How to Stop Roommates From Eating Your Food

If you’ve ever had roommates, chances are that you’ve encountered this problem before: You come home from a long day at work/school, starving, and looking forward those delicious leftovers you have waiting in the fridge.

But when you get back––your eyes all-aglow with refrigerator light––the leftovers are gone. Not just tampered with or sampled. Gone.

Now, you could go confront your roommate about it, ask him or her to please not eat your food again. Perhaps demand an apology. But it is always so much more effective (and satisfying) to communicate symbolically.

Here are a few helpful suggestions for getting your message across without all the unpleasantness of, well, talking.

Note: This is a guest post. Blog By Donna does not recommend you do any of the next 10 things to your food stealing roommates… however, we realize that the continuation of taking your food can just be tolerated for so long. So, if you must put a stop to the food thievery, these may be an option for you…

10 Ingenious Ways to Stop Roommates From Eating Your Food

#%$! en Tu Leche

Keep roommates from stealing your food...

If you are familiar with this common Spanish explicative, which refers to an unpleasant bodily secretion in the milk of the person being cursed, you might see where I am headed with this one.

The gist, though, is this: your housemate eats your food, you tamper with his.

Smells Like Chicken

How to keep roommates from stealing your food.

Here’s how to protect your poultry products from greedy roommates:

Step 1: Remove showerhead.
Step 2: Insert one chicken bouillon cube into the end of the pipe.
Step 3: Replace showerhead.
Step 4: Shower at a friend’s house for the next few days.

The fridge robber will smell (and smell like) nothing but chicken soup for the next three days, without knowing why resulting in long-term psychological issues associated with chicken.

Laxatives in the Brownies

How to keep roommates from stealing your food

This one is tried and true. “…but why brownies?” you ask. Because no food thief can resist brownies.

The OSS Technique

How to keep roommates from stealing your food

This foolproof method involves cooking up a heaping portion of an obscenely spicy something. Be sure to make it potent enough to cause Permanent Taste Bud Nerve Damage (PTBND), and your food will be safe after that.

Sand in the Sandwich

How to keep roommates from eating your food

Because revenge is just that much sweeter when it involves a pun. And because few things are more horrifying than biting into a roommate’s purloined hoagie and getting a mouthful of sand.

The Classic Communal Fridge Escalation Method

How to keep roommates from eating your food

Obviously, his/her food selection is far inferior to your own, so this one takes a bit of determination (and/or a few friends) to accomplish.

If your roommate eats, say, two or three of your frozen corndogs, you retaliate by eating all of his/her food. Everything. Down to the last breadcrumb.

Tie It Down

How to keep roommates from eating your food

Carefully zip tie every box, jar, Tupperware container, carton, and bag of food you own to the shelves in the fridge and pantry. It takes an incredibly bold thief to get past zip ties.

Soap Food

How to keep roommates from eating your food

This one is an alternative for the more friendly revenge seekers out there. Toss a soap apple or two into the fruit basket to see what happens.

Or even some wax fruit that your grandmother may still have in a bowl on her dining room table. (Note: By using more solid artificial foods, one might conceivably be able to achieve a cracked tooth or two.)


How to keep your roommate from eating your food...

A little-known fact is that the chemist who initially discovered ipecac had been a lifelong victim of pantry theft.

A few drops of this stuff will have that criminally hungry housemate of yours violently and uncontrollably evacuating every ounce of his stomach (and maybe also small quantities of blood) for hours to come.

Let’s face it, revenge is an ugly business… But sometimes it is the only way to get your point across. And, boy, is it fun!

Legal Disclaimer: Policy Expert hereby assumes no responsibility for any lifelong, debilitatingly traumatic poultry aversions that may or may not have resulted from its publication, and instead recommends that you check out their contents insurance service.


  1. Wow, I totally would have loved to use some of these on my former roomates.

  2. lol – wax food and brownie laxatives…a really funny read.

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