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Why I NEVER Cleanse Crystals In Water

Why I NEVER Cleanse Crystals In Water

Why I NEVER Cleanse Crystals In Water

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 energies. 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?”



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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.


Water can be like acid to some minerals. Many new crystals now on the market can be permanently damaged by water.
Salt water is another surprisingly popular method to cleanse crystals. This is even more risky 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 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 salt water. 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 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:

Clear Quartz


Smoky Quartz

Rose Quartz


Tiger’s Eye


Snow Quartz


Red Jasper


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 minerology, 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. Opals are 5 to 6 on the Mohs scale yet if you put them in water, they will crack when they dry off.
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 one person I know experienced. Then we have Jet or Amber which have low Mohs hardness numbers yet are okay with water. These are just a few science based examples why I don’t trust the Mohs scale with my crystals and use other ways.


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 doing some one way and some another these methods will work for ALL crystals and have no hidden side effects.



5 Perfectly Safe Ways to Cleanse Crystals:


If you want to learn more about these cleansing methods please check out my blog post: How To Cleanse Crystals Safely



Cleanse Crystals in a Copper Pyramid

I often Cleanse Crystals in my Copper Pyramid


Cleansing crystals should not be like playing Russian roulette and it should not require you have a degree in Mineralogy either. Hopefully this article will help get the message out.
If your interested in learning more about crystal healing do check out my Beginners Guides and other helpful articles in the Resources section by clicking Here.
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Have you had a bad experience with cleansing crystals in water or salt water? I’d love to hear from you, so please leave a comment below (Please keep any questions you have on topic if you want a response).
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75 thoughts on “Why I NEVER Cleanse Crystals In Water

  1. Celine

    Good information, it is simple to just not use water for any crystal cleansing as you suggest. I have a large amethyst cluster and wash it ( and my quartz skulls ) under running water, but put others out in the moon-light because fortunately I read a crystal directory that spoke about water ruining soft crystals, like selenite.

    1. Linda

      Some of us use gemstones in facials so it is important to wash them with soap and water before using them. I don’t soak them unless I am making a gemstone drink. I use very specific stones for this as some are too porous such as tumbled sodalite or water soluble like selenite. I think the other problem you are talking about is that many gemstones are being dyed into more vibrant colors these days. That is why the color is fading when you soak or wash them. Water is one of the 5 elements and therefore a great way to clear the energy of earth’s gemstones. Just give them a good rinse and set them on a paper towel to dry.

    1. Mila

      Totally agree, Tjasa. I would never cleanse my crystals in moonlight exactly for this reason. Did once when I was a newbie, but I quickly noticed it didn’t do good to my crystals.

  2. Tristana

    You just need to look for the Mohs Scale of Hardness and search for scientifical information on crystals… I don’t understand these people talking about crystal healing but not searching for any information further the spiritual aspect. It’s cringy…

    1. Ethan Lazzerini Post author

      Yes, that’s what the article says. I personally have hundreds of different crystals. There is no way I can remember all the hardness ratings or do I have the time to look each one up when needed. I just avoid water contact, as it is so much easier and as explained there are so many easier and safer ways to cleanse crystals which I much prefer.

      UPDATE: Please see the updates to this article in regards to the Mohs scale and water damage.

      1. Nosipho

        I don’t think it’s a good idea to just go get a whole lot of crystals one time. It’s best to take your time if u are going to start a crystal spiritual journey. First stick to the basics..

        1. Ethan Lazzerini Post author

          Not sure if you are directing this at me. I have been working with crystals for 25 years so that’s why I have a lot now plus as an author on crystals (and this being my passion) that is going to happen and comes with the territory.

  3. Rachel

    Thanks for the insight on water cleansing. I have read that setting organic crystals in brown rice for a few hours/overnight is a good cleansing method though.

  4. Sammi

    The best and safest way to clear crystals is not water it’s to bless a cleared bowl of earth and let them reconnect with the mother it’s been proven to increase their energy and vibrations….

    1. Ethan Lazzerini Post author

      Yes some people use stones like Selenite to do this. My only concern is that crystals could abosrb the negativity so how do you cleanse the cleansing crystals? I just cleanse all my crystals to be sure, even if some say they are self cleansing.

  5. Michelle

    I was told to cleanse mine in rainwater and dry in natural sunlight on the windowsill, but I did not know anything about crystals then or I would have realised that rain has acid in it and sun might fade them.

  6. Shelly

    I usually put them under the soil in my indoor plants pots for a day and then wipe them with a clean clothes and smudge with white sage before putting them in a small pouch.

  7. Karon

    Interesting article..thank you.
    My interest in collecting crystals is growing..& i appreciate your advice as have been told so many different ways to cleanse them..most of which appear to be wrong.. the guide is handy too.

  8. Cathy Anderson

    I am a avid rock hounder and have big chunks of Rose quartz, white quartz, diamond in raw form meteorites all collected from Northern quebec many of the rocks stones I have I do not even know what the are . But with crystal healing how do you know which crystal is right for that person

  9. Gisele

    This is great information. I knew about smudging crystals and heard that some can be cleansed in salt water. I will never use water or salt water to cleanse crystals. Thank you.

  10. yourcrystalnightmare

    Haha complete rip off. When it came the time to list the crystals that are safe to be placed in water, his answer is completely vague. So what, after so many years, you could not list 10 crystals? Oh wait, that will make us not go and check your other stuff… right!!! hahaha. Someone thinks its smarter than the others.

    1. Ethan Lazzerini Post author

      I was reluctant to list any crystals beyond the three that I mentioned as the purpose was not a reference for people to cleanse their crystals by the water. I am not sure if you read the whole thing but I do explain why checking the hardness of every crystal is not needed if you just use other perfectly safe methods that I recommend and use. Plus many new minerals are not listed as I said. The MOHs hardness scale is a guide but does not always work. Iron oxide minerals with high hardness can discolour, rust and lose surface coating (Hematite and Tangerine Quartz for example) The hardness scale does not show chemical reactions between water and minerals. I wrote this back in 2015 so may update it with more detail on all this.

  11. Ayla Madden

    Yes! I couldnt agree more with this. I had a feeling water and sea water isnt the greatest for cleansing and to be honest, i personally feel the full moon is much better cleansing or using sage if i cant wait until the next full moon.

    I didnt realise what cleansing in water did until i cleansed it my accident in the rain. (It was a full moon and we got a storm late that night randomly) by the morning my turquoise and apatites were faded as all hell and i didnt feel they were serving the same purpose as before hand…. the energy changed. Normally when i cleanse with the moon i can SEE the difference. Never again will i cleanse with water, plus i am a moon child 🙂

    Thanks for the extra info in this article!

  12. Adriana

    Hi. Thanks so much for your post! I have been recommenden on several occasions to rinse crystals on salty water.
    I recently found a quantum symbols system and it includes a symbol for purification of energies, that can be used on crystals also. You can see the symbol in this link
    So basically you just print it and place the crystal above it and leave it to work. I would be nice to know your insights about this. Have you tried something of the sort?

      1. Adriana

        Thanks Ethan!
        Also, I recently bought a black tourmaline piece tourmaline, mounted inside a metal spiral. Does this setting affect the stone somehow or is it better to have it loose inside a pouch?

          1. Ethan Lazzerini Post author

            I am not sure, if the blue throughout the inside of the crystal it might be okay. If the blue is a coating or the stone was raw it could potentially discolour it. If it doubt, don’t use water.

  13. toni

    Thanks Ethan, Your article was so interesting, and you are right, most sites do recommend cleansing crystals in water or salt water. I won’t do that now. I’m just getting very interested in crystals but starting slow. Yesterday, I purchased my first crystals at a local rock shop. I wanted to buy 2 rose quartz to start out on my crystal journey. She only had 2 in the case, so I bought them. They aren’t tumbled, but are flat and have a wavy design. After I paid for them, she pointed out that they both had a hole drilled lengthwise…..maybe to make earrings? I didn’t notice the holes when I was looking at them, They kind of look like veins. Does this hole harm the crystals energy in any way? I could make a pendulum out of one of them. What do you think??

  14. Marie

    Iam sad i wet my rose quartz crystal & cleqr quartz & now i feel my clear quartz feels different do you believe i harmed my clear quartz by putting it in salt then rinsing it in water :((

    1. Amber Smigelski

      I believe that means it was cleansed…whatever energy you were putting into the crystal may have lifted so perhaps it is lighter now and back to it’s natural state; just charge it with reiki or positive intentions! 😉

  15. Marian Naik

    My question is this: my crystals are dusty so I need them cleansed of dust. Can you give me a good method of getting the layer of dust off them?

    Thanks, I appreciate it.

  16. Irene

    Speaking about water cleansing. I use this method for my pearls and mother of pearl jewelry. It works great. I make sure the source of the water is safe for that purpose and I place them in the big glass bowl, filled with water, I leave them in for 24 hours. Rinse under running water and leave them to dry on the paper towel, gently patting with another sheet of paper towel. I can tell the difference after it’s done.
    Also I’d like to add, cleansing crystals with the correspondence to their nature might be really helpful…
    No salt cleansing, ever, unless you suspect someone gave it to you with bad intentions. In that case you could use salt to neutralize these intentions, you can bury these peace of jewelry in the salt, in the tight sealed container. And, obviously, don’t keep it. Just sharing 🙂

  17. Ethan Lazzerini Post author

    Please make sure you have read the entire article before posting. If you are reading the comments please note that many people are continuing to ignore scientific facts and give advice that I personally do not support. I continue to get emails from people confused why their crystals were damaged by water or salt. This has nothing to do with fake crystals, water quality, the elements, dyed stones, your personal beliefs or an experience with a water safe crystal. Not all minerals like water. Still not convinced? Speak to a Mineralogist…

  18. Iren

    Thank you Ethan. I just came to realization, it might be a good idea to check these stones with pendulum…
    The energy of the stones in jewelry may be pretty subtle, to feel it right away, however, after my ring was resized, two stones became lighter and it just didn’t feel the same…. Also I’d like to thank you for your e-book on guardian stones! It does make a difference, wearing your guardian stones!

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  20. Jeannine

    What is the best way to cleanse crystals using the Tibetan singing Bowl?
    I only have a small Tibetan singing bowl – 3 inches in diameter.

  21. Stell

    I picked up a white stone statue about 20cm tall from an op shop. It was rough to touch, a little sparkly … I don’t. Now what it was made from, but it was Asian. It was quite dusty and had marks, so I sat it in a bucket of water overnight. I woke to a little mound of white powder in the bottom of the bucket.

  22. Amber Smigelski

    If the crystal can tolerate one of the best way to cleanse yourself and your crystals and also “bond” with them and attune to their natural frequency is bathing with them in an epsom salt bath. I like to add lavender oil; charcoal; lavender/chamomile buds; bubble bath liquid etc and put on some nice healing music while I do this. It is a wonderful experience especially with crystals that are at home in or around the ocean..I like to use crystals or rocks I found at the beach for this; (like oregon carnelian)…Definitely recommend…stumped on how to cleanse the non water safe crystals like lapis lazuli and selenite though….the sage smudge dosn’t feel like it cuts it…Will make a habit of putting them out in the full moon or the sun from now on though…I don’t mind fading…actually I find sun lightened amethyst so much more beautiful.

  23. Jeannine

    I just polished two Lapis Lazuli using a Lapidary machine that uses water in the polishing process. During the lapidary process the Lapis Lazuli is subjected to a lot of water although it does not sit in a water bath.

    I have never tried polishing Selenite as I have been told that is not water safe.

  24. Freedom

    How would I charge a tigers eye. Water cleanse will release asbestos bc it’s in raw form. Being that its a dark colored crystal, sunlight will dim the color. I’ve googled and nothing. Well I did read that it can charger in the moonlight. Or should I just do brown rice.

    1. Ethan Lazzerini Post author

      I have 5 safe ways to cleanse your crystals listed in this article. Try Moonlight, Reiki or a Copper Pyramid. More detail can be found in another article: How To Cleanse Crystals Safely I believe crystals have their own natural energy source, if they are tired from use I believe giving them a break overnight or for a few days will allow them to recharge as people call it.

  25. John

    I neighbor moved out and left a 5 gallon bucket of things that looked like geodes out near the roadside.
    Upon inspection they are some type of crystals with mud all over them.
    Not knowing anything about them I took the biggest one and ran it under hot water, it seemed to almost melt away, it lost it’s shine and sharp edges. I had no idea that crystals could melt under water!
    My first thought is that it was some type of toxic stuff that had crystalized.
    Now I’m wondering what to do with this bucket of stones?
    Are they bad luck? good luck? are they useful?
    Maybe I should put them back where I found them. . .

  26. Wei Qi

    Hi, how do I clean the crystals like amethyst, obsidian, black tourmaline, lapis lazuli and pietersite if I wear as as bracelets on daily basis? I don’t think the methods you mention will make them hygienic in a physical way, only in terms of energy wise. Is rain water or mineral water from supermarkets ok?

    1. Ethan Lazzerini Post author

      If the stone is not damaged by water(do your research), you could use a slightly damp cloth. If there are metals like silver or gold, avoid getting them wet and buy a jewllery cleaning cloth, for either gold or silver. Also you may want to speak to the jewlellery designer or a jewellers for the best and safest methods.

  27. Myr

    Just came across your article and it makes a lot of sense to me since I could see for myself than immersing my crystals in water to clean them has made some look dull. Wish I’d known. Did the Tibethan Singing Bowl cleansing and since I love the sound it felt right. Could notice a difference wearing my bracelets after so I guess it’s efficient. I was wondering though about shungite. There’s a lot of controversy going around this stone. Would be nice if you could write a blog post about it and how often would you cleanse it? Some say it cleanses itself but some don’t and considering it does catch a lot of bad vibes and EMF, I guess it needs to be cleansed often. How would you use the pyramid form to protect your room from EMF (specific direction, etc.). Hope this is the right place to ask. Thanks.

    1. Ethan Lazzerini Post author

      I talked a bit about it in my newsletter a while ago. I like this stone but I do not think it is better than other stones and I do think that some of the claims made about it could be hyped up a bit. I cleanse all crystals including Shungite after each use. If it is on display in your home, cleansing once a month is recommended or more often if you wish. If you cleanse your house with the singing bowl then all your crystals get cleansed too.

      1. Myr

        Oh thank you, that’s great news then. Just came across this video on YouTube, don’t know what you think of it or if anyone has tried it and noticed it does anything. I like the Tibetan Bowl better anyway.

  28. Markell

    I was wondering, aside from cleansing stones/crystals. (I have 4 kids, sometimes mine get ‘dirty’) how do you clean them. Safely?
    Also, I’m glad I read this, because I’ve told to mist them, and keep them submerged, and that in fact it will help them! Possibly even grown them.
    And my best friend leaved hers out I. The moonlight.
    So I appreciate, your article.

  29. Tameko

    I recently cleansed my crystals in water. My selenite orb became dull and frosted in appearance. Can I get the shine back? Is it damaged completely? Do I get rid of it and but a new one? I’m so new to this Crystal thing lol

    1. Ethan Lazzerini Post author

      Sorry to hear that. I am afraid the surface damage is permanent. The only way to fix this would be to get someone that polishes gemstones to polish it again. The properties/energy of the stone are still the same.

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