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Himalayan salt lamps are beautiful and typically hand-carved. Each one is unique and many people love to display these in their living rooms. One of the cool things about these lamps is that they are actually self-cleaning. If you are using your salt lamp often, then there is usually not much need to clean it due to the salt attracting moisture and wicking itself off. However, when the time comes that it does need cleaned, since they are made from salt, there are certain precautions that one must take in order to avoid harming the lamp.


If you notice excess moisture on the lamp, one can simply use a dry cloth to wipe it off. Alternatively, turning on the lamp for a couple of hours will typically create enough heat to evaporate the moisture.

If your Himalayan salt lamp becomes dirty with dust or something similar, one may use a slightly damp cloth to clean the lamp, but it is important not to apply to much water to the cloth or it might hard the longevity of the salt structure.


  • Although salt lamps can last quite a long time, it is important not to use them outdoors or in wet locations as the moisture, over time, can wear the salt structure down. For example, it is not recommended to keep one in your bathroom due to the typical high humidity of those rooms.
  • It is recommended to cover the lamp during longer periods of storage to protect it not only from dust, but from surrounding moisture. A traditional cloth covering may be used, but a paper bag should prove adequate as well.
  • If you are placing your salt lamp on expensive furniture, you may want to place a coaster under the salt lamp. Sometimes when the lamps sweat, a little salt can drip down and crystallize on the base of the lamp.
  • Using your salt lamp often actually improves the longevity of the salt lamp because the heat has a drying effect.

Cleaning aside, salt lamps are very enjoyable to use and are thought to improve air quality.

Hopefully this article answered your questions about cleaning salt lamps.