Don’t try this at home

Things learned today: while it has been previously established that an iPhone does not survive a 40Β°C/104Β°F wash cycle, it appears that a Fitbit pedometer thingy comes through fine and dandy.

This is a Fitbit

And the journey through the washing cycle is apparently equivalent to 2061 steps, or 1.53 kilometres.

Fitbit statsWhy did I not heed the wise words of The Mothership?Β Check your pockets first, Shauna. Now check them again!

UPDATE: I spoke too soon! It’s completely dead now. Oh dear. I tried the Bowl of Rice trick, too.

21 thoughts on “Don’t try this at home

  1. Your fitbit is more robust than mine! My washing machine won that particular match-up and my fitbit failed to turn on ever again. I loved it so much I bought another, however. Long live fitbits!

  2. Oh my…you were lucky! I’ve read some bad stories on the Fitbit forums about washing machine accidents! I can’t believe I haven’t washed mine. I’ve had it for over 6 months now. It’s only a matter of time!

  3. I try to check pockets when I take clothes off and put them in the wash and check them again before putting pants in the washer, but we have still washed: 2 Razr phones (in the way back days before we had iPhones, Chapstick, a key fob thingy, pens, pencils, hundreds of dollars in change and bills… Even if you are very good about checking 99% of the time, accidents happen. My biggest fear is that a cat will get in (we have frontloaders) so if they even get close, I pound on the machines and scare them away.

  4. Yay, so glad you found it! I hit the 25 lb. weight loss mark yesterday and was “chuffed” (my new fave word that I learned from you) to see a shiny new badge in my FitBit achievements. I love that little thing, even if I did accidentally kill one in the washing machine once myself. For anyone who accidentally washes theirs…I contacted FitBit and they sent me a replacement one for free! The only catch was that if it happens again I have to pay for it. Hopefully not a mistake I will make twice…but it’s ME so you never know. πŸ™‚

  5. I never checked pockets either till I washed SNAILS ACCIDENTALLY.


    not my snails.

    the child’s.

    ew πŸ™‚

  6. iPhone’s dont like the wash cycle, but Apple headphones make it through okay…I learned that last month πŸ˜›

  7. I’ve washed TWO Fitbits now! TWO! After washing the first one (can’t blame the pocket – it was clipped to my bra strap), Fitbit actually sent me a replacement.

    Two weeks later? I forgot that I clipped THAT REPLACEMENT to my bra and washed it.

    It’s just not meant to be, I guess.

  8. So funny. Wonder if it will fit in my washing machine? Did you know that bank notes also shrink in the wash? Lost count of the number of times I’ve washed my jeans with money in them. The Mothership is right, we all need to check pockets.

  9. I love my fitbit. I wear on my t shirt at the neck. I was asked last week what that little thing is on my t shirt. I told them it was a bulls##t alarm and would go off if I was within 3 feet of somebody thrying to give me sh##. Seriously tho I used it to record 1 million steps for charity. x

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