My question pertains to cleaning a MicroUSB port on a dumb cell phone. I know this question has been answered here, but I have a question that is not discussed in that previous answer.
My MIL died a while back. Going through her stuff I found a dumb cell phone (slide out keyboard type). I'd like to donate it to a women's shelter. However, I can't get the charging cord in it. I used a toothpick to get out as much as I could, but there's still stuff in there.
Here's the thing: My MIL used to use a ton of hair spray and baby powder, and it would get all over. That's what I think got into the MicroUSB port and why I think it is so hard to clean out. I was thinking about maybe putting some rubbing alcohol or vinegar in a little spray bottle and spraying it in there to soften up what I think might be hardened in there.
Would this ruin the phone or the MicroUSB port? Do you think it would soften up what's in there to make it easier to clean out? If that is a bad idea, are there any other ideas about how to soften up the material accumulated in there?
Like I said, I have read the previous post about sharpened toothpicks and plastic from strawberry containers, etc. Like I said, this is not pocket lint and such. I think it's a combination of baby powder and hair spray that has hardened. I hate to throw out what is probably a perfectly usable phone that could be used to save a woman's life.
Suggestions are most welcome.