How to dry out a drooled-on cell phone

At Amazon: Samsung Galaxy
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Christina solved a problem I would bet at least 80% of us have faced. Your mileage may vary, but it's worth a shot:

My son has a fascination with my cell phone. He likes to talk on it. He likes to press the numbers. He likes to store weird names in my directory. But he also likes to suck it and drool on it, so much so that he was able to get the inside of the phone wet.

I could only use the earpiece and the phone company said that there is nothing that can be done about wetness in the phone. BUT…I remembered how quickly my soup I left uncovered in the refrigerator dried out just days earlier. I stuck my phone in the fridge for 24 hours, and it came back as good as new.

If your phone ever gets wet, stick it in the fridge. It dehumidifies.

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  1. says

    Our son loves the cellphone too, and after finding a few extra or deleted contacts, we discovered that we could lock the cellphone before we gave it to him. Lots of cellphones have this option – for our LG phones, we just hold down the # button until it’s locked, then use the PIN number to unlock it. I’ve haven’t changed my pin, and the default is the last four digits of the phone number.

  2. caitlin says

    Also, old (decommissioned) cell phones (although they don’t make the happy *beep* noises) are a good stand in for the real deal.

  3. renee says

    >Be careful, though, decommissioned >phones can still dial 911.

    Not if you don’t put batteries in them.

  4. Mark says

    We have an old cell phone that we let our son gnaw on, but amazingly enough he doesn’t find that nearly as interesting as the real ones that mommy and daddy use.

  5. deni says

    i just want to thank Asha my grandson whos almost 2 drooled on his moms cell and it wouldnt do anything we put it in fridge without battery for 24hrs turned it back on and it worked like it was never broke you saved her buying a new phone.

  6. Brittney says

    Thanks so much for this, I am babysitting for some friends of mine and their son got a hold to my phone. I was looking for it for 15-20 minutes until I realized the baby had gotten it.
    It is now in the fridge as we speak. I hope it works for my phone. My screen is cracked.