Today’s handy household tip is courtesy of Neo-Neocon :
[D]ry the iPod under a light bulb for up to five hours, and then put it to sleep in a bed of rice for between two to seven days, then plug it in to charge and see if it lit up. If that happens, you’ve got a healed iPod. If not, well, at least it’s clean.
Be sure you washed behind the ear buds.