Easy Ways to Get Rid of Ghosts

Updated on December 16, 2016
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Kitty has had paranormal experiences her entire life. These experiences have fueled her passion to write about all things supernatural.


Do You Have a Ghost?

You hear it at night. That familiar yet strange sound of footsteps. Perhaps you have even seen a white mist or silhouette of an otherworldly person out of the corner of your eye. Now you believe you have a ghost in your house. It is quite possible that you are right. The evidence doesn't have to be astounding. If you believe there's a ghost or negative spirit, there just might be. Old houses and new houses alike are susceptible to drawing in ghosts and spirits, depending on the energy inside.

Don't feel like you are alone. There are hundreds, if not thousands or even millions, of people in the United States and all around the world who believe they are living in a haunted house at this very moment in time. On any given month, hundreds of thousands of people search for a way to get rid of ghosts. I have had my experiences with ghosts and spirits and I know how to get rid of them quite easily and successfully. Here are my tips.

Smudging and Cleansing a Home

Probably one of the most effective and quick methods of ridding your home of ghosts is do a smudging. Smudging is a practice used by Native Americans and other cultures to cleanse an area or a person of negative energies. It is pretty simple, too.

All you'll need is a bundle of white sage, matches or a lighter, an abalone shell (optional), and you. You can find white sage online and in metaphysical stores and it is fairly cheap.

When you go to do your smudging, light the end of the white sage bundle carefully so that the sage is smoking gently. The abalone shell is used to catch any ashes that might fall from the sage bundle. With the sage smoking, go from room to room in your home and fill each room lightly with smoke. You can take the sage and move it in a circle (clockwise) and say something like, "I cleanse my home and myself today, no negative energies can stay." Of course you can make the statement more elaborate if you feel drawn to do so. You can also include your religious beliefs, if you'd like. But the simple statement above works just as well.

The smoke of the sage is thought to drive negative energies and forces away, energetically cleansing the area in which you live. There are other ways to cleanse your home, if you don't like sage smudging.

You can use holy water from your church, after attaining permission of course. You can also make your own holy water (look up recipes online). Sprinkle a bit in each room while saying a similar statement. Both of these methods should get rid of ghosts in your home.

Shielding by Visualization

In addition or in substitution to smudging or cleansing your home, you can also use visualization techniques to get rid of ghosts easily. This is a technique that can be used to shield yourself from negative energy and harm, in general...and it is very powerful for dispelling darker spirits, as well. This is a method that many people call "shielding". Essentially you will be visualizing a shield around your home and yourself.

Here's how to do it:

At night before going to bed, close your eyes and imagine a bubble or sphere of white light surrounding your home. Try your best to visualize all of the aspects or your home's exterior. Once you've held this image in your mind for at least 30 seconds, visualize that white light emanating throughout every room in your house...expelling any negative energies or entities that might be hiding within. Once you've held this image in your mind for another 30 seconds, visualize again the white bubble or sphere around your house and know that nothing negative or dark can penetrate it. It is impenetrable.

You can use this visualization technique to shield yourself throughout the day, almost anywhere you go...and you can repeat it every night to protect your home and yourself.

I use shielding whenever I go into a public place where I know I'll be coming in contact with many different energies, and I also use this technique at night to shield myself from nightmares and negative spirits that might try to enter my dream-time. But it works extremely well to rid your house of ghosts, too!

A Circle of Salt

Salt is used as a purifier, a cleanser, and also as a protector. You can use it to get rid of ghosts easily. Sea salt is the best and can be purchased at any grocery store in your area. While it is true that witches use it to cast circles for spell-work, you do not have to be a witch to use salt as a protector of your home. In fact, it doesn't make you a witch if indeed you do use it.

Once you have your container of sea salt, go outside of your home and start in the far left corner. Open the container and begin to pour the sea salt onto the ground and walk in a circle (or square) clockwise around your home and property outlining the perimeter with the sea salt. While you are doing this, you can say something like the following:

"I protect my home with this sea salt, all negative energy entering this home must stop."

Continue to say this statement until you have outlined your entire property with the sea salt. This technique works to keep out spirits and negative energy for months. If you want to make it especially powerful, do this protective technique on a Full Moon. You can refresh the sea salt once every couple of months, if you feel the need to do so.

Stop Thinking About It

A word to the wise—you MUST stop thinking about the haunting. What happens when we think about these negative energies and spirits is that your thoughts are creating energy that in turn fuels the negative energy residing within your home's walls. Essentially you are feeding the spirit/entity with fuel just by constantly thinking about it or dwelling on it! I know because I've done it.

So whichever method you use to rid your home of ghosts, you must believe that it will work. Know in your heart that you are powerful and more powerful than these negative energies, and that when you say they need to leave they will indeed leave. Nothing and no one has any power over you and your environment except you.


You Are The Light in the Dark

© 2013 Nicole Canfield


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    ElectricBook 13 months ago

    As a atheist turned believer I will agree, this is the best advice I have seen online. The most important step is to stop thinking, talking about or reacting to them. Its scary but if they haven't hurt you yet they won't. Don't know what "they" are but they seem to feed on fear and emotion. Chill on drugs or alcohol for a bit. Sage works but burn a lot (it seems to also have a half life) they/it comes back. Mostly pretend they are not their. Forget the catholic church they won't help, psychics will scam you and some protestants might but you have to be dedicated. Easiest solution rob of them of their food and as interesting as they are just forget them.

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    Nicole Canfield 24 months ago from the Ether

    Michaela - Thanks for reading and sharing your opinion.

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    Michaela 24 months ago from USA

    First and foremost, the most important step is to kindly ask the spirit to leave or stop bothering the living. They were in that space first and to just suddenly evict them without warning is probably gonna make that spirit pretty pissed off. In most cases, blowing sage smoke in their face is just gonna make them annoyed. Not all spirits respond to sage and if they're a Native spirit and you're a white kid appropriating one of their sacred rituals (smudging) you could find yourself with a worse haunting on hand....

    As a witch who works primarily with spirits and the dead, I can honestly say it's really best to just ask them to leave. If they're a nasty spirit - then by all means, boot 'em.

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    skytreeroad 3 years ago

    Burning sage and smudge pots choke me up. I am just not able to handle sage, probably due to too many range fires in the west with sage burning for weeks. Incense does not work as well, and the sage related ones make me choke and gasp for air. I have problems every time a new person moves into a nearby apt with that cleansing ritual. Or uses it to clean up after something or another. I have had pretty good luck so far using other methods, but I always have a problem bringing up the topic with a new neighbor (cleansing and using sage) because I don't want to be the crazy lady and then if they do use the sage I regret not saying anything. How to know who to mention it? It's not like the new person wears a sign saying I Ritually Cleanse My Place, and not everyone does. I tried the conversation with a friend who cracked up laughing and said no, you sound weird if you tell a person you never met you choke on smoking sage. And tossed in that the thought may occur to the newcomer that I am evil or at least impure since it is used to clean out impurities in the house. So, I just cough and choke my way through it. Funny thing is that then the person never speaks to me because I react to it, and they think badly of me anyway. So, have you ever encountered this? Is there a solution?

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    Nell - Yep, I've done that a number of times in my house and it always works to clear the air of negative vibes, astral nasties, etc. Thanks and blessings!

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    Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

    Hi kitty, this was great, I remember a friend of mine when we lived in a block of flats yelling for me to come over and exorcise her house! I did the smudging and prayers etc and she was fine after that, did she have a ghost? not sure but it made her feel better. The house did have a weird feel to it though! voted up! nell

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    laidbacklady - If they are not harmful and do not bother you then there is no point to eradicate them from your home, I agree with that. I don't always get rid of the spirits in my home...only if they have a feeling of negativity surrounding them. Thanks for reading! :)

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    Kathi - I wouldn't want him to go away either. That's a beautiful thing. Thanks for sharing and many blessings!

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    Linda 5 years ago from Plumsted Township, NJ

    Hey Kitty--as usual, an interesting, well-thought-out, and most appreciated hub!

    I believe I have heard of each of these remedies or some that are very similar, at least, at some time or another. There have been times in my home when I am quite certain there has been some "other" being moving around. But I feel no negativity emanating from it, so I leave it alone. I don't wish to offend a visiting spirit, as long as it is here peacefully. However, should the need arise to banish a spirit who is not so friendly, I shall again look to this hub for a refresher in ghost busting.

    Thanks again, Kitty! Voted up, useful and interesting.

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    Kathi 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

    Hello Kitty, this is very helpful for someone trying to rid of ghosts, but I won't be doing that because my beloved deceased husband visits me quite a bit and I love it! He guards over me and helps guide me which is a huge comfort! Thanks for sharing and if I ever need to do that, I'll know where to start! God bless, Kathi :O)

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    karthikkash - Very cool. Thanks for sharing!

    justateacher - Some are kind, others not so much. Thanks for reading.

    WiccanSage - I have also lived in haunted houses, one which was not a good experience and the other which was a good experience...it all depends on the energy and entity involved. Blessings!

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    Mackenzie Sage Wright 5 years ago

    Wonderful info. I grew up in a haunted house, though it was not a bad experience. People think about it too much psyche themselves out, I think, and it just makes everything seem so much worse. This is a guide a lot of people can use as so many don't know where to turn and are afraid their friends will think they're nuts.

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    LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

    I haven't had the need to get rid of ghosts...the ones I have had the pleasure of living with have been kind...but it's good to know some things to do just in case!

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    Karthik Kashyap 5 years ago from India

    In Hindu tantra, we have something similar to smudging (and of course our spells). It is called "Uchatan mantra", to remove ghosts and influence of any malefic spirits.

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    onegreenparachute - LOL..some people like the excitement that's for sure. Thanks for droppin' by.

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    Carol 5 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    I wish I had a ghost. Things would be so much more interesting around here. He or she would have to be a curious, nice ghost though. Forget all that Amityville nonsense 'cause there is no need for more poopy smells wafting though my house. I already have a litter box and one very large cat. If anyone out there is afraid of their ghost they could sent it my way! I enjoyed this hub - thanks Kitty.

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    CarNoobz - Very true indeed, friend. Thanks for reading!

    EricDockett - LOL. Well, as long as he stays in line....otherwise, you'll have to pimp slap him. :)

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    Eric Dockett 5 years ago from USA

    Great advice. I don't mind my ghost for now but if he gets out of hand its nice to know I have options.

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    CarNoobz 5 years ago from USA

    "A word to the wise - You MUST stop thinking about the haunting."

    I think that's the key for improving the situation. Interesting hub.