spilled ketchup in my ear speaker and can't hear well. suggestions?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by screeendoor, Apr 30, 2011.

  1. screeendoor macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2011
    hi. like the title says, i spilled a little ketchup in the ear speaker of my iphone 4. of course i cleaned the ketchup out and when i got home i tried to clean it with rubbing alcohol at the end of a q-tip. but still at this point it's really really hard to hear anyone on the other end. so i'm pretty sure there's little tiny pieces of ketchup residue within the speaker. has anyone had a similar problem or have any suggestions as to what i should do? thank you in advance!
  2. McGiord macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2003
    Dark Castle
    Use the headphones meanwhile.
    Take to the apple store genius bar and see if they can clean it for you, sometimes the do things for free, tell them the truth and they might want to help you for free if they are not that busy, or are curious about it.
    the other route might be ifixt.com
    Ketchup eats aluminum.
  3. MaxBurn macrumors 65816


    Nov 25, 2010
    Ketchup is really corrosive, I found that you can use it to polish copper. If you want to try to clean it do it soon.
  4. tenshin5426 macrumors newbie

    May 1, 2011
    try using isopropyl on a cotton bud whilst the phone is off obviously not only does it clean very well it evaporates very quickly therefore not causing water damage to you speaker, just be very cautious when doing so. if not apple store :)
  5. ryanschaefer14 macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2012
    Me too!

    I also endured the same unfortunate problem.
    I spilt some ketchup and what do you know land right in my iphone earpiece. i cleaned it instantly with a paper towel and seemed to get most of it out, but my earpiece is quiet when im trying to listen to someone. Please let me know what you have tried or if you know any way to clean or fix this problem please let me know
  6. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
  7. Alaerian Guest


    Jan 6, 2005
    A barstool, Innis & Gunn in hand
    I'm just curious ... how in frack's sake do you get ketchup on an iPhone?
  8. ryanschaefer14 macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2012
    Girlfriend..... Smallest spill, most inconvenient spot.
  9. dvigorouslover macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2014
    I was quite excited to google this unique problem and read that not only one, but two people had also committed this gaffe.

    I did it when i was driving - i usually keep my phone on my lap so i can see who calls when I decide to answer with my headphones or not, and was squeezing ketchup into some onion rings and squirted some right across my phone, including all over the ear speaker. I wiped it off with my hand and a napkin and didnt think much of it, and when i went to use my phone again couldnt hear much of anything. I just wiped it down with a rubbing alcohol swab and it seems to be working better.
  10. I7guy, Jan 3, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2014

    I7guy macrumors P6


    Nov 30, 2013
    Gotta be in it to win it
    I hope you and I are not on the same continent. :) multitasking while driving can't be good for your fellow drivers or your insurance.

    I do admit I drink coffee from a cup using a straw, but had to give up shaving and reading the newspaper, However I have a hands free in the car and the iPhone is tucked away safely in a cubby hole so my cigarette ashes don't land on it. It took a while but I have found the perfect seat position to steer with my knees so my hands are free for coffee and cigarettes.

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