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Next week I am moving into a new apartment (in another state). It will be my first apartment on my own so I will be buying all new dishes/pots etc. I know that I need to clean the kitchen as well as possible to get rid of the gluten (and dining room table etc). Are there other things I should be doing in this new kitchen/house that will most likely have had gluten eaters in it before me? It will be the first time I have moved since I got diagnosed a couple months ago. Any advice would be greatly welcomed.

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The only thing you can do is just clean it up like you said. When my dh and I moved we cleaned the entire house, top to bottom but that is only because we are clean freaks. I wouldnt worry to much.

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Just clean, clean, clean. Especially the kitchen cupboards. I'm glad I'm not you!

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Thanks.

My dad is coming too to help me move. I will be putting him to work while he is there. He still thinks I joking about the fact that the apartment is going to be gluten free. I think I am going to have to have another conversation about that with him.

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While cleaning, you might want to pay special attention to doorknobs, cabinet, refrigerator, and stove handles, etc. just to be safe. :)

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cmom,

Thanks for the reminder. Should I wear a mask while I do this? Or is that overkill?

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the mask isnt necessary. most people are not so sensitive that leftover gluten particles can really hurt them. just wash your hands before eating and whatnot. i think you can easily clean your cabinets to make them safe for you! oh yeah i also would get that oven cleaner stuff and clean out the microwave if those are both furnished with the apt

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I always like paint or line the cupboards in a new place. I like to use wallpaper to line. One roll goes a long way and you can pick a pretty print for cheap!

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The apartment should have been professionally cleaned before you moved in, that's what most people have to do to get back their deposit, or the landlord does it. I guess it doesn't hurt to be extra cautious, though.

If there's a toaster there, don't use it. :-)

Congratulations on your new place.

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I have moved into many apartments since my diagnosis, and some of them end up being filthy when I move in. Cleaning out and lining the cabinets and drawers in the kitchen and scrubbing the fridge/freezer is important--you'd be surprised what can be left in a fridge after someone moves out--I once found a pubic hair in one of the apartments I rented in grad school. Yuck! If you plan to use the broiler pan that comes with the oven, then you'll want to check on its condition. If it's new and looks clean, then you can probably get away with a good scrubbing or trying to clean it with oven cleaner and rinsing it out really well in the sink. But if it's not new/clean, you may just want to buy yourself a new broiler pan--you can just store the one that came with the apartment in a closet and when you move out, put it back in place and take your new broiler pan with you.

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Thanks again everyone. I am somewhat worried about the cleanliness because it is a university apartment. I don't really know what to expect when it comes to these. There are no toasters etc provided so I don't have to worry about that. Hopefully it will have been cleaned. But I'm starting to question the university in a number of areas. ;) I don't know how well they do details.

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