Everything you need to know about Water Safe Crystals!

Find out everything you need to know about water safe crystals below!

Crystals need to be cared for to ensure they retain their energy and beauty. One popular method of cleansing crystals is by using water. But not all crystals are water safe, and it’s important to know which ones can be cleansed this way and how to do it properly.

In this blog post, we talk about all things relating to water safe crystals, from cleaning a newly purchased stone to creating crystal infused water!

Which crystals are water-safe? Image showing a variety of healing crystals including rose quartz and amethyst

Water safe Crystals: How to clean your Stones Safely

One of the most common ways to cleanse crystals is with water. Water is an element that is associated with cleaning, so it only makes sense to use it to cleanse your stones of both physical dirt and unwanted energy.

The easiest and most straightforward method is to rinse your stones under running water.

For crystals with a lot of skin contact, like facial rollers or bracelets, I recommend using a little bit of mild soap to remove any grime that has built up. Cleaning these tools properly after every use is very important for your skin health!

But please avoid using hot or ice-cold water for your stones, as extreme temperatures can cause them to crack or break. Use room-temperature water instead.

I also recommend against soaking your crystals in water for an extended period of time, as this can damage even otherwise water safe crystals.

Just hold the stones under running water or use a damp cloth to wipe them down. Afterward, dry them thoroughly with a soft cloth. You can also leave them to air dry for a few hours before using them or storing your crystals.

Water is just one method for cleansing crystals, but it’s my preferred one for any water safe crystals that you just bought, that you use a lot, or that have direct skin contact. 

However, some stones you work with might not be suited for water. Fortunately, there are many other ways to cleanse these, depending on the type of crystal and your personal preferences. But we will talk more about this in a moment!

The Ins and Outs of Placing Crystals in Water

As we said above, leaving crystals in water for a long time can damage or even dissolve them. 

Even hard, water safe crystals can become dull, cloudy, or develop cracks over time when left in water for long periods. 

That’s why I personally am not a fan of charging healing crystals in saltwater baths.

However, crystal baths for us are a wonderful thing, as is crystal infused water for our plants! We will talk in detail about this later in this post.

How do these two things go together, though? Well, just as you might have a favorite stone in your collection, it is okay to have crystals that are “working horses”, e.g., a handful of amethyst and clear quartz stones that you use to infuse water.

These crystals might not stay as beautiful and shiny as your other stones. But they do an important job for you! I make sure that I acknowledge and thank my water crystals for the work they are doing for me. 

They might not get admired like other pieces in my collection, but they are highly appreciated!

I wholeheartedly recommend against regularly soaking your beautiful and valuable stones in water. The more precious they are to you, the more careful you should be with them!

What does Water do to Crystals?

Water can affect crystals in different ways depending on the type of crystal and the duration of exposure. 

Water-soluble crystals, such as Selenite or Halite, can dissolve or break apart when exposed to water. These crystals have a porous structure that can absorb moisture and react with it.

Many types of crystals become cloudy or lose their luster if left in water for a long time and repeatedly. This is because the water can create a film or layer over the crystal’s surface, reducing its transparency and shine.

Some crystals may develop cracks or fractures due to water over time. This is because it can penetrate the crystal’s surface. Water molecules can expand and contract as the stone dries, leading to structural damage.

… and what about Salt water?

There are specific issues with placing crystals in salt water, and I’m not a fan of using it to cleanse or charge our valuable crystals. 

Salt water is more corrosive than regular water and can damage crystals more quickly, especially those that are porous. It can cause these crystals to become damaged and may also cause metals to corrode or rust.

Salt water can also leave a residue or film on the surface of crystals, which can affect their energy and appearance. This residue can be tricky to remove, making it hard to restore the crystal’s original look.

Almost all minerals are safe to be cleaned quickly under running water, with a few exceptions that we will discuss in a moment. 

Common Properties of Water Safe Crystals

Crystals that are safe to use in water typically have the following properties:


Water safe crystals tend to be higher on the Mohs hardness scale (6 or above) and are less porous than water-sensitive crystals. Harder crystals are less likely to dissolve or break apart when exposed to water.


Water safe crystals typically do not have any chemical reactions with water. This means that they will not dissolve or change their structure when exposed to water.


Water-safe crystals should not contain any toxic metals or minerals that can leach into the water and harm humans or animals.


While most crystals contain trace amounts of metals that give them their color, crystals that contain higher amounts of metals may react with water and corrode or rust over time. Water safe crystals typically have a very low amount of metals so there won’t be any noticable reaction.

Pin this info about Water-Sensitive and Water-Safe Crystals:

Everything you need to know about Water-Safe and Water-Sensitive Crystals

A List of Water Safe Crystals

Quartz Family Stones





Jasper Family Stones



Tourmaline Family Stones

Agate Family stones




Tiger’s Eye


A List of Crystals that are not Water Safe

For the following water-sensitive crystals, I recommend gentler methods for cleaning, such as rubbing them down with a soft piece of fabric or placing them in a selenite bowl for several hours.

Selenite (self-cleansing)

Halite (Rock Salt)

Pyrite (Fool’s Gold)








Calcite Family Stones

Desert Rose


FAQ: Which of the most popular Healing Crystals are water safe?

Is Red Jasper water safe?

Red jasper is generally considered to be safe to use in water. Some stones may contain impurities or toxic minerals that could leach into the water, so it’s important to use caution and care when using any crystal in water.

Is Calcite water safe?

Stones from the calcite family should not be cleaned with water, as it is a soft and porous crystal that can quickly become damaged when exposed to water.

Is Moonstone water safe?

Moonstone is water safe. It is a hard and durable crystal that is relatively resistant to water damage.

Is Rose Quartz water safe?

Rose quartz is generally considered water safe and is a popular stone to use for creating crystal infused water.

Is Clear Quartz water safe?

Clear quartz is often used to charge and cleanse water due to its purifying properties and is considered water safe.

Is Amethyst water safe?

Amethyst is a water safe crystal and another good choice to use for energizing water.

Can Carnelian go in water?

Carnelian is generally considered a water safe stone that you can rinse under running water to clean.

Can Fluorite go in water?

Fluorite is only at a 4 on the Moh’s hardness scale. If necessary, you can give it a quick rinse under running water, but it scratches and damages easily and should be handled with a lot of care.

Is Prehnite water safe?

While prehnite is a hard crystal, it has a high amount of aluminium and should not be cleaned with water.

Is Hematite water safe?

Hematite is a little too soft to be considered water safe and can easily develop cracks. But you can give it a quick rinse under running water if necessary.

Is Lapis Lazuli water safe?

Lapis lazuli can be rinsed down under running water (e.g. to clean lapis lazuli bracelets) but will damage if left submerged in water.

How to create healthy Gemwater with Water Safe Crystals

Adding crystals to water is a practice that has been around for centuries. Gemwater, or crystal infused water, has been charged with the energy of crystals and is believed to carry all their positive effects.

While the method of adding stones directly into the drinking water still has fans today, it is much safer to create crystal water through indirect methods! 

You can never be quite sure that your crystal hasn’t been treated with – or naturally absorbed – toxins that might dissolve in water. In that case, it would not only carry positive energy but also a lot of unwanted stuff that should not be in your body.

So, in my opinion, it’s better if water and stone don’t actually touch, even if it’s a water safe crystal!

Whenever we work with healing crystals, we believe they can affect the energy around them. Therefore, it’s not necessary to add them directly to the water in order to get the benefits of a drink infused with an extra boost of positive energy.

Image showing methods to create safe gemwater: either surrounding a water bottle with crystals, or using a special bottle with a compartment for a crystal.

To make safe and healthy crystal infused water, you will need the following:

  • A clean glass jar or water bottle
  • Water that is safe to drink
  • Healing Crystals of your choice (cleansed and charged)

The first step is to choose your crystals. Consider what exactly you want the crystal infused water to do for you, e.g., give you a boost in energy and strength, make you more motivated, or calm you down and help you relax. Then choose crystals that fit this specific goal.

Don’t try to do it all at once, though! Not all crystals go together well, and this is mainly down to opposing energetic goals. Your water can’t be invigorating and soothing at the same time. 

Create different gem water types for different times of the day instead!

Now it’s time to pick a method to infuse the water with crystal energy.

The Sun Method

Fill the water bottle, place it in indirect sunlight, e.g., on a window sill, and put your crystals around the glass. Leave it for at least an hour.

The Moon Method

This method is gentler and is perfect for charging water with soothing energies. Fill your clean glass jar with water and place it on a window sill with the crystals surrounding the glass.

In addition to drinking it, you can also use gem water in beauty routines. Fill a spray bottle with it to make refreshing face toners or hair rinses.

Crystal infused water also works wonders when used to water plants!

How to take a Crystal Bath

A crystal bath is a wonderful method to increase your overall well-being. The crystals help to balance and align your chakras and promote healing. 

Depending on the intention of the bath, you pick water safe crystals with the most fitting healing properties.

For an energizing and uplifting bath, you might choose citrine and tiger’s eye together with clear quartz as an amplifier to cleanse negative energy from you.

If you want to take a relaxing bath before bed that relieves stress and will help you sleep, you can use the popular combination of rose quartz, amethyst, and clear quartz. 

For additional benefits, you can also add essential oils to your tub.

Since you are in direct contact with stones during a crystal bath, it’s very important that you only use non-toxic stones that won’t give off any unwanted chemicals when exposed to water!

Instead of adding stones directly to your bath, you can also create gemwater with the method described above and add this to your bathtub.

Water safe crystals like rose quartz can be added to a jar of water to create gemwater for plants
You can add water safe crystals like this rose quartz directly into the jar to create gemwater for plants or prepare water for your crystal bath!

In conclusion, using water to cleanse crystals is a popular and effective method for maintaining their energetic properties and beauty. 

However, it’s important to be mindful of which crystals are safe to be placed in water and to take the necessary precautions to avoid any damage or negative effects. 

With the info we discussed above, you can safely and effectively clean your wonderful healing crystals and keep them working at their optimal level. 

With proper care and attention, your crystals can bring you joy, healing, and positive energy for many years to come and can safely benefit you through crystal infused water!

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