what you’re doing. I remember years ago being really excited when some new crystals I ordered arrived in the post. They included a beautiful Angelite tumble stone, my first Angelite crystal.
I was keen to cleanse the crystals of any negative energy. I filled a small glass bowl with water and placed my new crystals inside. I had heard about cleansing crystals in water this way and it appealed to me because I could just leave them there and let the work be done.
The next morning I poured the water away and straight away I knew something had gone horribly wrong… My Angelite crystal had lost its shiny polished surface and was now rough and matte. Even the little white specks it originally had could no longer be seen as the colour changed to a very pale blue-white.
“I wondered what had gone wrong and why nobody had ever warned me about the dangers of cleansing crystals in water?”
What They Don’t Tell You About Cleansing Crystals in Water
The scientific truth is that water IS corrosive to certain types of crystals. Sometimes it can eat away at the surface, other times it just gradually dissolves the crystal each time you submerge it. Water can change the colour of certain minerals, cause rust and can also make cracks appear.
FACT: Water can be like acid to some minerals. Many new crystals now on the market can be permanently damaged by water.
Saltwater is another surprisingly popular method to cleanse crystals. This is even riskier and highly corrosive to certain crystals.
I learned my lesson the hard way. Since then I have known friends and family members who were shocked to discover their precious crystals had been ruined by water. I have had countless emails, messages and comments about this happening. This is why I do not recommend cleansing crystals in water.
Why do People Still Recommend This Then?
Many crystal books and websites will tell you to cleanse crystals in water or even saltwater. A quick search on crystal healing forums on the Internet will come up with countless people asking how to cleanse their crystals. The first response is often the water method. I have also heard people advised to do this by experts on the radio and in many youtube videos.
It breaks my heart that people are not aware of the risks and countless crystals turn into fuzzy lumps.
I think the reason some people are blissfully unaware of this is because about 15 years ago, most the crystals you would see in crystal shops were water safe.
Some people still only work with a small selection of crystals such as the Quartz family of minerals such as Amethyst, Clear Quartz and Citrine. All of which are considered safe to put in water. I think that people just don’t know about the risks to other types of crystals.
So Which Crystals Are Water Safe?
Good question. You could get scientific books on minerals or look on websites to find this out but with so many new varieties of crystals, it could become a nightmare. Will you even be able to remember which ones are water safe and which are not? Do you want to cleanse half the crystals one way and half another way?
I have too many crystals now to remember this or look up the hardness or water safety every time. The problem is many crystals I have are not even listed anywhere for the Mohs hardness scale. You won’t find it for rare, recently discovered crystals. You will struggle with any stones known only by their metaphysical name and not their mineral make up.
I don’t think it is very practical and it makes such a simple thing as cleansing very complicated. As I will explain there are too many perfectly safe ways to cleanse ALL your crystals. If you are concerned about having already cleansed your crystals in water, check the list below:
Water Safe Crystals List:
This is a list of some of the most common crystals that are considered safe to cleanse in water:
The MOHS Hardness Scale
Since I posted this article people have said all you need to do is check the Mohs scale, anything above 5 is safe. This is something you will hear other people advise but this I am afraid to say is not completely true either… Stick with me as I will explain.
For those of you who don’t know, in mineralogy, crystals can be tested for their hardness using a test that rates them on the Mohs Scale. This is a number between 1 and 10, 1 being the softest mineral and 10 being the hardest. You can find this information is some crystal healing books (Like the Encyclopedia of Crystals by Judy Hall) or in books about minerals, crystals and gemology.
The Truth & Disadvantages of the Mohs Scale
Ask any Geologist or Mineralogist and they will explain that this test is not a water solubility test. It was invented for and continues to be used to test the hardness of minerals which also helps in identifying them. Many crystals that are safe in water are rated highly on the scale and some that are damaged by water have numbers lower than 5. So it works right? Well sometimes…
The Mohs scale does not tell you how the mineral interacts with water. Hematite has a hardness of between 5 – 6 yet it can rust in water. The same with many other iron-based minerals. Pyrite is 6 – 6.5 and will produce dangerous sulphuric acid when placed in water…
Opals are 5 to 6 on the Mohs scale yet if you put them in water, they will crack or split when they dry off again. Surely Tangerine Quartz, should be fine because it is Quartz, which is rated 7 on the Mohs scale right? As the orange colour is created by traces of iron oxide on the outer surface, it can either rust or wash off and become clear Quartz as people are reporting.
Then we have Jet and Amber which have low Mohs hardness numbers, yet are okay with water. These are just a few science-based examples of why I don’t trust the Mohs scale with my crystals and use other safe and effective ways to cleanse my crystals.
Safe & Easy Ways To Cleanse Your Crystals
Please do not comment below asking me if a particular crystal is safe in water. If you’re not sure then don’t use it. I personally think there are just too many perfectly safe, easy and effective many ways to cleanse your crystals to even consider using water. Instead of splitting up your crystals and cleansing some one way and some another, these methods will work for ALL crystals and have no hidden side effects.
Perfectly Safe Ways to Cleanse Crystals: