Rituals For Cleansing a Home

rituals for cleansing a home

Do you feel negative energies around you in your home? Or did you move into a new house recently?

Whatever the situation, cleansing your home can make your surroundings full of positive energy. But the challenge here is to find the appropriate rituals for cleansing a house.

You can cleanse your house in different ways. Today, I will share with you some of the best ways to cleanse the home to prevent negativity.

So, let’s start!

How do you cleanse your house?

The good thing is that you can cleanse your house using various rituals. So you don’t need to arrange any specific ceremony to keep away the negativity from your home.

The important thing here is to bring peace of mind. Whether you want to cleanse a house with smoke or water, everything is fine and will bring positive energy to your home.

Let’s talk about some of the famous house cleansing rituals:

House cleansing ritual with sage

Sage is believed to be a sacred plant, and sage burning is the most popular house cleansing ritual, especially among the Native Americans.

The name “sage” came from the Latin word “Salvere,” which means “to heal.” Native Americans believe that sage burning cleanses your house and heals your spirit.

Sage burning is also known as smudging. It involves lighting up the sage and guiding the smoke in the outdoor direction to repulse the evil forces.

Native Americans mainly used white sage for the cleansing ceremony. 

Traditional cleansing ritual

People have been practicing cleansing rituals since ancient times to clear out spiritual impurities and keep away negativities.

In different cultures, different people followed various rituals to cleanse the home. Some of the traditional house cleansing rituals are:

  • Smoke: It means using other herbs, such as sage, palo santo, cedar, dandelion, lavender, etc., to produce smoke and cleanse your home.
  • Water: You can also bless and use it for the cleansing ritual.
  • Crystal: Crystals are great for cleansing the home and regaining the positive energies that the evil forces absorb.
  • Salts: Salts are efficient in absorbing negative energies and cleansing your home. 
  • Sounds: You can play music or recite mantras to keep away the negativity from your house.

Cleansing ritual with incense

Incense is another substance that you can use to produce smoke and cleanse your home. Its smoke carries a pleasant aroma that is believed to chase away negative forces.

People also use incense for different religious ceremonies. Many believe it strengthens our attention toward God by banishing the devil or evil spirits.

Catholic house cleansing ritual

Catholics often use the term “house blessing” instead of house cleansing. They like to bless the house when they move into a new place. If you like the idea, go for it!

However, most of the time, a priest performs the house blessing ceremony. You can assist the priest while he is reciting prayers.

Besides blessing a house, Catholics also use chalks for epiphany blessings during the Epiphany feast on January 6th. A priest blesses the chalks, and people draw crosses with them while entering their houses.

Sometimes priests also bless a bedroom for cleansing. It is a simple ritual asking for long life for the people who sleep there.

How do you do a ritual at home?

If you are performing a ritual at home for cleansing, I first recommend you declutter. Get rid of any unnecessary material things.

When you have a clean environment around you, cleanse your spiritual self before cleansing anything else.

As the ancient Egyptian literature, Miriam Lichtheim says, “Cleanse yourself before your eyes.” So cleanse your inner self before cleansing what is in front of you.

Then decide why you are cleansing your house and what you want to achieve in the future. For example, the death of a family member, quarreling with a partner, or going through bad times are common reasons for cleansing.

Now, light up your smoke carrier and start cleansing from the door. Slowly move clockwise through the room and waft away smoke in the outer direction while reciting your mantra.

Repeat the same process in every room for smudging and cleansing your house. You also can use a bell to make sounds to clear out negative energies. It is not a must, though.

Try focusing a bit more on the corners, as many people believe that negative energies often get stuck in the corners of the rooms.

Continue reciting the mantra or prayer the whole time to cleanse your home correctly. But what prayer to recite for house cleansing? Continue scrolling to find out. 

What to say when smudging a house?

Reciting prayers during smudging is essential to achieving what you want. However, there is no specific prayer to recite.

You should prepare your prayers depending on your purposes. For example, if you feel something evil around you, you may cleanse your house with the following recitation: 

“Oh my lord, I seek your guard against evil. Let the smoke be my weapon to ward off the negativity.”

Here are a few more prayers you can recite:

House cleansing ritual prayer

You can recite the following prayer during the house cleansing ritual to clear out negative forces:

“Negativity of my sacred space,

I banish you by the light of my grace.

You have no power or place here,

I stand and face you with no fear.

Go away forever; you will obey,

From my sacred space, you must stay away.”

You also can recite the following Feng Shui mantra for house cleansing:

“Om Ma Ni Pad Me Hum.”

White sage cleansing prayer

If you are moving into a new house and cleansing with white sage, you can recite the following prayer:

“Greetings, I am ___, and I am moving into this space. I want to express my gratitude to all of the land stewards and spirits of the land. I intend to create a new space for myself and my family here, live in peace with all the good spirits, and seek protection from evil spirits.”

What does cleansing your house with sage do?

Cleansing your house with sage will keep negative energies away. In addition, it will help you improve your mood as you can only feel positivity around you.

Even scientists say sage burning can help you clear out more than 94% of bacteria and work as an air disinfectant.

The founder of Ananda Integrative Medicine, Reshma Patel, says:

“Aside from the metaphysical uses of smudging, research shows that sage can also be used to benefit physical, mental, and emotional well-being.”

What to do after you smudge your house?

After smudging your house, extinguish the sage or anything else you used to produce smoke.

Then take a shower, rest, or do anything else that makes you feel comfortable.

Home cleansing ritual kit

All the house cleansing kits are available online. I like the MAMA WUNDERBAR Smudge Kit, which includes several herbs such as white sage, flower sage, cedar, palo santo, and more.

You can also buy this beautiful Sharvgun Smudging Bowl with a tree of life carved on it. 


I hope you can adequately perform the rituals to cleanse your home and eliminate all the negative energies around you. Then, you can repeat cleaning at home whenever you want. I prefer to cleanse my house at the beginning of every year and when I feel the existence of negative energies in my home.

Below is a Pinterest friendly photo…. so you can pin it to your Rituals or Ancient Wisdom Board!

Related Posts


Get Tips About Rituals, Sacred Space Design, and Being Yourself. Live Life As a Ritual!
Related Posts

Underworld Orpheus

We are starting our adventure around one of the most explained myths in history; Orpheus in the underworld of Greek mythology. Our journey will be

Read More