How completely embarrassing is it that I’m writing this post right now? SOMEHOW this afternoon, the most disgusting peanut butter disaster happened. A jar of natural, unrefrigerated (read: extra sticky and smooth) spilled ALL OVER MY PURSE.
This morning, I brought a jar of peanut butter for my bread at work. I had a delicious breakfast, then just tucked the peanut butter jar in my purse (SEALED!), so I wouldn’t forget it this afternoon. All went well until I was leaving this after work. When I was walking to my car, I noticed a slight nutty smell, and figured I would check on it once I got to my car. LESSON 1: NEVER PUT PEANUT BUTTER IN YOUR PURSE. LESSON 2: NEVER IGNORE PEANUT BUTTER SMELL.
So, I get to my car (mind you: with tripod, groceries and laptop in hand), and search for my keys in my purse. What do i find? A HANDFUL OF PEANUT BUTTER. Fantastic. But really, I can’t stop laughing because really who spills peanut butter in their purse and is surprised to find a handful of peanut butter?! Luckily, the nut butter didn’t harm any of my lip balm, spare change, old receipts or bobby pins – just my wallet, checks, keys and iPhones. LESSON 3: DO NOT USE PURSE AS GROCERY BAG.
Now, I’m halfway across the parking lot at work with thousands of dollars of equipment in my hands and a purse full of peanut butter. (Wow. I can’t believe I just wrote that sentence…) I can’t go back in and leave my things on the sidewalk. So I dig through my peanut butter purse and find the keys. Peanut butter soaked keys. As much as possible, I try to wipe away the peanut butter before I press the unlock button on the key. Detaching the car key from the rest, I finally get the car unlocked and find some paper towels hidden in the console. LESSON 4: ALWAYS KEEP EXTRA NAPKINS/PAPER TOWELS IN THE CAR. Also, wet wipes are handy – keep those, too.
Long story short, TONS OF PEANUT BUTTER EVERYWHERE. And, 30 minutes later, I finally get out of the parking lot.
When I get home, I have to once again clean off my keys to get into the damn house and continue the clean up. Lucky for me, I have two iPhones (work & personal), both submerged in peanut butter. And, in the best part – Speakers and charger. After searching Google for “peanut butter in iPhone” I found one other unfortunate soul who also experienced this situation. No such luck, all advice failed for them and no good suggestions for clean up. LESSON 5: ALWAYS GOOGLE. EVERYTHING EXISTS.
So, when I got home I immediately put my phones in the fridge. Why? Because it’s June and 85 degrees. (NOTE: Do not place in the freezer – I think that condensation is more likely.) The peanut butter is a liquid mess. I wait at least 2 hours while venting about my phone incident and looking up prices of new phones/making dinner.
After a few more Google searches, I find that cleaning dust out of your charger/speakers is best to do with an old, dry & clean toothbrush. Check – travel toothbrush sitting in my make up bag finally going to good use.
So- I just cleaned both phones and tested them with my existing charger. Both are charging and crisis averted – for now.
I seriously hope that someone who finds this, maybe years or months from now, gets some good use out of this. Save yourself a few hundred bucks and peanut butter in phone stress.
- Accidentally submerge your phone in peanut butter (okay – maybe also applicable for almond butter, coconut oil, regular butter or some other thick semi-liquid substance whatever you’ve gotten yourself into. No judgement, just read my story above…)
- Immediately remove case.
- Clean as much as possible with dry, paper towel. Do not try to dig around in the mechanisms/charging area.
- Place in refrigerator for at least two hours, but monitor condensation.
- Use clean, dry toothbrush to gently clean the affected area.
- Test with phone charger.
THIS SHOULD WORK.
Let me know if you’ve had the same, terrible experience below…