Caring for your mala

Our malas are made to last. Treat them with love and kindness to extend their lives as long as possible. Here are a few tips you may also find useful:

  • Keep dry and store them in a safe place such as in your mala bag or jewelry box.
  • Remove prior to bathing, doing yoga or swimming. Avoid spraying with any sort of scents/perfumes. 
  • Don't cleanse using water or salt. Some crystals will erode or rust; rather than trying to remember which ones do this, it's safer to use alternate clearing methods, such as:
    • Sound vibrations using your own voice (my favorite) or a singing bowl
    • Smudging with sage or incense
    • Reiki
    • Sunlight (early morning or evening - 20 minutes or less)
    • Moonlight
  • If you need to clean your mala for some reason, it's best to use a soft, dry cloth.
  • All semi-precious gemstones need to be treated with care as these gems can crack with force.
  • Wooden beads and rudraksha seeds may darken over time from the oils in your skin. This is actually a good thing, as the oils protect and extend the life of these beads. You can also lightly oil your beads using olive oil or another natural oil to protect them.
  • It's best not to wrap your mala around your wrist unless it's designed for that, such as with wrap malas strung on stretchy cord. Otherwise, this can shorten the life of your mala. 
  • A few of our malas have a tassel. If the tassel on your mala is looking scraggly, just lightly dampen or steam it and comb it out with a regular comb.

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