Before placing, or using your crystal, there are two processes of cleansing it to prepare it for use.
The first is just to remove any traces of dust or fingerprints. Simply run your crystal under running water. Of course, if your crystal item is delicate or has a protective felted bottom side, you may cleanse by gently wiping your crystal with a soft moist towel.
The second cleanse -and the more important one – is energetic. Our intention is to purify the crystal to remove any energies or imbalances it may have picked up in handling by others on its way to you. Of course, crystals will also rebalance and cleanse themselves over time if left unused and not handled. The following methods will allow you to help your crystal back to its balanced state right away.
USE OF A CRYSTAL CLUSTER
If you have a large enough clustered crystal in your home, using it is the easiest way to cleanse and attune your new crystals: To do so, simply place your new crystal on top of a crystal cluster and leave it there until the next day.
You can smudge your crystal with incense or smudge sticks. If you choose incense, any scent that enchants you will do; but those based upon sandalwood, sage, cedar, and frankincense have a long tradition of use as purifying agents. Simply hold your crystal in the smoke of the incense or smudge stick and let the smoke carry away any unwanted energies. You only need to do this until your crystal feels cleansed.
Dry sea salt is wonderful for removing negative energies, and since it is itself a crystal, it resonates well with crystal items. Simply fill a bowl with sea salt and bury your crystal in it for 24 hours. After 24 hours, remove your crystal and wipe clean. Disgard the salt, as it now carries the imbalanced energies. Caution: Do not use salt water!!! Salt water can damage your crystals!
THE SUN AND/OR MOON
Place your crystals either outside or on a window ledge in the sun or moonlight. Many people have their preference between sun and moonlight, and you may choose one or the other: sun for a crystal that you intend to use in outgoing, yang areas, and moon for inner workings and yin areas. Some people prefer to use both sun and moon. (For the energy of both sun and moon, simply allow the crystal to absorb light from both of them by letting them bask in the same area for 24 hours.)
The vibrations of sound are wonderful for a quick refresh and cleanse of your crystal. A very personal way to cleanse your crystal is to sing or chant to it, using any beautiful melody that inspires you. Alternatively, you can use a bell, gong, wind chimes, singing bowl, or tuning fork. (Singing bells are especially wonderful for this!) Simply sing, and/or ring your bell close to the crystal until you feel the crystal is completely cleansed.