5 safe ways to clean and program your crystals

5 safe ways to clean and program your crystals

Crystals are a beautiful way to bring healing energies into your life. They’re a great addition to your self-care routine and a companion in your spiritual journey.

However, they tend to absorb negative energy, which can lead to them being less effective over time. Cleansing your crystals periodically will remove the buildup of negative energy and allow them to be in their best energetic state.

Here are 5 safe ways to clean your crystals that are easy enough for beginners:

Natural Light

Natural light from Sun and Moon are well known for their rejuvenation abilities. You can place your crystals near the window and let them soak the light. After a few hours, you’ll have naturally cleansed crystals with their healing energies restored. For Moonlight, the full moon is considered auspicious when it comes to crystal cleansing.

Some crystals should be put under the sun only for a short period of time. Crystals like Amethyst, Aquamarine, Citrine, Quartz, and Fluorite can fade from extended exposure.


Add a tablespoon of salt into a bowl of water. Dip in your crystals and let them soak for an hour or more. The neutralizing properties of the salt will clear out any negative energy from the crystals. This method works best if you have access to ocean water as it contains natural salt.

However, some crystals like Fluorite, Aquamarine, Tourmaline, Moonstone, and Selenite aren’t water-safe so it’s best to cleanse them using other methods.

Burning Sage

Sage has been used to eliminate negative energies for centuries and it can be applied to cleanse your crystals as well. You can simply burn sage and hold your crystals over the smoke to detoxify them. Alternatively, you can also use incense or dried herbs as they work equally well.


Visualization is a powerful way to cleanse your crystals with your intentions. A simple way to do this is to sit in silence and hold your crystals in between your hands. Now visualize a bright white light bathing your crystals and releasing all the negative energies in the process. You can do this for few minutes and it works with all types of crystals.

Other crystals

Larger quartz wands or selenite have unique cleansing properties that can be used to clean and recharge other crystals. Simply place your crystals in between the larger ones and leave them for an hour or more. This is also a great excuse to let your healing crystals nap with other pretty ones. 

Frequently Asked Questions


How often should I clean my crystals?

This depends on how often you use your crystals. A good rule is to cleanse and recharge them once a month. If you use your crystals for “heavy work” like chakra healing and reiki, it’s best to cleanse them after every use.

Do I need to clean new crystals?

New crystals go through multiple people before making their way to you. As a result, they absorb everyone’s energy along the way. That’s why cleaning your new crystals and programming them with your intention is important before you start using them.

How do I know my crystals have been cleansed?

Clean crystals should feel lighter and weigh less after the cleaning session. Besides, intuition is your best guide when it comes to crystals. You’ll feel the difference between clean and clogged-up crystals after a while.

How do I program my crystals?

Before you program your crystals, it’s important to be clear about what you want its support with. Once you’ve figured that out, hold it in your hand and say out loud “I dedicate this crystal for the higher good. I intend to use it for love and light (or for any other purpose you like)”

Here are some powerful affirmations to help you get started:

“I ask that this crystal be used to activate my intuition.”

“I program this crystal to receive abundance and prosperity.”

“I intend to use this crystal to amplify my self-belief.”

“I dedicate this crystal to attract true love and romance.”


Written by Alis Ghimire for Good Juu Juu

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