DIY Solutions for Your Tech Troubles

Drying out a wet phone in a bowl of rice. Fixing a skipping disc by wiping it with a vodka-soaked wash cloth. Extending your Wi-Fi router by placing a cookie sheet behind it.

You’ve probably heard of some of these DIY solutions before. The question is, do they really work?  To help you decide whether they’re worth the effort, we tested five of the most popular home remedies for busted tech—so you don’t have to.

Here are the home remedies we tested: