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    26 Products That'll Help Eliminate The Evidence Of Whoever Lived In Your Home Before You

    From a create-your-own granite countertop kit to stain-fighting formulas that tackle years of neglect.

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    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A power scrubber drill with three attachment brushes to show kitchen and bathroom scum who's boss. Just attach any of the heads to a drill and watch them get to work on tight corners of the tub, flat tiled surfaces, and even spot jobs so you can forget all about the fact that someone else used to use your shower.,

    Promising Review: "Works great on ground-in dirt. We moved into a place that had almost black in the tiles they were so dirty. Photos do not do justice. I only had Mr. Clean and liquid dish soap in the hot water bucket. So I put some across the tile, and then I used the drill brush, wow, what a difference. It works great on grout. So happy someone came up with this idea, I'm going to do to tub and toilets next! Worth the money. Take care." —Bishmaya

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in six levels of brush stiffness from soft (the white one) to ultra (the black bristle).

    2. A nontoxic stain remover spray if your landlord is playing hard to get (in touch of) and won't swap out your lived-in carpets. You can take matters into your own hands and get rid of those caked-in mystery marks in no time.

    A round dark stain on a beige carpet before using the spray, then the same carpet with out and stain after using the spray

    Promising Review: "When my husband and I moved to our new home three years ago, we had a professional carpet cleaning service clean our carpets. There were a bunch of dark brown stains that wouldn’t come out no matter how much the technician tried to lift up the stain. I was absolutely shocked when the stain was gone after spraying this onto the carpet and blotting with a cotton towel. By far the BEST carpet stain cleaner I have ever used!!!! I highly recommend it!!! I am so glad that I took a chance and ordered it!" —MYRNA GOELLER

    Get it from Amazon for $8.63+ (available in a pack of one or two).

    3. A plant-based stainless-steel cleaner and polish spray (complete with a microfiber cloth) for an easy, streak-free fix for scummy ovens, microwaves, and fridges that only *look* like they need replacing. One spritz of this, and you can eradicate any remnants of a previous tenants' existence.

    Promising Review: "I live in an apartment. The sink is about 35 years old and has become badly stained and scratched from neglect and indifferent care. This has made a noticeable difference. This sink will never look brand new again, but your product removed, I would say, about 80% of the stains, without any extraordinary effort, and put a really polished look on the sink. It is gleaming and actually looks very clean for the first time since I have lived here. I am betting that with continued and consistent use of Therapy cleaner, it will continue to improve. Thank you for a most excellent product." —David Brennan

    Get it from Amazon for $16.97.

    4. Easy Off oven cleaner that resets your oven to the setting of "squeaky clean." Because, let's face it, you might not have thought to give this appliance a scrub-down when first you moved in, but the smoke alarm should not be going off every time you cook a casserole!


    With this treatment, you can erase years of neglect overnight! And did we mention it's lemon-scented?

    Promising review: "Truly an amazing product! I was dreading the chore of cleaning an oven in a house I am renovating. This product easily saved me hours of scrubbing and worked like magic." —Erinn

    Get it from Walmart for $4.24.

    5. A lemony-fresh foaming cleaner since it's pretty apparent that your garbage disposal really hasn't been tended to, like, ever. These will do the trick to deeply cleanse the underside of the splashguard and the interior side walls.,

    But let's be realistic, if your drain is legitimately clogged, you'll probably need an actual plumber.

    Promising Review: "We got this when we moved into a new house. The previous tenants were gross, and we had to do a heavy, deep clean. This works wonders and took away the funky smell coming from the disposal. It's also fun to watch it foam up!" —Vicki C.

    Get it from Amazon for $3.98+ (available in packs meant for four, eight, 12, and 24 uses).

    6. A grout pen if the tiles in your new digs are so unsightly you've got no idea what color the lines are that's separating them. (Spoiler: they're white!) This solution satisfyingly revitalizes floors in your bathroom, backsplashes in the kitchen, or literally wherever tiles live in your home.

    Promising Review: "We moved into our new home, and the shower had a really yellow grout. Cleaning didn’t do anything, and I saw this grout pen online. What a saver! Otherwise, I would have just hired someone to replace my shower. I used this grout pen, and my husband was so impressed :D The tip loses its shape fast, but just pull out the TIP AND FLIPPED IT OVER, and you’ll have a new tip." —jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in two sizes and in three colors).

    7. An angry microwave mama to come to your rescue after many, many meals appeared to have splattered all over your previously-owned microwave (and are just beyond cleaning by hand). Just fill her up with vinegar, water, and lemon juice, and watch her unleash her steam on your messes!

    Promising Review: "When we moved into our dorm apartment this new school year, the microwave was disgusting! Luckily, I had ordered Angry Mama. It works like a charm, just microwave and then wipe down the interior walls. The microwave looks brand-new. It kind of made our kitchen smell like vinegar, but that wasn't a big deal! Very happy with this product!" —Delaney Pressler

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in four colors).

    8. Affresh dishwasher cleaning tablets if it's obvious the appliance that does your least favorite chore has never been subject to a deep cleanse. These dissolve residue buildup and blast away foul stinky odors to get your machine cleaning dishes like it's supposed to.

    Promising Review: "I moved into a new place and discovered the hard way that the previous tenant was a disgusting slob. Grease clogged our plumbing, causing water to leak from my dishwasher into my downstairs neighbor's kitchen. Everything was repaired, but my dishwasher smelled horribly rotten and seemed to make dishes dirtier. No matter how much I washed it, it made my kitchen stink. But since the problem was technically fixed, my landlord was unconcerned. THIS PRODUCT WAS WORTH, FOR ME, THREE TIMES WHAT I PAID. One tablet worked wonders. I'm just absolutely amazed. It's better than when I moved in. If only this could fix up the rest of my apartment for me!!?!" —Miranda Miller

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    9. A cooktop cleaning kit so you can reverse any sign of old cooking mishaps. Burned-on grease and gunk from the previous homeowner's past will never haunt you in your sleep ever again, thanks to this nonscratch trio!

    A scratched-looking, grime-covered stove top with buildup before using the product, then a completely clear and reflective stove top after using the product

    The kit includes a 10-ounce bottle of Cerama Bryte cooktop cleaner, one cleaning pad, and one scraper — and it works on glass, ceramic, induction, radiant, and halogen cooktop ranges.

    Promising Review: "Excellent product! I moved into a house that had been used as a rental for the last five years. The stove top had never really been cleaned and burn marks were all over. I thought I was going to have to buy a new stove. I was sure the burned in grime over the years had ruined it. I got this kit and was absolutely AMAZED. The scrubbing pad removed more burnt grime than I had been able to get before, and the scraper got everything else. I now have a perfectly clean stove top. Not one burn mark anywhere. This stuff is awesome! It really works!!" —Kurnbird

    Get them from Amazon for $9.49.

    10. An all-in-one spackle kit to patch up the holes that were leftover from the previous resident who seemed to reeeally love a gallery wall. Plus, if you keep it for future use, you won't be that tenant when you move out — *and* it'll ensure you receive your full security deposit back, no questions.


    It includes spackle and primer (in the tube), a putty knife (at the end of the tube), and a sanding pad (on the top of the cap).

    Promising Review: "Perfect for what I needed it for. My landlord left a bunch of holes in my walls before I moved in. I should have had them address it, but this product took care of all of them!! Super simple and easy to use, I would definitely buy this again." —sleep__witch

    Get it from Amazon for $5.98.

    11. Some waterproof screen repair tape that will take care of all those rips that went unnoticed in the pics you saw posted online. In a matter of seconds, this simple DIY task will ensure your home is free from unwelcome guests buzzing around.,

    Promising Review: "Works great. Moved into a place where the previous owner must have had a cat because the screens were full of holes. This patched them up nicely." —Bee27

    Get it from Amazon $8.99.

    12. A wood restorer so you can free wooden surfaces (think: floors and furniture) from marks and blemishes and restore them to their OG color and grain. *And* this can be done without stripping their existing finish!

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    This baby penetrates faded lacquer, shellac, and varnish finishes to restore them. And it easily blends away white heat rings and water marks, sun fade, oxidation, smoke damage!

    Promising Review: "I live in an apartment in NYC. When I moved in six years ago, the floors had 'just been refinished' in a gut reno, but, to be frank, they were not great. I let way too long go by without addressing this with my landlord and the floors just got worse and worse. I didn’t want to have contractors in the apartment, so I gave this a shot, and I am NOT DISAPPOINTED!!! They look and feel great!! Honestly, it was so easy to do. I was able to do the whole thing myself. The fumes weren’t bad at all and dispersed pretty quickly with an open window. I’m thankful to give my floors new life without having to sand them down and start all over!" —Erica Clayton

    Get it from Amazon for $18.71.

    13. A waterproof, heat-resistant peel-and-stick wall tile because what once looked ~stylish~ in the '80s now just looks like a plain ol' eyesore. This solve masks outdated backsplahes without any heavy duty stripping, grout, or glue!

    Promising Review: "This is super amazing. It totally changed the look of my kitchen. I used it to cover ugly blue tiles on my rented house. I did not need any sort of spray adhesive (which you would only need if you're sticking it to a non-smooth surface). Super easy to apply, and the seems are unnoticeable." —Amazon Customer

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $35.99 (visit their shop page for more colors and styles, including a multi-color one, a white marble one, and a brown one).

    14. And, some peel-and-stick decorative wallpaper for a home decor facelift in a flash. You can use this stuff on anywhere from walls to countertops and even floors!,

    Promising Review: "This contact paper was pretty easy to use and cut. Sure, it can be a pain to readjust, but, with a little patience, it’s really not so bad. It’s worth the reward! I rent, and my bathroom wall is cracked, crumbling sheet rock. This paper freshens up the bathroom (which is old as anything). It hides all the raised cracks and crumbles in the wall and looks SOOO MUCH BETTER! I will no longer be embarrassed of anyone using by bath. I’m putting this paper on everything!" —JFerro

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in five sizes; you can also check out their shop page for more colors and styles).

    15. A create-your-own countertop kit to help you finally get those granite surfaces you've always dreamt of. This wow-worthy hack will transform the look of your kitchen without the need to get contractors in.,

    One kit will cover up to 35 sq. feet of countertop. And pro tip, some reviewers recommend glazing it with an epoxy coat for the extra wow factor!

    Promising Review: "I recently purchased my first home and remodeled it. I couldn't afford new countertops, so I decided to give this a try and am very glad I did. Overall, this was pretty easy to do :-) Now, people rave about my countertops and can't believe I painted them! They are impressive and look great. I am very glad I went this route and gave this product a try." —Duval Chad

    Get it from Amazon for $79 (available in Bombay Black, Chocolate Brown, Sicilian Sand, and Slate).

    16. A set of satin nickel drawer handles (10, to be precise) for a simple yet effective way to spruce up your blah-looking cabinets and drawers.

    Promising Review: "We purchased a new home this year with a large, beautiful kitchen. However, the existing cabinet pulls were made of cheap plastic! Rather than replacing the cabinets, I looked around at several local retailers to find nice replacement pulls. These are VERY well made and very solid and heavy. No cheapo stuff here! I highly recommend!! They really made a difference in my kitchen. A quick and simple upgrade just by changing out the pulls." —Amazonaholic

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $24.95.

    17. Or, a set of sleek stainless-steel bar handle pulls (yep, another 10!) so you can wave ta-ta to the previous tenants' taste and make your home feel like your own.

    On the left: a double cabinet with the bar handle on the left door and the original handle on the right door. On the right: a master bathroom with white cabinets and drawers that all have the bar handles /

    Promising Review: "I really like these pulls. I've looked elsewhere and the price was five to ten times this price. I was a bit nervous reading the reviews of other buyers, but, I needed 43 and ordered 50, figuring that there may be some that didn't work out. Out of 50 we were able to used 49 (only 1 defective). I had 6 more drawers that could use an update as well as my kitchen and bathroom cabinets. They look great, they're sturdy and did I mention a great value? I cannot believe how much these improved the look of wherever these were installed. Recommend you buy as you're not going to get a better deal elsewhere!" —Southern New Hampshire Resident

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $17.97+ (available in three sizes and four finishes).

    18. A roll of vinyl contact paper to cover up any evidence of a previous homeowner's interior design choices. Chic, fresh, and new will now be the theme in your kitchen and bathroom, thanks to a self-adhesive solution that won't bubble up upon application.

    Promising Review: "I recently just moved, and the kitchen needed a lot of loving. But, buying new countertops was not in my budget. I came across this product and decided to give it a try. Now, my kitchen is beautiful and the counters just light up the room! I won't lie that it took a lot of time and patience between measuring and cutting. But, if I messed up, I was able to peel and re-stick over and over. I will be most definitely buying more for the bathroom next! So affordable to transform one room in the house!" —Karissa Hastings

    Get one 16-inch by 6.5-foot roll from Amazon for $6.99+ (also available in two, three, four, five, and 10 rolls).

    19. A snazzy dual-spray shower head so you can ditch the old grimy one for a spa-like model that'll actually make you feel squeaky clean.,

    Promising Review: "Wonderful product for low cost! I moved into a place that had an old shower head that barely worked. I decided to look into new shower heads, and this one popped up. I am very impressed. The installation instructions were very easy to follow. I have had no issues with cracks, malfunctions, or leaking. There is no leaking and dripping in the hose, either. Both work wonderfully. This makes the shower feel very spa-like. I recommend this highly." —Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

    20. A set of 50 wood fillers designed to touch up pet scratches and shoe scuffs that have gone untreated. This will reveal wood finishes that look brand spankin' new in no time.

    Promising Review: "My partner and I recently bought a 140-year-old home with original wood floors and wood work throughout. We had the floors refinished to their original beauty, but the baseboards and stair risers were a challenge. They were pretty banged up over years of use, and, after the floors were redone, all the nicks and scratches just stood out that much more. Our floor guy tried staining them, but it wouldn't take. The floors themselves took nine coats of stain because they were so old. The painter tried using pens from a well known paint company, but they didn't work either. My partner found these and showed them to me. To our delight the pens worked incredibly well. It's like a magic marker for wood. I'm still amazed how well they worked. I ordered two more packages because I didn't want to run out. The pens last a long time. Our painter came back to do some minor touch ups, and I showed him what I used. He couldn't believe it. He said he was going to buy them to keep in his arsenal, lol! I Love this product. Thank you so much for making them!" —Kathleen W

    Get a set of 50 from Amazon for $28.99.

    21. A quart of front door paint to show your neighbors that there's a new (cool) tenant in town. And this stuff is specifically formulated to withstand the harsh elements that a front door might encounter, which also means it won't fade over time either.

    A reviewer's front door was originally brown, then they used the paint to make the door frame white and the door itself gray

    Promising Review: "I painted my front door over two years ago. I took a good look at it today and thought, this door still looks great, I should submit a review about this paint. The Southern California sun beats on my front door all day. For the last 25 years, up until two years ago, it was painted with oil-based paint. The oil-based paint would fade and lose its sheen within a year, and would begin to crack by two years. I had to repair the surface and repaint the door every one to two years. Over two years ago, after sanding and filling the cracks with glazing putty, and applying a quality primer; I painted the door with black Modern Masters front door paint. The paint has not cracked. The satin sheen is still intact. And most amazing, there is no noticeable fading." —Susan D.

    Get it from Amazon for $38.66+ (available in 14 colors).

    22. A remarkable brick staining kit so you can freshen up the look of your fireplace without the need to rip it out and start from scratch — a bonus: you can even update patchy-lookin' bricks around the house! And it's actually made for porous masonry (translation: brick, stone, block, or mortar), so you never have to worry about it peeling or cracking.

    Masonry Cosmetics

    The kit comes with five powdered pigments in the three primary colors (red, yellow, and blue), white, and black — so you can create any color and lighten or darken it as needed. It also comes with measuring spoons, a leveling stick, mixing and storage cups, brushes, and an instruction booklet.

    If you have any questions on if it'll work on your surface or how to get the right shade, you can get free advice from their site and email them with questions!

    Promising Review: "I bought this kit to update the colors on my fireplace, and I was skeptical. I did not want it to look like I had painted the brick. But I did what they asked and sent them pictures of my fireplace and of another fireplace I liked better. They told me exactly what colors to mix and in what amounts. Then they helped me make a few adjustments with the recipes as we went along to make the results more like what I wanted. No one can tell that these brick (and a bit of the mortar) have been stained. I love it and my family and friends love it." —MiLakeDweller

    Get the kit from Amazon for $119.

    23. Or, if you're into the color your fireplace ~was born with~ but can't see it because of pesky soot stains — a fireplace cleaner kit will fix odors and germs and strip it back to its original shade.,

    And by kit, I mean, a brush and 16-ounce bottle of non-toxic fireplace cleaning formula.

    Promising Review: "Unbelievable! My daughter just moved into her first home. She thought she would have to paint her brick fireplace because of the heavy soot stains that had been there for years. We applied the product twice and put in a whole lot of elbow grease, but what a difference!! It’s a messy process, but well worth the time and energy." —MM

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

    24. A miracle-working carpet shampooer that'll reverse years of sticky soda spills, pet stains, and shoe markings that have gone untreated. This Hoover even comes with a cleaning solution to tackle tough messes and leave your carpet so so sparkling clean you might just discover what its original color was!,

    Promising Review: "So we rent our house, and the carpets here are god awful, cheap, and put in carelessly. When we moved in, the people that rented the house before us had a dog and seemed to NEVER vacuum. The first time I vacuumed here, I did so three times in a row, and my vacuum’s canister was FILLED with dust, dirt, and dander every single time. I also did the ol’ baking soda treatment a few times which seemed to make matters worse. Finally, I caved and bought this carpet cleaner. I had JUST VACUUMED the day prior and then vacuumed AGAIN before using this cleaner. The amount of deep-seated dirt that came out and filled the canister was just so disgusting. This carpet cleaner is amazing! It even sucked up clumps of leftover hair way down in the carpets from the dog of the previous renters!! I really recommend this product!! The drying time is so quick, only a couple hours, but I did use a fan to speed it up. It also got rid of the nasty pet smell from accidents and overall odor from the previous renter's dog. The carpet is looking like new and my house is finally smelling like a normal home. I recommend!!!" —Katie Lynn Crammer

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99 (also available with carpet cleaning solutions).

    25. And finally, a sophisticated area rug to inject your space with your own style and disguise any unsightly scuffs that have probably lived in your home rent-free for years!

    the grey Moroccan rug
    Rugs USA

    Promising Review: "Affordable, quality and style — you cant beat that! I am a returning customer because I was so happy with initial purchase, I decided to complete the house with matching rugs. Loved that there were so many size options, too!" —Customer

    Get it from Rugs USA for $28.20+ (available in 12 shapes and sizes, and in 11 colors).

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