How to Cleanse a Dreamcatcher?

  • Original old dream catchers were made with the eight point hoop with the web attached to it. This structure, used by indigenous habitants of the US and Canada, originated in the idea of the spider’s web. 
  • People have always believed dream catchers had spiritual powers which kept the wrong, negative energy away and protected people who sleep from nightmares. Dreamcatchers would hang over a cradle or bed to protect a sleeper and catch a bad dream. After the night, bad dreams caught in this spiritual object would disappear with the first sunrays. 
  • It’s essential to keep our dreamcatcher away from negative energies coming from dirt and unpleasant odors. That’s why below we recommend two techniques for cleansing dreamcatchers. These may be good ideas for both protecting crystals from losing their spirit and keeping our interiors nice and clean.

Dreamcatchers—their origins and purpose

Dreamcatchers originate in Anishinaabe culture (indigenous habitants of the US and Canada); they were adopted in the Pan-Indian Movement of the 1960s and 1970s and gained worldwide popularity as native crafts items in the 1980s.

In Native American and First Nations cultures, dreamcatchers serve a protective purpose for the people who sleep under them by keeping a negative spirit away. 

Many people believe using dream catchers is a method to filter out bad dreams.

The idea is that a dream catcher sends good dreams to the sleeper and takes nightmares away by catching them on the web. 

What would happen next?

As the first rays of the morning sun would hit the dream catcher, bad dreams would disappear.

Dream catcher originated as “the spider web charm,” thus replicating a spider’s web structure.

A dream catcher is a handmade willow hoop with woven net, web, string, or sinew.

Some cultures often decorated them with what they used to believe were sacred items, like feathers or beads. 

Nowadays, some people like to follow their fantasy and make a DIY dreamcatcher, for example, with a twig, a little string, and some sage leaves.

Dreamcatchers are still traditionally used in their original cultures, while their adapted derivatives that spread worldwide bear little resemblance to traditional styles. 

Not surprisingly, natives claim examples made with innovative materials are over-commercialized, offensively misappropriated, and misused.

Nowadays, we can use dream catchers as:

  • real energy-absorbing tools, 
  • aesthetic objects to decorate the house, or 
  • gifts.  

It’s a wonderful idea to gift a dream catcher to our loved ones.

By gifting a dream catcher, you actually give so much more—a positive thought and a peaceful sleep.  

How to clean a dreamcatcher?

When we hang a life crystal or another energy-absorbing tool on our dream catcher in the room, we shouldn’t forget to recharge it from time to time to keep it efficient. 

Keeping energy levels high means cleaning the object and taking care of it. 

Dream catchers can:

  • become dusty,
  • absorb odors, and
  • take in residue from the air.  

Are there any specific ways to cleanse dreamcatchers?

Tip: It’s a good idea to clean your dream catcher every few months, even if we don’t think it’s dirty.

Wet technique

The first way uses some water and mild liquid. We use it to clean the dream catcher when it needs some retouch. 

Important: A dream catcher should make their possessor happier and more balanced, so forget having it hanging dirty and smelly in the center of the room. 

Here’s a step-by-step technique to cleanse your dream catcher and attract even more good dreams: 

1. Fill a bowl with water and a bit of a dish liquid. 

2. Create suds and wash a small area of the dream catcher in the soapy water to test if: 

  • no dyes come off in the water, and 
  • the feathers don’t appear damaged;

3. Dip each section of the dreamcatcher in the soapy water and stroke it between your fingers, then rinse it off. 

Dry technique

This method is safer for protecting the spiritual feel of the dream catchers’ energies.

Some people believe that this technique helps keep the good energy in the object while the wet way takes it away completely. 

Those who don’t believe in dream catchers as tools that can absorb energies, and have their dream catchers only for aesthetic reasons, could be better off with a wet method presented above. 

Here’s how the dry technique works:

1. Get a bag large enough to fit the dream catcher and put it inside.

2. Pour a cup full of salt or baking soda.

3. Shake the bag to coat the entire dream catcher in white powder. 

4. Leave it for a few hours or overnight.

5. Make sure you thoroughly coated all the parts with either the powder or salt and remove a dreamcatcher.

6. Shake it off outside or wrap vacuum hose with sock and vacuum off the white powder. 

7. Repeat the entire process from the beginning until powder fully absorbs dirt or odor.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Authentic dream catchers are made with a wooden willow hoop and have several objects believed to be sacred, like beads and feathers, hanging beneath the center of the circle. Some dreamcatchers have leather wrapped around the wooden part.
To ensure the dreamcatcher has the maximum effect, we should hang it on the balcony, verandah, or a window. No one should sit under it or pass below it.
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