Krissy Hodges 
Healing – Transformation – Empowerment 

Crystals and Water

Following on from my extremely popular blog Cleansing Crystals and Charging Crystals ~ BIG Difference, there have been quite a lot of questions regarding crystals and water. I therefore thought I’d give as much detail in the following blog as possible to help clarify those questions.

Most crystals can be physically cleaned with water. There is a difference between leaving a crystal in water to soak and washing it quickly under a tap. Most are fine under tepid tap water.

Some crystals, however, are too soft, too porous or contain metals that will rust in water. I’ve detailed these in a list below. The list isn’t comprehensive, but gives the more commonly collected crystals & are ones that I have experimented with personally, so I know this information is factual.

If you’re not sure whether your particular crystal can be placed in water, check it’s hardness level on the Moh Scale.

General Rules ~ Do Not Leave These Crystals In or Near Water

  • If it is 3 or below on the MoH Scale, such as Selenite or Gypsum
  • If it is porous, such as Talc or Turquoise
  • If it contains metals, such as Malachite (high copper content) or good quality Lapis Lazuli (Iron Pyrite content)
  • If it contains water, such as Enhdryo Quartz/Agate or Opals
  • If it has been dyed

Crystals love to have a good scrub! I’ve found that a soft toothbrush and non abrasive toothpaste can clean crystal clusters brilliantly. The Fluoride present in most toothpaste seems to clean them and make them come alive, so although am not too keen on using it in my own toothpaste, I’ve used this method to clean all of my crystal jewellery and clusters for the past 20 years with no problem whatsoever.

Tumblestones and any other crystals can be washed quickly under tepid tap water just fine. Even if they have metals in them, such as Lapis Lazuli, Hematite, Malachite or Iron Pyrite, these can be washed under running tap water and must then be dried off immediately with a soft cloth or towel. As long as they are dried quickly (I use a soft cloth on mine and then pop them straight in direct sunlight for half an hour), the metal won’t rust, nor will the crystals lose any of their sheen from being polished.


The big mistake many people make is to leave crystals in water or they’ll use salt water.

I personally don’t leave any crystals in water in order to physically clean them. Not fresh water, not water from a river or stream and most certainly NOT salt water. The only crystal I would ever place in salt water is clear quartz and even then I prefer not to, although many people swear by this method, so always go with what feels right to you 🙂

I’ve learned the hard way by taking a bag of tumble stones to the beach to wash them in the sea ~ it felt like a lovely thing to do at the time, but wasn’t a wise choice. Some of the the crystals went dull, others seemed to soak up some of the salt water into their cracks, which then expanded within those cracks when dry and left a white residue that damaged the surface of the crystal. Some were OK, but many of them weren’t and I was really disappointed.

If you feel the need to symbolically get out in nature with your crystals and would like to physically clean them under running water, I’d recommend fresh water rivers and streams. Get a muslin bag and place all of your crystals inside, then drop it into a torrent or stream of running water. Crystals absolutely ADORE this and when I lived next to a river, I used to do this all the time. Fast running water will often physically clean, energetically cleanse AND charge crystals up. It doesn’t work with all of them, but with most quartz based crystals it’s a fantastic method.

If you really want to use salt, please use Himalayan/non-processed dry salt and bury your crystals in a bowl of it overnight. This is a method of energetically cleansing a crystal, but it won’t physically clean it as salt leaves it covered in a fine powder so it would need to be washed afterwards. You also have to throw the salt away after its only been used a few times, so it can get quite expensive.

The only time I advocate leaving a crystal in water is if you want to energise drinking water with the energy of a particular crystal. The layman’s terms, the energy created by a crystal will energise water molecules as they are fabulous conductors of energy. If you imagine a crystal covered in tiny little bubbles of energy, those bubbles break off when a crystal is placed in water and attach themselves to water molecules. We then drink the water and hey presto, wonderful crystal energy 🙂

I place crystals in my water filter from time to time and find it really does work. My cat used to love her drinking water infused with Rose Quartz. She was quite nervous and jumpy, so I think it soothed her. If I gave her plain old water from the tap, she’d often turn her nose up at it and the water would sit there for a few days…she either went thirsty or would drink outside somewhere.

If you want to try this, the Brita water filters are excellent as the top opens for water to be added and the crystals can be placed inside. The water then filters through, having been energised by the crystal. I cleanse and charge any crystals several times a week if using them in a water filter. Another way is to simply pop a crystal in a glass of water and leave it for half an hour, then drink the water.


I also set my intention, having been fascinated by the work of Masaru Emoto, who was famous for showing how individual water molecules could change depending on the emotions and thoughts directed at them (see above pic). I’ll hold my filter/glass and think and feel love, joy, energy, happiness, calm or whatever I need at the time and programme the crystal for the same thing. The table below details which crystals are best used to energise water.


Crystals that should never be placed in water due to being too soft/porousTalc, Sandstone, Gypsum, Selenite, Desert Rose, Alabaster,
Crystals that should not be left in water or their surface or internal structure may be compromisedDyed Agate, Malachite, Lapis Lazuli, Iron Pyrite, Hematite, Calcite, Onyx, Howlite, Dolomite, Turquoise, Opal, Tiger's Eye, Labradorite, Tiger Iron, Carnelian, Agates, Smithsonite, Ehhydro Quartz or Agate
Crystals that are excellenct to place in a water filter to energise the waterAmethyst, Rose Quartz, Clear Quartz, Jade, Brandbergs, Aventurine, Natural Citrine, Smokey Quartz, Ametrine, high quality Rubies, Emeralds, Sapphire & topaz, Diamonds

I hope you’ve found this blog useful, but if you have any questions, please drop me a line. I love to hear from fellow crystal enthusiasts 🙂

Have a wonderful day

Bright blessings, Krissy XXX

7 thoughts on “Crystals and Water”


    hello, i have a question.. i have a few crystal. one day, my brother wants to clean them by soaking in tap water in a glass cup… one hour later the glass cup breaks in two… it was like a clean cut through.. just like a butter cut by a sharp knife… my question is… does crystal react like that if soaked in water…?

    1. Kristy Hodges

      Hi Sophian

      Was the glass sat in direct sunlight? If so, this would cause the atoms in the crystal to move very quickly as it is subjected to heat & light and those vibrations could cause the glass to break. I don’t recommend soaking crystals in water to clean them ~ just wash and dry them like you would anything else. Hope that helps, have a lovely day 🙂

    1. Kristy Hodges

      Hi Keeya ~ Fluorite I would wash under a gentle running tap no problem, dry it off with a soft cloth and then pop it in sunlight for no more than half an hour to dry, cleanse and charge it up again. If the Fluorite is growing on a matrix, you’d have to check whether the matrix contains anything water soluable. Thanks and have a great day 🙂

  2. Janice Wood

    Reading your site, I actually make the indirect method, it’s touching 3-5 stones around the base of a bottle of spring water overnight, crystals never have to be in water, many have toxic varnish as well, and the indirect method is just easier and safer. Also have a group on FB called Crystal Water, the Indirect Method, if you want to check it out. Ancient Roman Soldiers used Aquamarine for eye problems, (to drink), as the eyes are basically water the light nourishment is effective for eye issues. Gem Water is used by many zoo’s around the world, please be aware stones always outside of the water is more effective for pets, they don’t need much. Those who make gem water know that when it’s diluted it’s more effective. Amethyst water calms down crying babies in the bathtub, and they’re like sleeping angels all night, it also deters fleas, helps with acne, and calms dogs., good for addicts too. When placing crystals touching the base of a bottle overnight, always use your intent, this structures the crystals to charge the water to assist you. And when you make various combo’s you learn more from the stones making gem water, the other half of healing with crystals is calling in the crystalline energy you need and the colors.

    1. Kristy Hodges

      Hi Janice, yes, I use the indirect method too. However, many prefer the direct method and we have to accommodate that everyone has a different way they would prefer to do things. Many crystals can be placed in water and are not toxic whatsoever. I’ll leave your comment here so people can read it and make the choice that feels best for them. Thanks for taking the time to share your knowledge and have an amazing day 🙂

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