You in danger gurl!
Alright my lovelies, if you’ve made it this far onto our website, chances are you have a crystal or two. You’ve probably set up a like a “totes adorbs” little altar or place to keep your crystals and you’re probably cleansing them regularly right? Well, I sure hope so! We wanna make sure that both you and your crystals are well taken care of and…well, there have been a few questions coming to us lately that have had us… a little worried. In particular there have been a lot of questions about cleansing stones using water and when you should/shouldn’t be using water. Let me forward this by saying that I have water in almost every single one of my planetary houses, I love all things water and if I could, I’d be in the pool right now, I would be. I’m basically a sea witch, so it pains me to no end to say this…but…
Please don’t cleanse your crystals with water. Yes, I know this is an extremely unpopular opinion when we live in a world full of crystal water bottles and crystal infused tonics. You see every influencer and their dog drinking out of crystal chip bottles. “Come on Dylan, surely all of those beautiful people (and dogs) can’t be wrong”. Well, here is the dealio with crystals and water. Depending on the chemical composition of the crystal, water can cause rust or cracks to appear, gradually dissolving or crumbling the crystal. Water could change the colour over time and some crystals can even release toxins into the water. (Looking at you Malachite!)
How do you know which crystals are alright and which are not!? As a general rule of thumb (with some exceptions), crystals ending with “ite” tend to dissolve in water. I’ve heard wayyyyy to many stories of someone “cleansing” their Selenite in water only to have it literally dissolve into nothingness and even worse DRINK IT. (I don’t mean to shame you, but if you do this, please stop, it can be very dangerous!!) Crystals ending in -ite aren’t the only way to determine which crystals can be submerged in water. Using Moh’s hardness scale you COULD determine crystals that could be put in water. This scale is relevant when looking at crystals and their water tolerance because the softer the material, the more likely it is to be damaged by water. Crystals that fall below 5 on the Mohs scale, and the closer to 0 they are, the more sensitive to water they usually are.
The problem is, I’m lazy and when I actually DO make an effort to stay hydrated, I don’t want to have to worry about consuming toxic materials. You’re probably thinking, “Well Dylan, I bought this Quartz/Amethyst/Shungite water bottle and none of those are below 5 on Moh’s hardness scale AND they are non-toxic.” And you’re totally right…if the crystal inside of the bottle is 100% what it says it is otherwise, yikes! Dylan, are you telling me that I could be slowly poisoning myself by drinking crystal water? Um… kinda ya! The beautiful problem with crystals is that they come from the earth and they rarely are 100% of anything. So unless that crystal inside your bottle is fake, I just wouldn’t risk it!
To summarise, I’m not going to tell you how to live your life, but I cannot in good conscious recommend putting any crystals in water, especially not to drink. Instead try cleansing your crystals with sage, palo santo, Selenite or moonlight. That is why we at C&S will not recommend crystal tonics or ever sell crystal water bottles. We just can’t guarantee that the crystal is 100% toxic proof! Besides, I love you all too much to see you suffer from any kind of toxic drink.
A few crystals that I would DEFINETLY keep away from water: Selenite, Malachite, Bumblebee Jasper, Tiger’s Eye, Scolecite, Azurite, Celestite, Pink Halite, Himalayan Salt, Calcite… anything ending in ‘ite’.
If you’re still craving the sweet siren song on the crystal tonic water, then I recommend finding a bottle that has crystal chips that DO NOT touch the water or have a special compartment that separates the crystals from the water.
Be safe friends and don’t poison yourselves!