How to Cleanse Charge and Program your Crystals

It is recommended that crystals are cleared and charged periodically.

Once you have picked a crystal, it’s important to cleanse it of any negative energy it may have picked up from those who handled it before you. 

The difference between cleansing and charging your Crystals

There is an important distinction to make between cleansing your crystal and charging it.

Crystals can give us positive energies, but they can absorb our negative energies. Before you charge a crystal, you first need to cleanse it of the negative energy it has absorbed. Once cleansed you can then work on recharging your crystals.

Below are just some of the ways to Clear your crystals. Know that one method is not always right for everyone, try one and see how you feel and connect with your crystal. Did it work? If not try another method.You will find what works best for you.

6 Ways to Clear or cleanse your crystals 

  1. Smudging method: Passing your crystal through the smoke with the mindful intention to cleanse it. Use sage, Palo Santo sacred wood, incense, sweet grass. or whatever sacred plant you connect to This is great for crystals that do not do well with water such as Opal, Pyrite and Selenite. 
  2. Indirect water method: Fill a large bowl with a few pinches of Himalayan salt. Place a smaller empty bowl inside the large bowl, letting the water surround it but not overflow into it. Place your crystals inside the small empty bowl and leave it there for a few hours or overnight. It will still absorb the vibration of the water + salt and clear it without damaging your crystals. 
  3. Running water method: Using a stream or river, can be a great way to cleanse your crystal. Hold your crystal under running water for a few minutes.
  4. Saltwater method: From the sea or ocean can also work well. Immerse and bathe your crystal in the water for a few minutes. If you don’t live near the sea or ocean you can try using a homemade Himalayan salt solution.
  5. Be aware that some crystals can not go in water  This method isn’t an option for soft, or water-soluble crystals such as selenite so make sure you research your crystal to make sure it’s safe to put underwater. Quartz, agate, amethyst are examples of crystals that can be used safely underwater. If you’re unsure just use another method to be on the safe side.
  6. Singing bowl method :Using sound that vibrates at a higher frequency than your crystal is also an option. Chime a singing bowl, a tuning fork or bells near the crystal you want to cleanse.




Charging re-charges the crystal with its healing properties after it's been cleansed. 

Methods for charging your crystal

Moon Light: Bathe your crystal in the light of the full moon. Leave your crystals in a window or outside to bathe under the moon overnight. This can be particularly powerful during the Full Moon.

Some believe moonlight is not strong enough for charging crystals, but we know some of us may have a strong connection to this beautiful force.

Crystal clusters: Some powerful crystals don’t need cleansing or charging nearly as much and can help to charge other crystals! Example selenite around your crystals can help to recharge them.Another way is placing crystals on a large quartz cluster or generator (single large quartz crystal.) is also a great way to charge your crystals.

Citrine in particular is excellent for cleansing the other crystals in your collection.  It is one of only two crystals that is automatically self-cleansing, and will cleanse other crystals. The other is Kyanite, which is also extremely helpful in chakra alignment. 

 Methods that cleanse and charge, a two for one !

Here are a couple of methods that can both cleanse and recharge your crystals. 

SUNLIGHT:The sun’s light is so incredibly strong and powerful that it can both cleanse and recharge your crystals.

Place your piece under the rays of the sun for 30 minutes. This is best done in the morning. Do not leave it for longer, as it can damage sensitive crystals. Be aware that some crystals can fade in color and lose their vibrancy. 

Earth:This process takes a little longer. Bury your crystals in the earth for a few days. It needs to be in the earth, not just in some soil in a plant pot! As we all know first hand, mother earth is wonderful at absorbing and transforming energies.Some people make a ritual of burying their crystal under a full moon, to take advantage of the magnetic forces of the moon in combination with the earth. 

OTHER METHODS: Other methods include using music,bells or visualization,among others. If you feel more drawn to these methods, you can find a lot of information on these methods on Google.

Once you have cleansed and charged your crystal you can program it by setting a specific personal intention for it.


PROGRAMMING : You should know how to program crystals whenever you buy or bring home a new crystal.

First, you need to do your own research and pick a crystal that resonates with your intentions, desires, and goals. Some crystals are already programmed naturally, like Quartz, and you just need to match your intentions with the right crystals. When choosing your perfect crystal, try to listen to your intuition rather than your rational mind. It’ll seldom steer you wrong.

Programming is ideal when you need to be very specific about using a particular crystal.

It can be because you want to carry the crystal with you for a long time, wear it as crystal healing jewelry, or use it in creating a crystal grid.

You don’t need to program your crystals when you’ll only be using it for a few minutes or a day at the most. If you want to benefit from the metaphysical healing properties of your crystals, or if you have chosen them based on your instincts, there’s also no need to program them.

But you should also keep in mind that your intentions and desires should follow the crystal’s natural properties.


When you program your crystal, you’re sharing your thoughts and emotions about anything that you need help with. A good idea is to write your intention down on a piece of paper that you can refer to anytime.

Some examples of intentions may be: be more open hearted in my relationships, be more patient, stay grounded and protected, etc.

Set your intention.

Start with holding the crystal in your dominant hand or close to your heart.Quiet and clear your mind of any negative or unwanted thoughts, take your time ,this will get easier with practice.

Focus on your crystal and the intention you have chosen for it ,describe your intention aloud, and repeat these words until you feel this energy has connected with your crystal. Your intuition will tell you when your intention is set.You can also visualize yourself actually living your intention.This helps to boost the intention.

Revisit the energy.

Keep your crystal in your pocket, on your desk, under your pillow, or next to your bed to serve as a constant reminder of the positive intentions you have set. Revisit and reset your intentions weekly to continue on your positive journey. Stay conscious of the energy you are bringing in. Be positive, and positivity will come to you.