9 ways to cleanse your Ouija board

We all know how Ouija boards might sometimes attach dark and icky energies. But how do we cleanse the board and ourselves to avoid lingering spirits? When you are a beginner, it can be hard to know what to do.

Why cleansing is essential when using an Ouija board

Cleansing is not the same as cleaning (with water and a cloth). Cleansing is a ritual using crystals, incents, rituals, or prayers to expel unwanted energies.

You must know how to cleanse your board as well as yourself if you are going to use a Ouija board (also known as talking- or spirit boards). You might run into negative or dark energies, spirits, or entities when using a Ouija board. These can attach to you or the site where you did your reading.

If you don’t eliminate negative energies, they can affect your mood, health, and emotional wellbeing. It is recommended to cleanse yourself and your board at least once a month or if your intuition tells you something is off.

The same techniques apply to cleansing Ouija boards as other divination tools such as tarot cards, pendulums, crystals, dowsing rods, etc.

1. Sage the board and planchette (pointer)

A very effective way to cleanse the board is to use incense. You can use other incents than sage if you prefer, but sage is very potent and effective. Other options are;

  • Palo Santo
  • Myrrh
  • Lavender
  • Frankincense

Sage with a set intent of cleansing the board. Without a clear intention and a grounded mind, no incent in the world will work. Therefore, always perform your cleansing ritual when you are calm, collected, and grounded.

Be sure to sage yourself, the pointer (planchette), and the board.

In the video below, you find great tips on how to cleanse with sage.

The video below will give you deeper insights. I recommend this technique if you run into negative spirits that won’t leave. You need to create a thick smoke to make it work. No area should go untouched by the smoke. Open all cabinets, drawers, closets, and boxes.

Be sure to inform your neighbors if you are going to do this. You understand what I mean when you watch the video…

If you want to try this method, you find great smudging sets on Amazon. I get mine from Amazon or my favorite local witchy woo shop. If you are a beginner, I bet you might also need the accessories too. I love this pack; it has everything you need to get smudging and cleansing your board like a pro.

2. Earth burial cleanse

Go outside and sprinkle dirt on your Ouija board. You can dig a little hole and bury it overnight for an even more powerful cleansing. Be sure that there is no rain, though, as it might ruin your board. The same applies if the board is made of cardboard or other moist-sensitive material.

When you do an earth burial, your board will reconnect with the earth’s energy and resolve and release any energies bound to the board. This technique is very potent if you suspect the board acts as a portal.

Bury it with the intention of closing any portals. The intention is vital for success. I often say: “Hereby I release all energies back to earth; this portal is now closed.”

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3. Full moon cleanse

A full-moon cleanse is a very potent cleansing ritual for Ouija boards. Place your board near your window, or even better, outside, and let the full moon cleanse it. Be sure to watch the weather forecast; you don’t want to expose it to rain or bad weather as it can get ruined.

Let the board soak in moon rays all night. This will certainly help you clear away residual or negative energies.

4. Crystal cleansing and charging

One effective way of cleansing your Ouija board is by using crystals. Place them on your board or in a circle enclosing it. Any crystal works, but some crystals are more potent than others. The best crystals for cleansing your Ouija board are found under “primary”, but you can also use crystals from the “secondary” list.


  • Black tourmaline
  • Smokey quartz
  • Fluorite
  • Selenite
  • Obsidian


  • Amazonite
  • Blue Labradorite
  • Fire Agate
  • Amber
  • Angelite
  • Chrysoberyl
  • Bloodstone
  • Carnelian
  • Petalite
  • Tiger’s Eye
  • Staurolite

Source: The Crystal BibleOpens in a new tab. (Affiliate link – Amazon)

5. Salt burial cleansing

Salt burial (you can also sprinkle or create a salt circle) is one of the most potent ways of resetting, cleansing, clearing, and charging your Ouija board. This is my go-to technique for cleansing all my divination tools if I notice something is off.

As an Ouija board is quite large, it is not that convenient to bury it in salt (if you can do so, this is the most powerful way). Be sure to put it in a textile bag (not plastic!) before buying it in salt. It might damage your board otherwise.

Plastic is not recommended as the plastic will take away the effect of the salt.

If you choose to sprinkle or enclose your board, it is straightforward. Sprinkle salt on top of your board and let it sit for a couple of hours.

If you enclose it, create a circle of salt surrounding your board. Let it sit overnight.

You can use Himalayan salt, but regular table salt works as well. You don’t need anything fancy. This makes it my popular go-to. You can get your hands on salt from the grocery shop if you get into an emergency.

Be sure to collect all salt (I mean EVERYTHING) and release it back to the earth. Just dig a little hole and bury it.

6. Bell or Singing bowl cleansing

Bell or singing bowl cleansing of your Ouija board is straightforward. Set a clear intention (as always), and get going. If you have a bell, you strike three times. That’s all. Let the sound linger off and imagine all negative energies dissolving.

There are many types of singing bowls available on the market. They are gorgeous as well. Some are made in brass, others in glass or crystal. What I love about singing bowls is that you can also use them in your meditation and healing practice. The singing bowl below is found on Amazon (affiliate link – Amazon)

7. Silk wrapping

Wrap your Ouija board in a silk or velvet scarf in between readings. Place your pointer (planchette) in a little bag beside your board. This will keep your board “inactive” between sessions.

Storing your board with dignity and care will help you get more accurate readings. It will not lead to great readings if you throw it away in the closet, along with your messy stuff. The way you treat it will transfer to your board. After all, it is your energy and intent that is key.

8. Runes and symbols

Runes and protective symbols are a great way to cleanse your Ouija board. Runes are used for protection spells and sigils. This technique is not for beginners; it is always preferred you know runes before cleansing or clearing using them.

In the list below, you find potent Elder Futhark runes for protection (Source: Rune For Protection: 6 Magic Runes To Use For ProtectionOpens in a new tab.)

  • Algiz – Divine protection
  • Ehwaz – Movement
  • Eihwaz – Defense
  • Ingwaz – Strength
  • Thurisaz – Protective light
  • Tiwaz – Luck

Depending on the type of energy you what to clear, you need to know what rune to use. In this video, you get examples of choosing the proper rune.

9. Knocking and blowing

To clear and cleanse the Ouija board, you can knock on it three times – knock, knock, knock. Blow on it and imagine all negative energy blowing away like dust. The intention is key here. It can’t be simpler than this.

Tips and advice for beginner Ouija users

Remember that all Ouija boards are neutral. They are not good or evil; they are just a board of wood with letters on it. The ritual you perform when using the board will open a channel to the spirit world. There are no spirits inside the Ouija board.

Always set a clear intention before starting any session. This is the best protection against lingering energies.

Don’t forget to cleanse yourself and the space as well. Don’t just cleanse the board. Never use the board when you are sick or in a bad mood. The energies often feed on your mood and if you are feeling angry or weak they might take advantage of this.

Do not use the board alone if you are not experienced in spirit communication. It can get overwhelming and scary at times and you can’t forget to close the session, no matter what. Never ask rude questions as this can trigger negative responses.

If you need advice on how to cleanse your board or if you think negative energy has attached to you or your space – consult a trusted medium or experienced paranormal investigator. They can do scans or sweeps and alert you if there are any negative energies attached to you or your home.

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Claudette Beaulieu

A certified paranormal investigator, accredited demonologist, and psychic stuck in the Victorian era.

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