Posts Tagged ‘Battery’

Cell Phone in the Washing Machine!

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

I’m so excited to discover Genny over at My Cup 2 Yours, a wonderful blog that celebrates parenting and friendship between moms. I can get happy lost for an hour, wandering through Genny’s posts.

She has created a fun blog carnival, “Talkin’ About Thursdays,” where bloggers concentrate on a particular topic and we all chime in. This week, the topic is “laundry,” and that prompted me to share one of my favorite posts from the past, “Cell Phone in the Washing Machine!”

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Talk about timing…

So I’m sitting here working on a magazine article on kids and cell phones, and I decide to take a break from the home office and switch the laundry from the washer to the dryer. (OK, and maybe grab some Triscuits and cheese… If there are downsides to working from a home office, like the constant reminder of dirty laundry, there ought to be upsides. Like snacks. Right?)

Perfect 10-15-09time to discover that my 12-year-old son left his cell phone in his pants pocket and it went through the wash cycle. &*^())#$#^!

I knew I wasn’t alone with this problem when I Googled “cell phone in washing machine” and up popped 332,000 results. That seemed a bit overwhelming, so I decided to go straight to our cell-phone service provider, who suggested removing the battery and letting the phone dry out for a few days. Sometimes that does the trick, they said — but often it doesn’t.

Unfortunately phones that are damaged by liquid aren’t covered by most manufacturers’ warranties. So this may be an expensive lesson for one young man regarding always emptying his pockets at night. (But his dad’s wallet went through the laundry — again — two weeks ago, so this may be a genetic problem we’re dealing with here!)

Hey, anything for a good article-sidebar idea, right?