How to Save a Wet Cell Phone

iphoneWhat happens when you mix one cell phone, one body of water and one toddler? You get a wet cell phone.

It’s happened to me twice now. Once my granddaughter dropped my iphone into the toilet. And just a month ago, she dropped it into her kiddie pool. Yes, I know I need to keep track of it better to keep her little hands off of it.

But small children aren’t the only reasons for a wet cell phone. I had a friend fall off his boat. He was fine but his Droid wasn’t. And one of my daughter’s set her phone on vanity sink in the bathroom at a party and when she turned around, she knocked it in the toilet.

Whatever, the reason, your phone may not be a lost cause when it falls into water. I’m living proof of that. After two trips into the water, my mobile phone is working just fine.

I was lucky that my son knew just what to do and helped me out.

Here’s what you should do:

  • Immediately take you phone apart and dry as much of it as you can with a absorbent cloth.
  • If your phone has a SIMS card, dry that first so your contacts will be saved.
  • If it’s a hot and/or sunny day, put all your cell phone parts on the dashboard of your car and let the sun dry it. Leave it out there at least 3 to 4 hours. The longer, the better.
  • If it’s cold and gloomy outside, then after hand drying, submerge all the parts in a bowl of uncooked rice. Leave it in there for a few days. The rice will draw out and absorb the liquid.

That’s all there is to it. And be more careful next time! Isn’t that the pot calling the kettle black?


Get Rid of Musty Smelling Laundry

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A few weeks ago, I noticed a really musty smelling odor in my house. I figured out what it was . It was coming from my washing machine, Of course it was right before I went on vacation and I had already washed all my clothes I was taking and even had my bag packed. I threw a few fabric softener cloths into my bag and that helped some.

But what to do about the musty smelling washer. I pulled out my trusty gallon jug of white vinegar. I started the washer on the largest load and hot setting. I poured a few cups of the vinegar into the washer and poured some in the place where you pour fabric softener and where you pour bleach. I let the washer fill up with water and then stopped it for about and hour. Then I finished running it through all the cycles.

No more musty smell!

You may be worried that the vinegar will make everything smell like vinegar but it doesn’t. The vinegar smell disappears.


My Simple Tip To Reduce Acid in Tomato Sauces

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If you are like me and have a problem with stomach acid with tomato based sauces, I have an easy solution for you.


I make a mean spaghetti sauce and my lasagne is a family favorite. I also make a fairly yummy spinach manicotti. The only problem with all these dishes is it leaves me with that nasty acid indigestion. You know, when you burp up that nasty, burning acid taste in your mouth?

I found that while I’m simmering my tomato sauces, if I add a cup of milk to the sauce (sometimes less depending on the amount of sauce I’m making), the stomach acid disappears!

You may be wondering if the milk changes the color and flavor. Well it does a little, but it’s not a bad change.

The color is not quite as red but it’s not obvious. And the flavor is a little milder which my family prefers anyway.

If you have a problem with tomato based sauces, give this a try and see if it helps. I’d love to hear how it works for you!

Quick Tip-Keep Your Cooler Smelling Good

Did you forget to clean out your cooler after your 4th of July picnic? Hmmm?

Or maybe you didn’t forget but because of the heat and maybe the strong smelling food that was in the cooler, it now has a nasty smell.

Don’t throw it out, it can be saved. Probably.

Make a paste of baking soda and a little water and scrub out the cooler. Dry with a soft cloth.

If the smell is still there, add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to a few cups of hot water. Sponge the solution on the surface of the inside of the cooler and let dry.

You should have a sweet smelling cooler but if you don’t, after the vanilla solution, let the cooler sit in the sun a few days.

By now, if the smell is still there, go ahead and retry all the steps. If after that, you still have the smell, it’s hopeless, go ahead and chuck the cooler.