How to Cleanse Selenite to Remove Negative Energy

By Mary Ancillette |

How to cleanse selenite

Selenite has the ability to self-cleanse, but it’s still a good idea to cleanse it regularly to remove unwanted energies. Keep reading to find out how to safely cleanse selenite.

Selenite is a powerful healing crystal with an angelic resonance. It absorbs negative energy from your aura or environment, so it’s important to cleanse it of negative influences.

In this article, we’ll look at why selenite needs to be cleansed and the safest cleansing methods.

How Should You Cleanse Selenite to Remove Negative Energy?

You can cleanse selenite by leaving it in the light of the full moon overnight. The moon’s energy passes through clouds, but you should protect the stone with a glass bowl if there is a chance of rain.  

Does Selenite Really Need to be Cleansed?

Selenite needs to be cleansed to ensure it isn’t holding negative energies. As selenite is a sensitive stone, it absorbs energy faster than many other crystals, making cleansing even more important.

While it’s true that selenite can self-cleanse, this is a slow process that may not happen fast enough to prevent a build-up of toxic energy. 

Cleansing restores the crystal’s original vibration, removes negative energy, and maintains the gemstone’s healing properties.

How to Cleanse a Selenite Crystal to Remove Negative Energy

Selenite (a form of gypsum) measures two on the Mohs hardness scale. This makes it unsuitable for cleansing with water. Fortunately, there are several other ways to cleanse selenite, including moonlight, visualisations, and smudging. 


Moonlight is my favourite method for cleansing selenite. It’s a gentle process that restores the stone’s healing energy without causing damage.

Place the selenite crystal on the earth or on natural material, then leave it overnight. If there’s a chance of rain, protect it with a glass bowl or put it on a windowsill indoors.

The best time to cleanse with moonlight is during the full moon. Don’t worry if it’s an overcast night, as the cleansing energy will pass through clouds.

Visualisation and Breathe 

You don’t need special equipment to cleanse selenite, as visualisation can be a powerful tool for cleansing negative energy.

Start meditating and visualise white light encasing your crystal. Then imagine white light filling your body, before blowing it over the selenite. Remember to remain focused on the intention of cleansing while you do this. 


Smudging is another powerful technique for cleansing selenite. It’s less convenient than visualisation, but is effective at removing negative energy and can be a calming experience.

You can use incense sticks, dried herbs, or smudge sticks for smudging.

Using a fire proof container, light the stick or herb and allow it to smoulder. Hold the selenite crystal over the smoke for 30 seconds. You can also use a feather to waft the smoke over the gemstone. 

Can You Cleanse Selenite in Water?

No, it’s not safe to cleanse selenite in water. Selenite is a soft mineral and will dissolve if it gets wet or is exposed to humidity.

How to Charge Selenite

Selenite is a high vibrational crystal that can temporarily become less effective after working for us. By charging it, you’ll restore its original frequency.

Here are my three favourite ways to charge selenite. For more methods, read my guide to charging crystals.

MethodDurationHow to
Using a larger crystalSix to eight hours, or longerPlace selenite on a geode or large cluster of quartz, Tibetan quartz or selenite.
SoundThree to five minutesUse either bells, chanting, tuning forks or singing bells.
MoonlightThe whole nightPlace directly on the earth or a windowsill. Protect from moisture if wet.

How to Activate Selenite

Activating a crystal focuses it on a desired intention. It’s not essential to activate your selenite, but doing so can make the crystal more effective. 

Start by cleansing your crystal, then find a peaceful place and focus your attention on the stone. Say out loud “I program this crystal for… (fill in with your intention).” Repeat this three times and always finish by saying “for the highest good.”

What Are Selenite’s Healing Properties?

Selenite has a fine vibration that opens and balances the Crown Chakra. It brings a sense of peace and tranquillity, which aids with meditation. Selenite is also a useful crystal when suffering from migraines.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Should I Clean My Selenite Crystal?

As selenite is a soft mineral, you should avoid salt, acidic, or abrasive substances when cleaning it. You should also avoid soaking the crystal in water due to the risk of it dissolving.

Instead, use a damp soft cloth and gently rub it to remove marks. Make sure to quickly dry the crystal after cleaning.

The best way to care for selenite is to protect it from getting dirty in the first place. You can do this by wearing soft gloves when you handle it, so the natural oils of your skin don’t touch the stone.

Why is Selenite Used for Cleansing Other Crystals?

Selenite is one of the most popular stones for cleansing other crystals. This is because selenite’s angelic resonance cleanses stagnant or negative energies.

For more information, read my guide on how to cleanse crystals with selenite.

How Should I Store Selenite?

As selenite is a soft mineral and can break easily, it’s unwise to carry it in your pocket. Wrap it carefully in a soft cloth, and store away from other stones that may scratch it. I like to keep selenite in its own compartment in a wooden box when I’m not using it.


Selenite absorbs negative energy, which may temporarily lower its energetic frequency. By cleansing the crystal, you’ll restore its angelic resonance and healing properties.

As selenite may dissolve if soaked in water, I use moonlight to cleanse it. Crystal singing bowls, visualisation, and smudging are other options.

Mary Ancillette

About the Author: Mary Ancillette

Mary is a spiritual teacher, published author and crystal healing expert from the UK. With over 15 years of crystal healing experience, she’s passionate about helping others improve their lives by harnessing the power of crystals and spirituality.