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    14 Products Our Readers Swear Make Living With Roommates More Bearable

    Super thin walls won't get between these readers and enjoying their Netflix binge.

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    We asked the BuzzFeed Community what products make living with roommates a more bearable experience. Here's how they responded!

    1. A Dohm sound machine to help you create a soothing environment with its natural fan-based ambient sound. Let the sound of rushing air guide you to sleep. I promise it'll be better than staring at your ceiling while listening to the sound of your roommates making midnight mac 'n' cheese...

    a model in bed turns on their dohm classic

    "This has been a game-changer. I am a very light sleeper in an old apartment, and this device blocks out all of the roomie noise. No more waking up each time somebody goes to the bathroom! One of my roommates ended up buying one because they liked mine so much. And then her boyfriend proceeded to buy one. I definitely recommend!" —ohheysj13

    Promising review: "This is a must-have product to help you fall asleep! I sleep so much better with this machine! My husband has slept through the night and feels more rested! If you are on the fence, just do buy it. You won’t be sorry!!" —Mommy Of Three

    Get it from Amazon for $35.85+ (available in four colors).

    2. A bottle of Poo-Pourri so that when you go to the bathroom, you aren't viscerally reminded that someone else was in there before you...and for a very, very long time.

    reviewer image of two bottles of citrus poo-pourri

    "This is a game-changer, especially in tight quarters." —alyssab1987

    Promising review: "We are a family of six in a small one-bathroom house. This is, to put it lightly, a horrific nightmare, especially after my teenage son spends some time in the bathroom. After he started using Poo-Pourri regularly, the bathroom has become much less disgusting." —Supa D

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in eight sizes and 19 scents).

    3. A dishwasher magnet because reaching in for a clean spoon and pulling out one still covered in peanut butter is not ideal.

    the dirty and clean sides of the cimkiz dishwasher magnet

    "It's so we know when the dishwasher is clean/dirty. When someone turns on the dishwasher, they switch it to clean. When someone unloads the dishwasher, they turn it to dirty." —bethanyg49fd94e19

    Promising review: "The magnets are strong, and the sign stays in place and doesn't budge when you switch it back and forth. I also like the sleek design." —Deb McKenzie

    Get it from Amazon for $6.98+ (available in two colors).

    4. A canister of disinfecting Clorox wipes that'll remove allergens, germs, and messes from your kitchen, bathroom, and wherever else your roomie likes to sneeze without covering their mouth.

    a canister of clorox fresh scent disinfecting wipes

    "So many fights over cleaning can be saved if each person takes 30 seconds to Clorox wipe the kitchen counter, bathroom sink, etc. every few days. That way there’s no build up of crap that turns into a fight over who needs to spend an hour scrubbing a mess that was definitely caused by both of you. My roommate and I started keeping them throughout our shared living areas, and it has been a game changer." —mlv91

    Promising review: "I’ve always been a big Clorox wipe fan, but during this pandemic my love for them has only grown! Perfect for wiping down the counter tops, door handles, bathroom sinks, toilets, etc." —BMR414

    Get it from Target for $3.59+ (available in two sizes).

    5. A Venmo account so you can safely and securely request that your roommate send you grocery money since they've eaten half of what's on *your* refrigerator shelf.

    "I like that Venmo allows you to send requests for money. Anything that saves me from an awkward in person conversation I am all for!" —sseddi

    Create a Venmo account for free.

    6. A pair of noise-cancelling headphones from Skullcandy designed to make you feel like you're right where the action is, front and center at your favorite band's concert! Which is perfect because your roomie likes to have their own very loud concert in the shower every morning.

    a model wears the white Skullcandy Venue Active Noise Cancelling Headphones

    "The walls are thin and my roommate is ALWAYS on the phone with it on speaker. Without noise-cancelling headphones, I can hear her whole conversation across the unit into my room." —dkaykay0103

    Promising review: "I travel frequently and have been searching for a noise-cancelling set that's also comfortable and this is it! I was recently seated next to an engine on a flight, and I could hear nothing but my tablet. The sound quality is amazing! Most importantly, these are comfortable. The fit remains firm, and they don't fall off your head. But they are not overly tight like many others I tried. After hours of use, there is no pain or discomfort around the ears." —AZDEFON

    Get it from Amazon for $145.99+ (available in two colors).

    7. A sheet of sound dampening door bumpers because you shouldn't have to hear the kitchen cabinets slam shut after every snack choice they make. And they make a lot of snack choices.

    reviewer image of the yonisun sound dampening door bumper on a kitchen cabinet

    "Door bumpers to soften the noise when they slam cabinets at 2 a.m." —Kayla Suazo

    Promising review: "These are awesome, super easy to install, and made a huge difference in the banging that goes on when my cabinet doors are opened and closed." —Sterling de Winter

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    8. A silicone drain catcher so the bathtub never gets clogged up with hair again, turning your shower into an unwanted (and gross) bath.

    reviewer image of the silicone hair catcher in a bathtub

    "So you can keep the shower drains clean!" —Ali Faccenda

    Promising review: "I immediately replaced my old one drain catchers with this one. This silicone hair catcher performs efficiently! Even if it moved a bit, it still covered the whole drain as it is quite large. It catches all our hair, both short and long." —claireL

    Get it from Amazon for $9.89.

    9. A powerful cordless Dyson V8 Animal vacuum that deep cleans and picks up pet mess so the fact that your roomie's cat sheds *everywhere* won't drive a wedge between you anymore.

    a model vacuums a dirty floor with the dyson v8 animal

    "Yes, it's A LOT of money, but it's great! So much so that I actually love vacuuming now. And the fact that it's quieter than a regular vacuum just makes it better!" —addictivesoul

    Promising review: "Best vacuum I ever had!!! It's so lightweight and easy to use. My carpets look fantastic!!! Wish I bought it sooner!!!" —Gloria

    Get it from Dyson for $349.99 (originally $399.99).

    10. A pack of color-coding stickers you'll each be able to slap onto all of your groceries so no one accidentally drinks Lexi's almond milk when they have perfectly good oat milk at the back of the fridge.

    reviewer image of the pack of color coding circle labels

    "Put your color on your food items to differentiate which is yours and which are your roommates'." —alexandram41

    Promising review: "These dot stickers are exactly as described online and are very handy for identifying which boxes go into which room when moving." —Bob N

    Get it from Amazon for $8.98.

    11. A Google Chromecast so watching your favorite shows, movies, and videos is as easy as picking up your phone! Stream from your phone in 3...2...1...

    reviewer image of the google chromecast

    "Instead of one household sharing streaming services, we each use our personal accounts." —alexandram41

    Promising review: "I am absolutely delighted with my Google Chromecast! Set up is a breeze and very user-friendly. Simply hook up the Google Chromecast to your TV and follow the simple install instructions. Then download the app to your phone such as Netflix, Disney +, Amazon Prime Video, etc., and open the app on your phone to cast videos to your TV. Then just sit back and enjoy! Your phone is your remote." —William Jason Sechrist

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    12. A personalized decal because no one knows which Klean Kanteen bottle belongs to who, and that needs to change.

    a personalized name decal on a water bottle

    "Perfect for for phone/computer chargers! One year in college, my three roommates and I all had the same Apple phone and computer chargers. We kept getting them mixed up, and people kept accidentally taking other people’s chargers. One time, my computer died because I was home alone with no charger after my roommates had somehow taken all the chargers to class with them. After that, I was so fed up with the situation that I bought 'presents for everyone: personalized decals for our chargers. They all thought it was a nice gift, and we never got our chargers mixed up again!!" —annek42140fd24

    Promising review: "I have purchased many of these name decals. They wear well and withstand lots of washings. I will keep buying these." —Susan florentino

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99 (available in three sizes, 12 fonts, and 25 colors).

    13. A magnetic dry-erase calendar that you can hang on your fridge (a place everyone goes) so everyone knows when a parent is coming to visit and who is going to clean the kitchen before that happens.

    reviewer image of the volcanics fridge calendar on a customer's fridge

    "It's helpful to know what days people are cleaning, when people plan on showering, etc." —briannab47bf8874c

    Promising review: "It's perfect for keeping track of your month. It has a nice glossy finish so writing is very smooth. The magnet is nice and thick so it sticks well. It fits on the front door of our large fridge. Love the simplicity of the calendar so it can be decorated however I wish. The boxes fit my small rectangular post-it notes nicely, which is a plus." —Wv Mama

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    14. A pair of Samsung Galaxy Buds+ so you can tune into the world of your choosing. With impressive ambient technology, you can even filter in more of the outside world. That way, you know what's going on in your surroundings while still enjoying Taylor Swift's new album(s).

    reviewer image of the cloud blue samsung galaxy buds plus

    "I connect them to my phone or tablet when I'm cooking. My roommate loves TV shows that I hate and watches them in the evenings while I cook my dinner and do meal prep. I finally got in-ear headphones, so I could drown out the shows with my own music or movies in the kitchen so we didn’t fight over volume. It made cooking so nice in general; I like having a show on in the background." —michelle_not_yourshell

    Promising review: "I'm an iPhone user, and I approve of these headphones. In my opinion, they are wayyyy better than the standard AirPods. Prettier, more discreet, more comfortable, less expensive, newer technology. You’re also able to change around some sound profiles and customize the headset. One of the cool features is the Ambient Aware2 feature which allows you to hear more of yourself and the environment around you." —Kat

    Get it from Amazon for $99.80+ (available in four colors).

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