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Smokeless Cleansing Alternatives: 9 Ways to Purify Your Home and Aura

Nowadays, everyone seems to be smoke-cleansing to cleanse a space of negative energy. Smoke-cleansing is an ancient practice of using smoke from a purifying herb to drive away negative forces and spirits. The most popular herb is white sage; however, white sage is becoming increasingly endangered in recent years. This is one reason to look into other methods of cleansing and purifying one’s home. Learn how to get rid of negative energy with these smokeless cleansing alternatives.

Reasons Why People Can’t Smoke-Cleanse

While many of us love to smoke-cleanse, there are those who can’t for different reasons. Maybe it’s an allergy. Maybe it’s asthma or respiratory illness. Often it’s because we live in a small space with people who don’t like the smell. Whatever your reason is for not being able to smoke-cleanse, don’t worry. There are plenty of other effective ways of cleansing your space. If someone tells you the only way to cleanse is with smoke, they’re wrong. Any of the 4 elements can be used to purify.

Smokeless Cleansing Alternatives

1. Cleansing With Sound

Our first suggestion for smokeless cleansing alternatives is to use the purifying effect of sound. Sounds are vibratory and purify a space of negativity just as well as sage smoke. The key is to select the right kind of sound. When I can’t smoke-cleanse my house, I use sound. One purifying sound is Tibetan singing bowls. Keep in mind, spending hundreds on an “authentic Tibetan bowl” isn’t necessary—newly manufactured bowls work just fine. Another option is to stream singing bowl music from Spotify, iTunes, Pandora, or another music app. Play the singing bowls in whatever room or space you want to cleanse. In addition, Celtic flutes is a high vibe music with cleansing effects, and so are nature sounds. A great way to scare off negative energy is with a bell. Banging on pots and pans also scares out any negative spirits.

Other purifying sounds:

  • high vibrational music (chakra, meditation, native, Celtic flutes, etc.)
  • nature sounds: ocean waves, fireside crackling, waterfalls, etc.
  • shamanic drumming
  • wind chimes
  • bells: one of the most effective sound-cleansers (quick and easy!)
  • banging on pots and pans to exorcise an unwanted spirit
  • singing bowls
Herbs with cleansing properties include: lavender, rosemary and sage.
Make a floor sweep or wash using cleansing herbs like rosemary and lavender.

2. Cleaning: Sweeps, Washes, and Sprays

Clean your space physically top to bottom. Dust, vacuum, mop, sweep, pick up, etc. Do what you have to do to make your home clean, first. In addition, de-clutter your home. If you have too many items cluttering your space, this creates energy blockages and prevents the free flow of positive energy. So get out your old clothes, furniture, knick-knacks, etc., and donate to the nearest thrift store.

Floor Sweeps and Washes

Use a magical floor sweep or floor wash as a smokeless cleansing alternative. While you’re cleaning your floors, use a magical floor sweep or floor wash to “cleanse” and remove negative energy from the floors. You can purchase these online, or make your own. A floor sweep is when herbs are sprinkled on to the floors, then swept or vacuumed up. A floor wash is an herb-infused water used to mop your hard floors. The herbs have magical properties that cleanse away negative energy while you physically clean – a double whammy!

Herbal Sprays

Try a cleansing herbal spray. Another simple and effective way of cleansing one’s home and sacred space without smoke-cleansing is to use a purifying herbal spray. These can be found online and in metaphysical stores. Simply spray around the house and the herbal-infused concoction will do its job to remove negative energy, just like the smoke from a burning herb bundle. Spray curtains, walls, linens, furniture, etc.

3. Cleansing With White Light

How do you cleanse your space without sage smoke? By using divine white light. White light is the purest form of light and can be accessed and used in different ways. Use a white candle’s light to “light up the darkness” and drive away negativity. Light the white candle, and slowly travel from room to room, allowing the light to hit every space that needs to be cleansed. Let it burn in whatever room you stay in, as you don’t want to leave a flame unattended. Imagine the candle’s flame burning brightly and lighting up your entire house with white light energy, cleansing your space of negativity.

Sunlight & Visualization

The cleansing effect of sunlight is often forgotten. If you live in a dark space, open the blinds/windows/curtains and let the natural light in! Negative energy often thrives in dark, still spaces, so let the light in your darkest rooms! Also, throw the windows open to let fresh air in! Stagnant air is a breeding place for negative energy. An extremely convenient option of cleansing with white light is visualization. Visualize a white light growing from an area in your house and spreads until its fills every room with positive universal energy. This white light will cleanse and purify your space. Hold the visualization for as long as you can.

Essential oils are helpful when cleansing without sage smoke.
Herb infused oils and essential oils can be used as alternatives to sage smoke.

4. Smokeless Cleansing Alternatives With Essential Oils

Maybe you can’t cleanse with smoke, but you can use essential oils. Break out a diffuser and diffuse a cleansing essential oil like lemon, lemongrass, lavender or peppermint. Essential oils are derived from the essence of plants, so any plant with a cleansing effect lends the same energy to its essential oil equivalent. If you don’t have an essential oil diffuser, dab a couple drops of essential oil on your curtains, windows, doors, etc. Easy cleansing without any smoke!

5. Magical Sweeping

If all else fails, dedicate a broom to energetic cleansing. Start at the front door and work your way counter-clockwise around the house. Sweep the negative energy right out the back door! Buy a cheap broom at the store or make a magical broom yourself. Also – always leave a broom bristles up when standing in a corner or behind a door. This brings good fortune. When double magical sweeping with cleansing floor sweeps, the power is amplified.

6. Himalayan Salt Lamps As a Smokeless Cleansing Alternative

Himalayan salt lamps are a popular modern decoration WITH purifying effects. And also is a great smokeless cleansing alternative. Place a Himalayan salt lamp in the main area of your home and turn it on for at least a few hours to have the full effect. The salt lamps gives off purifying vibes AND negatively-charged ions which attract water molecules and absorbs them. Plus the light of the lamp is always calming.

7. Natural Energy Absorbers

Certain magical items can be left around the house to absorb negative energy. A few examples, lemons placed under everyone’s beds will absorb negative energy and illness. An onion cut in half and placed under the sink will do the same trick but absorb illness and negative residue in the whole house. If you want to use crystals, black tourmaline is the best energy absorbing stone out there. It works particularly well for taking on negative energy from electronics. I put one next to my computer and TV for this purpose. Once your lemons and onions are nasty and rotting, bury them. The black tourmaline can be cleansed and re-used.

8. Open the Windows

Fresh air is seriously underestimated. If you’ve had the windows and doors shut tight for an entire month or season, open the windows! Sometimes our space just needs the flow of air to break up the stale energy around us. This is particularly potent on a breezy day in Autumn or Spring. If you can open windows opposite of each other and let the air blow through completely, even better.

9. Purifying Simmer Pots

A simmer pot is basically simmering potpourri on the stove. But it’s infused with magical intention. Take a pot or dutch oven, set it on the stove and fill it partially with water. Then add cleansing herbs, fruits, and spices. Let the water come to a simmer and allow the herbal aroma to fill your kitchen with purifying vibes. After let the remnants cool and add them to a spray bottle. Then spray the rest of the house that might be too far from the kitchen.

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  1. Hannah

    May 5, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    Can I cleanse earth-oriented crystals with soil from outside? I thought of that recently, and I want to make sure it would somewhat work.

    1. kitty fields

      May 6, 2022 at 3:21 pm

      Yes you can.

  2. Sofia Chaparro

    June 4, 2021 at 6:40 pm

    I have a salt and crystal shop near my house and I have never been because we just couldn’t find the time to go. Now that it’s summer break, should I ask my parents to go? We have been living here for 7 years after we moved from North Carolina. Because I live in Tennessee, I’m scared and Christians will jump in us for getting “satanic stuff” or being a “bad witch” .

    1. Joseph

      June 28, 2021 at 7:16 am

      Hi Sofia. The Himalayan Salt Lamp is definitely nothing bad or satanic and since the salt lamps are on the pure side, It can’t be turned into evil, maybe you could do it but it wouldn’t nearly be as effective as normal household items in your home that you already own. Knifes, razors etc, can promote evil depending on what you do with them. A salt lamp which is like a crystal stores frequencies, music, conversations, everything much better (the stone tape theory) The light the Salt Lamp gives off is also soothing, It is like a natural alarm clock, when you wake up with the salt lamps on you will have more energy than normal and get out of bed faster instead of feeling groggy. I think If you tune the salt lamps with purifying music like the solffeggio frequencies and tibeton singing bowls, the lamp will pick up on those frequencies and drive out any negativity within yourself or something negative that may be trying to enter your home. Also sage does work to if you ever feel something is wrong, your mood changes, you’re depressed, just off in general and it’s not going away. Light up the sage and walk around your home and say a prayer out of the bible to cleanse the place. Don’t be surprised if you hear a hiss, a growl, a bang, or the feeling to not do it, you are just pissing off the negativity that is in there that shouldn’t be there, he is trying to stop you. But it works and will drive them out, I think you have to follow them sometimes though as they try to hide from the cleansing. They fear God, or higher powers. If your beliefs are stronger than theirs, you will overcome them.

  3. Kyo

    February 16, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    hello! it it ok if i try and cleanse a item with candle smoke? i really don’t have any of these items to cleanse my area with and i can’t find any info with cleansing a area with candle smoke- so is it ok if i use candle smoke???

    1. Katy

      May 25, 2021 at 5:35 am

      Hey there personally candle smoke doesn’t cleanse that much area but if you want to you can I personally cleanse my jars with candle smoke before using them

    2. Joseph

      June 28, 2021 at 7:39 am

      You can cleanse an item with sage smoke but before you start cleansing items, go after the main source of evil. If there is no main source of evil then start touching everything with lit sage, to prevent any negative attachments to things. The cleansing may not last forever, you have to banish the target. So you would use banish in your words to this entity you are trying to get rid of. Or read a quote out of the bible. So whenever you start feeling that it’s time to do another cleansing, Do another cleansing just to be safe.

  4. el

    November 27, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    Can i make my own cleansing spray with specific herbs and moon water or will some of them not work together or not work at all?

    1. Anonymous

      February 16, 2021 at 3:24 pm

      i think u can research it!

  5. Anonymous

    November 24, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    Thank you.

  6. Jade

    November 3, 2020 at 12:13 am

    Hello, Can you burn rosemary that is from your home?

    1. admin

      November 3, 2020 at 11:48 am

      yes absolutely

  7. Elizabeth Beckwith

    September 12, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    Thank you for all these wonderful suggestions. I live in a senior apartment complex that doesn’t allow any kind of candle, etc. We are not even allowed lights on a real Christmas tree. They say it’s for our own safety. Anyway, frustrating as that is, your suggestions are valuable to me.

  8. Francesca

    April 10, 2020 at 4:27 pm

    my friends house always leaves me feeling drained and very sick, she is open to cleansing but she has many pets and is worried about their safety, i was wondering if i could use white vinegar, water, and rosemary to cleanse the space before a protection measure?

    1. admin

      April 11, 2020 at 12:51 pm

      Absolutely! All three are cleansing/purifying materials.

    2. liz

      December 6, 2020 at 11:22 pm

      Hi, I was wondering if you would be able to share the instructions on how you did the spray? the one that involved white vinegar, water, and rosemary?

  9. Lizbeth

    February 17, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    Very helpful, however, the term smudging refers to a very specific ritual in typically closed cultures. A better term would be smoke cleansing.

  10. Carmelin Long

    November 5, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this valuable information. I can’t use smudging because of fire alarms. This is interesting, well written and succinct,; and so many lovely ideas that I will use on an ongoing basis. Bless you.

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