Even in an era when smartphones are built to be sturdy, and supposedly designed to stand up to just about anything, they’re not indestructible. They’re not impregnable, either.
Depending on your phone, some messy foods are apt to kill it. But don’t worry; they go quickly and likely feel no pain. If one of these foods has made its way into your smartphone, you’re probably due for an upgrade.
The good news is that there are options to score new phones for a steal, so you don’t have to settle for your Pepsi-logged phone that only works some of the time. But it’s in your best interest to know the “danger foods” and avoid eating and texting.
Otherwise, the foodie in you will overpower the techie every time. Here are the worst food offenders.
1. Water, soda, juice (basically, pretty much any drink)
Unless your smartphone is of the waterproof variety, drinks can be deadly. Even if your phone is certified as waterproof, anything with sugars can lead to a gummy mess.
Sure, your phone might technically work even after taking a dive in your apple juice, but with that stickiness constantly seeping out of the seams, do you really want to keep handling it?
2. Durian fruit
Whether you genuinely like this horrid-smelling delicacy or you’re eating it just on a dare, if the scent gets on your phone, you might be stuck with it. Yes, proper cleaning will help, but this particular fruit has a penchant for sticking around.
If you can handle it, props to you … but don’t expect your friends to be so forgiving.
Mix a piping hot cheese with oodles of grease and you have a recipe for a nasty phone. Like sugary liquids, grease can seep into all the crevices of your phone and eventually develop an unpleasant odor.
Plus, it can ooze out and onto your skin, which may lead to non-stop breakouts. If get enough on them, some phones can even melt from foods; if you have a cheap plastic casing, you’re a prime target.
4. Stinky tofu soup
This is a staple in many southeast Asian restaurants, and if you’re up for the challenge, make sure your phone is well out of the way. As a liquid, this dish lives up to its name.
It smells horrible, but is also capable of creeping into a phone’s nooks and crannies. You might still be able to use your phone if it gets dunked in this soup, but you probably wouldn’t want to.
The lesson here? Eat or text, but not both at the same time.