Can Fluorite Go In Water? (Full Guide)

Fluorite is considered one of the best stones to remove negative energies and vibrations. However, to make sure it will continue to do that for a long time we need to give it some TLC every once in a while. Cleansing your fluorite will keep it happy, healthy, and ready for you to use. Though using water is a common way to cleanse crystals, it is not ideal for fluorite.

Fluorite cannot go in water, as it only has a 4 on the Mohs scale. Consequently, the stone might break if left to soak. Beware that there is also a chance of toxic chemicals being released into the water. Safe ways to cleanse your fluorite are by using selenite, smoke cleansing or sound.

Continue reading if you want to know more about why fluorite cannot go in water and the alternative ways to cleanse your fluorite. At the bottom of this page you’ll also find a quick overview of fluorite’s traits.

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Can Fluorite Go In Water (Explained)

Fluorite cannot go in water, as the stone is simply too soft to be able to withstand it. It has a 4 on the Mohs scale of hardness. On this scale, every mineral receives a number between 1-10. The higher the  number, the more it can handle. For example, talc is a 1 and diamonds are a 10. In order to be safe in water, a mineral needs to be at least a 5-6.

With fluorite being a 4, it won’t immediately dissolve as soon as it hits water. It is significantly harder than talc after all. What is likely to happen, is that the stone turns brittle.

The reason for this is that every stone, polished or raw, has miniscule cracks in the surface. This isn’t necessarily a problem – it is simply a characteristic. However when we soak our crystals in water, it gets into these cracks and makes them shift. If you have a harder stone, like quartz for example, this won’t happen as quickly. They are simply to hard and rigid to expand easily. Fluorite on the other hand, is much softer. This causes these cracks to expand much easier. The result is that the cracks become larger and will eventually turn your stone brittle.

How quickly this happens differs per stone. Some polished stones are finished with a seal that gives it a bit more shine. When you soak your stone this finish is the first thing to dissolve, protecting your stone a little longer. Raw stones also have more cracks than polished stones, so I wouldn’t recommend ever leaving those in water.
Unfortunately you won’t know how quickly your particular stone will break, until it has. For this reason I try to stay away from soaking my crystals in general and choose safer methods.

If your fluorite does end up with water damage, this shouldn’t immediately be a problem. Some would argue that this renders your stone unusable, but I have personally found otherwise. It is really up to you – pick it up and check in with its energy. If it doesn’t feel good anymore, you might be better off getting a new one.

The last thing to be aware of is that fluorite contains an element called fluorine. By itself, this is a dangerous gas and not something you would want near you. In the fluorite crystal however, it is bonded with another element called calcium. This causes the fluorine to be harmless, as long as you’re not actively attempting to take the fluorine out of the fluorite (by pouring acid on it, for example).

However as we now know, fluorite is relatively soft. If you soak it in water there is a good chance that at least some of it dissolves into the water. I therefore highly recommend that you don’t make fluorite water elixirs, or otherwise consume water that has had fluorite in it.

Will you be seriously harmed if you do? Probably not. Do I still think it is better to be safe than sorry? Absolutely.

Can Fluorite Go In Tap Water?

Fluorite should not go in any water, including tap water. If you do leave it to soak, it is very likely that your stone will turn brittle and eventually break or turn dull. Tap water isn’t worse or better for fluorite than other types of water.

Can Fluorite Go In Salt Water?

Fluorite cannot go in saltwater. Salt and water separately are very likely to damage your stone. Combine them and it is unlikely your fluorite will survive it.

The reason for this, is that water will eventually evaporate but the salt grains will remain. These cause the cracks to expand quicker and break your stone apart, or at least turn it brittle.

Beware that raw fluorite and geodes have even more cracks and are thus even more vulnerable to saltwater.

If you want to know more about fluorite and salt, I recommend this post: “Can Fluorite Go In Salt?

I Put My Fluorite In Water, What Do I Do Now?

Remove it from the water as soon as possible and dry it with a soft cloth. Be extra careful with handling your stone from now on, as the integrity will be compromised. Apart from that, there isn’t much that you can do.

Unfortunately, damage to your fluorite cannot be reversed. Some believe that as soon as your stone is damaged by water it loses its positive energy and is left unusable. I would recommend following your intuition and feeling its energy. If you feel it is still giving off positive energy, continue to use it! If not, you might be better off buying a new stone. 

How To Cleanse Fluorite Without Water?

There are several ways you can cleanse your fluorite that are safe and won’t damage your stone. I’ll explain a few of them below, but if you want to know more, I recommend this post: “Can Fluorite Be In Sun?

Firstly, is sound. I like this method particularly because it both cleanses and charges your stone. You can use singing bowls, tuning forks or just a YouTube video. All you need to do is set an intention and let the sound fill the room.

Here’s my favorite YouTube video to use:

Next is one of the easiest ways – selenite. Selenite is an incredible crystal that can extract negative energies and transmute them into positive ones. For this reason, selenite is a wonderful crystal to mediate with to help open your crown chakra.
Besides this, it can also cleanse and charge your crystals for you. I love this method as you do not need to charge your crystals after: selenite will have already done it for you.

All you need is a selenite crystal that is at least the same size, preferably bigger than your fluorite. Place it on top and leave it there for 24hours. When you take it off, your fluorite will be ready to use!

Lastly, you can smoke cleanse your fluorite. In order to do this, light your some herbs and blow out the flame. Waft the smoke over your stone and you’re ready to go! Make sure you leave the windows open, so the smoke has somewhere to go.

NOTE: Beware that using the term ‘smudging’ and the practice of burning white sage/palo santo is commonly used in the spiritual community. This is a specific type of smoke cleansing used by Native Americans, and which was illegal up until about 40 years ago. We recommend using a form of smoke cleansing that is appropriate for you and your culture.

Fluorite Overview

Chakra: Heart (green fluorite) | Crown (purple fluorite)
Element: Earth | Air (white fluorite)
Zodiac: Virgo | Pisces | Taurus
Benefits: Intellect | Protection | Cleansing

Each fluorite stone has different benefits, depending on the color. Overall, fluorite is incredibly grounding and helps you when you feel you’ve been absorbing other people’s energies. As a result, this is a great stone for HSP’s or empaths. Fluorite will also help you when you need a little extra brainpower, especially when making difficult decisions or when you need to concentrate.

Neat Crystal

I am a Crystal & Gem Specialist with 20 years experience collecting and analyzing crystals and gems. My main focus is on crystal and gem abilities to influence our human experience through energy caused by visual and physical properties of each. I also love to dive into the formation, chemical makeup, and rare impurities found within crystals - a Geologist in training. I started Neat Crystal as a place to jot down my thoughts, notes, and share my knowledge to help others.

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