Which Crystals Cannot be Cleansed in Salt Water?

Which Crystals Cannot be Cleansed in Salt Water?

We often hear about the importance of cleansing and charging our crystals to maintain their positive healing energies, and one of the most common cleansing methods is the use of salt water. However, it is highly important that you read this article before cleansing your crystals! Not all crystals are suitable to be cleansed in salt water, and it can cause damage to how they look and their energetic abilities. This article is here to list which crystals cannot be cleansed in salt water, and which crystals can. We’ll also take a more detailed look at the risks of salt water cleansing to some stones, and other methods that you should look to use instead.

The Importance of Cleansing Your Crystals

We treasure our crystals for their ability to draw positive energy into our lives and rid our homes, workplaces, and body of negative vibrations. However, as they continue to absorb all of this negative energy it can begin to build up and affect their energy-cleansing properties. This is why it is important to cleanse crystals, ridding them of any negative build-up and restoring their innate positive energies, so you can continue to enjoy their protective, healing benefits. How often you have to cleanse your crystals will vary from person to person and crystal to crystal. Sometimes our intuition tells us that a crystal has dulled, or it begins to feel greasy or sticky to the touch – which is when you know it’s time to do a cleanse! In general, you should aim to cleanse your stones once every month.

Why You Should Be Careful

There are lots of methods for cleansing crystals, but one of the most common is the use of salt water. However, not all crystals are safe to be submerged in salt water. Salt water can lead to some types of crystal losing their smooth, shiny surface, while other types of crystal can actually form rust! Avoid this at all costs by paying attention to the lists below, ensuring that you give your crystals the care the level of care they need – after all, when you take care of your crystals, they can take care of you!

Which Crystals Cannot Be Cleansed in Salt Water?

Before going ahead and cleansing your crystals, make sure it is not on this list of crystals that should not be cleansed in salt water. Although this is not an entirely complete list, it covers all of the most common and popular crystals. If you don’t see your crystal on this list, or on the list of crystals that can be cleansed in salt water – make sure you do your own research to see for yourself!

  • Fluorite
  • Tangerine Quartz
  • Opal
  • Malachite
  • Turquoise
  • Labradorite
  • Hematite
  • Celestite
  • Pyrite
  • Selenite
  • Gypsum
  • Azurite
  • Halite
  • Ulexite
  • Apatite
  • Lepidolite
  • Apophyllite

With these crystals, you obviously shouldn’t be using salt water to charge them with intentions either.

Which Crystals Are Safe to Be Cleansed in Salt Water?

Now that you know which crystals cannot be cleansed in salt water, it’s good to also see a list of crystals that are safe to be cleansed in salt water. All of these crystals are especially safe when they have a smooth and polished surface that makes them less porous.

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Be Conscious When Cleansing Your Minerals

A large part of crystal cleansing is intentions, visualizations and consciousness. The process requires you to be fully present, grounded and centered, ready to instill your crystals with pure positive energy. If you haven’t researched how to care for your crystals, or just rush through the cleansing process – this sends the wrong kind of energy to your crystals. Always approach your stones with nurturing and thankful energy and intentions, ensuring that you pay close attention to how each one should be cared for. If you’ve found in this article that some of your crystals are not safe to be cleansed with salt water, hopefully, you’ll be able to find another method below that suits you and your stones.

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Other Crystal Cleansing Methods


Sunlight is an easy method for cleansing your crystals, and just as simple as using salt water. All you need to do is place your crystals outside in the sun for up to 7 hours and remove them before the sun goes down. This method ensures the sun’s warm yellow energy bathes your crystals and draws away any negative energy.


Similar to sunlight, moonlight has unique cleansing energy that can cleanse your crystals of all negativity. The most powerful time to cleanse your crystals is during a full moon, but you can do it any night by just leaving them outside under the moon for up to 7 hours before the sun comes up.


The powerful energy-clearing properties of sage can be used to quickly and easily cleanse your crystals. Try it by lighting the end of a sage smudge stick and holding each crystal in the smoke for around 30 seconds each while setting your intentions.

Use Other Crystals

Your other, larger crystals can be used to cleanse your smaller ones. Quartz, Rose Quartz, Amethyst and Selenite are all especially good for this process. Simply place your smaller crystal on top of a larger one and leave it there for around 24 hours so that it can restore its natural energy.


Visualization can be an especially powerful method for crystal cleansing, especially if you meditate regularly and can easily access a higher level of consciousness. Try this cleansing method by picking up your crystals one stone at a time, and visualizing them surrounded by a bright and radiant white light, continue doing this until the stone feels lighter and more energetically vibrant.

Hopefully, you found plenty of helpful information in this article, not only about which crystals cannot be cleansed in salt water, but other methods you can use that might be a better match for some of your crystals. Whichever method you decide is best for you, you can look forward to restoring your stones with their natural positive energy and enjoy their protective, healing properties.