These days our iPhones are always with us - at home, at work, in the car and beyond. Between completing daily tasks and staying connected, accidents are bound to happen which means many an iPhone have landed in a sink full of soapy water or even a toilet. Sound familiar? Don't panic. If your iPhone has been submerged in water and needs to dry off, there are a few simple and cheap things you can do before throwing your hands up to the sky and sobbing.

First, leave it turned off - trying to turn it on could cause permanent damage. Just lightly dry it off with a towel. If you have a hankering to get out the blow dryer - don't! You don't want to make matters worse by blowing water deeper into the phone. Just pat it dry and get out some dry (uncooked) white rice and a small bowl or plastic bag. No, you're not going to take a dinner break. Placing your dampened iPhone in a bowl of uncooked rice and leaving it overnight will soak up the moisture.

Patience is what is needed here, so update your status on Facebook to "my phone is recovering, please email me if you need to get a hold of me" or email the folks with whom you frequently communicate to give them a heads up. Heck, if you have one of those "home phones" (also known as "land lines") from the good old days, you can call people that way, too. And try to remember to set your phone aside when you're washing dishes next time.

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