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June 09, 2005

Washing machines and mobile phones

Yes, it happened. My Sony T630 went in the washing machine while it was on. It was a sorry state when I found it. Water inside the display. Shaking it violently got the water out of the display.

I then left it in my car on the last sunny day we had and that dried it out some. Not in sunlight, just on the center console. I powered it up after this and it works but the display still have moisture in it. The moisture has cleared after 2 days in my pocket and I've been lucky, looks like new again now.

Congrats Sony on a washing machine proof phone.

June 9, 2005 | Permalink Sphere

Comments

That's hillarious. Just yesterday I went for a swim and the thought occured to me that water proof cell phones could be a new fad. Imagine people at the beach talking on their cell phones in the water. I wouldn't condone it, but I could see it happening. :)

Posted by: Floyd Marinescu | Jun 13, 2005 9:40:53 AM

Very fortunate. I recall a former boss's BMW being submerged in a flood, and foolishly the first thing they did was try to turn it on, before it had dried out. Not sure of the details, but that was the end of the car basically...

Posted by: Michael O'Keefe | Jun 13, 2005 4:24:24 PM

So lucky, Billy. My Nokia 6170 just did not work anymore when came out of water.....

Posted by: Kelvin Cheung | Jul 5, 2005 1:30:34 AM

Very lucky Billy... my Ericsson didn't make it. After hand drying it, sun drying it, putting it through the dryer... no luck. I tried everything to resuscitate it... but to no avail.
At that moment, I knew why it was helpful to actually "write" peoples phone numbers down... on "paper".

Posted by: Dylan Stamat | Jul 20, 2005 11:55:29 AM

yes - my t630 has just come out of the washing machine. ooooops. lets hope mine's a lucky one!

Posted by: moi | Aug 14, 2005 4:21:54 PM

I washed my Samsung last week while it was powered up. Dead as a doornail. If I plug it in, the display comes on, but it says "bad battery". Crossing my fingers and hoping I just have to replace the battery at this point...

Posted by: Foobar | Aug 15, 2005 12:29:05 PM

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Had I not visited this web site (that I found by googling "cell phone washing machine") I would have never known that my Samsung SCHa650 SURVIVED a trip through my washing machine last weekend!! It took the swim in my jeans pocket, and it was ON at the time. When I found it after the washer turned off, I was horrified to say the least. It would not turn on at all. Just dead. I never even THOUGHT to plug it it, duh. Thanks to you guys, yesterday I plugged it in, and to my great surprise, it powered up and began charging. All day yesterday the screen had a few sort of white "water spots", but as of today, it looks like nothing ever happened to it. Thanks again!!!

Posted by: AKH | Aug 23, 2005 10:39:50 PM

My Phone Just Went In The Wachine Machine o2 x3
hope It Survives Plz Plz To God Hope It Water Proof My Second Phone To Do Tht My Sagem Phone Got DrenchedN The Mic N Speakers Neva Worked For God Sakk Ppl We Gtta Check Our Washin

Just One Stupid Mistake In Life

Posted by: recovery | Oct 16, 2005 3:17:49 PM

Daaaang! I just put my Kyocera SoHo through the wash no signs of life yet but only time will tell. :(

Posted by: Dylan K. | Jan 2, 2006 3:20:14 PM

so glad other people hav dun it2!put my sheets on this mornin and fone musta got in with it!have some hope it may wrk now!its drying at the mo!!

Posted by: ami | Jan 24, 2006 4:26:44 AM

DUDES...MY LITTLE SISTERS PHONE JUST TOOK A RIDE IN THE WAVES OPF THE WASHER...I "SHOOK IT VIOLENTLY...AND IT STILL WONT COME ON....ITS AN LG: C1500...HELP....WILL IT EVER BECOME ALIVE

Posted by: BECCA | Feb 16, 2006 10:48:54 PM

I thought I was a medical case for putting my phone through a hot wash. Nice to know there are other nuts out there. It's a Nokia 6210 that I'd been reluctant to change so fate has come to the rescue. Don't care if it works again. In fact it shouldn't so I can finally change it.

Posted by: Charlie | Feb 23, 2006 9:01:52 AM

This is too funny. I just found my wife's phone for her. In the washer along with the laundry that I generously put through. OOPS!!

Good to see that I'm not the only one to have accomplished this. Now the wait and see happens.

Oh Well!!

Posted by: Sam | Mar 16, 2006 2:10:02 PM

Just washed my Samsung cell phone. It's so clean now!!! Doesn't work any more though.. wife is pissed....

Posted by: Mike | Mar 28, 2006 8:15:51 PM

Well, thanks to baby spit up and a flustered morning, my Ericsson just went through the wash. Here's hoping it works... not very hopeful after Kevin's Ericsson didn't make it. I just bought the thing less than a month ago!!!!

Posted by: Jennifer | Apr 12, 2006 11:54:50 AM

I just washed my LG phone, I hope it can work tomorrow.

Posted by: Ileana | Apr 12, 2006 8:24:47 PM

oops just washed my new Samsung phone... found this site by typing in "wash mobile phone"... i'm happy i'm not the only one who's made it. and also happy that some of the phones made it.

at the moment just realized what happened, no signs of life. oh god please make it work!!!

Posted by: Ania | Apr 13, 2006 10:32:44 AM

New Motorola V3 camera phone...through the washer and probably the dryer, buy the looks it went through the dryer too. I found it in my robe the AM. Right where I left it. Dead so far.

Posted by: Jim | Apr 13, 2006 6:53:07 PM

hi, i just retrieved my (brand new, longed for and coveted for 4 months b4 i finally got it) samsung e700 from a synthetics cycle. sat and cried for 10 mins b4 turning to google. please wish me luck, don't know what i'll do if it doesnt recover. i'm hoping the fact that its easter (as good a time as any for miracle ressurections) bodes well. Good luck to all here! Rachel p.s if anyone has any c.p.r for phones tips they can share you can email me ([email protected]) i would be most grateful.. xxx :)

Posted by: rachel | Apr 15, 2006 2:43:54 PM

Hmm. i too was a victim of the cell phone and washer case.... i tried to turn it on a couple hours after and the red light turned on but no screen. only time will tell. i went out and spent 300 dollars on a new phone and if it turns out that my old phone still works im gunna be pissed!!! :)

Posted by: Blaine | Apr 16, 2006 12:49:01 AM

my cell phone went into the washing machine too. sunday night i didnt notice it until it was in the drier and i took it out when the dryer was half way done. i have a LG VX5200, and i looked on the verizon website. all it said was to let it dry for a few days. today i turned on my phone and the display works(even though it has some water in it) but it cant make or receive calls nor does it make any sounds. any suggestions? [email protected]

Posted by: Mike | Apr 25, 2006 8:44:11 PM

Hey I'm on hols in the US from Australia. I just also washed my phone. After about 30mins of hairdryin it the dude I called in the phone store said to stop coz its not good for it!! Mine will work again im confident! Positive thoughts!!! :) Good luck everyone!

Posted by: Aleece | Apr 27, 2006 5:20:42 PM

I noticed that I washed my samsung phone lastnight. So pissed! I got told to take off the battery, dry it out for 24 hours...then turn it on..So the results.....................
Did everything I was told..put battery back on and tried turning it on..nothing..so i plugged it in..and battery seems to be charging..phone it and it rang...so looks like its going to survive!!!!So happy!! Keep the faith!

Posted by: Amy | May 5, 2006 2:01:05 PM

I'd like to take a moment to remember my sony ericsson who sadly passed away Saturday 3rd of june at approximately 6.30 pm. We had some good times my friend, Sorely missed by my right hand, died peacefully in his pocket (in a washing machine related incident. I LOVE YOU LITTLE BUDDY!

Posted by: Andy | Jun 5, 2006 1:23:44 PM

I put my Samsung 670 through the full wash cycle when it was on. Took it apart completely, let it dry, put it back together, replaced the battery and now it works great. The only change is you have to press the menu button slightly harder. I'm so glad these things are built like they are.

Posted by: Dwight | Jun 7, 2006 7:51:57 PM

LMAO yep my hubby came in all hot last night and put his work clothes in the wash - hopefully to be ready for the next day at work. In the morning, he said to me "you don't want to know what i've just found". I was kinda worried - then saw him holding his SEp800 it had been thru a gentle wash in the machine and in the tumble dryer all night. DER! took it apart and was nice and dry in there - tho some white residue on alot of the components. I used a new toothbrush and brushed it clean then put back together and nothing :( put it on the charger and nothing so we were looking on ebay for a replacement when suddenly he said "oo it's on!!" bashing my toe in the excitement I leaned over to see it's now working :D

Waterproof mobile sounds like a fab Idea considering the amount of nut cases out there ;)

Posted by: aristia | Jun 11, 2006 5:33:03 AM

Yep, just got mine back straight from the wash. Razor v3. My mom was kinda pissed, hopefully the news doesn't get to my dad 0_o. Anyways, I got it drying over my computer fan right now, lets hope it works. *crosses fingers, sobs like baby*

Posted by: jman | Jun 11, 2006 5:58:27 PM

i got a brand new samsung phone 2 days ago, and yesterday i jumped into the pool with it in my swimming trunk pocket... i was so upset, but after it dried it started working again! but i have these waterspots on the inside of it... i don't want to sound ungreatful that it even works, but does anyone know how to get rid of these spots??

-angry 14 year old boy. : P

Posted by: Trever | Jun 12, 2006 5:13:16 PM

i got a brand new samsung phone 2 days ago, and yesterday i jumped into the pool with it in my swimming trunk pocket... i was so upset, but after it dried it started working again! but i have these waterspots on the inside of it... i don't want to sound ungreatful that it even works, but does anyone know how to get rid of these spots??

-angry 14 year old boy. : P

Posted by: Trever | Jun 12, 2006 5:13:20 PM

THank god there are more people who are suffering in this crisis along with me! My Motorola e815 was put through two wash cycles, no sign of life. i dont know what to do :(.

Posted by: yvone | Jun 14, 2006 2:56:20 AM

My motorola E815 went through the wash. I uno what to do, i tried to charge it and put in the battery a few times before it dried out???Please help???

Posted by: Keith | Jun 16, 2006 9:12:45 PM

My only one month old Motorola V3 RAZR took a bath in the washing machine too this morning. I felt like such an idiot! I saw it right after I started the washing programme, but it was already too late. I stopped the washing machine and took it out, and tried to take out the battery. I'm a huge dummy when it comes to things like that, so it took at least a few minutes before I managed to take it out. I hope it has survived it, I haven't tried to put it on again yet.

If you know what to do, please e-mail me!

Posted by: Milou | Jun 18, 2006 12:31:31 PM

My baby LG! I purposely picked it because it looked sturdy. It's been flung out onto the cement so many times, frozen in the car overnight, and survived perfectly. But this was too much for it =(

Going to let it dry a few more days, try the dryer and oven, and then give it a proper funeral. Single tear.

Posted by: Eric | Jun 19, 2006 1:26:20 AM

so my boyfriend bought me a motorola l6 2 months ago and i've put it through the wash. it wont come on and im scared to tell him. will it come back 2 life? please help me

Posted by: emmie | Jul 6, 2006 7:27:08 AM

Just washed my Samsung. Figured, what the heck, it's clean, I'll dry it. Put it inside 2 dry socks, put the whole load in the dryer. Load is done, connected the phone to the charger, it started to charge. Couple minutes later, it played a little tune... and the menu works. Remembers my recent calls, my phone book works ... still haven't made a call. Gonna charge it up more first.

Posted by: Tcrush | Jul 6, 2006 9:32:37 AM

I am so glad I am not alone. Yet another sad mobile in the wash story.... My Nokia 6230i has just been exposed to a Bosch Exxcel 60degree stain removing wash. It isn't looking too chuffed but you guys have given me hope. I just wish I'd backed up all those details......

Posted by: julesy | Jul 20, 2006 5:11:32 AM

NEWS UPDATE! It's all good. I am a little impatient but 20 hours after its hot soapy ordeal the Nokia 6230i works again. My life is complete! There are those soapy marks that so many of you have mentioned but they just give the phone character and are a permanent reminder to me that I should take more care of my phone! So, if you are reading this and you've washed your phone keep praying, it might just work again.

Posted by: julesy | Jul 21, 2006 4:12:10 AM

I washed my razor v-3 Phone and it works just fine but I had to replace the battery with my wifes battery and it works so everybody if you wash your phone dry it out and replace the battery and it might just work fine but My Phone display has a new feature the background has cool clouds it looks wicked but the display is still perfectly viewable!

Posted by: | Jul 23, 2006 1:06:48 PM

i washed my razor. after drying kept getting "invalid battery". Kid at work had Razor so asked to put his battery in my phone. It worked as if brand new and when he put my battery in his phone everything was cool. just bought brand new battery and still get "invalid battery" flag.
what up wit dat???

Posted by: susan | Jul 31, 2006 6:08:47 PM

yeah...i just put my phone through the washer in a moment of drunken stupidity its an LG and if it dosent work anymore it wont be too bad of a loss just i wouldnt be able to get the 129 phone numbers i have in there. so im hoping that it still works

Posted by: regan | Aug 6, 2006 8:56:36 PM

my lcd screen cracked in my samsung e350 mobile phone can anyone tell me how to take apart the phone and fix the new lcd screen and put the phone back together again.

Posted by: kelly | Aug 9, 2006 3:17:04 PM

We really all are a bunch of dumass' aren't we? My Motorola L6 just went through in my jeans, and I'm desperately trying to dry it out on the radiator at the mo. Sad to say, but I don't think I can live without it! C'mon little phone! :( xx

Posted by: Jen | Aug 10, 2006 8:40:43 AM

my siemens A65 just got rescued from the washing machine, when it went in it was turned on and now all it does is vibrate with the screen off. ive taken the battery and sim card out and am now hoping for the best... (its still covered in soap :S )
wish me luck....

Posted by: flori | Aug 18, 2006 7:54:32 AM

About 4 days ago I put my Motorola v535 through the wash. Being the geek I am, one of the first things I did was search google for "cellphone washing machine", and got pointed to this blog. I read that a lot of people successfully got their phones working again if they let them dry for about 3 days first, so I tried it, and today it works again! Thank you so much for this article. Without it I might not have bothered waiting for it to dry and just thrown it away.

Posted by: Matt | Aug 18, 2006 9:25:16 PM

I love the way the 'intellegent' adverts on the left seem to think we're all interested in buying new washing machines! should someone tell them they might have more luck advertising new (waterproof) phones?

my razor completed it's cycle earlier and is now in pieces in the airing cupboard. after removing the rust(?!) from the sim card it worked in hubby's phone, so all's not lost.

Posted by: Jodie | Aug 19, 2006 1:30:24 PM

New V3 Razr made it through a whole cycle. Has been drying and now even the battery works. Still having trouble with a few of the numbers on the keypad. Hoping this too will return. THings are coming back little by little. Thanks for letting me know that I am not alone. :)

Posted by: Amanda | Aug 24, 2006 11:57:54 AM

New V3 Razr made it through a whole cycle. Has been drying and now even the battery works. Still having trouble with a few of the numbers on the keypad. Hoping this too will return. THings are coming back little by little. Thanks for letting me know that I am not alone. :)

Posted by: Amanda | Aug 24, 2006 11:57:57 AM

Thank smart people for the internet. Two months ago I dropped my new Motorola E815 into the ocean; well, more like threw it into the ocean by accident, and I lost everything because backing up just didn't even occur to me. So, I got an older, used Motorola and re-did pictures, contacts, etc etc, only to have it go through the wash earlier today. What is with me?

The only reason my phone was in my pocket was because of a text that came in from someone whom I haven't talked to in over a year. And, the only reason I ran the laundry today (including the pants I was wearing) was because of some acrylic paint that I needed to get off. AAAAAARGH MY PHONE! That's two phones in two months... shit shit shit.

I just pray that it works, because I can't lose my contacts *again*.

Posted by: Winston | Aug 26, 2006 9:23:54 PM

i just washed my razr v3 and i was so mad because i was wondering what that clanging in the dryer was. but i immedieately saerched for help on google and i founf this wonderfull blog. so i did what the other people did, takeout the battery and sim card, and waited for all the signs of moisture to dissapear. then i put it back together and charged it, the keypad lit up and it made a noise! so it took out the charger and help the power button. somehow, life was breathed into my phone and the screen flickered on! it had the characteristic water spots on the screen, but with luck, those will fade within a few weeks.
thanks for the tips guys!
PEACE...

Posted by: Jon Richey | Sep 4, 2006 7:39:31 PM

Yep, my wife washed my shorts without checking the pockets, and my LG went through the entire cycle. I took out the battery and let the unit sit, and after one day its prognosis is looking good. We're expecting a full recovery and a normal life after this tragic incident...

Posted by: Marko | Sep 5, 2006 1:32:26 PM

Well, I just washed my Razr V3. Wish me luck! I took out the battery and it's drying out...
thanks for the advice either way!

Posted by: Ken | Sep 9, 2006 2:23:46 PM

omg. my sony just went through the was and its not turning on!!!! i hope im as lucky as u because apparently cell phone insurance doesnt cover the most common cause of damage--- water damage. heh how nice.

Posted by: Diane | Sep 9, 2006 11:56:24 PM

an update on my phone... after letting it sit on a box fan for a few hours and then plugging it into my battery charger it works! 2 buttons fell off but with a little glue that was an easy fix.

Posted by: Diane | Sep 10, 2006 12:27:07 PM

my girlfriend put my LG throught the wash, while it was on. i let it dry for a bit, and its kinda hit or miss at this point. the battery drains very quickly. and the lcd screen does not do much. but it will make and recieve calls, so that is all that is important i guess. pretty impressive though, considering it was a free phone.

Posted by: Peter | Sep 13, 2006 11:38:51 AM

mannn how depressing ferrarri fone (sharp) been thru the wash-blaming the mother..obviously- shes pissd and argues that i shudnt hav left it in my pocket....nvertheless "not gnna b allowed any new fones from now on" hoping thats a load of rubbish from my parents to teach me a lesson but am worried that ther telling the truth....my fone rle wont start up agen but im impatient as its only been an hour..cant sleep ...dear god...help me!

Posted by: ro | Sep 16, 2006 5:28:08 PM

Oh, God no. It just happened...Needed to wash jacket...Forgot to check pockets...Now my motorola is sitting in the sun...Has very cloudy screen...Might not make it...Hoping for the best...

Posted by: Rachel | Sep 25, 2006 10:42:56 AM

I just put my 5 month old motorola l6
through the wash.
2nd phone to be put through this trauma!
it started to charge no other sighns of life!

Posted by: Harry99911 | Sep 26, 2006 3:32:31 PM

My wife put her Razr v3c through a full wash. Immediately after, the phone would only show a Verizon logo. After cooking the phone at 200 degrees in a toaster oven (on and off) for a few hours, it started to come back to life. It is now 3 days later, and pretty much everything seems to be working except there is still water in the camera lens. I assume that will be OK over time too.

Posted by: Alan S | Sep 28, 2006 11:40:13 PM

Last night I did it too! I didn't even think, and put my jeans into the washer not knowing that my pink Razor cell phone was in the pocket. I realized it about 5 minutes later, and it was too late!! The washer had locked and would not open for another 30 minutes! So, I had to wait! It's been over night now and still no signs of life. I'm hoping that it will come back, maybe new battery will help?

Posted by: Kylee | Sep 29, 2006 8:36:43 AM

Thank you so much. Obviously, I just put my cell phone in the washer, and thanks to this site, I already got it back together.

Posted by: Andrew | Sep 29, 2006 8:52:19 PM

Just writing back, I think that I've got my Razor cell phone all dried out, but one problem. It works just fine, I can make and receive calls except I think that the microphone is broken. No one can hear me when I talked! Any suggestions as to the problem and how it might be fixed would be great! Thanks

Posted by: Kylee | Sep 29, 2006 9:25:37 PM

I have revived my
motorola l6
thankfully!
only needs new battery
(its knackered)

Posted by: harry99911 | Sep 30, 2006 7:05:22 AM

my phone o2 x3 has beent hrough the waahing machine any tips on how to get it working plz email me [email protected] plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Posted by: criz | Oct 2, 2006 11:58:43 AM

I ran my LG through the wash yesterday and it came out with water visible under the screen. It didn't work when I tried to turn it on, but I left it by my space heater all night and the water was gone by morning. I plugged it into my charger and it works fine for now.

Posted by: archie | Oct 6, 2006 4:19:11 PM

I just got my new (brand SPANKIN new) and im freaking out....its a samsung t509 and im really scared.....sobbing and im really scared to tell my mom.....cuz I was going to get a new fone this week...the cathc was I neeeded to sell my fone to this one kid, so Im pretty much screwed, im gonna try begging and everything, wish me luck!

Posted by: David | Oct 9, 2006 1:00:52 AM

I left my Lobster in my trouser pocket(the phone not the sea creature as its unwise to put lobsters in your pockets!!!!! ) just before it went into a 40 degree full wash. When i got it out it was full of water, so i told my dad and he took the battrey and SIM card out and gave it a shake before putting it behind the plasma telly (because lots of heat rises) to dry off. Plz wish me good luck for it to fix it-self.

Posted by: matthew | Oct 15, 2006 8:12:46 AM

haha LMOS hope your phones never work agen

Posted by: jane | Oct 15, 2006 8:31:15 AM

So I washed my phone at 2am in midly drunken stupor. Some arse decided it would be funny to throw his beer at some chick and it got all over my coat. Needed coat for am drive so only choice was to do wash at 2am. Threw my jeans in as well, with phone, and discovered the whole mess in the morning. Phone wasn't dripping, spin cycle works well, I guess.

Anyways, due to cat knocking oldphone in sink water two years ago and my immediately trying to start that phone, and then feeling very warm heat, I called Cingular to ask question. They said to never try and do anything with phone right after water incidents since it shorts it out, hence the very warm phone. She told me about a happy ending washing machine incident with other customer so this time I knew there might be hope.

So right now its been drying for a day. Not sure how long I need to wait since I'm impatient and 3 days seems lengthy at the moment. Am hoping the many survival stories posted here means I might have a fighting chance since I just got this phone last month!

Posted by: shabes | Oct 15, 2006 8:28:06 PM

OMG!
i washed my Razr a week ago and my dad got it to work again like brand new and even the camera worked. but last night it wigged out and now when i try to turn it on it only lights up the buttons. and when it will turn on it only goes on for a bit and then it just has a white screen.
if i got a new battery would it work?

Posted by: haley | Oct 16, 2006 6:32:07 PM

My Lobster is up and running!!!!!
(see posting 15 Oct 2006)

Posted by: matthew | Oct 18, 2006 5:01:15 PM

OMG, you guys are sure giving me hope. Couldnt find my phone last night (a d&g razr) and though id find it in the morning. Got up this morning, unloaded the washing and had a heartattack when i saw the gold d&g phone charm hanging out of the back of my soaking wet, just had a 40 degree wash, levis. I took out the sim and battery and im leaving it to hopefully dry out. I havent had the phone for long, and its on a contract - arghh - fingers crossed its gonna work - will be back ......

Posted by: Deb | Oct 19, 2006 11:03:11 AM

Yeah my phone just went threw the wash. The first thing i did was search it on google and here i am. I tryed turning it on (hopefully thats not bad) it didnt work. Now im letting it dry for a a few days.

Posted by: Jeff | Oct 21, 2006 9:23:24 PM

Wife washed my Motorola V3 the first month I had it. I'm on a 2-year contract. This sucks! I sent it off to fastcpr.com to see if it can be resurrected. Will let you know if it works.

Posted by: Razrman | Oct 22, 2006 4:18:38 PM

Just realised after the wash had finished that my samsung e800 had gone in the wash i hope its not wrecked hope it works if not im dead what a crap day!!!

Posted by: Jamie | Oct 22, 2006 4:51:54 PM

Just realised after the wash had finished that my samsung e800 had gone in the wash i hope its not wrecked hope it works if not im dead what a crap day!!!

Posted by: Jamie | Oct 22, 2006 4:51:55 PM

Well, well, who knew that mobile phones weren't washing machine safe?! *certainly not me* I get a knock on my door tonight, and a friend of mine breaks the news that that my new Nokia 1112 that I just bought 4 days ago was last spotted spinning and clinking uncontrollably in a soapy, watery pit of doom through the window on the washer along with my clothes. I stopped the washer but I still couldn't open the darn thing, so I had to wait til the entire wash was complete before I could retrieve my cell. The torture!!! so I waited painfully.. wishing.. hoping.. praying that my phone would work when I tried turning it on...
Of course it didn't work! Why else would I be here? I, like many of you, Googled "Cell phone washing machine" in a fearful fit of panic and am now taking the advice of my fellow absentminded phone abusers. I have taken out the battery and placed my drowned victim on a window sill. It's drying; and hopefully this will resuscitate it. So! Keep your fingers crossed... say a prayer even.. maybe something like:

"May we never EVER be allowed to purchase, own, or even be within 100 metres of a mobile phone again. Amen."

Posted by: Tara | Oct 24, 2006 4:28:50 PM

i have a Motorola L6 and it haznt been thru the washing machine or anything and i havnt dropped it (not hard anywyz) but all of a sudden its not turning on??? i have no clue what 2 do im so frustrated...help me PLZ

Posted by: Johnny Jazz | Oct 25, 2006 4:24:19 PM

Hey i let my cell phone dry for 4 days and there still appears to be moister in the screens.

Is it a good idea to put it by a dehumidafiar?

Posted by: Jeff | Oct 25, 2006 4:35:49 PM

i left my LG VX5200 in my apron pocket at work, which went into the washing machine. It must have been in there for no more than 25 minutes before i noticed where it was. I've been blowdrying it and haven't turned it on yet. any hope?

Posted by: talbs | Oct 26, 2006 9:56:32 PM

This is a drag...my phone just adventured through the washer...
havnt tried anything, and afraid to try anything...hope it works
come one my Sony Ericson :D

Posted by: kolvin | Oct 29, 2006 3:55:16 PM

I just pulled my motorola razor out of the wash, i'm holding my breath that it will work later on....sucky suck suck.

Posted by: Kena | Nov 13, 2006 8:59:09 PM

My razr just went through the wash yesterday. Luckily, my boyfriend, who worked for Cingular about a year knew exactly what to do. The batter drained and so far... everything looks good. I just hope it doesn't start to wig out or do anything crazy like spit laundry detergent.

Good luck to all of you noobies who will wash you phones and find this great thread.

Posted by: molly | Nov 13, 2006 10:53:07 PM

My sister just left her Motorola RaZR in her pocket, and it was washed -- I googled "cell razr wash" and got this page. Hmm. So all hope is not lost.

Unfortunately though, her phone was ON in the wash, and ON when it came out. ON and SCREAMING a medley of tunes. Not good.

I took the battery out to make it shut up, and currently have it sitting under a heatlamp to dry.

Hopefully it will return to some semblance of working, but being that a) it was on and b) sis was attempting to use it, it may've been shorted out.

Ohwell. That's why I never put mine in my pocket >_>;

Posted by: hyena | Nov 14, 2006 1:37:28 PM

I washed my RAZR yesterday. I took heart after reading your web posts. So I took out the battery before opening, removed the simm card just in case, shook out all the water I could and put it under a lamp until this morning. Plugged it in and waited--it took a long time to charge but IT WORKS!! NOT A THING LOST!! I wasn't so lucky with my headset last year.

Posted by: Libby | Nov 17, 2006 1:09:51 PM

dropped my samsung as a roadsweeper went past. came out covered in dirt and other things. not working so far!!

Posted by: Hannah | Nov 22, 2006 12:13:39 PM

AAaaauuugh! I come into work today and find my bluetooth on my ear and my phone not in my pocket. Only to find out from my girlfriend (trying to be helpful with the wash this morning) she tells me I washed my phone. :( Daaaaamn, I'm hoping to dry it out now. Fingers crossed that it will work! Curse me, for trying to be a good boyfriend doing the WASH!!! :( - :) B

Posted by: Bren | Nov 27, 2006 11:12:05 AM

my samsung c417 just went through tons of water in it was wondering if putting it infront of a heater should work? thanks

Posted by: Ian | Dec 1, 2006 4:38:56 AM

hahahahaha the other day i was at a party when i decided to go to the toilet. it happened just as i pulled my pants down and wam! my baby pink motorola l6 decided to join me in going toilet..... i let it dry and just left it hanging around for about a month, when i decided to charge it! perfectly works no problems!

Posted by: stephanie | Dec 17, 2006 12:47:49 AM

Just thought I'd let you all know that it's still happening to someone ... I washed my pink Razr today and nearly freaked when I found it on the bottom of the washer after I removed the clothes: "what's that pink...oh, NO!" I also Googled "washed razr" and found this blog. Thanks for the encouragement. I'm not telling my dh and will just see if it dries out in a day. Maybe he'll never know. :)

Posted by: Lori | Dec 21, 2006 4:27:20 PM

I dried my phone out on a heating pad on low setting. I think it might work again.It seemed to start charging after I checked on it today (three days after the washer). I'm gonna stay on the safe side and let it dry another day or 2

Posted by: Bob | Dec 25, 2006 9:24:14 AM

just found this page.
same story as most, just washed my razr (1/2 way through the rinse cycle). only had had it a month and a half. anyone else heard of sitting it in uncooked rice to dry it out?

Posted by: Ty | Dec 28, 2006 10:43:14 PM

ok man im soo mad my rzr just got washed ughhhh im sooooooo mad i mean i have only had it for a week and ARGHH...i...am....SOOO....MaD....:| i have wanted a phone for AGES and now i finally get one and it is....hopefully drying it out works or i will SCREAM!!!!!!!!

Posted by: | Jan 2, 2007 10:49:22 PM

ok man im soo mad my rzr just got washed ughhhh im sooooooo mad i mean i have only had it for a week and ARGHH...i...am....SOOO....MaD....:| i have wanted a phone for AGES and now i finally get one and it is....hopefully drying it out works or i will SCREAM!!!!!!!!

Posted by: | Jan 2, 2007 10:49:23 PM

i accidentally left my cell in my coat pocket before i washed the coat. when i was folding my clothes i found my washed cell. D'OH! i took off the belt clip, opened the phone, and took off the battery. after 24 hours of air drying i tried it. it worked. hallelujah!! so far, so lucky. it was an LG VX6100.

Posted by: k | Jan 4, 2007 9:47:41 PM

I just woke up this morning. And i usually sleep with my phone haha. Looked down at the floor and luckily found it in my glass of gingerale. Knowning me i took it out and the screen was on. So i turned it off. Tryed to turn it back on wont. So i took the battery out dried it. Then took out the sim card. Tried those both in my brothers phone they both work. My only problem its been sitting the battery out laying down for about 14 hours and i just tried to turn it on. Wont work. Brand new. Motorola Razr. i need help fast.

Posted by: Me | Jan 5, 2007 5:39:20 AM

-2nd post
My phone (razr) dried out for a few days and i ave it the test. When I fired it up (plugged in), it turned on with a slow vibation (weird) and the screen popped up as normal, then it went back off. o crap. it does work (minus the screens) for making recieving calls while hookd to the charger (the battery is shot). i took it to the verizon store and the guy said "oh, we wouldnt replace it if it was washed the day you got it." oh well, i guess im on to a new phone, anyone intrested in buying mine??

Posted by: Tyler | Jan 9, 2007 7:23:50 PM

damn it... i just put mine through. not such a bad deal, but i just paid my bill yesterday (its prepaid, so im screwed on that) and if its done i'll have to absorb that cost too. i work at the phone store, maybe theres something i can do. im pissed!!!

Posted by: brody | Jan 11, 2007 2:10:25 AM

SO THIS IS THE PLACE WHERE ALL MOBILE PHONE WASHERS END UP HUH??!! You are all sick!!! Everyone of you, you must be so stupid, you washed your mobile phone. YOU ARE ALL IDIOTS!! I know this,...because....well, I washed my phone.....tonight........SIGH.........I wonder what people did 20 years ago, before the internet... Oh thats right,.. phones didn't fit in your pocket back then.

Posted by: Martin | Jan 11, 2007 6:33:52 AM

Hope for those who have "washed" their razr!

My heart sank when I saw my shiny silver v3 at the bottom of the washing maching when clearing out a load. Nooooooooooooo!!!!

I figured it was pretty much toast - I was wrong! I immediately took out the battery and sim card and laid everything out under a fan. When it still didnt work in the morning I thought that would be it. About a week later, I figured, what the hell - lets try to charge it and see what happens.

Next morning (today) it started right up! The battery seems ok, the phone seems to be working absolutely fine, even the camera! I am waiting to see how long the battery holds a charge for and may have to get a new one, but so far so good.

I can't believe this thing survived a trip through the washer. Wow!

Posted by: Seth | Jan 11, 2007 11:11:16 AM

wow seems like a common problem. i still feel like im screwed first phone. motorola slvr. the insurance cost too much. wow i love it. someone needs to die. i cant imagine everything working ok when it come out but i can hope figers crossed google kicks ass

Posted by: zach | Jan 15, 2007 7:58:10 PM

well there goes the end of my samsung!!! washing machine was the cause of death!

Posted by: Sam | Jan 17, 2007 11:09:17 AM

Hope some of this is useful:

Grrr. Another unfortunate and indavertent combination of washing machine and cell phone -- left in jacket pocket last nite after a long speedmarch in the cold. Found it today; tossed it in the dryer in desperation. At this point, it won't turn on, nor will it charge -- completely dead.

I'm not attached enough to this cell phone -- a freebie with the contract -- to care about it beyond the hassle and expense of replacing it -- but I didn't get to talk to my little boy this morning, which I *did* care about quite a bit.

I was able to determine that mine is a Nokia 6010 by looking at pix of my carrier's (T-Mobile) featured phones. Then found a manual for it online to learn how to open the case, remove the battery and take out the SIM card, which are drying in my shirt pocket while the opened phone chassis "cooks" on the back of my PC monitor. (It's winter, so the heat's also on and the air's nicely dry.)

I'll run over the T-Mobile dealership after work and see if the battery and/or SIM are kaput. The phone may be dry by then and hopefully they can check it out w/ a new SIM and battery.

From the posts above, I'm fairly optimistic. One way or another, I'll post results.

Posted by: jes' plain bill | Jan 17, 2007 12:51:59 PM

My daughter came into the room last night in histerics, with her phone in her hand. I honestly thought someone had died. I ran to her, "what's wrong - what's wrong?"... still I thought she had just got a devistating phone call.

Her very emotional bawling crying reply: "I washed my cell phone." --that she just got a month ago today for Christmas.

We are letting it dry out now and will charge the battery tonight. Hopefully this works. I've already looked it up, to replace it... $219 - ouch- Im not paying that.

Posted by: BBSKC | Jan 25, 2007 8:44:08 AM

Postscript to Nokia 6010: Il est mort, certainement. It's thoroughly dry now, thanks to the heat being on in the winter, but it will not recharge or do anything useful other than serve as a paperweight. Resolved to be more careful w/ replacement phone.

Posted by: jes' plain bill | Jan 27, 2007 10:16:11 AM

yeh my put my nokia n80 through the wash..now ive put it in a bowl of dry rice and thats about it..dunnO if that will help though...GIMME IDEAS PEOPLE.!!!!

Posted by: nc;oads | Jan 28, 2007 1:19:43 AM

i plugged in my phone after letting it dry in my room. i live in washngton and its not hot here so it wasn't heated. when i tried to charge it it just got really warm. if it short ciruts what should i do next.

Posted by: keaoku | Jan 29, 2007 8:20:18 PM

i plugged in my phone after letting it dry in my room. i live in washngton and its not hot here so it wasn't heated. when i tried to charge it it just got really warm. if it short ciruts what should i do next.

Posted by: keaoku | Jan 29, 2007 8:20:23 PM

-3rd post
I got my phone open again and found corrosion (uh oh). I'm gonna try to clean it w/ an old toothbrush and see what happens. dang, i liked that razr too

Posted by: Tyler | Jan 30, 2007 2:02:37 PM

My brand new LG Chocolate took a nose dive into the washer today courtesy of my son. Ok the plus side is yes my 18 year old son does do the washing, the down side is I dont know what will happen with my £200 quid phone, im on pay as you go so i pay for my handsets. I did put the battery in and it powered up but switched if off so I could give it time to dry out. Will let you know how it goes later.

Posted by: Daft | Feb 3, 2007 6:25:43 AM

I should have known when my husband said he couldn't find his phone, that he had left it in his pants pocket. So i opened up the washer machine this morning to find his cell phone at the bottom of the drum. I have taken the battery out and opened it up to dry. I just hope it survived!! Will update.

Posted by: Rebecca M | Feb 3, 2007 12:30:17 PM

i washed my celphone. i didn't mean it. i left in a pile of clothes and put it in. i seriously hope and wish it will be ok

Posted by: terrence | Feb 3, 2007 5:46:04 PM

Oh Christ . . . just washed a Sony Ericsson K800i . . . . holy crap. So glad I found this site! Had a flicker of life a minute ago, logo and everything, must be alright on some level or other. Now drying out on the radiator.

Posted by: H | Feb 5, 2007 2:25:39 PM

Me Too!! Damn, On the plus side.. now my phone is real clean

Posted by: Patrick | Feb 7, 2007 11:07:27 PM

Man! Washed my razr. Horrified. I let it dry for 3 days, put it back together and it works, but with an annoying (and loud) buzzing. Wonder if I should let it dry more and try again? Has anyone had this buzzing?

Posted by: Mary | Feb 9, 2007 10:22:50 AM

Tank has just put his nokia 6230i through the industrial washing machine at our university, along with his wallet! we have taken it apart, the battery is fine, the sim card is fine and we are now using cotton buds to take off the excess water from inside. gutted. if anyone fancies donating him a phone, please email!!

Posted by: Adam Hillman | Feb 10, 2007 1:33:59 PM

:( OMG one word swish right in the washing machine razr v3 i just pulled it out after relising 20 mins into the wash that i couldnt find my gfs number because my phone was strangly not by my side iv out it in front of the fan i hope to god (athiest) that it turnes back on again im still a youngin and living at home and my moom is going to kill me....

Posted by: Louis | Feb 14, 2007 2:08:11 AM

Ive been searching google for cell phone revival stories. I desperately need advice. About 30 minutes ago I put my jeans in the washer, and couple of minutes later I realized I didn't have my Motorola L6 with me.. it was in my jeans pocket. I pulled out the soggy jeans and got the phone, whose screen was white.. I turned off the L6 and took out the battery and sim card.. hopefully it will dry out in a day or two??? I'm pissed at my stupidity.

Posted by: Jacob | Feb 15, 2007 9:01:48 PM

Lord Have Mercy!! I found this site also by googling "cell phone washing machine" and am so excited that there are others out there! My story is a bit more grim than some though, but I'm trying to keep my hopes up. I put my son's motorola through a complete wash cycle last night AND a full 70 minute dryer cycle!! He's devastated and has to sit in school today wondering and worrying - I'm a BAD mom! (sobbing) I put it on the charger and it powered up but the screen is fuzzy and nothing else works. I am hopeful though. I was certain it was done for. I'll give it a few more days to dry and see what happens. Wish me luck!

Posted by: Sharon | Feb 27, 2007 8:36:23 AM

My razr v3 went threw the wash and i charged it and nothing happens and the screen is still black and doesnt turn on. i was wondering if i change battery will that make it work?

Posted by: April | Feb 28, 2007 7:10:55 PM

Just washed my samsung after i clearly told my mum not to wash my school shorts, but she did. i left it for a few days, with water in the screen.. the waters dried and it turns on and recieves calls but i cant see the screen it just goes all white no pictures or anything.. anyone can help?

Posted by: Troy | Mar 8, 2007 12:41:23 AM

MotoRazr Survived Full Cycle Wash

I left my phone in my jeans pocket and it made it thru a full cycle before I missed it. It took it a while to get it back to normal. A little the 2nd day, a little more the 3rd, it took 10 days before it came back to normal. I just about gave up. I left it in the car on the front seat for 2 days and the Texas heat helped cook out the rest of the moisture. It's works just like it did before the cleaning now.

Posted by: Tesa | Mar 16, 2007 7:22:15 AM

our part time maid put my hubby' barely-one-month-old nokia e-50 through a 20-minute soaking in detergent, hand wash and drying in the washing machine, from a shirt pocket !!!! her talent not to notice the phone kept in the flapless shirt pocket is really, really admirable. she had already left when the damage was found out. tried drying it then took to the nokia service centre. they are not too hopeful as the water plus detergent must have caused short circuit. he hadn't even explored its possibilities completely. dammit, has to wait till next morning to fire her.

Posted by: renu | Mar 28, 2007 11:47:05 AM

I just had a funny feeling mine was in the washing machine after i stripped the bedsheets without conccentrating, and the machine was making "thump....thump" noises....after my last phone got dropped in drink and broke, will this ericsson survive? its fallen into a cup of tea before and was ok after a few days....i doubt 3 will be happy and give me a new one! oh well.

Posted by: Hayley | Apr 1, 2007 10:51:02 AM

My wife washed my Razorv3. Nice and clean and she even dried it for me. Of course it was a little hot after a tumble in the dryer so I let it cool. Battery charged and everything seemed fine until I got my first phone call. Like Patrick Feb 7, 2007 post, I have an annoying buzzing from speaker. I am confident from prior experience with my son's doused phones that this one will come back. May need a few more days to dry and a new battery. Have hope and patience folks. See http://www.batteries4less.com/motorola/razr-v3-v3?source=G_Mot_razor&gclid=CP2i0dDwpIsCFRssVAodsyRxlA if you have a razor.

Posted by: radmanaustin | Apr 2, 2007 3:29:35 PM

Now I also know the feeling of shame and remorse that accompanies sending your new mobile through a spin cycle. Had an old nokia for 5 years and never had a problem with it, then finally upgraded to a Motorola V3 Razr and within a month managed to put it through the washing machine. Not holding my breath for its recovery, but you guys have given me hope.
Cheers!

Posted by: anonymous | Apr 9, 2007 9:37:07 PM

Have just discovered son's motorola in jeans pocket hanging on washing line after a full 40 deg wash. Another thing is, I just ordered the software to transfer the videos's and photo's to computer. Am drying out and crosing fingers.

Posted by: jacqui | Apr 11, 2007 11:01:33 AM

I'm looking for a RECORD number of washings in the washing machine. I have TWO under my belt (or is it purse?). Can anyone beat that?

Let me know!

Leah

Posted by: Leah Rudolph | Apr 14, 2007 5:24:22 PM

Thank you! I put my year old pink Razr through the wash and freaked out when I found it. After finding this blog and setting it under a fan for an hour or so, it still works, albeit with some water in the display and the sound seems muted; I'm sure more time will fix that though. Thanks!

Posted by: Alice | Apr 17, 2007 5:01:30 PM

Finding my phone tumbling in the dryer, info I found out that a good drying, if phone wasn't on, will usually work, and to not turn it on until it is dried out.

Also, distilled water to soak a wet phone to get rid of the water with electrolytes, etc. that can leave residue including those white spots. Rubbing alcohol bath also speeds drying by displacing water.

What I haven't found out is if there is any danger from the lead and mercury in modern cell phones and clothes/washing machine.

Posted by: Will | Apr 30, 2007 5:49:51 PM

Finding my phone tumbling in the dryer, info I found out that a good drying, if phone wasn't on, will usually work, and to not turn it on until it is dried out.

Also, distilled water to soak a wet phone to get rid of the water with electrolytes, etc. that can leave residue including those white spots. Rubbing alcohol bath also speeds drying by displacing water.

What I haven't found out is if there is any danger from the lead and mercury in modern cell phones and clothes/washing machine.

Posted by: Will | Apr 30, 2007 5:49:53 PM

Agh, just found my phone in the washing machine. When it came out I (stupidly) immediately plugged it in and tried to get it to work. It did...for a few seconds. But now it won't turn on anymore :(

Posted by: Peter | May 1, 2007 3:07:22 AM

damnation!!! i freakin HATE myself!!!!!!!!My beloved, my beautiful, my swweet little N80.....!! *sniff sniff* HOW AM I GOING TO LIVE WITHOUT UUUUU!!!!!!!!!!!??"???
(btw, where do we rub de alchol on de phone?? or de battery or whtever...im desp4erate over here)

ok, enuf for de funeral prayers. My sad story goes something like this:
a beautiful sunny day, the perfect time for a beach visit. The weathers like 500 degrees over here...nd den i see the cooling welcoming waves of de sea.
5 minutes of strolling in de sea..i realize i still had my cell in my pocket!:( *snif* sad

Posted by: Nimz | May 1, 2007 7:36:08 AM

Cheers! i just tried switching ym cell on....and...and...it LIVES!!!!!! it's alive...i brought it back to life.....well almost
the screen's a bit shaky and wobbly, and de colors gone all gray and white...but u can styl work it out (tht is if u can make out de gray and white symbols)

Posted by: Nimz | May 1, 2007 7:39:11 AM

Oh god, I just put my phone through the wash as well. I was stupid with panick and forgot to take the battery out right a way...
I'm soo worried it wont work, this is my second cellphone cleansing episode... all in the same hoodie pocket, I'm burning the hoodie tomorrow I think.
Oh god I hope it works, I scared to tell my parents.
*tears*.

Posted by: SammyMarie. | May 3, 2007 1:25:01 AM

I have just taken the washing out and found a very water-logged Motorola SLVR in my sons pocket! I have taken the battery out, put the hairdryer on it and now it's out in the sun. I think I've killed it...my son is going to go mad. Maybe I could just place it back in his pocket after drying the clothes and plead ignorance???? ;o)

Posted by: Kate | May 5, 2007 5:03:49 AM

Same story: yesterday I washed some things in machine on 40 deg, and since it was not rinsed properly ...... well, I repeated rinsing with lot of softener!!!! It was quite a surprise when I discovered my daughters 6610 Nokia phone inside! I disassembled everything possible (mask, battery, SIM...), did some light fan drying of mobile itself... Put it on the charger this morning - end everything is perfect, just had to set date and time!
And great fragrance!!!

Posted by: jasmina | May 7, 2007 9:48:59 AM

My sons washed his new sony ericsson in the machine.. drying out as we speak. Hes only had it 2 weeks after getting the original phone stolen (this was a replacement for his birthday) !!!
Hope it works when its finally dried out.

Posted by: Jo | May 15, 2007 12:25:36 PM

so a month ago I washed my wallet, today I wash my phone. I am sooo glad that I don't carry around a PDA.

Posted by: | May 30, 2007 9:44:08 AM

Last week I woke up and put my jeans in the washing machine. I noticed an hour later that my Sony ericsonn k800i was still in my trousers. It was completely messed up, I could see water stuck between the screen abnd the glass. I took it apart completely and left it to dry for a week and wala! it works! Good as new and it's nice and clean!! I also noticed an extra photo on my camera, it was just a black image, this could either of happened in the washing machine itself or maybe it happened in my pocket the night before, we will never know!

Posted by: Neal | Jun 2, 2007 8:39:33 AM

My walkman fone w800I just been through the washers, thanks to mum. My fone is my life. I hope it works (yn), can't really afford another one. Anyone else done this to a walkman?

Posted by: Andy | Jun 5, 2007 7:56:36 AM

Just boil washed my week old Motorola K1 KRZR along with the bedlinen - aggghhh - like an idiot I couldn't help switching it on before I'd dried it out - you'd think I'd have learned after the coffee/iBook debacle!!

On radiator now - fingers crossed...

Posted by: | Jun 8, 2007 4:19:39 PM

I just wanted to say thank you for this thread. I washed my daughter's razor last night. I dismantled it, and was in tears not knowing what to do. I searched like many people here and thankfully found this blog. I put my dismantled cell phone in my hot car all day today. It was dry as a bone when I got off work. When I got home from work I popped the sim card back in and IT'S ALIVE!!!!no water spots, everything appears normal. Thank you for giving me hope.. THANK YOU !!!

Posted by: SnapDragon | Jun 15, 2007 12:32:10 AM

i recently put my motorola L6 in washing machine , as my daughter had taken it to school and left it in her pocket without me knowing, anyway i let it dry out , it now turns on and everything seems fine apart from when i go to make calls it says call failed , any ideas what the problem is here.

Posted by: carol | Jun 24, 2007 12:18:43 PM

My son thought he was doing me a favor by doing his own laundry. Until I heard "mom have you seem my phone".... I knew immediately. Found it at the bottom of the washing machine (which had gone thru a 12 minute wash, but didn't drain and spin yet). Got the battery and sim out immediately (yes it was on when put into machine).

Tried it the next day and it works perfectly. there is a bit of water still under the screen but it is not ruined. Not sure if that will change if the screen dries with a film. My son was so happy a tear came to his eye...

Posted by: susan | Jun 24, 2007 5:39:18 PM

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Give them a try. They have the best success rate in the industry.

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Posted by: Hooman | Jun 25, 2007 2:11:55 AM

That's http://www.CellularDR.com

Posted by: Hooman | Jun 25, 2007 2:16:10 AM

i put my sheets in the washer not even realizing my phone was in there my phone was on and my mom found it after the load was done. its a razr and i have like a year and a halfs worth of pictures on it that i was gonna go develop tommorrow, its airing out now i really hope it works im sad!

Posted by: kayince | Jun 25, 2007 3:41:40 PM

Try trice.
Today a new Sony Walkman 850i.

Calcium creates shortages so using distilled water will help sort those out. Other than that use an airgun to clean your phone and rid it from water in between the display and other hard to reach places.
By the way: you can get distilled water at your local gas station or garage. It's used for car batteries.

Don't ever use any sort of dryer as those can wreck phones completely. That's due to static charges created by friction. Something you should have easily thought of if you had remembered emptying a dryer with woolen clothing or synthetics in it or when you notice your hair turning fluffy after drying it with a blowdryer (therefor putting your cell in some form of clothing before putting it in a dryer is an even worse idea).
Heat will most likely wreck your phone aswell as silicon chips do not love heat.

Also the sun is a far from ideal help if you have a color display. Especially when you let your phone dry inside a car. It'll just blacken your display and / or ruin your circuits.

It's odd for any type of battery to get completely broken by a mere shortage though, unless the shortage is created by the keys in your pocket (which will likely set your pants on fire if you wait long enough). I wonder why some phonebattery types are this sensetive.

Consider yourself lucky if your phone survived. My modern phones never do make it through this type of ordeal.

Posted by: Tens | Jun 25, 2007 4:31:47 PM

My son's iRiver has just been through the wash - don't know if it will live yet - it is currently taken apart and drying above the fireplace. will post back in a few days and let you know whether the family survived the ordeal!

Posted by: Polly | Jun 26, 2007 10:58:44 PM

pantech C3 went through the wash while being on..
tried to turn it on *not knowing that would short it out* once or twice.. (nothing happened, it was completely dead) then took out the battery and sim card and took off cover.. is now laying underneath a bright lamp next to a pack of silica gel.. will that help? screen (and front panel too) shows no sign of moisture, camera lens looks dry too.. is this misleading? i am very impatient by nature and really would like to know if its going to survive!! its been probably 4 hours since it was fished out from the bottom of the wash. will it work again?

Posted by: Laura | Jun 30, 2007 9:15:25 PM

i just washed my phone and after letting it dry out, tried charging it. I tried to turn it on and it started to vibrate and the screen came up but nothing was there, just lit up

Posted by: | Jul 2, 2007 8:15:35 AM

After a long night fishing and hanging out, I arrived home at 330 AM. I decided to not wake up the wife and sleep downstairs. She was so greatful that when she woke up she would wash my stinky cell phone laden clothes. I jumped up when I heard the timer go off, only to realize that my samsung phone was as clean as my clothes. I removed the battery, let it air dry, left it in the car out of sunlight, it looked as if things where going to be allright, but its DEAD. The display lights up white and thats it. Good luck to those who have endured the same plight.

Posted by: Jeff | Jul 2, 2007 12:23:14 PM

My boyfriend has just managed to wash his Sony W810i... he is currently holding it upside down and sucking the water out of the display - this seems to be working. Will the walkman ever work again? Guess we'll have to wait and see.

Posted by: Becky | Jul 4, 2007 4:14:39 PM

I just found out the my Motorola Razr V3 took a water ride in the washing machine. If my phone doesn't make it I'll have to fork over the money for a new phone. It's sunning on my deck as I am freaking out. I'm totally @#%&*$!

Posted by: Elle | Jul 4, 2007 4:28:22 PM

Alas, My motorola 550 just took on a very big advisory, The washer won! I am about to lose it! Still wont power up and i leave on vacation tomorrow Bali's for 2 weeks. I am also [email protected]&* out of luck!

Posted by: Rick | Jul 4, 2007 10:07:32 PM

My Samsung a580 just went through the wash. I seariosuly felt like some one in the coast gaurd when i pulled it out. Im drying it out and "shaking viloently" and I hope itll work. If not i have an excuse to get a camera phone! :)

Posted by: Josh | Jul 8, 2007 3:15:44 PM

oh my gosh! I'm gonna do everything you've just said cuz my sony ericsson k610i has just been in the wash & at the minute is totally dead! it's got condensation inside the screen ! =[
wish me luck! xx

Posted by: Magda =] | Jul 9, 2007 12:17:29 PM

After two full days of drying out, I plugged my phone into my charger and BOOM there was light on the key pads! i feel like freakin Dr. House!

Posted by: Josh | Jul 9, 2007 1:58:46 PM

same story here, went in with my sheets. its a samsung a900..its drying as we speak. wish me luck!

Posted by: karen | Jul 11, 2007 2:09:58 AM

Wow, after a july 4th bash that ended in me in the pool, drunk and out of my mind so was my cell phone. I woke to a terrible ring and vibration that was once a sexy diva pink razor v3c. I hair dried it for awhile and the phone works at 75%. The left side is still a little funky. the clear, options and 3--6-9 dont always work, but if I get my blue tooth to work then i can voice command and not have to worry about the keypad for now. I will continue to pray to the verizon god above to bring my diva phone back to life at 100% right now she is in the ICU under heavy monitoring and being resucitated as needed. I hope I wont have to go to the DO NOT RESUCITATE with my cellie!!!

Posted by: Mandy | Jul 12, 2007 11:41:53 AM

put my LG through full cycle in washing machine.I took battery and simcard out and each morning opened the flip phone with screen down and the battery on the corrugated iron roof of car port ,each afternoon as the sun was cooling I got it in.Did this for 3 days then brought it inside and put it on windowsill for 3 days and it started,woohoo

Posted by: mumshill | Jul 13, 2007 1:43:32 AM

thanks for the tips..my razor phone went through the washer yesterday and i almost cried this morning when i recalled it was in my shorts pocket. Dead this morning with moisture in the screen but I took the battery out and opened it up to air dry for an hour and like you said..i plugged it in...it is working. BRAVO for the great tip. I was dreading buying another phone when this was only months old

Posted by: bigmamma | Jul 26, 2007 8:52:18 AM

There once was a kid called matt who fell in love with a Sony Ericsson K750i. There relationship was all but 4 days old. Pure drunken stupidity took control of the 16 year old. He decided to do a drinking competitin and ending up puking over his loved one, then being thrown in a cold shower and having his lover flung in a washer at 60 degrees celcius. When he charges his lover all is blank except a red light at the top of the phone. Featherweight has not powered up since and is going to be serviced by the CSI of drunken stupidity aka the orange shop :-D. Wish my babydoll luck and fingers crossed with a new battery and special team behind her she shall live again! until then R.I.P featherweight :(

Good luck with your babies peeps!!

Upset 16 year old lad :( any help please?? [email protected]

Much appreciated

Posted by: Matt | Aug 12, 2007 6:17:45 PM

well i left my fone in my school shorts pocket and it went through the wash and it doesnt fucken work.

Posted by: simon west | Aug 13, 2007 12:06:20 AM

i left my phone in my pocket and it went in the went

Posted by: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ | Aug 13, 2007 12:35:28 AM

My precious 2-month-old LG VX8100 just went through the wash a couple of days ago, and everything seems pretty messed up, although thankfully, it will still charge . . . sort of . . . so I can at least get the phone numbers off of it. The speakers don't seem to work, and the front screen is still white and hazy. The multi-color flashing that it used to do is now one faint flickering white glow. Calls can't be placed or answered. I think I'm screwed!!!

Anyway, sorry about all of the similar situations that y'all are finding yourselves in! A friend told me to take everything apart that I possibly can and put in the oven on a very low heat for 20 minutes or so, to get rid of the excess moisture. I don't know, but it seems worth a try, right?

Good luck to all of you!

Posted by: Jeff | Aug 13, 2007 10:28:23 PM

my fone got wet

Posted by: simon west | Aug 19, 2007 1:04:35 AM

well i left my few months old sony ericson w200i in my school shorts after a sleepover and accidentally went through the wash.
its not working i'm trying the website www.cellularDR.com.
i hope it works.

Posted by: DAN | Aug 19, 2007 1:16:50 AM

iv stupidly put my sony w810i in the wash amongst a dirty pile of clothes, im dryin each part with a hairdryer. i hope its ok.

Posted by: Glen | Sep 2, 2007 7:10:36 AM

Drat. Me too.

I went down to the pool for my afternoon swim and took my phone (Moto V3) along in case the wife needed me while I was out. Of course, I dove in and swam a few laps before the horrified realization that I still had my phone in my pocket.

It's been two days and it's still not alive. I've tried taking and leaving it apart and blow drying, but it's looking like it's toast.

The worst part is that I was talking to the wife about getting a new phone and she's not entirely convinced it was an accident :-(

Glad to know I'm not the only one to have submerged my phone...

Posted by: Dan | Sep 12, 2007 11:02:40 AM

Am totally gutted have just washed my LG shine, doesn't feel really wet but have put all bits on radiator. it had about three hundred work numbers on which i haven't backed up.
D'oh. I need a miracle. A few tears have been shed. No sympathy from boyfriend perhaps I'll need to replace both!

Posted by: Lisa | Sep 18, 2007 5:01:31 PM

Am totally gutted have just washed my LG shine, doesn't feel really wet but have put all bits on radiator. it had about three hundred work numbers on which i haven't backed up.
D'oh. I need a miracle. A few tears have been shed. No sympathy from boyfriend perhaps I'll need to replace both!

Posted by: Lisa | Sep 18, 2007 5:02:17 PM

Washed my Motorola K1 will it work again?????????

Posted by: jonathan | Oct 9, 2007 10:29:28 AM

I have washed my samsung E390 tonight. Brand new and I stupudly left it in my jeans :(

Other half bought for me as I am heavily pregnant and he wanted to make sure i had a good phone incase of emergencies. He is away in Japan at the moment. I am gutted.

Glad i found this site and have put phone on radiator to dry...

Feel such an idiot.

Posted by: Emma | Nov 21, 2007 3:45:29 PM

I,m waiting for the cycle to finish & listening to my Motorola W220 clunking its way round & round inside the washing machine - left it in my trouser pocket, still switched on. I did wonder what the noise was, until the penny dropped and though it's good to know I'm not the only plonker out there, it's little comfort.

Posted by: Norm | Dec 15, 2007 3:39:49 AM

i put my $700 sony erricson phone in da wash 2 hours ago,i let it dry for 2 hours then i jsut put the batttery in now it vibrated and there is a weired red light where there wasd no red light before very weird, its still dead hope it works 2moro mourning i need this phone and i got no job

Posted by: Lovely | Dec 17, 2007 4:29:15 AM

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