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I was spraying air freshener in my room since it smelled bad, and my phone got in the way. Now, there is an abundance of it in my phone screen.

It is a weird dark blue liquid that covers the top half of my phone. It is still usable, but it's very distracting. Anything that will help me with this issue is appreciated.

Thank you.

(I don't have any other camera to take a picture of the phone with, just imagine an iPhone SE with a darkened top half of the screen with little air bubbles in it.)

EDIT: Waiting for a few days eventually got rid of the stain that the air freshener had left. Thanks for the help, everyone!

closed as off-topic by QuyNguyen2013, Rory Alsop, Chenmunka, A J, Alex Nov 1 '17 at 7:12

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  • I don't really feel like this question is on topic for this site. This would be a better question on an iFixit forum or another stack exchange site if it exists. I don't think this can be solved with a simple lifehack but rather and complete disassembly and possible replacement of the phone screen. – QuyNguyen2013 Oct 24 '17 at 17:02
  • Well, some of the tips here might be relevant in this case too. – Shadow The Princess Wizard Oct 25 '17 at 14:36
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There's only 2 professional answers to this.

  1. Clean with alcohol.

  2. Take it to a technician for ultrasonic bath.

I joined this community just to tell you that you should not follow the advice of How to dry out a wet phone? suggested by Shadow Wizard.

Almost all of those answers are wrong and it is really sad that the question has been protected so I can't even put the correct answer.

NEVER NEVER NEVER use rice to dry out a phone. It's just a stupid myth. Anyone in the cellphone repair industry will shake their heads at this.

You want immediately turn off your phone and take your phone apart. Completely disassemble it. Dry it. Use a high grade alcohol that doesn't have a bunch of additives to clean out the impurities left by the water.

Water is not harmful to phones, the impurities in water are harmful to phones.

So what is rice going to do? NOTHING!!!!

So you have an iPhone? You're out of luck. They aren't built to ever be taken apart by anyone. Even apple technicians. So you can wait and hope for the best.

Which the best case scenario is that it will die in a couple years. Water damage doesn't always affect devices right away. It could take years for the affects to show up.

You can take it to a reliable local cellphone repair facility and maybe, MAYBE they might have an ultrasonic bath. However, a lot of cellphone repair places just see this as free money and don't actually repair the phone because it's not a reliable way to repair water damage. But it works sometimes

Did I mention to never use rice?

Now more specifically to you. It's in your screen. That's probably the worst place it could be because I don't even think any technician is going to suggest giving that an ultrasonic bath. You're in the worst possible situation you could be in.

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    I'm going to add that lately the easiest way to repair an iPhone is to get a new iPhone. Basically don't buy iPhones if you ever want to repair it. Don't put anything valuable on them ever if it's not being backed up. I'm not trying to say anything bad about Apple or their products. This is just an inherent fact that everyone in the cellphone repair industry knows. – LateralTerminal Oct 25 '17 at 18:56

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