8 Ways to Clear Spirits & Ghosts from Your Home

8 Ways to Clear Spirits & Ghosts from Your Home

There are 8 known ways to clear 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 echos 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

white candles clear ghosts and spirits
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

21 thoughts on “8 Ways to Clear Spirits & Ghosts from Your Home

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

  2. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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??

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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

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