How to Spiritually Cleanse, Bless, and Protect Your Home

Most people don't realize that when they move into a house where others have lived, some of their energy could still be lingering.
Most people don't realize that when they move into a house where others have lived, some of their energy could still be lingering. | Source

Cleaning House...Spiritually Speaking

Many people do not realize that when they move into a new place there are energies that might be lingering there from past residents or past incidents. While these energies are usually not going to greatly affect you, there is still a chance that it could affect you or someone in your family given the energy is strong enough. These energies can be particularly powerful in a home where there was a lot of negative energy building up over a long period of time. For example, a home where a bitter divorce took place, a home where a suicide or homicide took place, or a home that housed a person who might have gone through major depression or other disorders that would affect a person's spirituality and/or mentality.

So while you want to focus on cleaning your new house physically, you might want to also remember to clean your new house spiritually as well. This also applies to a home in which you have been residing that has never been cleansed spiritually to your knowledge. If you're looking to lighten up the air and promote a positive energy flow in your home, cleansing the energy of your house is imperative. (As a side note, I cleanse my home once a month to keep the positive flowing in and the negative flowing out).

Let the smoke fill each room...let it cleanse the air in your home.
Let the smoke fill each room...let it cleanse the air in your home. | Source

How to Spiritually Cleanse Your Home

Now that you know the importance of energetically cleansing your home, let's learn about the best and easiest ways to cleanse.

A personal favorite of mine is to do a good ol' fashioned smudging ritual. Smudging, to put it simply, is a Native American tradition of lighting bundles of herbs and using the smoke in order to spiritually cleanse an area or person from negative energy or spirits. Different herbs are used in order to do a smudging ritual, and so the choice of herb is up to you. Some of the herb bundles that can be used include: white sage, cedar, and sweetgrass. If you cannot get your hands on a smudging bundle, you can always make your own. Or you can use herbs that you have in your own kitchen cabinet!

There are many herbs with purificatory qualities that will work just as well as a white sage bundle will work in cleansing a home. For example, you can use dried rosemary, basil, common sage (the kind that you get from the grocery store), cloves, cumin, garlic, and onion (among many others). Create your own loose incense with one or more of these dried herbs and burn them over a charcoal disk (carefully of course!) Let the smoke fill each room with its purifying and cleansing powers.

If you are using incense or a smudging bundle of some type, here are the quick and easy steps to do a cleansing of your home:

  1. Start at your front door with lit incense or smudge bundle in hand. Allow the smoke to fill the room and say, "I cleanse this home with this smoke. All negativity must go away, only positive energy can stay."
  2. Move in a counter-clockwise direction from room to room in your home. Be sure to allow the smoke to fill the air in each room and say your line before leaving each room at least once. (I usually take the incense/smudge bundle in one hand and move it in a circular motion counterclockwise while speaking my words.)
  3. Once you have cleansed each room with the smoke, extinguish the incense or smudge bundle and say out loud, "so mote it be" or "amen" or "and it will be done" (whatever you feel most comfortable saying).

Performing an Effective & Efficient Home Blessing

Blessing one's home while moving in is actually quite a common practice among various faiths. That being said, you do not have to be of a particular faith in order to bless your home before or while moving in.

The best things to use are oils or holy water. For the oil, you can use plain ol' olive oil or whatever kind of oil you have in your cabinet. For the holy water, you can acquire some from a Church or create your own.

Here's just a few types of oils you can use as the key ingredient in your house blessing: olive oil, sunflower oil, jojoba oil, and even vegetable oil!

Hint: to make your house blessing oil specifically powerful, try infusing your oil with herbs that have protective/peaceful/joyful properties...learn how to make your own oils by clicking here.

Here's a few ways to make holy water on your own without having to consult a church for use: fresh spring water (some of which you've collected), purified water left to soak up the sun's rays or the full moon's rays, or even thunderstorm water.

TIP: DO NOT DRINK HOLY WATER...the power within it will not do your body well...it is specifically used for energetic/spiritual purposes.

You'll want to make your house blessing the second step in the process (after you've done a thorough cleansing as previously stated).

Here's how to perform a house blessing:

  1. Put your oil or holy water into a small bowl or container of your choice.
  2. Start in the front of your house and dip your pointer finger into the oil or water.
  3. Draw a protective symbol on the door-frame (i.e. a cross, star of David, pentacle, etc.) While you're drawing the symbol, simply state out loud "Bless this home in the name of _______. (Insert your preferred name for the Divine in the blank. I.E. God, the Divine, the Universe, Spirit, Jesus, ancestors, etc.)
  4. Continue to repeat this process for every door in your house, walking in a clockwise fashion from room to room until you've drawn your symbol on every door-frame in the house.
  5. End the house blessing my stating "Amen" or "So be it", etc. (whatever you prefer).

I make my own custom oils for various purposes, including protection and house blessings.
I make my own custom oils for various purposes, including protection and house blessings. | Source

Homemade House Protection, Again Spiritually Speaking

Now you've cleansed your house of negative energies and you've blessed your house to allow positive energy to flow throughout. What now? Now it's time to set up a protective barrier around your home, energetically and spiritually speaking that is. Again depending on your faith, your beliefs as far as how to protect your home spiritually will vary. But you do not have to follow any faith in order to spiritually protect your home.

Here are a few options to consider for protecting your home:

  • hang a meaningful religious symbol on your wall(s) to promote protection
  • feng shui your home (with correct furniture placement, mirror placement, etc)
  • say a prayer every night to ask for protection around your home
  • visualize a circle or bubble of impenetrable white light around your home (do this every night or at least once a week)
  • physically draw a circle around your home with salt (don't put it on your plants though!), red brick dust, pepper, rosemary leaves, or any other type of herb with a protective quality and envision that you are drawing a barrier around your home
  • hang pictures of your deities, spirit guides, angels, or ancestors around your home and ask that they watch over your home and protect it
  • wind chimes, bells, horseshoes, witch balls, mirrors, etc. in order to frighten away negative and/or mischievous entities

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kittythedreamer 16 months ago from the Ether Author

newbizmau - Cinnamon is awesome for so many things...I just love herbs that can be used for various reasons. Rosemary is one of those herbs, too. Thanks for reading and sharing!


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newbizmau 16 months ago from Mobile, AL

I like using Cinnamon for general house protection after a good cleansing both physical and spiritual cleansing with my white sage. I make bundles of cinnamon sticks decoratively and put them over the doors and also sometimes burn good cinnamon incense. This is just added to smudging and blessing the house on a regular basis.


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Rangoon House 20 months ago from Australia

I enjoyed reading your suggestions and follow my own practices for healing and maintenance - I am sure a lot of the maintenance helps me personally as much as it does my home. I love having everything organised and in it's place - Feng Shui principles.


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kittythedreamer 20 months ago from the Ether Author

Kristen - Haha! I don't blame you. As for feng shui, there is SO much to learn in that field that I couldn't even begin to use it in my own home without studying it for years. I just do what I can to keep my home cleansed and protected. :)


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Kristen Howe 20 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Great ideas Kitty. I would love to cleanse the closet/hallway area from former cat smell for my cats. LOL I'm new to feng sui. But the other ideas sound great to me. Voted up!


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Lilleyth 2 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

I'm sharing this with my Realtor friends!


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kittythedreamer 3 years ago from the Ether Author

heidi - I agree! It's a legit thing for sure. Cedar does smell lovely...all times of the year!


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heidithorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

Once met an intuitive healer who did these building cleansings. People thought it was weird. Not! I do think there are residual energies that linger. Plus, the cedar aroma would be wonderful to have around a home during the holidays. Happy Holidays & Blessings!


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kittythedreamer 3 years ago from the Ether Author

Dolores - Thanks so much! You're right, it's good for anytime! Yes, lemon grass and sage both smell wonderful...lately I've been using a cedar smudging wand and also a sweetgrass braid. Yum! :)


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Dolores Monet 3 years ago from East Coast, United States

Hi Kitty - this seems like a great idea even for a home that has been lived in for some time. When times get tough, when trouble comes into your life, as it can to anyone, why not! I've been thinking about getting some sage and lemon grass and performing a ritual cleansing. Plus, it must smell wonderful! (Voted up and shared)


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WiccanSage 3 years ago

Great hub. You're so right about just heading for the spice cabinet in a pinch, I've had a lot of success with ground sage. It smokes a lot but it's good for fuming. Interesting about the holy water! Voted up!


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kittythedreamer 3 years ago from the Ether Author

Glad you found it useful, Zakmoonbeam! :)


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Zakmoonbeam 3 years ago from Parts Unknown

Fascinating and informative Hub, we are going to cleanse our house together as a family and this will be of great assistance.


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kittythedreamer 3 years ago from the Ether Author

Nell - I've had it happen. Thanks for reading! ;)


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Hi kitty, I have done this a few times over the years. Sometimes a new house that I have moved into feels just creepy. No particular reason, but just bad vibes as they say, great hub!


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Astra Nomik 3 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

Wow, what a great hub. Very good information. :)


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kittythedreamer 3 years ago from the Ether Author

AP - I am the exact same way! Newer houses are usually easier for me to adjust in. Older houses throw my mind and third eye for a loop and it takes me awhile to adjust and allow my own energy to dominate the old energies. So cleansing, blessing, and protecting my home is a must...especially if it's been lived in prior to me living there! We just moved and I did this entire regimen...so I figured I'd write it up for others to use. So nice to hear from you. Hope you are well, friend. Blessings.


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Alastar Packer 3 years ago from North Carolina

Hi Kitty. I'm a sensitive and have always been able to pick-up things from former tenants and renters in the past. Little things, nothing major. Often though this left me with uncomfortable feelings on occasion until I got used to the place. So, when it came to buying made sure it was a new house lol.

You've really gone all-out with this hub on cleansing, blessing and protecting your home. Most instructive and helpful for many no doubt. Thank you Kitty.


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kittythedreamer 3 years ago from the Ether Author

Nadine May - The wind chimes really work wonders. Thanks for reading!


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kittythedreamer 3 years ago from the Ether Author

Chitrangadasharan - Very cool. Thanks for reading.


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kittythedreamer 3 years ago from the Ether Author

Flourishanyway - True that.


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kittythedreamer 3 years ago from the Ether Author

I'll have to look more into the Puja ritual..you've piqued my interest!


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kittythedreamer 3 years ago from the Ether Author

Wonderful! Thanks for sharing.


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kittythedreamer 3 years ago from the Ether Author

Mr. Happy - the counter clockwise direction is actually something that I acquired from my time in a coven. Counter clockwise is called "Widdershins" and is for banishing, reversing, taking away certain properties/qualities/things...if that makes sense. And clockwise is "Deosil" which means to move forward...drawing things towards you, etc. So it's not something that is universal but is just something that I use and find to be very effective in my practice.


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Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Love your Hub. Yes we purified and blessed our new home in Cape Town the same way. Smudging as well as lighting incense. Love the wind chimes. We have two and today our garden is full of flowering scrubs of all colors. Again great Hub


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ChitrangadaSharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

Very interesting tips and quite similar to what we believe in India as well. We do cleanse, physically and spiritually and perform Puja, that is prayers before shifting to a new home. Lighting incense sticks, sprinkling holy water, drawing auspicious symbols while chanting Mantras for peace and prosperity etc. are part of this practice.

Very nice and interesting hub which I enjoyed reading. Noted down some of your tips and will follow them for sure.

Thanks for sharing!


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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

Very interesting hub. You just never know what happened in the house before you owned it.


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Anamika S 3 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

I believe in this sort of cleansing. I do Space Clearing every month to keep the positive vibes in my house. Also I use incense sticks and play the Gayatri Mantra almost every day as part of my Puja ritual.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Very interesting. As a Christian, I have anointed my home at every entrance with anointing oil and I pray each and every night for the Lord to send His angels to be encamped at the four corners of my homes and ask that no one be allowed to enter my home who is not brought there by Him. I have beautiful crosses hanging around my home, and I do collect angels, but I know I have the real angels all around me at all times.


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Mr. Happy 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

"Move in a counter-clockwise direction from room to room in your home." - Are You Mohawk? I'm joking ... but Mohawks are indeed the only tribe that move counter clockwise around the Sacred Fire.

I am curious to know why You mentioned to not drink "holy water" - I put question marks because I am not so much into holy and unholy thing. And I do have to mention that I drink water which I leave out on full moon nights. Not a full werewolf yet, should I leave it for two cycles? LOL

On a more serious note, I love your article. You have mentioned all one can mention and more, in my opinion. Will share.

All the very best! (from the soon to be Werewolf? lol)

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