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    23 Genius Products That'll Keep You On Good Terms With Your Landlord

    These will make your landlord want to give you a glowing reference.

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    1. This mini drain snake that'll help you release clogs quickly and efficiently, so your landlord isn't left with an expensive plumbing bill. This one has 4,000 micro-hooks and extends to 18 inches, so you should easily be able to locate and remove the source of your problems.

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    If you've got long hair that sheds into your drain every time you take a shower, you probs need this.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $10.95. Also available in version with a longer handle.

    2. A pack of adhesive door bumpers that'll muffle the sound and impact of slamming drawers and doors. They can also be used as feet on appliances to protect your countertops and floors.

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    Get a pack of 12 on Amazon Canada for $12.97.

    3. A pack of ant traps that'll fix your pest problem once and for all, so that you won't have to call in a fumigator. It comes with six borax-infused bait stations that you can strategically hide in your cupboards and around your house.

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    I love how tiny the bait stations are, like, they barely take up any room. You can pretty much conceal them wherever they are, so your guests will never know you're fighting an infestation.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $8.48.

    4. A pack of classic Command strips that'll help you hang artwork on your walls without drilling any holes. Reviewers love that they work on almost any surface and say they don't rip off paint when you remove them, so you don't have to do any patching jobs.

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $4.97+. Available in four quantities.

    5. A roll of peel-and-stick geometric-print wallpaper that you can use to line your drawers, update your furniture, or cover up a bad paint job. It's waaaay easier to work with than regular wallpaper and won't leave behind any residue.

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $43.76. Also available in black.

    6. Or a pack of stick-on tangerine wall decals that'll give you the freedom to create your own design. Reviewers love how easy it is to reposition them, so they can constantly switch things up.

    A table and chair in front of a wall covered in tangerine decals
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    Get a pack of 32 on Amazon Canada for $16.29.

    7. A stainless steel pet-grooming comb that’ll give your four-legged friend a light trim and remove tough tangles, so your don't leave your apartment with pet hair in every nook and cranny. It has over 2,700 positive reviews and people say it leaves their pets feeling smoother and looking shinier than ever.

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    I am currently fostering a very large and very hairy St. Bernard. She is perfect in every way, but the amount of fur she leaves in her wake is bonkers. I saw that this comb had killer reviews, so I placed an order immediately. It works absolute WONDERS, and now I don't leave my couch covered in stray hairs, which is really all I want in life.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $26.97. Available in three colours.

    8. An adhesive draft stopper that'll block hot or cold air (depending on the time of year) from escaping your room so that you don't have to crank your heater or air conditioner. It'll keep your space at the perfect temp and it'll probably save you some serious $$$ on your hydro bill (which is great, if your landlord is the one paying it).

    A draft stopper on the bottom of a door.
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    It also helps with pest control and keeps noise from travelling.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $16.99.

    9. A genius grout pen that’ll cover up blemishes between your tiles in a few easy strokes. They're anti-bacterial and will help prevent mould from growing, too, so your landlord won't have a problem on their hands when you leave.

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    Consider this the concealer of the bathroom world.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $12+. Available in three colours.

    10. A portable door lock that doesn't require any tools to install, and will make you feel safer in your home or hotel room. If your landlord won't let you install additional permanent locks or you've got a nosy roommate who won't mind their own business, this little doodad is calling your name.

    A  portable door lock wedged into a door beside the handle
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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $10.93.

    11. A flexible coil brush that'll help you get every speck of dust, pet hair, and lint out of your dryer and vents, so you don't risk starting a dryer fire. It has a rubber tip to save your appliances from getting scratched up while you clean.

    A before and after photo showing the massive amount of lint this brush picked up in a dryer
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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $18.38.

    12. A stove cleaning kit that'll make your cooktop look good as new in just a few minutes. Just apply the cream to your burners, wait a few minutes for it to sink in, and then scrub away the gunk with the spongey cleaning tool. For super stubborn messes, you can scrape off build up with the razor.

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    It comes with cleaning solution, a razor, and a scrubbing tool. I own this stuff and it works actually magic on stuck-on food and oil splatters. I've seriously never seen my burners look cleaner than they do after using this stuff, and I'm so happy it doesn't cost a fortune (but I'd buy it even if it did).

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $9.99. Also available in multipacks.

    13. A pack of cat-inspired furniture socks that'll save your floors from getting scuffed. They also help reduce noise, so your downstairs neighbours won't hate you if you decide to do a bit of redecorating in the middle of the night.

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    Get a set of 24 socks in black on Amazon Canada for $22.99. Available in three colours.

    14. A pack of washing machine-cleaning wipes that'll help you banish mould, mildew, and built-up grossness from your laundry appliances. Reviewers say that their textured surface helps traps even the smallest pieces of lint and hair.

    A person cleaning the rubber gasket of their washing machine with one of the wipes
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    Get a pack of 24 cloths on Amazon Canada for $7.74. Also available in a pack of 48 cloths.

    15. A 4-in-1 patching tool that'll help you make minor repairs to your apartment walls, without enlisting the help of a handyperson. It includes spackle, primer, a putty knife, and a sanding pad, so you'll have everything you need to get the job done.

    A person applying spackle to a hole in their wall with the tool
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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $20.51.

    16. A pack of transparent cat-scratching shields that'll stop your four-legged friend from destroying your furniture (especially important if that furniture actually belongs to your landlord). Reviewers say they're easy to install, super low-key looking, and even work on leather chairs and sofas.

    A cat scratching a couch with shields on it
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    They're also great if you're subletting for a short amount of time.

    Get a pack of six shields on Amazon Canada for $25.99.

    17. A set of mini adhesive shelves that you can display your doodads and decorations on. They have ultra-sticky Command strips on their backs, making them easy to install, and they can support up to two pounds.

    Two Command shelves holding potted plants
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    Get a set of two on Amazon Canada for $24.99. Available in four styles and in black.

    18. A bottle of Goo Gone that'll clean up gluey and gooey messes in the blink of an eye. From gum to glitter, this stuff works on pretty much everything.

    A before and after comparison of a jug with a bit of stuck on label and the same jug with no label at all
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    "When I got my hands on a bottle, I immediately put it to test. A couple of days ago, I bought a really cool glass milk saucer from the MoMA store, but the product label left an ugly and sticky residue on it (why do shops allow stickers like this?!). I applied the Goo Gone, washed with soap and water, and voilà — the adhesive came right off, leaving my saucer crystal clear. Then, I cleaned off an old soy sauce container and turned it into a flower vase. And it can do so much more than just removing price stickers; the product description says it’ll work on candle wax, permanent marker, crayon, glue, gum, tape residue, adhesive, paint, tree sap, tar, etc. It’s also surface-safe and can be used on carpet and upholstery, clothing, and any hard surfaces — including glass, laminate, metal, wood, plastic, vinyl, windows, ceramic, granite, flooring, countertops, tile, and wood. And bonus: It smells nice and citrusy!" —Yi Yang (read their full review of Goo Gone)

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $14.37.

    19. A roll of waterproof screen repair tape that can mend torn screens in a matter of seconds. Just cut it, stick it on, and voila! Your screen will be as good as new.

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    Reviewers say it's easy to use and extremely durable.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $18.99. Also available in black.

    20. A pack of aesthetically-pleasing tile stickers that'll give your bathroom walls or kitchen backsplash a total makeover, without the cost and labour of a full renovation. They're waterproof and heat resistant, so they won't get messed up when you're kicking back in the tub or cooking at high temps.

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    Get a pack of ten on Amazon Canada for $23.99. Available in two sizes and 12 styles.

    21. A pack of patterned drawer liners that'll make your cupboards and drawers look fancy as heck, and save them from getting scratched. They have a fresh linen scent, so they'll keep your home smelling great, too.

    Two drawers lined with patterned drawer liners
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    They don't have any adhesive on them, so you don't have to worry about leaving behind residue.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $17.99. Available in three colours.

    22. A pair of stick-on motion-sensing lights that you can use to illuminate the dark corners of your home. Reviewers say they're especially great for closets and bathrooms.

    A person walking up dark stairs with the stick-on lights on them
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    They come with screws, but if you want to be kinder to your landlord, opt for the included adhesive strips (they're much easier to remove). Each light requires four AAA batteries (not included, but you can get them here).

    Get a pack of two on Amazon Canada for $35.22. Also available in a pack of six.

    23. And finally, a surge-protecting outlet bank that'll keep your electronics charged and your hydro bill low. This one has four rotatable outlets and two USB ports, so you can plug in your computers, TV, lights, and whatever else without twisting your cords to death.

    The outlet plugged into a wall
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    It's a safer alternative than having extension cords running everywhere and will protect yourself and your electronics from voltage surges.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $26.99. Also available in a style with four outlets and two USB ports.

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