Now that you have your new mala beads you may be wondering how to best take care if it to ensure that it has a long life of use in your spiritual practice. Here's a few tips to help you care for your mala so that you can enjoy it for a long time to come.
- Be sure to keep them dry and store them in a safe place such as in a mala bag or jewelry box.
- If you need to clean them for some reason, it's best to use a moist hand wipe rather than putting them under running water. Putting them under running water, especially wood malas can damage and shorten the life of the mala.
- Make sure to keep them away from children and pets.
- Be sure to handle them carefully and not put undue pressure on the cord holding them together.
- It's best not to wrap them around your wrist unless they are designed for that, such as with wrap malas strung on stretchy cord. Otherwise, this can weaken the strength of the cord over time and can shorten the life of the mala.
- For wood malas, you can lightly apply a natural oil of your choice such as olive oil to help protect the integrity of the wood. A little goes a long way.
- For gemstone malas, you can put them in the mild morning or evening sun for a short period of time, 20 minutes or less, to gently cleanse the energies of the gemstone.
- If the tassel on your mala is looking scraggly, just lightly damp or steam it and comb it out with a standard plastic comb. You may also trim the tassel slightly with scissors if you are noticing splitting of the fibers on the end of the tassel.
If your mala is well cared for you can expect to have a lot's of use and enjoyment with it in the months and years to come.
If your mala breaks for some reason, no need to worry there are many options for restringing them. Please contact us for resources on restringing your mala if you find yourself in this situation.