How to cleanse your crystals.... (This is not the same as charging crystals, which I will post about next)
Most crystals hold energies, both positive and negative and need to be cleansed - the regularity (is that a word? is now) of how often you'll need to cleanse them will vary depending on how often you use them, if they have been used to help remove negative, stale or "bad" energy or when protecting from dark spirits etc. I also find it best to cleanse them before using them if they haven't been out to play in a while.
How to cleanse them - There are several ways you can cleanse crystals, the first and easiest way is to hold them under flowing water, of course a natural creek, river or the beach is best but not necessary. The good old kitchen tap will work just as well, especially if your intentions are set.
Not all crystals can be cleansed in water, such as Selenite, which will slowly dissolve if it gets wet due to it's crystaline salt-like formation, Malachite which may release toxins into the water, Raw crystals need to be kept dry. Most tumbled stones are fine to wash in water if you're unsure please check or cleanse using a different method.
Earthing is another way to cleanse them, you can do this by either placing them on the ground in a garden or actually burying them for a while. The Earth then cleanses and also provides a little boost to your crystals.
Salt is another good way to cleanse crystals, you can do this by placing your stones on a dish or bowl filled with salt - any salt is fine, though the purer the better. We recently added a special Cleansing Salt Blend to the store, which is what we often use and is available here. Our daughter, Saige, likes to then cover her crystals with more salt, and give them a bit of a salt bath and cover them up as much as she can.
The last way to cleanse crystals (there are some others like singing bowls, candlework etc. but I like to keep things simple) is to smoke them. To do this you simply use a white sage smudge stick, palo santo or herbal incense blend and pass the crystals through the smoke. The smoke cleanses them just as it does when you smudge your home or anything else. Hold them in the smoke until you feel they are done or pass them through, back & forth several times through the smoke.
Remember though to wipe off any water, salt or dirt once you're done to make sure they are clean and dry as well as cleansed in the energetic sense of the word.
There are some crystals which never need cleansing such as Carnelian, which also cleanses it's friends when kept together in a bag or pouch!
How do you prefer to cleanse your crystals? Do you have some which prefer a different way to others?