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

    We're talking everything from cosmetic touch-ups for that outdated backsplash to cleaning solutions for years of neglected buildup.

    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 for some heavy duty cleaning because you know that bathroom and kitchen scum was not there when the place was built.

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    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. This nontoxic stain remover spray because your landlord won't replace the carpets and you know you can do better than mystery spots.

    A round dark stain on a beige carpet before using the spray, then the same carpet with out and stain after using the spray
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    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 $14.55.

    3. A plant-based stainless-steel cleaner and polish spray (complete with a microfiber cloth) so you can fix up and polish your oven, fridge, dishwasher, or microwave — bc it's not like they need replacing — and make them feel ~brand new~!

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    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. This rust remover spray that will get rid of those hard water stains that the person you're subleasing from insists are "clean" and just "won't go away," even though we all know the shower is not supposed to be orange.

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    Keep in mind, this is meant for rust from hard water buildup. If you're trying to clean, for instance, a rusted towel rack, this won't do much.

    Promising Review: "Can’t believe we finally found something that works! When we bought our home, there was no water softener and years of iron build up. We tried so many things for our shower. Nothing worked. We were convinced we’d be stuck until we renovated, but the Iron Out worked wonders. I still can’t believe it. We let it sit for about an hour. It then dissolved and wiped right off. Definitely use in a ventilated area if possible." —M. Gilardi

    Get it from Amazon for $5.48.

    5. A fume-free oven cleaner because you know your oven should not be smoking every time you use it, and there has to be something old burning in the back.

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    Promising Review: "This is amazing. I rent my apartment, and God only knows how many years it's been since the oven was actually cleaned. I sprayed this on and let it sit for 2.5 hours, wiped it off (no scrubbing or anything), and it looks brand new! Wish I had bought this sooner!" —Elizabeth Beach

    Get it from Amazon for $6.44 (available in packs of up to six).

    6. This lemony-fresh garbage disposal cleaner that will clear up all the gunk that's been building up and causing that unnatural stank, so you can use your sink without cursing the person (animal?) who lived there before you.

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    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 $7+ (available in packs meant for four, eight, 12, and 24 uses).

    7. A grout pen so you don't have to stare at the stained grout and imagine what it used to look like. Instead, you can pretend it's been replaced just for you! (It's also super satisfying.)

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    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).

    8. These dishwasher cleaning tablets for all that build up that the previous owners never bothered to clean. I mean, how could they ignore the smell and perpetually dirty dishes?

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    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. An angry microwave mama who gets so enraged at your filthy microwave that she steams up and loosens the stains. All you do is add some water and vinegar to the fill line, pop her in the microwave for seven minutes, and then (easily) wipe away the crud!

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    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 $9.89+ (available in four colors).

    10. This nonscratch cooktop cleaner, cleaning pad, and scraper so you can finally get rid of those nasty burn marks and all the gunk that's burnt onto it. Because it's nice to have appliances included but not so nice when they look like they'll infect your food.

    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
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    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 $11.48.

    11. An all-in-one hole patching tool that will fill in those holes that the previous tenant left behind for ya, without needing to wait for your landlord. Plus, you could use this so you're not that tenant *and* maybe get your security deposit back in full!

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    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 $6.97.

    12. This roll of waterproof screen repair tape for all of those tears in your screen that you didn't notice during your walkthrough in a matter of seconds. Congrats, no more bugs flying in!

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    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.

    13. A wood restorer that will get rid of any blemishes in your wooden finishes (@ those old floors and cabinets) and restore their original color and luster — all without removing the existing finish! Also great if your furniture got banged up during the move, and you're tryna forget that shoddy moving company your friend recommended.

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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 $10.99 (available in two sizes).

    14. This waterproof, heat-resistant peel-and-stick wall tile so that you can say goodbye to that outdated backsplash from the '80s. This basically covers it right up, so you don't even need to worry about grout or glue!

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    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 $39.99 (visit their shop page for more colors and styles, including a multi-color one, a white marble one, and a brown one).

    15. And, some peel-and-stick decorative wallpaper so you can give your walls a face lift with minimal effort! You can stick this in any room and on multiple surfaces, like a wall or countertop or even the floor.

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    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 17.71 by 118 inches of wallpaper for $6.99+ (available in five sizes; you can also check out their shop page for more colors and styles).

    16. A countertop paint kit that will upgrade your outdated countertops and make them look like natural granite for a fraction of the price!

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    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 $79.95 (available in Bombay Black, Chocolate Brown, Sicilian Sand, and Slate).

    17. Some satin nickel drawer handles (10, to be exact) to easily spruce up your current cabinets and drawers without having to replace them! It's all in the details, ya know.

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    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.

    18. Or, these sleek stainless-steel bar handle pulls (another pack of 10!) so you can ditch those '90s-styled handles and welcome your cabinets to the current decade.

    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
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    Promising Review: "My husband and I are renovating our new condo on an EXTREMELY tight budget. These drawer pulls were not only super affordable, but exactly what I was looking for to give the space an upgrade. And, I was delighted to find that they are of absolutely beautiful quality. These handles not only screwed in perfectly, but they were SUCH better quality than so many others I looked at and for WAY less money. I could not be more thrilled with these!" —Rachel Yu

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $16.97+ (available in three sizes and four finishes).

    19. A roll (or two or three) of contact paper that you can cover your current bathroom or kitchen countertops with to make them look chic and new, without having to rip 'em out!

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    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 $6.49+ (also available in two, three, four, five, and 10 rolls).

    20. A fancy, spa-like dual-spray shower head so you can replace that old scummy one and finally feel clean. And yes, you can have both shower heads spraying at the same time!

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    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.

    21. This set of 50 wood fillers that will fix up and chips, cracks, dents, or even pet marks left from the guy before ya!

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    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.

    22. A quart of front door paint because you're not sure who picked out the front door color or why — but you know it's gotta go.

    A reviewer's front door was originally brown, then they used the paint to make the door frame white and the door itself gray
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    See, you may see this and think, what's the big deal — it's paint? Well, it's not just any paint. It's front door paint. Which means it's specifically formulated to withstand the harsh elements and not fade over time! So if you're serious about painting your front door, then this is the way to go.

    Promising Review: "This paint is amazing. I'm not new to painting doors. Anytime I move to a new home, the first thing I do is paint the front door to give the exterior a little of my personal touch. It's never a fun process. However, with Modern Masters, it was easy. The paint is thicker and easy to apply. It dries fast and smooth. My paint arrived at 5 p.m. I was done with two coats by 7:30 p.m., and the door was dry by 8:30 p.m. It's AMAZINGLY FAST and looks BETTER THEN I EXPECTED!" —Lindsey

    Get it from Amazon for $40.69+ (available in 14 colors).

    23. This tub and tile refinishing kit that will update and renew your bathroom with a two-part epoxy acrylic formula, as if a professional redid your porcelain (or ceramic) tiles!

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    Each kit covers up to 110 square feet, and two coats are recommended for best results!

    Promising Review: "We moved in to a house with ugly, ugly Pepto Bismol-colored tile in the guest bathroom. I had to do something. Well, this did the trick and saved us a ton of money not having to re-tile the entire bathroom. Be aware that IT STINKS, but that's just the epoxy (which allows the paint to stick to smooth surfaces like bathroom tile). With that being said, it does the trick, and it does it very well!!!! It totally transformed my ugly bathroom into a pretty, nice one. Five stars!!!! Would recommend!!!!" —jonathan forstall

    Get it from Amazon for $26.39+ (available in three colors).

    24. An incredible brick staining kit so you can update your fireplace without ripping the whole mantle out — or even fix up some patchy-lookin' bricks on the front of your new place! It's meant for porous masonry (aka brick, stone, block, or mortar), so you don't have to worry about it blistering, cracking, or peeling.

    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.

    25. Or, if you like the original color of your fireplace but can't see it thanks to the soot stains, a fireplace cleaner kit that will get rid of germs and odor and leave your fireplace lookin' brand new!

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    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 $16.99.

    26. A miracle-working carpet shampooer to so, so deeply clean your stained carpet and you might just discover what its original color was! But seriously, this lightweight cleaner uses a power spin brush to *powerfully* clean your carpet and its HeatForce to make sure it dries quickly!

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    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 $109.99+ (also available with carpet cleaning solutions).

    27. And finally, a nice area rug that'll add a bit of your own flair to the place and keep your mind off of whatever may be underneath!

    A bohemian, somewhat paisley patterned rug that is blue and white in a living room
    Amazon

    Promising Review: "I love this rug! The camper I moved into is older and has this awful purple carpet everywhere. I needed a rug with blues and grays to mellow out the dramatic purple. This was a perfect fit for the style I'm trying to achieve. It's a thinner rug, but I like that it's lightweight enough for me to take outside and shake out. I haven't noticed any stains on it, and I've had it for about three months now. I think the pattern hides any stains well, too. Highly recommend. Low price for the perfect rug." —Katee

    Get a 3-by-5-foot rug from Amazon for $27.80+ (available in 30 shapes and sizes, and in five colors).

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