A Guide To Crystals That Can Go In Water (And Those That Can’t)

Crystals are wonderful holistic tools that can be used for manifestation, healing, to aid meditation, and more.

But, in order to get the most from your crystals, it’s important you cleanse them regularly.

Crystals That Can Go In Water

Why Do Crystals Need To Go In Water?

Just like people, crystals pick up and hold on to energy from their surroundings. This can be positive or negative energy.

To work effectively, a crystal should be void of energy, so it can be programmed for a specific purpose.

There are many methods for cleansing crystals and water is just one method, but this is what I’ll focus on in this particular article.

So, what crystals can go in water? Let’s find out!

A List Of Crystals That Can Go In Water

The following are all water safe crystals – meaning you can use water to cleanse them:

  • Amethyst
  • Clear Quartz
  • Citrine
  • Carnelian
  • Smoky Quartz
  • Rose Quartz
  • Rutilated Quartz
  • Black Obsidian
  • Agate
  • Jasper
  • Green Aventurine
  • Tiger’s Eye
  • Moonstone
How To Cleanse Crystals With Water

How To Cleanse Crystals With Water

As water is one of the four main elements, it is a powerful method for cleansing your crystals.

The best way to cleanse crystals with water is to use natural, running water. So a clean stream, for example, is absolutely perfect.

Using what Mother Nature has created will provide the most powerful water cleansing technique. You can return the energy to the Earth and to the Universe.

However, finding a stream or a river isn’t always possible, so it’s not a problem to water cleanse your crystals at home.

To do this at home, you can simply use the tap. Allow the clean water to run over your crystals as you imagine them being cleansed of unwanted energy.

Running water, from a stream or tap, is usually best as the energy can immediately flow away. However, if you want to, you can leave the crystals to bathe in water for up to 2-3 hours.

If you are going to leave your crystals in water, it can be best to use water that has first been purified.

Remember to thoroughly dry your crystals afterward.

Crystals That Can Go In Salt Water

Crystals That Can Go In Salt Water

Many of the crystals I’ve listed above are also safe for saltwater cleansing.

You can cleanse much of the Quartz family in saltwater, so Clear Quartz, Rose Quartz, Smoky Quartz, Rutilated Quartz, and Amethyst.

You can also use salt water to cleanse Black Obsidian, Aventurine, Agate, Jasper, Citrine, and Carnelian.

I personally don’t use salt water to cleanse my crystals as, although some of them are safe, I prefer to avoid the risk.

If you do cleanse your crystals with salt water, be sure to thoroughly rinse and dry them afterward.

Which Crystals Cannot Be Cleansed In Salt Water?

I wouldn’t recommend cleansing anything other than the crystals mentioned above using salt water.

If a crystal isn’t suitable for saltwater cleansing, you risk really damaging your crystal.

A List Of Crystals That Can’t Go In Water

So, now we know the crystals that are suitable for water cleansing, what crystals cannot go in water? Let’s take a look:

  • Malachite
  • Angelite
  • Azurite
  • Apatite
  • Fluorite
  • Celestite
  • Labradorite
  • Opal
  • Hematite
  • Lapis Lazuli
  • Desert Rose
  • Kyanite
  • Jet
  • Lepidolite
  • Pyrite
  • Selenite
  • Satin Spar
  • Turquoise
  • Ulexite
  • Tangerine Quartz
  • Apophyllite
Cleansing Crystals That Can't Go In Water

Other Methods For Cleansing Crystals

If you don’t want to use water to cleanse your crystals, or if your crystals can’t go in water, you have plenty more options to choose from.

You can cleanse your crystals by using one of the following methods:

  • Smudging: You can use Palo Santo, dried Sage, Lavender, Rosemary, or incense for cleansing crystals.
  • Sound Healing: Using a singing bowl or a Shamanic drum, you can remove energy from crystals with sound.
  • Energy Healing: It’s possible to use Reiki or similar energy healing techniques to cleanse crystals.
  • Earth Cleansing: You can bury crystals in the ground to cleanse them. I wouldn’t recommend this is the crystal is sensitive to water though as water may be present in the earth.

Don’t forget to charge your crystals after cleansing them. Some crystals are suitable for charging in sunlight and others are better suited to the moonlight.

You can also use meditation for charging and programming your crystals.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Rose Quartz Go In Water?

Yes, as part of the Quartz family, Rose Quartz is hard enough to withstand water cleansing. Water is a very popular cleansing technique for Rose Quartz.

Can You Put Amethyst In Water?

Amethyst is totally fine for cleansing in water, however, if you have a rough cut raw Amethyst, I would be cautious about using water.

Can Carnelian Go In Water?

Yes, Carnelian is one of the few crystals that are safe for cleansing in water.

Can Tiger’s Eye Go In Water?

Tiger’s Eye is suitable for cleansing in water.

Can Citrine Go In Water?

Citrine is a 7 on the Mohs Hardness Scale making it safe for water cleansing.

Can Green Aventurine Go In Water?

Yes, it’s perfectly safe to cleanse your Green Aventurine crystals using water.

Can Sodalite Go In Water?

Technically, Sodalite can be cleansed using water, but as it sits in the middle of the Mohs Hardness Scale, it’s softer than many other crystals that can be cleansed in water.

As such, it might be best to avoid water cleansing for Sodalite. Or, if you use this method, be sure to use running water and don’t let the crystal sit in water for a period of time.

Can Opalite Go In Water?

Opalite should be fine for cleansing in cold water, but I would avoid salt water. This is another crystal that is probably safer with running water rather than submerging in a bowl of water.

Can Fluorite Go In Water?

No, Fluorite is not suitable for cleansing in water. It’s best to choose another method to cleanse this crystal.

Can Black Tourmaline Go In Water?

Yes, Black Tourmaline is a hard crystal so it’s fine to cleanse with water, but lots of exposure to water isn’t recommended.

Can Labradorite Get Wet?

Yes, Labradorite can get wet, but it’s not suitable for extended water exposure.

Can Moonstone Go In Water?

In theory, Moonstone can be cleansed with water. However, I would exercise caution and perhaps just use running water. Remember to dry the crystal thoroughly.

Can Selenite Get Wet?

No Selenite can’t go in water. Selenite, and Satin Spar, are both soft crystals which makes them unsuitable for water cleansing.

Can Amazonite Go In Water?

Although Amazonite is a hard crystal, it can absorb water which can lead to damage, so it’s best to avoid water cleansing.

Can Obsidian Get Wet?

Black Obsidian is a hard crystal and can be cleansed with water.

Can Rhodonite Go In Water?

Rhodonite is moderately hard and should be okay for cleansing with water.

Can You Put Malachite In Water?

Nope! Not only is Malachite too soft for water cleansing, but it’s also highly toxic so touching water that Malachite has been in can be very dangerous.

Can Agate Go In Water?

Yes, Agate should be fine for cleansing with water. Actually, you’ll often find Agates located near bodies of water.

Can Lapis Lazuli Go In Water?

I’ve listed Lapis Lazuli in the crystals that can’t go in water section, but technically it can get wet. But, much like Sodalite, this isn’t really recommended as too much water can cause damage to the crystal.

Can Hematite Go In Water?

Hematite can withstand some exposure to water, but extended exposure is not recommended. Hematite contains Iron Oxide which can lead to rust.

Can Howlite Go In Water?

Howlite can be exposed to water in very short stints. Don’t leave Howlite sitting in water.

Can Jade Go In Water?

Jade should be okay with some running water for cleansing, but should not be submerged.

Can Sunstone Go In Water?

Yes, sunstone should be fine for water cleansing.

Can Red Jasper Go In Water?

Yes, you can safely cleanse Red Jasper with water.

Can Blue Lace Agate Go In Water?

Yes, as part of the Agate family, Blue Lace Agate can be cleansed with water.

Final Thoughts

I hope this post has helped you understand which crystals can go in water and which crystals cannot be cleansed in water (and what your alternative options are).

If you have any questions about any crystals I haven’t mentioned, just let me know.