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Hydrophobic spray NeverWet can protect your iPhone from being damaged after you drop it in the toilet and keep your shoes dry in the rain.

The days of drying a smartphone out in rice for three days, after its been dropped in a toilet/puddle/pool/etc, may be over. Home Depot is now stocking Rust-Oleum NeverWet, a super hydrophobic coating spray that repels water, mud, ice and other liquids. NeverWet made waves in 2011 when it demonstrated its water-impermeable spray in an online video. At the time it was for industrial use only but now it can be found in the hands of everyday consumers.

The silicon-based spray coating (which comes in two cans, a top and base coat) is capable of repelling almost anything. In the video below, you see white shoes protected from mustard, a drip-free toilet brush and an iPhone completely submerged in water, which comes out functioning like normal. Originally made to reduce corrosion on steel products, it wasn’t until NeverWet struck a licensing deal with Rust-Oleum that they were able to bring the product to the consumer market. Daniel Hobson, NeverWet’s chief executive officer told the local news:

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