165 responses

  1. Jessica
    May 10, 2011

    I am thoroughly impressed. I so would have tossed it. Lol.

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    • Bulvi
      March 31, 2018

      Thank you so much…I have a 2008 millennium falcon , forgot to turn “off” switch since 2008…ten years later you can imaging the corrosion. Well to my surprise , your method work..thank you so much..sounds and works well

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  2. Michelle
    June 6, 2011

    Thank you, thank you! I bought a toy at a fleamarket and didn’t check to see if the batteries were corroded. I googled how I could get this cool toy up and running for my 9 month old. This worked!!! You are brilliant!

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    • Tara @ Feels Like Home
      June 7, 2011

      Yeah! I’m glad it worked for you, too! (And glad that you found this solution through Google.)

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      • Sarah
        July 8, 2017

        I did too! Thanks for the tip

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    • Tara @ Feels Like Home
      June 7, 2011

      Yeah! I’m glad it worked for you, too! (And glad that you found this solution through Google.)

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      • Onayimi
        December 28, 2016

        Yey!!! Thanks for this awesome post. I found it through google too. I’m about to try it with an old toy guitar that my nephews gave to my son and I really hope it works.

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  3. Michelle
    June 6, 2011

    Thank you, thank you! I bought a toy at a fleamarket and didn’t check to see if the batteries were corroded. I googled how I could get this cool toy up and running for my 9 month old. This worked!!! You are brilliant!

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  4. Elena
    September 11, 2011

    Thank you!!! I was about to throw out a swing I bought on craigslist. My mistake for not checking that compartment before buying.
    Thank you x3!!!

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  5. Rebecca king
    March 24, 2012

    i so tried this got a toy at a yard sale and it looked just like yours i tried the foil thing put folded it didn’t work then read yours put it in a ball and it was off and going thanks

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    • Feels Like Home Blog┞¢
      March 24, 2012

      Yeah! I’m so glad!

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  6. Leanne
    April 25, 2012

    Thank you so much for posting this! I pulled out a cool train toy after being in storage for 5 years and same issue. I did the tin foil trick and tadaaaaaaaaa…it worked! You are BRILLIANT! 🙂 Ty again!

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  7. Cindy
    June 7, 2012

    Thank you. You helped me fix a favorite toy. You are brilliant!

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  8. leanne
    September 11, 2012

    thank you so much u helped me mend my child’s toy dog cost me £49.99 was so pissed off the batteries had leaked and thought had to throw it away now it works perfect thank yo for sharing you idea xxxxx

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  9. Christine
    October 1, 2012

    you have just saved me a fortune on buying a new child’s toy. The old one cost me ┚¬89, and after less than a year the batteries had leaked and distroyed the springs. Your kitchen foil trick did the job. I cannot thank you enough.

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    • Tara Ziegmont
      October 2, 2012

      I am so glad to be able to help!

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  10. Trudy
    January 29, 2013

    I am inspired and am set to salvage some toys!

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  11. Gloria
    April 26, 2013

    Thank you for posting this! I used the aluminum foil ball in an expensive clock where the spring rusted and broke off and it works!!! It may not be professionally fixed, but it’s working!! You ARE brilliant! 🙂

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    • Tara Ziegmont
      April 26, 2013

      Glad you fixed your clock! Please come back and compliment me any time you like. 🙂

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  12. Lilia
    May 17, 2013

    Oh my God you saved my day ,bought a musicale table from ebay the battries Spring was all rusted tried to clean it but nothing worked but your idea did thank you so much

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  13. Laura
    May 29, 2013

    I just spent 30 minutes cleaning a toy for my toddler that has been sitting in our garage for a year or so. Neglected to check the battery compartment first…and yes battery acid has eaten away one of the springs! Thank you so much for posting this! Found it on Google. 🙂

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  14. Angie
    June 18, 2013

    What did you use to clean the battery compartment with?? I have TWO toys that I purchased from a mom-2-mom and didn’t think to check :// One of them actually sounds like your musical sing along toy! Ooooh, I hope I can get these to work!! THANKS!!!

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    • Tara Ziegmont
      June 18, 2013

      I don’t remember for sure (I wrote this 2 years ago), but I’m pretty sure I used a wet paper towel. Don’t put any liquid in there; it could ruin the whole thing.

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      • Donna Merle
        February 27, 2016

        I also used a damp paper towel (greatest invention ever) but the rust was still there. I think the foil ball worked in spite of the rust for me. This will go into my memory bank (I am 78 so it is almost empty lol). Maybe I better put it in my book for my grandchildren and my great-grandchildren and then they can tell their parents. lol Thanks again Tara.

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  15. Yeli Day
    September 5, 2013

    Thank you. Two years later and you’re still helping people out. I fixed my daughters vanity and our new used exercise bike. 🙂

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  16. Hj
    October 12, 2013

    I can be pretty smart at times but didn’t think of this myself. Thanks for sharing your post!! Had a child melting down and almost threw out a great (and expensive) toy!

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  17. Rebecca
    October 14, 2013

    And yet again, you saved the day. Hand-me-down piano thingy, corroded spring. I thought of tin foil but my electronics-expert dad poo-pooed the idea. So I googled fancier solutions, and came across you. Vindicated!!! Thank you for posting!

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    • Tara Ziegmont
      October 14, 2013

      Moms always know! 🙂

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  18. Leslie
    November 14, 2013

    Thanks so much! I fixed a really really awesome and discontinued piano toy with your idea!

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  19. lucy
    December 13, 2013

    You ROCK!!!! thank you!

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    • Tara Ziegmont
      December 15, 2013

      You are most welcome. 🙂

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  20. Gloria
    December 22, 2013

    It worked thanks a lot . My used fisher price radio toys the battery was corroded and I did the aluminum ball and cleaned it with vinegar. I got the toy for Xmas from a second hand store when I got home it did not play and I was upset but I new that it was something that I could do to fix it I stub bled upon your page and I feel great that I got it working just in time for Xmas .

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  21. Sheri
    January 14, 2014

    Woo Hoo!! Thanks for your tip – it worked for me too =)

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  22. Diana Cox
    January 30, 2014

    Hey MacGuyver….What a great idea. I think I’ll file it under “Why didn’t I think of that?” I have a darling kitty toy that I forgot to remove the batteries before storing and yup, leaking batteries corroded the springs and they fell off. It was too cute to toss, after all it’s still cute to look at, so I kept it. Now I’m going to fix it. Thank you bunches. =^-^=

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  23. Missy
    February 11, 2014

    You are awesome! Tinfoil worked for me too! A friend gave us their cute mobile with lights and different sounds and one of the springs was corroded through and it fell apart when we switched out the batteries. I was ready to cut off the stuffed animals and throw away the rest but figured it wouldn’t hurt to Google first incase something could be done. Found your blog and voila! Thanks so much!

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  24. Khydijah
    February 12, 2014

    Genius! I only wish I would have found this method before I threw out a very good toy that my kiddies loved :0(
    At least I can save the rest of there toys…happy mom right now!

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  25. Cheryl
    March 2, 2014

    I am in awe of your true genius. I cleaned the battery compartment of my eliptical machine with a baking soda paste. The batteries had been in there no less than five years. (We won’t talk about the not using the machine much in the past five years, we’ll talk about me using it now.) The baking soda didn’t work. Tried your method with the aluminum foil and the screen ilt up. Thank you!!!

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  26. Boog’s Mommy
    March 7, 2014

    I also found this through Google. Thank you so much! I found a $200 toy at Goodwill and it had the same problem. Did I mention I got it for just $6?? I just knew there would be a way to salvage it. Yay for Mom bloggers! We can fix almost anything 🙂

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  27. Gary Disney
    March 13, 2014

    You are brilliant! Googled how to repair springs on battery connection, and found your answer. Just bought a almost new stationary bike, used it once couldn’t get it to work next day. Found that a spring had broke off on one connection. Put your foil to the test, and a half hour later and 8 miles down I can say ” YOU GO GIRL!”

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  28. Debra
    May 31, 2014

    Love you! Just fixed an expensive exercise bike I was looking at, but can’t really afford, replacing! Debra x

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  29. Crystal
    June 12, 2014

    OMG THANK YOU!!!! :’) :’) I found my baby doll from when I was a little girl, and I decided to see if it still works, and as I unscrewed the back to put in batteries, I found that I had left other batteries in, which had leaked. The spring was completely rusted. I tried everything: Leaving it for 24 hours in vinegar, scrubbing it with an old toothbrush, rubbing it with baking soda, and still nothing. Lifeless. The rust came off, but it still wasn’t working. I was ready to cry and give up, but then I stumbled upon your page. I was hesitant, because I had run out of hope, and frankly this solution sounded quite odd 😛 but I put in a ball of foil, screwed the back on, turned it on and waited. Nothing again. I was about to just leave the doll and walk out with my head down, but then I heard crying, and my doll came alive again 🙂 I had tears of joy, I love this doll so much. Thank you so so much, you are awesome!! 🙂

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  30. kim
    July 4, 2014

    Thank you so much. My daughters tears after her fur real monkey died have all dried up now he has come back to life again. <3

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  31. Cheryl
    July 5, 2014

    Thank you so much!! 🙂 I googled this, so glad I found your blog! I had my tin foil folded, which does not work. Saw you balled yours up, gave it a go and viola! Working toy! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  32. Chris
    July 9, 2014

    Thanks you!!! I was able to completely repair a Roku remote with this method.

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  33. krumbsnatchers4me
    August 3, 2014

    Was trying to fix a swing for a baby. Opened it up and the springs were completely gone. Suggested the aluminum foil method to my husband and he simply laughed out loud. Googled looking for a more rational academic response and ran across your blog. THANK YOU!!!! One more for the Female revolution. He reluctantly tried the foil, while looking at me with a pathetic eye, and voila it worked.

    Thanks

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  34. Christine
    August 20, 2014

    THANKS you! You saved my life. My 6 month old now has his aquarium from fisher price back …. And he sleeps again! Thanks

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  35. Irma Garrett
    October 5, 2014

    Thank you for the help your an awesome super mom

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  36. Anna
    October 7, 2014

    This works like a charm! I had bought a second-hand Winnie the Pooh musical projector, only to discover that the previous owner had let old batteries in and that they had leaked. Even after some clean-up, the projector did not work. My husband was in favor of just tossing it, but I turned to Google and found your blog. The projector took 4 D batteries, so getting the foil in the right places took some doing, but I eventually managed (put some on all the contacts, even balling up tiny pieces to fit inside the springs). It now works perfectly!! I am not usually a very handy person, so I am very proud of myself. And now we know which parent our kids will depend upon to rescue their toys!!

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  37. Mrs P
    October 10, 2014

    Was kindly lent a toy from a friend for my newborn. On returning it I found to my horror the batteries had leaked causing one spring to corrode! A new set of batteries and a small ball of tin foil and it works again! So relieved. Amazing tip and great photos to help. 🙂

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  38. dianna
    October 25, 2014

    You ARE brilliant! Have an amazing musical clock that is now working because I happened on your post when I was trying to find a replacement for a corroded battery compartment. Thank YOU so very much.

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  39. Kade
    October 25, 2014

    Found this on google search… Fixed a baby swing for my new infant son… It sat in storage for 4 years with batteries… My husband could not believe it.. He was shocked it worked.. Thank you soooooooooo much… I was looking to buy a swing for him, but was having a hard time finding one I liked… I was praying to find a way to fix his siblings old swing.. I went on google to search for a place I could take it to to pay and get it fixed, instead your post popped up and I read it.. So I said fine.. I will try to fixed it on my own… And it worked!!!!!

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  40. Maha
    November 1, 2014

    Found this on google as well!!! You are awesome! thank you so much for this post. You saved me $$$, time and a joyful smile from my little one bless you for sharing this wonderful post bless you! It works great!!!!

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  41. prabha
    November 6, 2014

    Hi I am from India and too tried this method your idea was simply too
    great….my Thomas train is working back.

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  42. calvin
    November 7, 2014

    Hello, I used this to fix an exercise bike. You are a genius! Thanks

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  43. Michelle
    November 13, 2014

    Wow. I tried this on my little boys toot toot train and it worked 🙂 fab 🙂

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  44. K Oke
    November 16, 2014

    Wow … That really worked. Thanks a ton …. Salvaged a expensive toy that I thought I would have to throw away.

    Thanks for the great tip.
    KO

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  45. Jill
    November 17, 2014

    Just another grateful parent here to say: THANK YOU!!! You really *are* brilliant to have come up with this idea, and I am SO very, very grateful that you were kind enough to post it here for all of us panicked parents to find by way of Google! You have no idea the sentimental value this toy has for my daughter, and I’m not sure if she or I was more heartbroken about the corroded batteries & broken off coils. It’s a Fisher Pruce aquarium that she’s had since birth (she’s now 5 & 1/2) and it has been her nightly lullaby & nightlight combo. Yes, they still make them, but they’re totally different now & we also wouldn’t have had the money to buy another one anyway. So truly, I want to thank you so much! <3 This worked beautifully and all is well in our would again! 🙂

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  46. sheryl
    November 23, 2014

    Thanks so much! My toy had come roaring back into life!

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  47. Jessica
    November 27, 2014

    WOW!!! It really did work!!! I too salvaged a really expensive toy that I was going to throw away. A VERY BIG THANK YOU!

    From: Jessica (Northern New Brunswick, Canada)
    Tara, you should be nominated for some kind of prize. You have my vote. 🙂

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  48. Wanita
    December 11, 2014

    Another happy reader in Alberta, Canada:) Thanks

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  49. Tabbie
    December 14, 2014

    Thnk u sooo much it worked first try now I got to invest in some foil lol my baby thanks u too

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  50. Beth Reynolds
    December 19, 2014

    Your solution keeps on giving!!! Left batteries in a Christmas Train decoration and knew the grandchildren would be so disappointed if it didn’t work. Tried the balled up foil and it is flying around the track!!! Greatest idea I ever tried.

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  51. Julia nolan
    January 1, 2015

    Wahoo!!!! It really worked!!! Thank you so much…you really are like McGyver!!!!

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  52. Michelle
    January 15, 2015

    I love you so much! I never would have thought of that! I always opened the whole toy thinking it was an internal problem. Never could figure it out. Now our Barbie jeep is working again. Yay! Thank you!

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  53. Kate
    January 27, 2015

    Thank you so very much for being brilliant and for positing this! I was determined to fix an expensive keyboard toy that has been in storage after a long move.
    So, I googled and came across your bolg and am very happy; so is my son.
    The toy is now working!

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  54. aisha butler
    February 2, 2015

    YOU ARE BRILLIANT!!!!! I work in a photography studio; however, I keep my piano/keyboard here to play with from time to time. Well, I guess I had allowed too much time to pass…as I ended up in the same situation with broken springs and rust all over the place. I looked around…and of course, there is no aluminum here. All I had was a pack of some Extra chewing gum. The gum is wrapped in an aluminum/paper material. I folded the pieces, placed them between the batteries and the connector and yes my baby is working again!!!!!! Thank you!

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  55. Pam
    February 4, 2015

    I could not find a solution anywhere until I found your post! I have never commented online ever, but had to thank you for reviving my very old portable CD player! What a simple solution!

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  56. Kelly
    February 23, 2015

    Wow! I bought a toy for my daughter from an online yard sale and once I saw the corrosion I thought it was hopeless, but this worked! I love this trick – thank you so much for sharing it!!!!

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  57. Liz
    March 7, 2015

    Thanks so much. Dora laptop is saved. Happy 4 year old!!!

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  58. BamBam
    April 6, 2015

    I stumbled upon a vintage electronic football game I had stored away for decades. It’s missing the battery cover, and a couple springs had fallen off from rust. Before attempting the foil trick, I cleaned the remaining connections with vinegar on a Q-Tip. There was a lot of battery corrosion, all over the battery slots, and connections. The vinegar removed quite a bit of it. After this, I balled up a couple small pieces of foil. The batteries fit nice and snug with the foil. Unfortunately, my football game didn’t come back to life. The batteries got extremely hot to the touch. Even after removing them, and letting ’em sit out, they were still red-hot twenty minutes later. Kinda bummed, I couldn’t revive it! 🙁

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  59. shelley
    April 8, 2015

    Score! Your mad macguyver skills just saved my stationary bike!

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  60. Shaun Nash
    May 4, 2015

    Hi, I was desperate to find a way to fix my old Power Ranger toy as one of the springs in the battery compartment came away due to corrosion.I Googled it & found your site.I followed your steps & it works now ! Awesome , thanks very much.

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  61. Natasha
    May 4, 2015

    Would you have guess when you posted this like 6 years ago that people would STILL be using it as though it was new information?? LOL – just fixed a keyboard for my son, and I felt like a rockstar. 🙂

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    • Tara Ziegmont
      May 4, 2015

      You are a rockstar! 🙂

      Blog posts are funny like that. Something I wrote a month ago will go nowhere, but something like this lasts forever.

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  62. Pinky
    May 26, 2015

    This was so helpful. Thank you for sharing. I was about to toss this toy but was able to salvage it. 🙂

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  63. Elaine
    May 29, 2015

    Hello – does this handy fix work if the springs have corroded – but not fallen out? Can/should I clean compartment out as best as I can & either wrap the springs with foil or just stuff small foil balls in with the springs or something else? Pls help! I have several great expensive toys – and other items that this has happened to. (We live in a very humid climate….) Thank you!

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    • Tara Ziegmont
      June 1, 2015

      If the springs are still there, the toy should work without foil. If it doesn’t, the problem is likely coming from somewhere else. If you can’t find anything, you might try to knock them out and put foil in, but I’m not sure that will work.

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  64. Jacks
    May 29, 2015

    There was a 4-1/2 year age gap between my daughter and son, and I just brought up her baby swing to use for him. It had cost an arm-and-a-leg so I’d cleaned it and stored it carefully in a large plastic bag except Doh! forgot to take out the batteries!! (can’t blame the hubby on this one ) Was super bummed, Googled “battery acid toy won’t work” and your post was the first one that came up! 5 min later the swing works…and Mommy breathes a HUGE sigh of relief!

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  65. DaJon
    May 30, 2015

    Holy conoly! Violet works again!!!!!!!! Thank you!

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  66. sabine
    June 4, 2015

    Thank you so much. I just got this battery operated book that teaches numbers. It was the last copy in the bookstore. I bought it anyway hoping that a change of batteries was all it needed. Anyway I’ve been battling with it since yesterday and was at my wits ends when I came across your blog. Thank you so much. My toddler is having so much fun with the book as I write. I was thinking of how I regretfully threw away a very lovely sing along lullaby set when I couldn’t get it to work for my younger daughter.

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  67. Cas
    June 16, 2015

    Wow! thank you so much. I just googled for exactly the same help and was brought to this page! So have now revived an old toy that was my eldest grandson, so my younger grandson can now play with it.

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  68. Rachel
    June 18, 2015

    Omgosh thank you so much!! worked perfectly! I bought a really nice clock from Goodwill and I didn’t even bother to check the battery compartment. So when I got home I noticed it was corroded and hoped I could find some way to fix it.This was so simple and worked perfectly. Thanks again! My grandpa will love this clock! 🙂

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  69. Judy
    June 23, 2015

    Your site was the 1st to pop up after I googled this issue. The foil ball worked! Our very expensive animatronic dinosaur is working again. So glad I came across this super simple solution!
    Thanks!

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  70. Connie Rizzo-Turpin
    June 28, 2015

    Question??? I tried this and it worked! Toy is running at top speed, but will only turn off if I remove foil. It’s a little bit of a hassle. Battery compartments are screwed down, covered up and you need a map to get to them. Any advice? Did I do something wrong?

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    • Tara Ziegmont
      June 29, 2015

      That’s strange. I have never had that happen. I wonder if your switch is corroded too.

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    • Donna Merle
      February 27, 2016

      Hi, I have many battery operated candles and lights and they too have screws in the battery covers but I am 78 and have arthritis in my thumbs and wrists so taking out screws and putting them back in is no longer in my resume. 😉 The first time the screws are removed is the last time and replaced with the wide post office tape that is pulled tight to help connect everything. Just don’t cover the switch like I have done and just leave a corner of the tape loose for next time. Good luck!!!

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  71. Theresa
    July 6, 2015

    Thank you! You saved a $70 crib mobile!!!

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  72. cathy
    July 8, 2015

    Thanks, saved my battery operated eliptical. Now no excuses to work out.

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  73. Marie
    July 9, 2015

    Thank you so much for this tip, it worked!

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  74. Susie
    August 2, 2015

    So excited to find this post – and even more excited when it worked! Thank you for sharing your Macgyver moment!

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  75. Caroline
    August 4, 2015

    It worked to get my clock going. So helpful. Whenever I had to change time with daylight savings I could never get it going again. Thanks for getting rid of one more frustration

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  76. Kash
    August 8, 2015

    Amazing! So happy I found this! The Mio pup I picked up from the OP shop is like new! Worked a treat!!!

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  77. Aly
    August 8, 2015

    Omg !! Thank u so much ! I was looking at my baby dolls and noticed that my first ever doll,my baby annabell wasn’t working.we tried so many methods and was even going to bring her to the doll hospital!! We tried your method and it working instintly
    I’m So delighted 🙂 ! Ur a genius 🙂

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  78. Lindsey
    August 17, 2015

    Omg Just tried this on a toy that we thought was garbage- my 5 month old loves his musical/light up/vibrating bouncy chair but its sooo rusted in the battery compartment and I figured it was done.
    Then I googled and found this! Thank youuuu!!!!

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  79. JB
    August 25, 2015

    It worked! I am thrilled thank you so much, you really are a genius.

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  80. Mary Beth
    August 26, 2015

    Thank you!!! Worked for me when I was about to toss an awesome toy! Awesome!

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  81. MamaToTwoMinions
    September 6, 2015

    Wow. Thank you. Iam currently going through toys that need batteries and a couple have them have had this happened. I was going to throw them away but then I thought ‘can I save them?’, looked through the net and found this. Brilliant. This shall be my project today.

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  82. Andrea Luraghi
    September 11, 2015

    You just totally saved my sons favorite toy! Kudos!

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  83. EMC
    September 12, 2015

    I can’t believe it. I just fixed three toys using a little bit of baking soda and water to clean the rust away, and then I used your trick with aluminum foil. Thank you for your suggestion.

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  84. Rich
    September 13, 2015

    Got an ace walking spiderman robot for £2 quid from charity shop for my little boy, got home & springs bust 🙁 this worked a treat 🙂 thanks

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  85. Michele
    September 17, 2015

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! Part of my daughter’s friends Wii console wasn’t working. Batteries were loose and would fall out. Your trick helped keep batteries in and connected. Works like a charm.

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  86. A
    September 21, 2015

    OMG thank you soo much for this great idea! I was just about to throw away a toy..and thought hey, let me google and see if i can find how to clean it..and ur page was the first one i came across..i told my kids to bring some aluminum foil and they had this puzzled look on this face, like how is that gona help..but it did! thank you soo much..they are playing with the toy now 🙂

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  87. Siouxsie
    September 24, 2015

    Just retrieved toy out of recycling bin and now working loud n clear! Thank you!

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  88. Bev
    November 10, 2015

    I have a beautiful flameless candle sconce went yo decorate for Christmas and the battery acid had ruined it. I cut out springs from cheap flashlights but they wouldn’t work. I paid a lot for the set . I googled and this worked immediately and was easy to mold for the right fit.

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  89. Charlotte Yap
    November 17, 2015

    Thank you for sharing. I was able to fix my son’s toy because of your post.

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  90. Amanda MacGregor
    December 10, 2015

    Hi Tara,

    Thank you SO much for this post! With your instructions I was able to salvage a very expensive Thomas Kinkade illuminating Christmas statue…its little fireplace is twinkling brightly now thanks to your method. And I must say, this solution feels like much-belated, (but much-welcome) birthday present…you see, my birthday falls on May 10…and you posted this on May 10, 2011!!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family and thanks again every so much!

    Amanda

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  91. Brid
    December 15, 2015

    Yay see this tip and lo and behold my Christmas garland working again – many thanks x

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  92. Almira Lenn
    December 21, 2015

    I have to thank you for this tip. I bought 5 singing Christmas angels for my granddaughter two years ago and one of them won’t sing. I tired to replace the batteries today (3) and one coil fell out because it was so corroded. I googled ” how t fix a broken battery circuit in a toy” and your blog appeared. Was I so happy! I broke the news to my son-in-law and he was surprised at how simple the solution was. Thank you so much for your excellent idea and for sharing it with the whole world.
    Have a wonderful Christmas

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  93. Beth S.
    December 26, 2015

    Tara, thank you so much for this great fix!!!! We live in such a “throw away society.” It’s nice to know there are people out there who still repair items to reuse! I had bought my Grandchildren a beautiful Santa/elf statue that sings and dances at a flea market, only to get it home to a rusted out battery compartment!! Cleaning alone didn’t work. The foil did it!!! Thank you again, and Happy New Year!

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  94. margaret
    January 9, 2016

    I’m so excited to have found this! I have quite a number of toys that I’ve thrown out due to this problem. I have one last toy that I’ve held on to,i will let you know how that goes!

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  95. margaret
    January 9, 2016

    just tried it on the tonka handy tow truck. it didn’t work at all. i don’t know if probably the switch isn’t working. quite disappointed. i had hoped…

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  96. Geoff Read
    January 26, 2016

    Awesome. It worked on a £200 piece of electronics. Phew 🙂

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  97. Carol
    January 29, 2016

    Thankyou saved a few of my kids toys , they are very happy

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  98. Solene
    February 5, 2016

    Thank you so much! It worked on my boyfriend’s 500$ headphones! He was so anxious and was about to throw them away but I just managed to fix them with this easy trick! Amazing.

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  99. Cindy Hutchison
    February 14, 2016

    OMG! I had considered that, but never put it into action! Thank you so much!

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  100. Jenny
    February 16, 2016

    I am so glad I found this. I think I was looking to fix the same toy for my baby girl that you fixed!! It worked great!

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  101. Donna Merle
    February 27, 2016

    I just did the same thing for a battery operated candle but it only worked for a minute and then nada but I didn’t think to roll the foil in a ball so tomorrow I shall try that. The candle is not mine but I am a tinkerer so when I saw two candles on a table in my apartment hallway, I investigated to see if they were battery operated and sure enough they were but no batteries and both were all rusted in the battery compartment so I “borrowed them quietly, shhhhh” and brought them to my apartment and tinkered and cleaned the rust and one works so I will try the foil ball tomorrow when I borrow the one candle again shhhhh. Thanks Tara!

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    • Donna Merle
      February 27, 2016

      Tara you are a genius!! I just shhhhh borrowed the candle from our hallway in my apartment building again and Ta Dahhh!!! it is now working after rolling the foil in a ball and then in a smaller ball because now the battery wouldn’t fit but after several attempts I just shhhh put it back on the table in the hallway with it’s partner candle and now they are all lit up in a joyous reunion and I was not busted.

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  102. Nova
    April 2, 2016

    This post inspired me to press on and work to recover my son’s recorded storybook with Grandma’s voice!! THANK YOU!!!

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    • Tara Ziegmont
      April 3, 2016

      What a gift! My mom died before she could record stories for my kids, and that makes me very, very sad.

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  103. Jetman
    April 18, 2016

    Hey Tara! Thank you so much! I was about to buy a brand new nose (hair) trimmer when I googled something about leaked battery installed on unused device for a long time. Found your blog and immediately asked my wife if she’s keeping aluminum foil, tried your solution and kaboom! Saved me 25 bucks! Thanks again and God bless!

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    • Tara Ziegmont
      April 19, 2016

      Yay!

      Reply

  104. Tlane
    May 1, 2016

    Just a quick warning…wondering if anyone else has experienced. I tried this with an outdoor string of lights and it worked like a charm! Tried with a toy and it didn’t work, so I finagled with the placement of the foil, battery positioning, turned the item off and on a few times and noticed that the batteries were getting extremely hot even when the toy was turned off. One battery actually looked like it was splitting at the seams. I tossed the whole thing in the backyard, afraid that the batteries would explode or catch fire. Never got the toy to work. Wondering if anyone else has experienced anything like this.

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    • Tara Ziegmont
      May 4, 2016

      We used our toy daily for a year with no problems, but thanks for the warning.

      Reply

  105. chamzy
    May 10, 2016

    thanks for that! Tried all sorts like paper clips, twisted wire which connected then disconnected too easily!
    I have a few (maybe about 6 or more toys )rusty battery compartments. Didn’t throw away as it was possible to play with some without the batteries. And were gifts from aunts and uncles.
    Too many battery powered toys to keep up with so didn’t remove.
    So gonna try the foil trick. Hoping it will by pass the super rust on some of them.

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  106. Wanda
    November 26, 2016

    Tara you are a true blessing! My 7 year old granddaughter just had her day made when I found this and fixed a You & Me doll so she would talk & all again. It had two bad rusted springs — the tinfoil worked and fast! I was so glad to find this – my granddaughter too! Thank you ever so much!

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  107. Onayimi
    December 28, 2016

    Thanks a lot Tara for this intelligent idea. I just fixed a guitar that my 3 year old son got from his older cousins; and I wish I could record and post his expression of excitement when I got it to work.

    By the way, I found this post through google. I am in Nigeria, Africa! Just to mention that you’re helping parents to fix this issue world wide.

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  108. faria
    January 7, 2017

    u r awesome…i tried it on one of my son’s fav toy that i wanted to throw n just did wat u said ….n it started working….
    cheers

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  109. Julia McAlpin
    January 23, 2017

    I just tried it on my recumbent bike. It worked!!!! I can’t believe it…but I did have to fold the tin foil instead of ball it up. Thanks so much…there were no replacement parts made anymore, so I thought the machine was useless.

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  110. Briar
    March 1, 2017

    Thank you thank you thank you!!!

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  111. Cheryl
    March 16, 2017

    I just bought a lifelike interactive toy cat from a junk shop on a whim – for 1 euro (am in Spain) being told the battery compartment was fubar and wouldn’t work as it was so corroded complete with dead batteries – and, yes, wrapping the springs in foil and splashing out on new batteries has got this thing meowing and purring and scratching its nose like nobody’s business. Will have to shut it up soon…!

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  112. Jennifer
    March 21, 2017

    you just saved my daughter’s leapfrog tea time teapot! thank you thank you thank you! wishing i had found this about a year ago. we’ve thrown away so many RC cars and electronic musical toys you don’t even want to know…..

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  113. Robert
    March 26, 2017

    You are brilliant! I managed to fix a 30 year old camera that my grandpa had gifted me! Thank you sooo much for this tip! Made my day!!!

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  114. Ryan
    March 29, 2017

    I own a HASBRO I-Dog Pup (Pop!/Pink version) (2005) And one of the springs had corroded and not fallen off, I tried everything in my power to make it work again and it will just not. I don’t know if it’s the corroded spring or something else and I haven’t tried the foil thing yet. But can you please help me?

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    • Tara Ziegmont
      March 29, 2017

      Try the foil.

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  115. Sid
    April 12, 2017

    Thanks, your tip saved me two toys Fisher Price Rainforest Deluxe gym play mat and Fisher Price Rainforest Jumperoo. i had totally given up after the local repair shops also turned it down. Simple fix, easy to try and worked like a charm. Thanks again.

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    • Tara Ziegmont
      April 12, 2017

      Oh the Rainforest Jumperoo! I have such fond memories of that toy. I have tons of photos of my oldest sleeping in it, having completely jumped herself to exhaustion.

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  116. Ellie
    April 30, 2017

    Ohmygod you’re the best! I’ve almost given up on my favorite toy until i read this post. Thank you so much!!

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  117. India
    April 30, 2017

    Thankyou so much! Helped me fix a precious thing of mine. You are brilliant!

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  118. barry allen
    May 3, 2017

    do we have to take of the springs or not

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    • Tara Ziegmont
      May 5, 2017

      That depends on whether they are ruined or not.

      Reply

  119. Finn
    May 16, 2017

    Thank you!! I was so disappointed when my fave electric candles rusted out, was told there was no way to fix it. Googled the info anyway and came on your site. It worked! You’re a genius!

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  120. Fliss
    July 31, 2017

    Thank you,

    Op shop barbie is singing again, how many toys have been saved by your wonderful post. Felicity from Australia.

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  121. Lindsay
    August 9, 2017

    Hi, thanks so much for posting this! My daughter’s toy keyboard now works again and can be loved a 2nd time round with my niece!

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  122. Melissa
    September 9, 2017

    I found your page through a Google search, and I had to let you know that your top just saved a corroded Furby! My daughters day has been made, thank you!

    Reply

    • Tara Ziegmont
      September 11, 2017

      Yay! So glad to hear it!

      Reply

  123. catherine treloar
    November 7, 2017

    i have been searching the web for what seems ages! looking for a soft toy that talks but has no batteries in it my friend had a teddy like this but does not know who made it so i thought go on the net no luck so far i think i am looking for something that does not exist anybody out with any ideas?please thanks catherine

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  124. Jaye
    November 11, 2017

    I tried this on my children’s play house that plays music. It didn’t work. Oh well…..

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  125. Donna
    December 1, 2017

    I am so thankful I stumbled upon this!! You saved me! I have a cool vtech abc train that had bad corrosion and one spring completely eroded away. I couldnt stand the thought of tossing it when I knew my daughter would love it! I cleaned it up the best I could and used the foil and it works and she is loving it!! Thank you genius!!;)

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  126. Melissa
    December 13, 2017

    Oh my goodness, thank you so much! I got this AWESOME table activity center from my sister and my 9 month old loves using it to stand up, but it’s definitely not as fun as having all the sounds! I’m so glad you wrote a post about this!

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  127. Steven
    December 18, 2017

    Thanks to you and your ingenuity I was able to fix a favorite device of mine. It’s a Festivus miracle! Thanks for making my holiday a very happy one. Peace & Love.

    Reply

  128. Erin Carlson
    February 6, 2018

    God bless you! You just fixed my secondhand elliptical machine I just bought. Thank you thank you thank you. I was about to be very angry.

    Reply

  129. Martha G
    February 24, 2018

    You are a LIFE SAVER!!! my toddler had been obsessing over a toy that’s been impossible to find. I magically came across it on OfferUp and came home to get it all cleaned up and ready for him. Come to find out the batteries had exploded and the seller that sold it to me had gone above and beyond to repackage a used toy and sell it at a premium as brand new. I was SO upset until I came across your article. It was our last hope and IT WORKED!!!!! thank you soooo much for sharing your knowledge and wisdom!!! You made my day- even year! Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!

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  130. Helene
    April 9, 2018

    Thank you! I am a nature teacher and as I was putting my animals together for a program I am teaching tomorrow, I opened the battery compartment in one only to find old battery leakage! Then I found your posting and now my program is saved!! You are a true genius!

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  131. Kristiana
    September 19, 2018

    Your tips saved my day! It works like magic! Thank you very much.

    Reply

  132. Mike
    November 26, 2018

    I know this is 7 years later…but thank you so much for this post!!

    We found an old Christmas toy that my partner’s dad had given her before he passed away, and when we found it the battery had leaked and the spring had fell off, was so upset!

    But finding this post we had it fixed right away! Seriously, thank you so so much!!

    And merry Christmas to everyone!

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    • Tara Ziegmont
      November 26, 2018

      I’m so glad to hear it. I hope the toy lasts for many years to come!

      Reply

  133. Alex
    November 27, 2018

    Hi

    I just wanna thank you for sharing this findings.

    I tried it on my remote control and it works.

    Reply

  134. Parker
    December 11, 2018

    Has anyone had this catch fire? I’m paranoid about that. It does work great, but has anyone had issues with the tin foil being in there long term? Thanks!

    Reply

    • Tara Ziegmont
      December 12, 2018

      I’ve used it for years with no troubles, but if you are concerned, don’t do it. Use your best judgement.

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  135. june
    December 11, 2018

    Yeaaaaa.. my animated santa too suffered from corrosion… till i read this… thank u sooo much… He;s back working. alllll lit up as he shud be… a christmas miracle.. 🙂

    Reply

  136. Eve
    January 4, 2019

    It worked!!! Feeling very smart too. Thank you!!

    Reply

  137. Ann njeri
    May 21, 2019

    2019 n your post just saved me from sleeping in a dark house waiting for the electrician to come fix my electricity inhemeter that uses batteries and one of the springs broke off as I was replacing the old batteries!!! thank God for this post.

    Reply

  138. Nisha
    July 24, 2019

    Thanks a lot. I’m so glad that I read your post you saved my day girl. My son had a toy train in which I don’t know how the batteries leaked and destroyed almost both the springs and one point to, but with help of your post I made it work .

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  139. Lisa
    October 15, 2019

    Thanks so much! My son bought me a set of three light up ghosts around seven years ago. It wasn’t bad enough that the cat chewed through one of the wires…so I had to work some magic with electrical tape, but I forgot to take the batteries out last year and one of the wires corroded off. I was really sad, thinking I would not be able to use them this year. Then I tried Google, found your site, put in a bit of foil and turned on the switch. And they lit up and am happy!
    Thanks again!

    Reply

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