iPhone headphones through washing machine

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by crazydrumma, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. crazydrumma macrumors regular

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    Hey everyone, I searched the forum for this but couldn't find a water story related to headphones, not the iPhone. My wife was doing the laundry and forgot the check one set of pockets, and this set had my iPhones's headphones in it. Now, this is entirely my fault since I forgot them in that pocket to begin with. That being said, they went through the wash. I have them sitting in a bag of rice to see if that helps, but I don't know much about how water affects headphones. Anyone else had this happen? I'll post more info when they dry out.
     
  2. dyeung macrumors newbie

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    i dunked my ipod headphones in water once, it stopped working for about 10 minutes but when it dried it went back to normal. So im guessign it should be fine but washing machine + clicky part = not sure
     
  3. Little HZ macrumors regular

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    Aieeee! Good luck, and let us know how it turns out! :eek:
     
  4. Aaleck macrumors 6502a

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    Just let them dry out and they should be okay, I think
     
  5. Furi Kuri macrumors member

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    My iphone headphones actually went through the washer and the dryer a couple of months ago. They still worked to my surprise, but just yesterday the little button stopped working. The headphones part still works fine, but I can't pause my music with them anymore.

    Good luck though, I'm pretty sure they'll still work
     
  6. Lurchdubious macrumors 65816

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    I don't know about the iPhone headphones, but my iPod headphones went thru the wash a couple weeks ago. I let them dry overnight, and they worked just fine the next day.
     
  7. moka macrumors 6502a

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    My iPhone headphone went in the wash and dryer twice in there lifetime. And have been working like new.
     
  8. crazydrumma thread starter macrumors regular

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    This is all very good to hear, I was just worried, since I've only had them about a month. I'm sure that it'll be fine judging from what you guys have said, but I'm going to wait another day or so before I plug them in. My wife said that they felt dry even when she took them out, but I want to be sure.
     
  9. ouimetnick macrumors 68020

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    Go to apple.com/support and they will send you a replacement. Just send the old ones back. My brother did that and Apple never charged him for it.
     
  10. iSimx macrumors 6502

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    After drying it should be ok. Keep us updated !
     
  11. RL600 macrumors member

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    washed and dried my headphones a couple times now, accidently.

    still work like new, haha. :apple:
     
  12. theDUB macrumors 6502a

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    Water ruins electronics by shorting the electrical connections.

    There was no power running through your headphones. As long as you let them dry completely they should be fine.
     
  13. SolRayz macrumors 6502a

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    No big loss really, considering how bad these are to begin with. Worth going out and picking up a decent pair a plugs and saving those as backup if need be.
     
  14. Dr. Cabrera macrumors 65816

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    2x for me :p

    the cable is all tangly but they work well
     
  15. twodollars macrumors member

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    Don't think this is needed but...Yeah, I've washed and dried mine and it still works. Oddly enough, I was using the iPhone headphones with my 2g shuffle which got washed and dried as well and it still works, except that on "shuffle" mode it'll repeat songs often and not go thru the whole playlist...but whatever.
     
  16. stil macrumors member

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    I ran the newer in-ears through the wash. They were tangled up with the clothes and I thought they were done for sure but I left them for a few days and everything was fine. No difference at all.

    Good luck OP
     
  17. andreab35 macrumors 6502a

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    I accidentally washed my headphones- twice!
    They have been working fine since. Plus they smell like fresh laundry- an added touch! :D
     
  18. crazydrumma thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hey everyone, I dried them out for about a day and a half in a bag of rice, and they work perfectly, clicker, mic and all. Thanks for the suggestions and help, and now we have a wet headphones thread. Seriously though, there are about 500 "dropped iphone in toilet!" threads.
     
  19. Octane19 macrumors member

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    Yep, I too have washed and dried my headphones twice and they work perfect. I was really surprised when I plugged em in after the first time and they worked and sounded flawlessly.
     
  20. nooaah macrumors 68000

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    I just did this to my headphones. washer and dryer. They work fine 10 minutes after being removed from a full hour at permanent press.

    However, they're really malleable and twist up automatically. Is this just a matter of the rubber needing to cool off some more? They don't feel warm, but I'd imagine that has little to do with the after effect.

    Sorry for the bump. ;)
     
  21. hexonxonx macrumors 601

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    Try ironing them with a cool iron. :D
     
  22. nooaah macrumors 68000

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    I actually considered putting them in the fridge stretched out then decided give it a rest and go to sleep. Haha.
     
  23. Alzay macrumors newbie

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    I dropped my earpods in a bowl of boiling water (really boiling water).i plugged them into my ipod and they worked but the bass is gone....what can I do guys help!!!
     
  24. ThatsMeRight macrumors 68020

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    Buy new headphones.
     
  25. Tymmz macrumors 65816

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    Well done. :)

    Great opportunity to ditch those headphones and get a better pair.
     

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