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    26 Things To Help You Survive Your Roommate Situation

    No matter how much you love them (or not), sharing space with other living humans can be tough. Well, NOT ANYMORE.


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    1. A bottle of Poo-Pourri that will mask the rancid smell of both of your innards so neither of you will ever know you took a poop. / Via @poopourri

    "I know you like to think your shit don't stink, but..."

    Promising Review: "My roommate takes ungodly poops, and he is adjacent to the bathroom. I used to evacuate the area after every deuce. I bought this as a strong hint that he needs to get his shit under control. I'm very satisfied with the result! I can stay in the house and even the bathroom without fear of fecal remnants flowing into my nostrils." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.83.

    2. A huge-ass curtain to officially give you and your roomie some much-needed privacy.

    Promising Review: "I bought this to make my dining room a temporary bedroom for a guest. It worked perfectly, looks very nice, and is absolutely private." β€”Denise O

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99+. Available in three colors.

    3. A couple of knotted curtains if you're feeling a little fancy and want add a little bit of drama to your shared space.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $59. Available in four colors.

    4. A super bright book light to clip onto your laptop or textbook when the need to study hits you in the dead of night, but you don't want to wake up your roommate from slumber.

    Promising Review: "This little light works great and the battery life is excellent. I use it for lighting music scores in live Broadway musicals and it gives a great amount of light that is really constrained to where it needs to be and doesn't light anything else. It is super flexible, so directing the light to exactly the right spot is a cinch." β€”Gary C. Heller

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    5. A nifty sign so your roommate can know not to come in when certain...activities are happening. And by activities I mean sex.

    Promising Review: "I bought this for a girlfriend of mine that kept getting interrupted at work with coworkers just entering without knocking. She's in HR and needed her privacy if she was on the phone with a client or her boss. She loves it and it has served its purpose!" β€”Laura

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    6. A dry erase board to remind your roommate to wash the dishes every once in a while.

    Promising Review: "It's a good little white board and does what it is supposed to do pretty well. My roommate and I use it to keep our to-do lists in order and we can't complain." β€”nitro9090

    Get it from Amazon for $7.26.

    And check out our picks for the best kitchen sponges on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    7. An odor eliminator bag that will mask the smell of your dorm-mate's dirty laundry she hasn't washed in literal weeks. You're not even sure if she has any clean underwear left.

    Promising Review: "Absolutely phenomenal product! I unfortunately happen to live amongst rather filthy roommates, and you better believe that when their door opens, mine promptly closes. The smell that wavers into my room is just awful. I've had the Moso bag for approximately 2 months now, and can safely say that not once has this happened since getting the product. It's almost as if it's filtering the air in their rooms as well! It's amazing. I'd recommend getting one for each room for maximal effect, though if you're like me and live in an apartment, one is just dandy. If you're tired of your own smells/musk, or whatever wafts into your room from the outside, Moso absolutely can do no wrong." β€”Grios

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    8. An incense kit if witchy shit is more of your thing β€” and you want to bring some positive vibes into your space while making your apartment smell amazeballs.

    Promising Review: "It smells AMAZING and burns for a long time!" β€”ferrestrella

    Get them from Urban Outfitters for $8. Available in sage, rose, or amber.

    9. A magical drain protector to catch stray hairs, saving both you and your roommate the drama of a clogged tub.

    Promising Review: "I'm so mad that I didn't think of this first! My roommate and I have long, thick hair that sheds enough to make several beautiful wigs. So without fail, our shower is always clogged with our luscious locks. However, since the TubShroom, we have never had an EASIER time cleaning up the hair that was once on our heads. Instead of having to snake the drain (ew, gross), we now just have to pull the TubShroom out and clear the caught hair with a paper towel. Boom! Done! The 'Belvidere Babes' now feel like we are adulting so hard!" β€”Kathryn

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99. Available in five colors.

    10. A tiered shower caddy you can place over your door so your roomie doesn't fuck up and take YOUR toothpaste and shower gel.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $29.

    Also, check out our picks for the best bath towels on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    11. A box of Clorox Wipes to make it even easier to clean up behind yourself so no one else will have to!

    Promising Review: "These work really well and make quick cleanups a snap. I especially like them for the bathroom where I want to make sure things are disinfected." β€”L. Montrosse

    Get it from Amazon for $21.96.

    12. A tasty subscription box filled with an assortment of candies and snacks to quell your hunger, because no one deserves to be cursed out while you're hangry.

    What You'll Get: A variety of really delish candy you'll want to chew on from all around the world!

    Get it from CrateJoy for $29+ a box.

    13. A pair of noise-isolating headphones to drown out the annoying sound of your roommate's voice. It's just so fucking grating to the ears.

    Promising Review: "These headphones are awesome! I use them for a 30-minute bus ride to/from work and at the gym. They do a great job of canceling out outside noises and provide very good sound. The cord easily wraps around the bottom part of the headphones, which is an added bonus." β€”Justin

    Get them from Amazon for $20.99+. Available in three colors.

    Still on the market for headphones? Check out our picks for the best wireless headphones on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    14. A mildew-resistant shower liner convenient for you and your roomie because both of you hate cleaning the bathroom and especially changing the curtains.

    You're not that much of an adult yet, and neither is your roommate.

    Promising Review: "I'm going to publicly admit something on here that I hope my mother never sees, but I have a terrible habit of not keeping the shower too clean. I usually know it's time to clean the tub when it's slick with mildew... but give me a break I'm a full time college student. I legit NEVER cleaned this curtain and it NEVER grew any mold and I've had it for a whole year now. I also like how heavy it is because nothing is worse than fighting off a curtain from sticking to your lower leg in the shower." β€”luvfishn

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    Also, check out our picks for the best bath towels on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    15. A corner shower caddy preventing you from tripping over all of the stray shampoo bottles on the side of the tub and breaking your neck.

    Promising Review: "I love that you can adjust where the shelves are, keeping them close together, or up away from a spigot or protrusion. My bathroom had some remodeling done and it was easy to remove and reinstall after the work. It's spring loaded and feels sturdy when it meets the contact points. I have a TON of products and each shelf is loaded up pretty well!" β€”Cassandra

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+. Available in five colors.

    16. A batch of earplugs ready to muffle sounds of your roommate and their significant other getting down in the next room over.

    Promising Review: "I live in a noisy dorm and I'm the type of person who can't go to sleep in noisy environment. I used to wake up several times at night, just because of all the little noises outside and I spent many restless nights due to my noisy roommates. But after using these earplugs, I found myself getting a deep sleep without waking up several times a night." β€”Chestar

    Get them from Amazon for $7.99.

    17. A really cool fridge locker equipped with a combination lock so your roommates won't ever steal your precious avocado spread.

    Promising Review: "It works for my daughter's dorm, although some persistent roommates still found a way to pull items through the slots like cheese sticks!" β€”Trailing Spouse

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    18. An Amazon Fire Stick that will help you and your roommate sit back, relax, and bond over binge-watching episodes of Transparent.

    Promising Review: "I got rid of my cable and just subscribed to HBO and Netflix. This was great for watching my shows on the actual television instead of my phone. It also has hundreds of other apps, so many that I haven't been able to explore them all. Really easy to use and set up, and unlike other devices that stream from your phone to the TV, this one won't accidentally stream to another person's device!" β€”Jona

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    19. A set of chalkboard labels so no one else will eat your fucking leftovers because "they had no idea it was yours!"

    Promising Review: "These chalk board labels are so nice, they stick really well and the writing comes off with a damp cloth. I have already used over half of them labeling things and my cabinets look so nice and neat now. They are the perfect size for labeling spices in the kitchen and I have used them in my bathroom as well." β€”Anna Scudder

    Get them from Amazon for $7.99.

    20. A handy sign that will let anyone in the house know if the dishes are in fact, washed and who to blame if they aren't.

    Promising Review: "This helps solve any roommate confusion about whether the dishes are clean are dirty. That way we always know if dirty dishes should go in the dishwasher or sink until someone runs or unloads the dishwasher. I especially like how obvious the colors are and the fact that only one word shows at a time, unlike the magnets where you flip to see clean or dirty. It's impossible to miss." β€”Sophia

    Get it from Amazon for $13.97.

    21. A toilet paper stand essential for not going crazy when one of you uses up the whole roll and doesn't have the decency to replace it.

    Promising Review: "This free-standing toilet paper stand solved my household problem tremendously! At my home, my kids and husband would leave an empty shell of tube and any replacement is just placed atop the traditional TP holder. This has made everyone's responsibility easier." β€”Mixknickknacks

    Get it from Amazon for $23.96+. Available in eight colors.

    And if you need to stock up on toilet paper, check out our review of the best cheap toilet paper on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    22. A set of wooden coasters to remind everyone that you're literally the only person in the house to polish the furniture and you don't have the time nor the energy to wipe off water rings.

    Promising Review: "Really funny stuff! I like to serve drinks for my guests using these coasters, they make everyone laugh. Of course they work great and moisture does not get on our table." β€”Marina D.

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $8.26.

    23. A very useful (and fashionable) marble trash can to make it so easy to just...throw spare papers where they belong instead of the floor like animals.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $8.

    24. A shower locker to keep all of your bathroom shit out of your roommate's grubby hands.

    Promising Review: "Bought two of these and will be getting another for my kids. I was surprised when it arrived on how well-made it was and sturdy the suction cups are. It really helped clean up our shower, and I love having my stuff separate from my wife. I can even shave in the shower now and save a ton of time with the little mirror installed inside. This is great for couples, roommates, and above all college kids in a dorm or sharing a bathroom. I would have loved to have this when I was in college!" β€”CGNC

    Get it from Bed Bath and Beyond for $39.99. Available in five colors.

    25. A personal dry-erase wall decal you can constantly write on to remind yourself why going to jail for murder is a bad thing.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $26.

    26. A couple of stovetop burner protectors constructed to save you and the folks you live with from arguing over who was the last person that made a mess in the kitchen.

    Promising Review: "Very good. They're easy to maintain and keep the stovetop clean. They can easily trimmed to fit perfectly around your burner." β€”subash

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $8.26.

    Let's hope you never have to say these words.

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