According to Plaxo, cell phones have a 20 percent chance of ending up in the toilet.
And that’s not even factoring in high-risk holidays like Monday’s St. Patrick’s Day, where your gadget could end up in a watery grave of green beer.
Don’t worry, Best Buy’s Geek Squad has five quick tips to help put the luck of the Irish on your side and save water-logged devices.
Step 1: If you can access your battery, remove it
If the battery remains in a wet gadget, you run the risk of it shorting out, which might render it unsalvageable.
Step 2: Dry the outside and inside if possible
Use a clean cloth or paper towel to remove any surface water. One simple and efficient way to get water out of your gadget is to tip the gadget in all directions.
Step 3: Bust out the silica gel or uncooked rice
Silica gel absorbs water from the air and you can find it in those little packets that say “do not eat” when you buy beef jerky or a new pair of shoes. Did you know Best Buy actually sells beef jerky? Now you do.
Take your phone and put it on top of the silica gel packet and place them in a small airtight container. Put another packet on the device, seal it, and leave the container in a cool, dry place overnight.
Rice option: Place your gadget into a pot or container and cover it with uncooked rice. Leave it there overnight in a cool, dry place. Do refrain from cooking the rice and device.
Step 4: Don’t turn it on until it’s completely dry.
Sure, it’s tempting to turn on your wet gadget to see if it works after drying it out after an hour or two, but slow your roll. Turning your gadget on before it is completely dried out could cause more damage to it.
Step 5: Put your hair dryer on ‘cool’
Heat can damage your gadget, but moving air will help. So if you choose to use a hair dryer, put it on the cool setting. If you leave it out in the sun to dry, you run the risk of causing further damage to the gadget.
Bonus Step: Preventative action
Then again, buying a waterproof case like Lifeproof, for example, will save you from needing this list in the first place.