During the weekend when I wanted to go for a walk, I couldn’t find my iPhone earbuds. After searching for a few minutes I remembered that I stored them in my pants as I walked up the stairs, coming home from my last walk. Where were those pants now? In the washing machine!
Not much to do… the earbuds were already half-way through their washing cycle so I figured I might as well let it finish, spin and whatever it does to clean things clothes.
Always carry extra of what you don’t want to be without – so I had a few extra earbuds around, 3 pairs, actually. On the picture below you’ll see:
- Left: Standard 1st generation iPhone earbuds – or maybe from an iPod. I’m not sure.
- Middle: The new (rather expensive) in-ear iPhone Earbuds. I don’t use those for walking as I wouldn’t be able to hear enough of the traffic around me – and believe me, when walking on this Island, you want to pay attention to traffic!
- Right: Standard iPhone earbuds with the button on the cord (like the one I washed).
As you can see, no biggie. I was covered in ‘buds.
I decided to hang the washed earbuds up to dry and apply some voodoo and magic spells. Two days later I tested them with an older music device and they played just fine. The play/pause/next/prev button on the cord works too. I can’t really hear any difference in audio quality, so I guess they were not harmed by being washed.
There – now you know, next time you wash your earbuds, don’t worry – they might still work when they get out.