Does Salt Repel Ghosts?

Does salt repel ghosts

Have spooky sights and sounds got you up at night? Wondering what to do about an unwanted otherworldly visitor? Well, before you hire a paranormal investigator, you might want to try a humble pinch of salt.

That’s right—salt can repel ghosts. In fact, it’s been used for this purpose for centuries.

Still not sure?

Let us take you through the history of salt and the paranormal in our expert guide. We’ll also give you some tips on how to repel ghosts with salt, the different types you can use, and other materials that have similar repellant properties.

The Paranormal Properties Of Salt Through The Ages

Salt has always had links to the supernatural. The ancient Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians all believed that it had mystical, supernatural properties.

Ancient Greek religious ceremonies involved the ritual use of salt and it was also used to pay Roman soldiers. The ancient Egyptians used it to preserve mummies and to ward off evil spirits.

The inhabitants of medieval Europe shared the belief that salt repels evil spirits and it was regularly used when performing exorcisms. It was thought that salt could help to break black magic spells.

More recently, alchemists in the Renaissance period thought that salt would be an important ingredient in the creation of the philosopher’s stone.

To this day, salt is still mixed into holy water in many religious ceremonies around the world, including those of the Roman Catholic Church. It’s also associated with superstitions. For instance, it’s thought that spilling salt leads to bad luck and that the only way to counteract this is to throw salt over the left shoulder.

In today’s time, many cultures believe salt repels ghosts, witches, and other supernatural beings.

Using Salt To Repel Ghosts

So, it’s clear that salt has been used to repel ghosts for centuries as well as for religious ceremonies and to ward off evil and bad luck.

But, how do you use salt to repel ghosts?

Well, first of all, you need to be sure that a ghost is actually present. To do this, you should try using different types of ghost detectors like EMF meters and motion detectors.

Once you’ve confirmed the presence of an evil spirit, here are some of the ways you can use salt to get rid of it.

Creating a barrier

The most common way of using salt to repel ghosts is to create a salt line across a point of entry like a window or a door. This should prevent a ghost from being able to enter your home. However, make sure you pour a line of salt across all points of entry for maximum effect.

You could also create protective circles of salt around areas of your home such as your bed or living room couch.

Similarly, if you want to trap a ghost, create a salt circle around it. The ghost won’t be able to cross over the salt line and should be frozen in place.


Pouring salt lines and circles isn’t the only way to repel ghosts from your home. Another option is to take some salt water and use it to cleanse your living space. All you need to do is mix some rock salt or table salt with some water and then wipe down the surfaces in your home with a sponge.

This helps to purify your house and it can be highly effective at keeping ghosts at bay. It might not be quite as good as holy water but at least you won’t need a priest to bless it!

Firing a shotgun

Now, we really don’t recommend that you try this one but we’ll tell you about it just to keep you up to speed.

Some paranormal enthusiasts believe the best way to get rid of a malevolent ghost is to load a shotgun with salt and blast it away. This might seem extreme (because it is) but this tactic is usually reserved for very disruptive ghosts like poltergeists.

Still, a salt circle or line is the approach we’d suggest to keep you and anyone else in your home safe.

Which Types Of Salt Are Best For Repelling Ghosts?

Any type of salt can be effective for repelling ghosts. Still, some salt types are thought to be better than others, such as:

  • Himalayan salt: This is a form of rock salt that is rich in minerals. It’s believed to have powerful balancing and grounding effects and is often used to repel ghosts.
  • Sea salt: The purifying and cleansing properties of sea salt are widely known, and it has been used for mystical and paranormal purposes for centuries.
  • Kosher salt: This is a type of purified rock salt that is commonly used in religious ceremonies. It’s considered to be spiritually cleansing which is why it’s effective at repelling ghosts.
  • Epson salt: Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate, isn’t technically a salt. However, it has similar properties and is often used to repel evil spirits and ghosts.

Other Ways To Repel Ghosts

Of course, there are plenty of other ways to get rid of ghosts without using salt. In fact, there are many different materials that can be used to repel spirits. Let’s explore some of the most popular alternatives.


You may have heard of iron horseshoes being a source of good luck but did you know that iron can also ward off ghosts?

This is a common belief in many European cultures and iron is often placed near doorways and windows to prevent spirits from entering the home.


Silver has long had a lunar association in European folklore and is believed to be a pure material. So, it makes sense that it’s also believed to be a good way to repel ghosts and other supernatural entities.

You’ve heard of silver bullets and werewolves, right? Well, ghosts aren’t too keen on silver either!

Religious relics

Religious relics have always been the most common way of repelling spirits. In Christian societies, holy water and the crucifix are synonymous with protection against dark forces. In Paganism, the pentagram is used for similar purposes.

We know that religious relics have been used to repel ghosts for a very long time due to historical records and archaeological discoveries. Talking about an archaeological dig in Turkey that uncovered 2,000-year-old relics, April Holloway says:

The objects that were found are known to have been important in ancient rituals to ward off demons and evil spirits“.

So, if you haven’t got any rock salt at hand, the crucifix around your neck will have to do!


Does consecrated salt have more protective powers than regular salt?

There is no consensus on whether consecrated salt is better at repelling ghosts than regular salt. Some believe that salt blessed by a priest or religious leader is more powerful but many paranormal experts say that normal salt works just as well.

Still, if you’d feel more comfortable using consecrated salt, contact a religious figure and ask them to bless it for you.

How long do salt circles and lines repel ghosts?

There is no set time frame after which salt’s ability to repel ghosts starts to decrease. However, some believe that its ghost-repelling powers weaken over time as it absorbs more and more negative energy. On the other hand, some say that salt retains its repellant powers indefinitely. To be on the safe side, it might be best to replenish your salt circles and lines every now and then.

Does salt repel benevolent ghosts?

In most cultures, salt is used to repel malevolent spirits rather than benevolent ones. So, there isn’t much evidence about how effective it is at repelling friendly ghosts.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, salt is much more than a seasoning! It’s been used to ward off bad luck, witches, and ghosts for thousands of years. The most common and effective techniques include creating salt lines and circles to act as protective barriers and using salty water to purify your home.

Still, if you don’t have any salt available, materials like iron and silver are also effective at repelling ghosts.


Sam Ashford
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Hey, I'm Sam Ashford! I'm a ghost-hunting expert, writer and founder of SpiritShack. My mission is to help people like yourself learn about spirituality and how to hunt ghosts!