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23 Ways To Keep Your Terrible Roommates From Ruining Your Stuff

How to make it 'til you can afford your own place.

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1. Keep your special conditioner away from toiletry grifters with this shower locker that works with a combination lock.

It stays put with commercial-grade suction cups and has holes for drainage, a mirror, and removable shelf.

Promising review: "I live at home with my parents, and I have THREE teenage brothers who don't care if I buy my own stuff, they're going to use it. Schlocker saved my sanity and their lives!" --Savvyw

Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

2. Make your stance on water rings ~very obvious~ with these delightful fruit coasters.

Plus, they're dishwasher-safe and BPA-free!

Promising review: "Good inexpensive coaster and it also can be used for hot beverages, too. These are much better than cork, wood, sandstone, or leather because it's easier to keep clean because it doesn't keep bacteria that wood, cork, and sandstone can absorb." --Careful Buyer

Get them from Amazon for $2.40.


4. Erase all sorts of their nasty left-behind gunk with a powerful sonic scrubber that won't break the bank.

Promising review: "This product is perfect for cleaning grout and hard-to-reach areas. Very powerful rotating head. I use the yellow scour pad attachment for hard stuck on food and gunk on counter tops, and it works 99% of the time." --Delaney

Get it from Amazon for $21.63.

5. Keep the CSA haul you go halfsies on fresher for longer by keeping it in these reusable produce bags.

Or just maybe don't go halfsies anymore?

Promising review: "Love these! When I get seduced by the beautiful fruits and vegetables at the farmers market I buy far more produce than we can use in a few days. I rinse, hang dry, and reuse, and it's lovely to buy baby spinach and find it in pristine condition a week later in the fridge in one of these bags." --Zenpup

Get a pack of 30 from Amazon for $7.99.

6. Hold onto that shower curtain you spent way too much money on for longer thanks to this washable heavy-gauge liner.

Promising review: "Don't like to be attacked by shower curtains? Try this one. I will never buy those thin, crappy ones again. You know the ones, they wrap you up when you're showering. Creepy shower curtains can't keep themselves off of you when you're at your most vulnerable. Not this one. Utopia respects you. Plus, it's washable when it gets mildew on it." --Princess Bookworm

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

7. Prevent your reinvigorating shower from turning into the grossest standing bath ever by catching shower drain hair with a TubShroom.

Promising review: "I wanted to test it out right away, so I decided to bathe my dog. To give you an idea for the test I put it under, the dog in question is a VERY fluffy Aussie whose hair keeps Hoover vacuums in business all by itself. I usually have to immediately use a manual unclogging zip hook to remove his hair from our drain after or it'll start to get clogged pretty badly. This time, I washed as normal and held my breath as I pulled the shroom out of my drain after. HOLY SMOKES. This thing caught so much hair. SO MUCH. Cleaning it off was a breeze -- just pulled the hair from off the shroom -- and when I checked to see if my tub was draining slower after, it wasn't. I don't know if this thing caught EVERY hair as advertised, but it definitely caught enough that I can believe it." --Bonnie E. Morton

Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (also available for sinks).


8. Side step costly plumber visits with this kitchen-sink drain that'll catch all manner of food particles because you never have to stop reminding them that your place DOES NOT have a garbage disposal.

Promising review: "So cute and useful! It's so annoying that food scraps block the sink drain. This one helped prevent the food residue and kept the sink unblocked. The sink strainer itself is good quality, so far it works well. Its cute design give you a good mood when you do the dishes, that's funny!" --Hermosa

Get it from Amazon for $6 (also available in frog, fish, pig, rooster, and whale).

9. Avoid long email chains that "got lost in my inbox" with Splitwise, an app that helps you divvy up each person's share of the utilities and other household expenses bc you don't need someone messing with your standing with the electric company.

Venmo requests filled with emojis are cute...until you can't determine what the hell that payment was for a month down the road and you *may* owe a roommate your share of the utilities. This app spells it out for you and lets everyone act like the charming, functioning adults they are without resorting to passive-aggressive group texts.

Promising review: "This app is seriously exactly what I/we need. Who paid for what, whether it's split evenly, by percentage, or by the number you choose for each person. You can add recurring bills, take photos of receipts, and much more. The only thing that would make this app better is if they could incorporate sharing chores, too!" --Aaron La Mattina

Get it for free from iTunes or Google Play.

10. And maybe just invest in a Fire Stick or Google Chromecast so you won't have to fight over who's watching what when or deal with bullshit DVR maximums.

Promising review: "I was using an Xbox for watching app-based streaming, but my roommate broke that, so I went and bought a Roku Stick. It didn't work on anything (old and new TVs) so I ended up buying a Roku box. I wanted to get my dad something similar and noticed that the Amazon Fire sticks were cheaper, so I got him this. It's waaaay better than Roku. With my Roku, I have to point the remote directly at the little box, you don't have to do that with the Fire Stick. The Roku remote is light and feels cheap, the Fire Stick remote feels more durable and definitely looks more professional. I enjoyed my dad's gift more than my own Roku, so I bought another stick for myself and gave my Roku to a friend." --Dany

Get the Fire Stick from Amazon for $39.99 or Google Chromecast from Target for $35.49.

11. Halt the question of "are these clean?" in its tracks with this low-key but effective dishwasher indicator that won't mess up your kitchen lewk.

Promising review: "Have terrible roommates that never do their own dishes because 'they can't tell if the washer is clear or dirty' -- fret no more, my friends. This solution has stopped those worries in their tracks. Simply spin the sign when you put the washer to use. After you unload, simply spin the sign back to clean. All in all, this is a simple tool that will stop those messy roommates in their tracks. Side note: this review does not guarantee that your roommates will not be slobs in the future. Some are born with the dirty gene and there is currently no long-lasting medical cure for this." --Amuhzon

Get it from Amazon for $4.92.


12. Easily remove the temptation of using your mascara (ick) with this makeup organizer pouch that also serves as a wipeable surface for putting on your face.

Promising review: "While I suppose that this is supposed to be a handy little makeup travel bag, I use it to store my makeup instead of leaving it all out in the open on the counter. It holds so much more than you would think. And it is made of a material that can be wiped off and cleaned with ease." --T. Alvarado

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

13. Maintain the sanctity of your butter by keeping it in a butter cutter so you won't have to worry about picking out toast crumbs when you're working on a cookie recipe.

Promising review: "I got this partially as a joke for my mother because she is always leaving the butter lying out to get softened. But, we then decided it was great for the family because we have a gluten-free individual, and this helps keeps all the bread crumbs from everyone else off of the butter." --Justin H

Get it from Amazon for $11.64+ (also available in red).

14. Safeguard your cooktop from their messy cooking with these fiberglass stovetop protectors so you'll actually get back your security deposit.

Promising review: "These are awesome. The contrast makes my stove pop and NOTHING sticks to these. VERY easy to clean. Great product at a great price!" --chuff425

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $5.99.


17. Strategically place an odor-eliminating bag in places where they could improve on their cleaning, like the fridge, bathroom, hall get my odorless drift.

Promising review: "We grew lots of onions and cut them and stored in the freezer, but low and behold the onion smell was really strong and the baking soda just did not do it. After a day the smell was reduced and the second day, totally gone. I waited a few more days and the strong odor was still gone. The small suction cup held up on the side and the bag just goes right on it -- so EASY." --Lynn G.

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

18. Designate whose cord is whose with a cute charger sticker so it'll be glaringly obvious when your Stitch helper goes MIA.

Promising review: "It was great! It's exactly what I expected and great to tell which charger belongs to whom!" --Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in a variety of Disney characters).

19. Take the guesswork out of which cord leads to what -- and prevent mishaps of roommates unplugging the wrong thing -- with these printable cord labels.

Promising review: "Excellent. They work easily when you write on the label and stick well. A simple way to identify cables and save time and frustration." --Mark Twain

Get them from Amazon for $9.98+ (available in 11 colors, three pack sizes).


20. Erase all sorts of hot sauce stains from them eating all over your couch with this reliable stain remover.

Promising review: "My carpet had a variety of stains from coffee, blood, to remnants of pet vomit. I called in a professional carpet cleaning company costing approximately $150. However, the stains remained. After one application of Max Force, the stains were gone! The professional cleaners are no longer in my contact list!" --debra

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $10.52.

21. Make it known where every kitchen tool goes with this adjustable drawer organizing system so you won't have to worry about a muddled muddler that was shoved into a crowded drawer.

Promising review: "The most time-consuming aspect is deciding a layout for your utensils. It is super easy to install and rearrange if you need to. This package is a much better value than the basic kit, because it comes with almost triple the 'divitz.' I am totally in love with it, and I will be ordering another one for my other utensil drawer." --Crystal A.

Get it from Amazon for $34.99 (available in four colors).

22. Get any funk out of anything that's fabric with this industrial-strength air sanitizer.

Promising review: "This product was recommended to me by a funeral director. He said he has been using it for years. I have to agree it is wonderful. Recently our daughter had a mouse die in her car. (She was away and the car sat in the summer heat in Florida for a week.) She was ready to sell the car...the smell just wouldn't go away. I told her about Ozium and she couldn't believe it! After one night the smell was gone! Another Ozium believer!" —jbf

Get an 8-ounce bottle from Amazon for $9.98 (also available as a gel).

And check out our list of things that'll make your home smell better.

23. And label every freaking thing you own. Some people have no boundaries, but spelling it out for them with a label maker will make it harder to deny.,

Promising review: "I love labeling things and was so happy to receive this label maker. Within a day I was severely disappointed though, when I attempted to label Oliver and it wouldn't adhere. I guess I'll give it five stars though. Whatever." --Brittney Williams

Get it from Amazon for $14.