How to Clean Your Essential Oil Lava Bracelet

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An essential oil lava bracelet is one of the best gifts. But when you feel it has been used for a long time, especially if it has gained too many stains and dirt, do you still want to wear it? Of course not! Nobody likes wearing dirty things.

Cleaning is necessary to keep bacteria and germs from growing and damaging your lava beads. This extends the life of your bracelet and maintain the quality of care and healing it's meant to provide.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about keeping your essential oil lava bracelet clean physically and energetically.


  • Lava bracelets are porous materials that can absorb and diffuse essential oils.
  • There are two ways to clean your essential oil lava beads: (1) with soap and water; and (2) water and vinegar.
  • Cleanse your lava bracelet by placing it directly under sunlight, moonlight, or burying underground to restore its natural vibrations.

What are Essential Oil Lava Bracelets?

Essential oil lava bracelets are worn to diffuse aromatic scent that helps calm your senses. They are made of porous lava stones, which means they are absorbent in nature. This makes lava beads ideal for diffusing essential oils.

Ways to Clean an Essential Oil Lava Bracelet

No matter how careful you may be, your lava bracelet will eventually get dirty.

Just going about your daily life can get all the dirt and stains pile up on your essential oil beads. This signals that it's time to thoroughly clean your lava bracelet!

The good news is that it's really not that difficult. Here's how:

Soap and Water

What you need:

  • A bowl of warm water
  • Mild soap
  • Toothbrush

The first step is to choose a mild soap to clean your bracelet.

Then, combine the soap with warm water. Keep in mind that you only need a little bit.

Once you have the solution, soak the lava beads for a good amount of time.

Gently brush over the beads with a toothbrush.

When you're done cleaning, give it a last rinse under running water to remove any lingering dust. 

While rinsing, massage the lava beads with your fingertips to remove any residue. The soapy scent on the beads should disappear after being cleaned, so give them a whiff to be sure. 

However, if the beads still smell strongly of soap after being rinsed, you should give them another rinsing.

After cleaning, wipe the lava bead bracelet dry with a clean towel. Dry it by patting it instead of rubbing it with a towel.

Water and Vinegar

What you need:

  • A bowl of water
  • 50ml of vinegar
  • A clean piece of cloth

Many believe that soaking your lava bracelet for extended periods in water may cause them to lose their shine. Because of this, they would mix water with vinegar since it helps in hydration.

In this method, “dilute” a bowl of water with 50ml of vinegar.

Then, dip a clean piece of cloth into the solution.

Once the cloth is moistened enough, use it to clean the beads.

After cleaning the beads, rinse them with warm water.

Cleansing Your Lava Beads on an Energetic Level

Cleansing is a powerful practice that helps you to clear away any negative energies that might be attached to your lava beads. When we wear the lava stone, it picks up on the energy of the room and the people around you. This means that if someone in your home is angry or stressed, their energy can transfer onto the rock.

Accumulating to much negative energy can dull the healing vibration of your lava bracelet.

If you want your essential oil bracelet to continue bringing you peace and joy, it's important to cleanse it regularly so you get the most out of it.

You may cleanse your lava bracelet in the following ways:


The sun's warm energy is ideal for most kinds of gemstones and crystals. This is especially true for the once fiery lava stones.

To cleanse and charge your lava beads, place them in direct sunlight for a few hours. The best time to do this is during sunrise or sunset when the rays aren’t too harsh yet.

When dusk approaches, though, you should bring them back inside.

Energy shift from day to night. If you keep them out in the moonlight for too long, they will be charged with the moon's power instead of the sun's. This may alter the results of their energies the next time you call upon them.


Alternatively, you can also cleanse and charge your lava rock during a crescent or full moon.

You may leave your bracelet overnight, but make sure to collect it before sunrise. As explained above, energy shift from night to day. This can charge the stone with conflicting energies.


Burying your stone on the ground is like returning it to nature. Doing so removes the negative vibrations that have accumulated to the rock and charge it with natural energy.

To cleanse by burial, place the lava bracelet in a glass jar or bottle. Then, bury the container in a safe spot for 24 hours.

As long as you have access to a tiny patch of natural dirt, this should be a relatively simple method to restore the energy of your stones. You don’t need to bury the glass container completely, only deep enough to keep the lava beads covered.


Keeping your lava bracelet clean on both physical and energy levels allows you to enjoy your essential oils for a long time.

We hope you found this guide helpful, and we'd love to hear from you if you have any other questions about how to take care of your bracelet.

Just leave a comment if you have any questions or suggestions.

Celina Wang

Celina Wang, a seasoned Feng Shui and crystal healing enthusiast, shares a decade of expertise on the Buddha & Karma blog. Inspired by her travels in East Asia and love for nature, she guides readers through the transformative world of Feng Shui and crystals, infusing her writing with insights from her peaceful garden meditations.

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1 Comment

  • Stephanie

    If you want to change the sent on the lava bead do you clean it before applying a new oil?

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