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8 Ways To Get Rid Of Evil Spirits & Ghosts

There are 8 known ways to remove spirits and ghosts from your home. But, there is one unique situation when the clearing attempts won’t work. Get more after the jump.

In most cases, you can clear your home of spirits and ghosts using these practices:

  1. Negotiating
  2. Holy Water
  3. Haunted Object Removal
  4. Spiritual Cleansing
  5. Smudging
  6. White Candle Clearing
  7. Feng Shui
  8. Rice + Salt

Before we get to using the techniques listed above, let’s address the one situation that can’t be solved – residual hauntings.

Residual hauntings are echoes from the past. There is no ghost or spirit involved. It’s simply a scene from the past, playing over and over. In time, the energy will weaken and it will dissipate. The eight techniques will not work. You just have to live with it.

Back to the 8 techniques…


That’s right – you can talk a spirit into leaving your home. This works with intelligent hauntings. You, as a living person, can talk to the spirit to move on. Living people are the masters of this plane of existence, so they have much more power than most believe. I would ask you to be kind to the spirit. It was another human being at one point, so please be respectful when you ask it to move on and leave your residence.

Note: Negotiating doesn’t work on elementals, fairies, demons and poltergeists. It works for intelligent hauntings with human spirits.

Holy Water

Holy water clear ghosts and spirits
Holy Water can clear ghosts and spirits if your intention and belief is strong

We haven’t used holy water to remove a spirit, so we’re assembling this information from our library on ghosts and spirits (sources listed at the end of this post).  After you fill a container with holy water, dip your finger tips in it and make a cross on every door in your home (front door, back door, room doors, any and every door). As you do this, say a prayer that calls on your god(s) to remove the spirit from your home. In order for this to work, you really need to put your belief into it. It has to be total belief in the god(s).

Haunted Object Removal

We’ve covered this topic before. See our post of Haunted Objects and Remedies.

Spiritual Cleansing

Blessed objects clear spirits and ghosts
Blessed objects placed in a room can drive out unwanted ghosts and spirits

A member of the clergy can clear a spirit, but most people don’t ask for this assistance. You can use a different method, though. Bring some religious objects to your church and ask the priest or pastor to bless them. Then, place the objects in the rooms with the most ghostly activities to drive the spirit out.

However, this could also drive the spirit to neighboring rooms, attic or basement. It may be better just to have your entire home blessed.


smudging removes ghosts and spirits
The smoke from a smudging stick clears negative energy, ghosts and spirits

Many people think smudging is a pagan or Wiccan ritual. It’s actually not specific to any religion. Anyone can do it.

To smudge your home, first get some smudging sticks online or gather dried sage and sweet grass and tie it so it looks like a rod. You can also buy sage incense for the same effect.

Light the smudging stick or incense and let it burn for a few seconds, then blow it out. You want the smoke – not the flame – to clear the spirit. Then, walk through your house and stop in every room. Open a window in each room to let the spirit out.

This is very important: Make sure you get the sage smoke in every corner of the room.  You wave the smoke into each nook and cranny, if you need to. As you push the smoke into the corners, say something like, “This smokes clears the spirit, ghost and negative energy out of this house.” Then, command the spirit to leave through the window.

When you finish all the rooms, go back and close each window. You may have to do this once per week for a month. Spirits can be stubborn.

White Candle Clearing

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White candles represent the divine and they remove unwanted spirits from a room

I’ve used this method on a few occasions. Buy a brand new white candle. A used candle will not work. You need to use a new candle for each room. It doesn’t matter what kind. The white symbolizes purity or the divine. Light the candle in the room with the spirit. Walk around the room and command the spirit, ghost or negative entity to leave.

Repeat as needed to clear the room. You can open the window and order the spirit to leave like you do with smudging.

Feng Shui

I’ve never known anyone to use it, but you can arrange the room to allow the movement of positive energy to clear the spirit. I’m not an expert, so here’s a link to a book on Feng Shui. The goal is to clear clutter and align your living space with good, positive energy.

Rice + Salt

You can use rice to move the spirit out of your house. First, pour white rice around the outside of your house, as close to the foundation as possible. This is to lure the spirit out of your home. Then it will start counting the rice. After a couple of days – when the spirit has moved outside, pour kosher sea salt around the house just like you poured the rice. The salt will block the spirit from entering.

If you still have ghostly activity after using these methods, you want to call a professional to help clear your home.

Post Sources:

“Is Your House Haunted? Poltergeists, Ghosts or Bad Wiring”, Debi Chestnut, Llewellyn Worldwide, 2011.

“So You Want to Hunt Ghosts? A Down-to-Earth Guide,” Deonna Kelli Sayed, LLewellyn Worldwide, 2012.

“Picture Yourself Ghost Hunting,” Christopher Balzano, Cengage, 2008.

“The Encyclopedia of Ghosts & Spirits,” Rosemary Guiley, Checkmark Books, 2007.

“Ghost Worlds,” Melba Goodwyn, Llewellyn Worldwide, 2011.

“Is Your House Haunted?,” Fiona Broome, New Forest Books, 2013.

“Haunted Objects – Stories of Ghosts on Your Shelf,” Christopher Balzano et al., Krause Publications, 2012.

Image Sources: jesuitcrusader.com; news.discovery.com; elcivics.com; moonwomanrising.com

Last Updated on July 24, 2021 by Jacob Rice


  1. Jacob Rice

    Hi gang. We’re testing comments again. If it looks like spammers and trolls leave them, then we’ll shut comments off.

  2. ELLEN

    Love your info. I was wondering about ghosts attached to items? Think my passed MIL is hanging around to taunt me, she never did like me…would like to get her to leave and go where ever it is she’s supposed to be, no bad feelings from either side. TY LN

  3. Jacob Rice

    Hi Ellen. Thanks for commenting. There’s a few ways to clear the spirit. I’ve got a couple of articles you can read about it:
    The big thing to do is find out what your mother-in-law’s anchor is. If you can break that connection, then she’ll leave. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s connected to your spouse. Then, the only way to get her to move on is to have your spouse ask her to leave in a positive way. You want to put her mind to rest about your family’s future, so she can rest in peace. Hope this helps!

  4. Mstnrain

    My mom has a spirits that comes out only at night & gets on corner of bed under the cover. But never tries to hurt her in any way. Myself I am scared to death.. lol Can you tell me how to get rid of this.. Please …..
    thank you

  5. Jacob Rice

    Hi, thanks for commenting. If the ghost is harmless, you don’t need to get rid of it. If it scares you, you can bar it from your room. If you check out the popular posts section, you’ll find 2 or 3 articles about ghost protection (Herbs That Protect…, Stones That Protect…). You can use some of the plants and stones to keep the ghost away.

  6. Rosemarie

    I very much live in a haunted house so to speak . They are inside the property. I here water is great energy for spirits, I believe this for I have seen them travel by water. I find trees are full of spirits I didn’t realize this until some. Very revealing pictures of children to adults showed up. I tried to reach out to professional ghost hunters who led me on for two years . They told me I was next on the list. I was surprised when the totally disconnected from me after me waiting all that time, not very professional people as far as I am concerned. I need very much help to get my house and property cleaned I don’t think that’s ever going to help.I could not figure out why my spirits looked wet because I can see them pretty clear, so I did some research of the Madawaska river in Ontario Canada. I found at first it was a logging river and for every man that passed away due to injury was bu?ried along the banks of the river and the leaving alas made to sleep besides the graves overnight to keep the dead person company. The men would here conversations and would vacate as quick as possible. I found out that when they decided to flood the river for a dam, they burned every graveyard under the deep water, so for every rapid which is very very many were fair sized graves buried. How sad instead of moving the gr.aves they flooded it. So my house is so full of spirits and the property I need professional help…. and I don’t know where to go. If you know anyone in Ottawa Ontario Canada that can help or at least someone in the Ottawa valley I would be forever in my prayer s. Thank you anyone so much. Please contact msnanny1957@ outlook.com. Ask for Rosemarie.

  7. Jacob Rice

    Hi Rosemarie. Thanks for contacting us. I found these sites for teams in Ottawa. I hope they can help you!


  8. delores Khoury

    I know I have a ghost. I have seen its shadow walk past me. You start to freeze. You hear noises all night and, sometimes, during the day. Now, my dog watches something walk around, but then it gets scared and runs away. What can I do? Please help.

  9. Jacob Rice

    Hi Delores. Thanks for contacting us. We have a few articles on ghost protection and clearing. The links below will tell you what you need to clear it. You can use the links to get the supplies:

    If you need a professional to help you, here’s a site with contact information for local paranormal teams, Paranormal Societies.

  10. Skye

    Hi, ok so in 2012 I bought a house built in 2006. There where the first owners here for almost five years then a retired guy for only one year then me. I was pregnant when we moved in myself, husband and daughter. After having my son and being home for four months I noticed a girl ghost watching me. She only stays in hallway and my sons room. I didn’t tell any family members due to them being scared. Then grandma stayed and watched my son when I went back to work. She told me one day who’s the girl!!! Holly shit she saw her too. She never really scared me but recently I quit my job to stay home and I’ve felt uneasy so I asked her to please leave. The weeks to fallow- she told me her name in a dream Beth Ann. Every day I think of her. She has never walked any farther then the doorway of my room and last night she entered my dream that woke me up to see her at the foot of my bed she had her energy or something on my chest. I turned the light on and clapped my hands and said get out of my room!! What do I do? I love my home and I want to feel safe and secure. I don’t think she is evil but something happened to her and she’s confused or wants to tell me but I don’t want to be part of any of it. Please help

  11. Jacob Rice

    Hi Skye. Thanks for telling your story. I’ve got some protection articles on the site you can use. Just go to the Popular Posts section on the right side of site (if on a PC or laptop), or scroll down on a cell phone. It’s right below the Latest Posts section. I have articles for “Herbs That Protect Against Evil Spirits” and “Stones That Protect Against Evil Spirits & More.” You can also search the site for “Salt A Ghostly Protection Go-To.” That’ll arm you with all you need to keep her away.

    However, that probably won’t clear the little girl’s ghost. If she’s got a message to deliver, she’ll probably come back again. You’d have to find her anchor (what’s keeping her in your house) and move it to a graveyard, or she delivers the message. Finding an anchor isn’t always practical. I think you’d need a gifted medium to get the details and help her move on. There may have been another house on your lot before yours was built. That could be why she’s haunting you.

    I don’t have any references for a medium to help. You could search for ‘how to help a spirit move on’ for tips and to find a medium/psychic. I’m afraid I can only help you with the protection part of your request.

  12. lizzy

    so how do you tell if your house is haunted?

  13. Jacob Rice

    Hi Lizzy. Thanks for commenting. You can read more about hauntings with this article: https://www.ghostlyactivities.com/ghosts-the-essence-of-humanity/

  14. Paula

    How can you tell if your dealing with a spirit , or something truly evil?

  15. Jacob Rice

    Hi Paula. Thanks for commenting. I’ll give you a link to another article on ghosts (Ghosts | An Earthbound Essence). The big difference is evil spirits will try to hurt you or cause fear, and they’ll do it consistently. It could generate fire, push you down stairs, or something painful/scary like that. A ghost just wants to tell you something or warn you about something. It may not show up for weeks at a time, too. The linked article has more about the subject.

  16. Linda Fore-Stam

    I have a very strong scent, sort of sweet disgusting scent, that has stayed with me 99% of the time. I have asked it ti leave nicely, i have adked God to remive it, i have gotten angry as well. It is still here strong as ever. It does give me a minute or two without having to smell it. I am not sure what to do. I am ordering sage online to cleanse my home. I dont know what it wants and why it is here . What can I do??

  17. Jacob Rice

    Hi Linda, thanks for commenting. I’d use something stronger than sage. I’ll give you a link over to another article with more herbs and plants to try. In tough cases, I recommend a frankincense-myrrh incense. Here’s the link: Herbs That Protect Against Evil Spirits

  18. Nathalia Trujillo

    Hello Jacob. How are you?
    I really don’t know where to start.. my boyfriend lives in a house with two other roommates, one of them is barely there and the other one is my boyfriend best friend. He’s due to marry on January and has been having problems finding a home for him and fiancé. He’s a really nice guy but extremely messy. We have been fighting because he doesn’t clean the dishes for weeks and different things that had happened. I won’t lie, im waiting till they get marry so I can move in to my boyfriends. But since they haven’t found anything they might have to live in the house. I haven’t been very happy with this situation but haven’t express anything to them, just to my boyfriend. It annoys me but I wouldn’t care just because i really have a good relationship with both of them.
    A couple weeks ago we had a very scary experience in the house where something broke a religious candle. We didn’t thought that much about it, but for protection I made a cross with holy oil in my boyfriends door.
    The situation got worse in the following days, with weird noises in the house. But yesterday night the spirit actually attack me while I was in bed. He moved one of the pillows that was under my head. I left the house after that and waited for my boyfriends roommates to get home.
    At night I couldn’t sleep, something keep waking me up, I wasn’t scared of anything.
    I talked to my father about it (he is usually very good with this type of situations) and while I was with him, he got a message saying that the spirit in the house was trying to scare me away so the roommate and his fiancé could stay in the house. My dad told me that it was a former family member of one of the roommate (either my boyfriends best friend or her fiancé’s). I really don’t know what to do, I’m very scared.

  19. Jacob Rice

    Hi Nathalia, thanks for commenting. There could be a few reasons that a ghost has manifested, but let’s focus on clearing it. I’ve got 3 articles for you to read:

    For now, I would recommend wearing a protective stone, like onyx or obsidian, to keep the spirit away from you. Next, you want to clear the spirit with some herbs like frankincense and myrrh. You can buy the stones and incense from Amazon.

  20. Chantal vd westhuizen

    Hi Jacob, i need advise please, for the last say month or so it if my house is turned into a mess, we had a birthday party for my kids and since its if their are bad thing going on, firstly my youngest son 7 will shout and scream and wont listen, my husband then woke up one morning with scratches on hes back we dont have a clue where it came from, then a few days back my hairdryer just went on, no one was in the room. Lastly the night with the kids party their were a lot of new kids age between 7-10. My dad mentioned to me when he was sleeping it felt like someone was holding him pushing down on the bed and he couldn’t get up… im so scared,please advice.. Thanks Chantal

  21. Jacob Rice

    Hi Chantal, thanks for commenting. This sounds like you may have a haunted object in your house. When sudden physical activity starts, that’s usually the case. Try to remember if you brought any antiques into the house 2 weeks before the birthday party. It usually takes that long for the activity to start. Here are some articles to read on haunted objects and how to protect your home.

    If you need more help, try this site to find a local paranormal team to help: http://www.paranormalsocieties.com/usa-paranormal-groups.cfm

  22. JW

    There is something that i can’t see tormenting my dog. What can i do?

  23. Jacob Rice

    Hi JW, thanks for commenting. There’s a few things you can try: Using a protective stone; placing protective herbs around its crate; and using an incense to banish the possible spirit.

    It’s probably more practical to have a protective stone added to its collar or crate. If you that’s not possible, you could hang a bag with protect herbs from its crate, but the pooch could grab the bag and chew it (I’ve got 3 dogs and one of them loves to chew the bag!). Not all herbs are good for pets, so read the article to find safe ones. As for incense, you just get some protective herbs and smudge the room the dog sleeps in. In time, the ghost will leave, but it won’t leave immediately. It could take a month for it to clear.

  24. JW

    Thank you so much my friend.

  25. Denise

    I want to help my sister. She has begun to see dark shadows every evening in her house. Bulky figure shaped shadows. She said she doesn’t think they are going to harm her, but she hasn’t slept in weeks. What can I do for her?

  26. Jacob Rice

    Hi Denise, thanks for commenting. I’ve got some articles on protective herbs and stones you can check out. These will help:

  27. JW LIlly

    Thank you Jacob. It worked. We are once again at peace and my dog is no longer afraid. You are wonderful my friend. Bless you!

  28. Sarah M Wilson

    I just moved into a home and I was so happy here. Yesterday I found out the previous tennet was raped and murdered brutally as well as her dog was killed by her husband. They didn’t do a good job cleaning it and now that I’m aware I looked where it happened and found her blood on the baseboard . I tried talking to her saying her name telling her I’m sorry and that I did not know and for her to find peace and go watch over her children. The light in the kitchen right over where it happned was flickering. I recorded it. I’m really upset

  29. Jacob Rice

    Hi Sarah, thanks for telling your story. You can break the bond with the former tenant, but it will probably take a continuous effort. First, you want to clean the blood. It most likely acts like an anchor to keep her spirit bound to the house. Once it’s cleaned, try negotiating again. Continue to ask her to go to her children need her and that her former husband is in jail. Her spirit may be confused and frustrated because she can’t find her children.

    If that doesn’t work, you can have a priest/pastor over to bless the house, but I think negotiating is the best choice. It can be slow.

    If the activity get stronger, then I’d ask you to burn frankincense-myrrh. You’ll probably need to do that 4 times (a week apart) before it breaks the bond.

    If you start to have nightmares, let me know. The spirit is likely trying to communicate with you, and you may need an interpretation to understand it.

  30. Heather

    Hi Jacob,

    We built our home 4 years ago. I was 8 months pregnant when we moved in. I never felt anything until after the birth of our daughter. When I would get up to get her at night I would want to run from her room to mine. I started allowing her to sleep in my room because the fear of walking threw the house at night was too much. Since then so many strange things have happened like our older children walking outside to check the mail and getting locked out, me driving an hour home to turn the knob and it be unlocked. My 2 year old walking out of a room an stop dead in her tracks screaming bloody murder at whatever she was seeing. My daughter at 3 sitting up in the bed and telling something it didn’t belong here and to leave. Her telling me not to sleep on a side of the bed and when I asked why she said the dark bad thing was there. To being touched in the middle of the night. Currently we have a 16 year old and 4 year old at home. When you are home alone you might hear walking upstairs, or the coffee pot gets the sound before it starts but no one is making coffee to hearing something say hey in a weird voice and not answering it for it to say it again, so I turn to my husband and say what and him say, I didn’t say anything. Last night I woke up to something that hit my ear and I thought it felt 150 degree’s I woke and started praying. When my husband woke up he said OMG it was freezing in here, SAY WHAT my skin was boiling. I don’t always feel it in the house so I am assuming it is attached to the land maybe. I need help, because at this point I’m ready to walk away from it all, house and everything in it.

  31. Jacob Rice

    Hi Heather, thanks for telling your story. To me, it sounds like your daughter may have psychic gifts, and a spirit or spirits are attracted to her. Since she’s very young, she probably doesn’t realize this, so she can’t control her ability. This is a bit out of my league. I’d ask you to find some help from a psychic, medium or a pagan group. These groups train extensively on psychic phenomena. I think they’d be able to assist you with your daughter’s training.

    I can help with some protective techniques. I will put a few links below, so you can read more about what to do.

    Also, I don’t think the spirits are evil: If they were, you would have known within a month of your daughter’s birth. The activity would be violent with fires, thrown furniture, strange illnesses and other similar activity. They’re probably trying to communicate the only way they can.

    Thanks again for contacting me, and please get a second opinion on your haunting case.

  32. Kim Rowland

    Please help!
    My sister has been experiencing spirits in her home.Only in her sitting room and kitchen,jumping,running,heavy footsteps,plugs sounding like theyve been pulled out of sockets,swivel chair swinging with her sitting on it and cupboard lights coming on by themselves.She only experiences this towards early evening and has resorted to sitting in her bedroom from around 6pm every day.Her adult son also hears the activities,she has done the sage smudging and it was ok for a couple of days but it seems to have come back even stronger now.This has made her really Ill please can you help?

  33. Jacob Rice

    Hi Kim, thanks for commenting. This sounds like a haunted object. Did she get something from an estate sale, like an antique? That may have caused this sudden activity.

  34. jj

    Hi I live in a house made in 1957 I have seen a shadow and since I am a sensitive it talks to me there are 2 one male one female. the female is my fiancé’s dead wife harmless, the other is a male do not know who he is tried the holy water and negotiating I need this entity gone I am ssldo not the only one to see it in the house it is in the basement. please help. I do not want it scaying me or the 9 yr old daughter, I also do not to hear it talk to me any more like yeah and what really stern. it scares me.

  35. Jacob Rice

    Hi JJ, thanks for commenting. I would recommend using a frankincense myrrh incense. It’s a strong herb mix to use. If holy water didn’t work, then the spirit is likely a different faith than yours. You may need a Protestant, Native American, pagan or Jewish religious leader to help clear it.

    For now, wear a protective stone like onyx and pour salt along doorways and windows to keep the spirit away from you. Once you figure out its origin, you could clear it.

  36. Lois Smith

    I have things disappearing in my house. At first I thought it was me and old age. I’m 75, but when the TV started changing channels by itself and I came downstairs and one of my gas burners on the stove was burning, my curling iron being turned off after I know I turned it on, I knew something strange was going on. The following items are not small. The following things have disappeared, An oil painting, a sweatshirt, a gallon jug of cleaning solution, a bottle I filled with the cleaning solution, and a small bag of fur from my little cat I had to have put down. The latter really upset me. I also found my LR scarves tucked in between place mats in a drawer. i have looked everywhere for these things and don’t know what to do. I don’t know what is going to disappear next. I am Angry and Frustrated.

  37. Jacob Rice

    Hi Lois, thanks for commenting. I’ll publish your situation for someone nearby to help you. You can also try this link to find someone who can clear the ghosts.


  38. Curtis

    Hey Jacob. I’ve had an on-going issue with paranormal activity in my house I’ve owned for about 3 years. A few weird things happened many months after I moved in but I just thought nothing of it. My father passed away last August and a few things started happening again. I thought maybe it was him so I had a paranormal team come over to investigate and now things are even worse. It’s been a bit over a month since the paranormal team came over but since then I’ve heard thumps at night, knocks on the ceiling in the bathroom downstairs… I even saw a full-blown cat apparition… I thought it was my girlfriends cat but when I made a comment about how the cat ran under the bed and must want to play my girlfriend immediately said “the cat is in the bathroom with me…” I also swear I saw a dark figure in my peripheral vision walk into a room earlier today. I’ve tried sage and demanding that it leave. Usually the sage only calms the activity for a day or two then back to more paranormal stuff. It’s enough to keep me awake at all hours. Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated.

  39. Jacob Rice

    Hi Curtis, thanks for commenting. I’ll put some links to articles about protection and clearing ghosts below. It doesn’t sound like the ghost(s) tries to harm you or your girlfriend, so that’s good. I think the spirit wants to tell you something. That’s why it became more active after the paranormal team visited. It may think you want to get rid of it before you figure out the message. In this case, you can ask it to show you, write, or move something as clues. Once you figure it out, then this ghost should move on.

    For the long-term ghostly residents, you’d probably need to use the techniques in the articles below:

    The info in these articles should put a whammy on an intelligent haunting, but a residual haunting may not clear out. That just means some of the ghostly activity (like phantom footsteps and knocks) will continue. It’s harmless, but a little bit creepy.

    Also, you are probably the best person to clear out these spirits. It’s your home and you have more power than you think. If someone comes and tells you they can do it for a fee, pass on it. These things work out best when it’s the homeowner who clears the spirits.

    Thanks for reading the blog and take care!

  40. Tanya Jackson

    Hi I’ve lived in my house for 10yrs it’s an older house built in 1943 here recently I believe a spirit has connected with me in some way because I believe in the after life an they are lefted here for reasons I know it’s not a bad spirit but I feel physically drained sometimes and sick to my stomach and my animals which I have a dog and 2 cats are acting crazy and my phone and TV have been going crazy and even myself can you please tell me what I need to do I’ve told it that’s it’s OK to go to the light an cross over but IDK if this has happened IDK what happened to this person but just wanted to know what I can do so I’m not physically drained anymore can you please help me an lead me the right direction

  41. Jacob Rice

    Hi Tanya, thanks for commenting. I’ll put some protection and clearing comments below for you to try:

    You’ll probably need to use smudging, stones and salt weekly for at least 4-6 weeks before it breaks the attachment. The stones should work faster, especially onyx or obsidian. You’d have to wear a bracelet or pendant all the time. Once the entity figures out you’re not a good meal, then it will leave.

  42. Laure Chessin

    Hi Jacob.
    I rented my house to a woman for over 6 years, she kept her husband’s ashes, along with his cap and shades (he was a policeman) in the bedroom. I find it sickly weird since she also lives with her new beau. Anyway, we now move back to our house and I feel someone is watching me, something I never felt before in this house. I don’t even sleep in our bedroom anymore.
    What should I do? Thank you.

  43. Jacob Rice

    Hi Laure, thanks for writing in. It may be that the policeman’s spirit is clinging to the area because it may not know where his widow went. I’d try negotiating with it first. That means you can say your tenant left and where she may have moved. Another thing, I’d check to make sure the former tenant took everything with her. It could create an anchor that binds the spirit to the room. You’ll probably need to ask it to leave each week for a month or so.

    If that doesn’t work, then using sage or a frankincense combo to help clear should do the trick. But be kind with the spirit. He’s probably lonely and desperate to connect with his widow and/or family.

  44. Kandice

    So my husband’s couisn and her family recently moved into a new rental in the small town they live in. She has two young daughters, one who is 3 and one who is 6 months old. The 3 yr old refuses to sleep in her room. Says there are monsters in there. Mom knows there is a male spirit and a female spirit in the house. See her and my husband (as well as my children) are sensitive to the paranormal. He doesn’t feel anything when he’s outside the home neither does his cousin so we believe they are connected directly to the house not the protperty. What’s the best suggestion to keep these spirits away from the 3 year old so she can sleep in her own room again Mom isn’t worried about her she just wants the spirits to leave the girls alone open to any suggestions.

  45. Jacob Rice

    Hi Kandice, thanks for writing in. This is what I’d recommend:

    1. Use some sage and clear out the room
    2. Pour some salt along doorways and window sills to stop them from returning
    3. Have the girls wear protective stones like onyx, obsidian and/or tiger’s eye

    It may take a few weeks for the spirits to finally leave, so please be consistent with wearing the stones, sageing and using salt. Take care!

  46. Leeanna

    Hi Jacob me and my mom recently moved into a house like a week and a few days ago and the past tenants who were here before us moved out and left state but they left almost all their stuff here and me and my mom and the landlord and the landlords son were left to take to garbage dumpster and burn everything they left here they left a little bit of everything furniture, cat boxes, other state ids, various gift cards, various jewelery, chains and leashes for animals, books, back packs, purses, inhalers, bottles of meds, various clothing items, bottles of cleaning solutions, coins, movies, dvds, collars for animals, stuffed animals, bricks, mattresses, box springs, fans, heaters, boxes of papers containing cps reports and court papers and police reports, chairs, desks, end tables, night stands, a couch, kids toys, all kinds of their personal belongings and we have been told they were into wicken stuff and witches and spells and pirates and vampires and stuff evil stuff and anyway since we moved in we have just felt like something or somebody is watching us like a spirit or something and we have felt really really harsh negative energy walking into rooms in the house and feel uncomfortable being in the rooms alone and can’t sleep in the rooms only in the living room and we just get an eery feeling in this house and it’s effecting our moods and effecting our routines and we are afraid that these things effecting us will not be good as I’m fighting a custody battle with my ex for my son and trying to work towards getting my son living with me and this is where he will be once I get him back and we don’t want issues like me being afraid to sleep in a room or being afraid to be in a room alone and stuff like that causing issues with my son coming home and we don’t want him to have these same effects when I get him home and right now me and my mom are sleeping in the living room as we are afraid of the rooms or to be alone in any part of the house even if we are just one room apart from eachother like me and my mom even feel afraid to use the bathroom alone because this house just gives us the we are not alone feeling even through it is just us here and we just don’t need issues I’ve mentioned above and we don’t need issues like me being afraid to be independent because I have to have my mom close to me and things like that because I am a parent and need to be independent for my son and need to be able to care for my son and not let anything get in the way of that please help me and my mom we haven’t seen anything or had anything actually happen if just gives us negative energy and makes us afraid and makes us feel like we are not alone and we really don’t like it at all plus I keep having bad dreams but they aren’t associated with this house feeling they are seperate dreams of other bad things happening in other places but still bad dreams are another issue while here

  47. Jacob Rice

    Hi Leeanna, thanks for writing. That’s a lot going on. I’d start with clearing the negative energy. You can use sage incense to do it and you’ll have to do it at least once a week for 4 weeks. I’ll put a few links below for you to read. When you use sage incense, you have to use it in every room and every corner of the rooms. Start with that and let me know how it goes.

    Here are some links for you:

    1. How to make incense (or where to buy it)
    2. Herbs that protect against evil spirits
    3. Stones that protect against evil spirits

    Please read the comments in the articles. They have a lot of good clearing information and videos, too.

  48. Rhonda Clark

    I have some spirits in my basement. At first they scared me but not anymore, however my to cats are very much scared and I’m scared for them. I have saved, rice and salt, prayers and a few other things. These did not work so I had a preacher come to my home. He stated “you have more then just ghost but evil.” Not sure how I am suppose to take or deal with this. Activity has gotten worse, cats more scared and now I’m scared. I don’t sleep but maybe 2 hours a day, when it’s sunlight out. I am weak and wore down from this. Please help me on what the preacher is saying and what other steps can I take to get rid of these please. I don’t know what else to do.

  49. Jacob Rice

    Hi Rhonda, thanks for commenting. I think it’s time to pull out the big guns for clearing this spirit. However, it’s odd a preacher didn’t have the ability to fully clear out the spirit. It could be that the entity isn’t biblical: Christian techniques wouldn’t work on it.

    Back to the situation: I’ll put a link for my article on getting rid of demons below. You’ll have to do these clearing techniques at least 1x a week for a month. If it still doesn’t work, then you may need to get a pagan religious worker or someone gifted with magic to help.

    Getting Rid of Demons

  50. Rhonda Clark

    It was a Christian preacher. He didn’t want to stay in the basement to long nd thought that was odd. I thought he’d wanna focus on down here but I am sure he was feeling uneasy. I will try those steps that you shared with me and hope it works. I have another question that is bothering me. I know when they are out and my cats really do. They are terrified. At time’s it’s like they are messing with the cat’s. They get this really weird meow, that they normally do not do and the get to running through her as if they can’t stop, I have to get up nd go to where they are for it to stop. It leads them out in the hallway sometimes nd the meowing gets worse but then it sounds like maybe the cat is being throwing against something or the one cat violently attack’s the other cat and for his first time tried to attack me this morning which this does doesn’t usually happen. Is it getting into my cat’s or Makin them do this. These evil ugh… They don’t mess wit me, just these 2 cat’s??? I don’t get it. And could they harm me at any time? Should I be careful/worried?

  51. Jacob Rice

    Hi again, I’m not an expert in how cats react with spirits, but I did find this article (link below). It may help you and the cats. I don’t think you have anything to worry about. If the spirit really wanted to harm you, you would know by now. It seems attracted to the cats.

    Cats Protect Your Home From Spirits

  52. Regina

    Hello, so I feel absolutely crazy about this, but I need help or advice. I think I may be dealing with more than one spirit in my house.. is that even possible?

    Ok so let me explain from the beginning. My family and I have been living in our home for close to 3 years. A little while after first moving in, my son, who was 4 at the time, came to me and started talking about a little boy who plays at the top of the stairs. Im not gonna lie, It kind of creeped me out. But then he came to me and my mom 4 or 5 more times talking about this little boy, but he never told my son his name, or wouldn’t. I didn’t want my son thinking I didnt believe him so I asked him if it scared him, and my son said no, so I sort of just let it go. Then a year goes by and my daughter mentions something about a little boy who was in her closet playing with toys. She said she was in her room on her bed and noticed movement in her closet. The closet door was shut but not all the way, and the light was on on her room, not the closet. She said she seen a little.bou about her brothers age playing and could hear a voice. When she was 2 and 3, she talked, or gibbered, about a little girl who was her best friend, and her name was Olivia.. my daughter was tiny I know, but we didnt know anyone named Olivia and never mentioned that name, so for her to come up with a name out of the blue back then really shocked me, but I’m only mentioning this bc she has always seen things I guess no one else could see, even communicate with spirits.. i dont know a bit anyways I, or anyone in my family never mentioned or talked about the little boy around her, so when she said that, I guess that’s when I put 2 and 2 together and I guess believed my kids. Because soon after I started noticingthe ghost ot spirit more and more. But I know the little boy only stays upstairs. And I think I may know why.
    My boyfriend and I have a small business and we buy and sell a lot of different things, vintage, pictures, video game stuff, etc. But in our garbage, so we are out there a lot! After I noticed the activity with the little boy, i started noticing activity in my garage, but it has always made me scared. And I think it has made it’s way upstairs and is really scaring my son andI, to where my son eont even sleep in his room anymore, and is a big reason to why we are moving. A couple.months ago, I was in my bathroom thats in my bedroom, and my boyfriend was taking a nap on our bed. I was sitting on my floor doing paperwork bc o didnt want to wake up my boyfriend, I was trying to let him rest, but I was leaned up against the bathroom door sitting on the floor and out of nowhere, something started banging on the door from the other side, i literally felt the door move and I got up so fast I was yelling telling them “stop, jeeze one ssecret me open the..” and when I opened the door no one and nothing was there.. I gonintonmy room and my boyfriend was still asleep and hadn’t even moved. I walked into the hallway, and no one was there.. I’m getting the chills now just thinking about it. There was just no way anyone could have done that and left that fast.. it literally took one sec to open my door.. I told my boyfriend about it and he believed me and started telling me about situations with him in our garage.. how he will be holding a cup of something to drink in his hands and it will be forcefully knocked out of his hands, or hes physically seen things being picked up and knocked off if walls, myself too but a month or so after that happened to me, my son was brushing his teeth one night and I was cleaning up my kitchen and he came downstairs and said “mom, when I was brushing my teeth, so one knocked on the bathroom door. It was really loud and when I opened it, nothing was there.” Omg chills again.. nnthen just now, which led me to you, something just turned off a light in my room and I’m just fed up.. I know it’s not the little boy I know its something else.. will this spirit ir whatever follow me.. I’m scared.. for me and my son and family, I’m actually really scared i will be followed and taunted my this spirit and I dont know what I should do.. it’s been happening for so long and other people I know who have came here have seen activity and felt this spirit too. Me and a friend tried negotiating with it, but it didnt work, if anything made thisn spirit worse.. I’m in tears right now.. please help.. anything.. I can’t afford professional help.. what should I do? Thank you

  53. Jacob Rice

    Hi Regina, thanks for telling your story. I’m going to put some links to protection articles below. There’s a few entities that match this description, but it sounds like a haunted object or anchor. You mentioned a business that sells vintage things, which means something could have an attachment. Here are the articles about them:

    The other possibility is a child has medium abilities, which would lure entities to him or her. I’m not skilled in this area, so you’d have to find someone local to help. Sorry.

    Here are protection articles:

    Most of the herbs and stones cost less than $20. Please read the comments to these articles because they are loaded with clearing information. The herb article has a link for making your own incense to clear spirits. I hope everything turns out for the best!

  54. Robin Cruickshank

    Hi. I’ve started to read several of the a lot if stories on here well into the night. I am 100% a believer in just about everything. I don’t know if anyone whose bravely shared their story on here has ever watched The Dead Files on the Travel Channel. If you haven’t,PLEASE just Google, “The Dead Files”!! I feel so helpless and all I’m able to do is read your stories, see the name you’ve given so that I can pray for you and your family!! With that being said, For bless you all!
    Robin C.

  55. dolores tripp

    Hi Jacob, My son has just recently has seen some unusual activity. He has a Ring camera in his dining room and one in his garage. Activity is caught on ring camera in the garage. He switched the cameras out. Put the garage camera in the dining room and the dining room camera in the garage. He was thinking if the garage camera was faulty it would pick something up in dining room. But it did to do that. Tonight he has activity video on the camera that was placed in garage. He has 3 videos of this activity. Any suggestions. I can forward the video if you can tell us what to do.

  56. Jacob Rice

    Hi Dolores. Thanks for commenting. Please send video to jake@ghostlyactivities.com.
    I’m currently overseas but can check when I return. If you need help ASAP, then please send go to aghost.org and ask for help.

  57. Jeremy

    What do you do if something is attached or following you..?

  58. Jacob Rice

    Hi Jeremy, thanks for commenting. I’ve got some links in this article you can click to get protective techniques. Usually, stones will break attachments. I got your other comment but I won’t publish that one because it may personally identify you. I’m afraid the situation is out of my league. You can try Paranormal Societies to find a group closer to you. They may be able to help.

  59. Mel

    Hi, so we have a family member who’s recently moved into a new rental with her family. Within the first 2 weeks of living in this property the whole family (husband, wife and 2 kids) have all had bad experiences with ghosts. It appears to be a mum, dad and a little girl. The male figure is very aggressive. Some examples, the daughter coped a slap in the back as she tried to get out of the bath nearly knocking her out, the son woke up with a rope around his neck, the husband was on the balcony where he got told “to get out” with 2 hand marks going down the glass door and the wife had a force cover her mouth so she couldn’t speak to the kids. Is safe to say they are terrified! Would you recommend trying one of the 8 methods above? The current owners hasn’t had any previous complaints. The house was vacant for 4 years

  60. Jacob Rice

    Hi Mel, thanks for commenting. In this case, I think you should call in the big guns to clear the spirit. That means a professional of some sort. It could be clergy, magic users or pagans. This activity is severe and rare. It’s not something we offer as a service, so I could only ask you to search for local providers. Whomever you choose, they shouldn’t charge for it.

  61. Virginie Destanque

    Hi everyone, it appears that we have a friendly spirit or ghost (which one is it) in our home. We moved in in 1995. My kids use to call it “George” – My brother told me once when he visited “you know that you have a spirit in your house, but don’t worry it is not evil” , my bro is schizophrenic, he sees things, I don’t – a few month back my man had many visitations and had a conversation in the middle of the night (semi-awake) but can’t remember he or she spirit’s first name, only that it was a male he thinks. Anyhow, last night I woke up around 3ish, went outside, had a cigarette, came back, had water, I was very awake when I went to bed. This morning when I woke, a bucket half full of water with a rag inside had been moved from the bathroom next to my bedroom door. (it’s grey water from the bathtub to water the plants). My man left the bedroom at 6am and went into the living room and noticed the bucket. He asked me, I asked him, we asked my son who lives downstairs. Neither one of us did it. What does it mean? What should I do?. I would like to release this spirit that may be trapped. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. PS, we are remodeling my mom’s house.

  62. Jacob Rice

    Hi Virginie, thanks for commenting. I wouldn’t be too worried about this ghost. You could ask it to relax for a little bit while you work on the house. Apologize for making a lot of noise and moving things around. Just say you’d like to make the house as beautiful and comfortable for everyone living there (even the dead folks). That should do it.
    Moving the bucket could be a sign it would like to help out. Ask if he wants to help and give him a task, like if something seems dangerous or if you missed something. Take care and good luck with the remodel!

  63. Nicholas Altenberg

    Hello! What is the point of using a Christian rosary or holy water in a non-Christian context? For example, you say to make the sign of the cross with holy water (Christian acts), but then to address “your gods”. Yes, non-Christian people make use of blessed or “holy water”, but what you show and describe is the Christian version. Is God the Father or Christ the Son (implicit when employing a rosary or holy water) going to assist in a cleansing if you’re calling on Diana or Cernunnos? Better to use things in context. An old episode of the TV series “Night Gallery” comes to mind, in which a man tries to ward off a vampire with a crucifix, only to have the unexpectedly JEWISH vampire who’s coming at him say, “Sorry….wrong sign!” 🙂

  64. Jacob Rice

    Hi Nicholas, thanks for commenting. You’re right about that. I was broadly writing here, but if you read the comments, I have that the clearing method has to match the suspected ghost’s background. The example you wrote about Jewish vampires applies here. Christian symbols won’t work against non-Christian entities. I’ve had a family in Arizona contact me because they could never clear spirits when their priest came over. Turns out, the spirits were Native American. They got a shaman to clear them later one, but only after they pissed off the Native American ghosts.

  65. Amy

    Hi Jacob, I am going to move into a smaller HUD program apartment with lower rent at the beginning of May 2021. I was told that previous tenant killed himself in the apartment. I do not know him – but was told he was sick- so I figured he didn’t want to live in this world any more. I try not to be scared but I can’t help it and can’t stop thinking what if the spirit won’t move-on then what should I do?
    … I heard if someone committed suicide spirit won’t move-on. I did many searches from web sites _ I cannot do smudging the place because they do not allow smoke neither incense stick or candles in the apartment at all. They changes the carpet – repainted the walls – I can’t find or able to see anything if blood or anything else were anchored somewhere in the place.
    Can you give me sample of prayer or saying to tell spirit to leave my new place? Please help me. Amy

  66. Jacob Rice

    Hi Amy. Thanks for commenting. There’s a few things you can do. In my experience, people who commit suicide will move on in time. They may have a message to deliver before they do that. Here are links to some more articles you can read to give you some ideas:

    While these articles focus on protection, intelligent hauntings will understand that they’re not wanted. That may be good enough to get them to leave. Hope this helps!

  67. Amy

    Jacob, Thank you so much I will check out all the links.

  68. Nikki

    My husband and I bought our home right over a year ago. Shortly after moving in I started to experience things inside my home. Over time they got more and more intense, to the point that I would have a shadow of a man on my wall, when no one was there but me. It didnt just float down the wall like you see out of the corner of your eye, it would appear and stand there, almost like it was staring at you. Then it would just vanish. I started to notice changes within my family. My husband, his personality changed. He became SO obsessed with the house and doing repair projects and never really wanted anything to do with me or our children. 
    In mid October I had my house cleansed. The lady used Holy water, and without him knowing what I was doing beforehand, I managed to touch my husband with some. By the next morning, the energy in my house already felt different. I didnt feel like I was walking through a horror movie. Within a weeks time, things were calm again, my husband and I even had one of our old “family days” where we took the kids out and spent the whole day together. Sometime in January little things started happening again. They continued to grow with intensity just like before. I begged my husband to let the house go. Sell it, burn it down I didnt care, I just wanted us out of it, I wanted my family back…
    Over the last 6 months now, the spirit has returned just like before, just as strong. I have tried to get rid of it. I hung a rosemary in my house ( which is against my christian baptist beliefs) I have prayed aloud through every room demanding them to leave that they are not welcome. Everything I do seems to anger the spirit. It literally controls my energy. I can be laughing having fun, and for NO reason at all its like someone hits me with the angry stick. I have severed almost every relationship in my life. My family, my friends. My rock solid relationship with my children has become more than just a little rocky. 
    I want to communicate with this spirit! I want to make a deal. We can co-exist  if we must, but in a happy way. I need it to leave my family alone! I need to save us before its to late and whats left of my life blows up like a bomb. PLEASE help!

  69. Jacob Rice

    Hi Nikki, thanks for telling your story. Ghostly Activities doesn’t clear spirits: We can only investigate to say if you have a haunting. Please try finding a team or spiritual healer in your area. Here’s a link that may help: http://www.paranormalsocieties.com/usa-paranormal-groups.cfm

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