Posts Tagged ‘cell phone in washing machine’

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?

OK, It’s Not a Cell Phone in the Washer — But Man, is it Sticky!

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

I love Dawn Meehan, author of Because I Said So… And Other Tales From a Less-Than-Perfect Parent. If you haven't checked out her blog, head over to Because I Said So.

The photo collage on her blog banner is so adorable. Reminds me of the photos (and other assorted family stuff) on my fridge.

I've written here about finding my son's cell phone in the washer. But I have ONE kid. Dawn, the mom of three boys and three girls, finds laundry day to be a continual adventure.

Fruit snacks in the dryer, anyone? (Yep, it's as much of a sticky mess as you'd imagine.)

Having one of those days? Go spend some time with Dawn and you'll know you're definitely not alone.

Pot Smokers Welcome Here

Monday, August 11th, 2008


You gotta love Google. It always amazes me how people find this blog, and it's a hoot to see some of the Google searches that result in people clicking on a parenting blog. How about these:

°    "How to prep and smoke weed" (Sorry, Dude, but you ended up with my article for parents on kids and pot.)

°    "What do you do when your teenager is smoking pot?" (OK, I'm seeing a trend here. Maybe the first one was searched by a teen and the second one by his mom?)

°    "Idea gift teacher child late pick up" (So you need a gift to say I'm sorry for all those late arrivals at day-care pick-up time? I'm guessing the teacher would prefer you spend the money on a watch. Teachers need to get home to their OWN families at the end of the day, right?)

°    "Cell phone in washing machine" (After I did a post on this when my son left his cell phone in his pants pocket — and it got drenched — the post became my most-visited ever. At least our family isn't alone!)

°    "Sick of video games" (Me too.)

°    Can my child get MRSA at school? (With school starting, the number of searches that hit on the MRSA post here on the blog is going up, up, up. Remember to tell your kid not to share gym towels — and not to sit his naked butt on the bench in the locker room. Now there's a dinner-time conversation starter!)

°    Do you think airline prices will go down between now and Christmas? (Now that they're charging for everything from blankets to Pepsi to peanuts? My crystal ball says…. nope.)

Keep those Google searches coming! I love having you stop by — however you get here.

Cell Phone in the Washing Machine - Arg!

Thursday, March 6th, 2008


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 time 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 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?

Update: Check out my Sept. 30 post on a new cell phone that can withstand getting wet, being dropped and just about anything else kids (or you!) can throw at it. Click here.