Did you know that your phone can be one of the dirtiest things you carry with you? Not only do you use it 24/7, you can put it in your purse or pocket, toss it on the counter during lunch, and touch it up after you’ve touched countless surfaces. No wonder phones and their protective cases can harbor tons of germs and bacteria. Fortunately, some of the newer cases come with antibacterial coatings. You can also use UV-C disinfectant to get rid of lingering viruses and bacteria. But these don’t get rid of dirt, dust, and grime in cracks and crevices, not to mention pesky fingerprints. Therefore, it is important to quickly clean your phone case every now and then. But how do you clean your phone case?
First thing’s first, make sure you take your phone out of the case before you begin, and wash your hands until they are clean and ready to use. Next, follow this guide based on the type of phone case you have.
How to clean a clear plastic or TPU phone case
If your silicone case starts to turn yellow – which tends to happen with polymer cases after being exposed to chemicals, light, and heat over long periods of time – you are maybe Clean it up to at least try to get it back to its original state.
Use a mixture of warm water and two drops of dish soap. Use a soft toothbrush (no bristles) or a soft brush or microfiber cloth to wipe the phone case with this solution, reaching every spot, inside and out. Once this is done, rinse the case with warm water, then use a soft cloth to dry it. Leave it for at least an hour to dry completely before putting it back on your phone, especially if your phone isn’t waterproof.
Get rid of yellowing and spots
If the stain is really bad, consider using a little magic cleaner on hand: baking soda. Wet the toothbrush with warm water and scrub the coating. You may have to do this several times. Be sure to rinse off all the baking soda after you’re done, then dry it with a soft cloth.
You can also choose rubbing alcohol or a cleaner like Whoosh! Sanitech, designed to clean phone screens and device bodies. This will help get rid of the yellowing and prevent the material from spoiling quickly. Spray it with a bottle or soak a soft cloth in rubbing alcohol and rub it all over the can. Then dry it with a clean, dry cloth. Don’t put your phone down right away – let it dry for about an hour. This will not only clean the canister, but will also get rid of lingering bacteria.
For really bad yellowing, consider using toothpaste (an easy stain remover), steel wool, and then follow the same rinsing and drying steps. But keep in mind that harsh steel wool can cause scratches. If the condition is bad enough, it may be best for you to get rid of it and buy a new one.
How to clean a leather phone case
Leather phone cases are different. Although it is not yellow, it can pick up dirt and grime more easily, especially if it is textured with a lot of grooves. Fortunately, they are a little easier to clean. Genuine leather will naturally change its appearance over time, developing a beautiful appearance, all of which is part of its elegant appeal.
You can use warm water and a soft microfiber cloth, like one of the best microfiber cloths for phones and laptops we’ve outlined, and wipe down the case as needed. Do this every few days or once a week to maintain its original condition. To keep in the box, since leather absorbs moisture and thus can dry out and crack with age (although the miserable look is kind of “in” at the moment), you could also consider adding some leather moisturizer or mink oil to it every couple of months. Test the solution first on a small part of the can before using it all to make sure it does not change color. One like TriNova Leather Cleaner comes in a small, convenient spray bottle with a microfiber cloth. It is safe to use on leather as well as synthetic leather, which is what you’ll usually find in many phone cases as well.
Since leather attracts moisture, it should also be wiped dry any time it is exposed to water, such as walking in the rain or snow. If the stain appears, use a damp sponge or washcloth and rub gently around the spot so that no rings form once the water droplets have dried.
If it’s a really lousy spot or clumps in dirt after your 4WD ride in the desert, you can try adding a little mild detergent or even using a leather cleaner on a damp cloth, rubbing it in a circular motion. Just be sure to wipe it down with warm water afterward, then let it dry and sit for an hour before putting the case back on your phone.
How to clean a wooden phone case
If you decide to splurge and get an expensive wooden case for your phone, you will need to clean it in a different way. It’s important to dust the phone as you would any other wooden piece of furniture in your home, which will remove dirt, dust, and debris, which could eventually scratch the case.
As with leather bags, if it gets wet, be sure to dry it right away with a dry microfiber cloth (do not use abrasive tissues, dish towels, or paper towels), walking along the grain as you clean. The Cool Screen Cleaning Ball is a stylish double-sided option: one super soft side and one microfiber side, and its circular design makes it great for cleaning both the phone screen and the back and front cover, in a consistent circular motion. If necessary, add a little water to the rag to remove tough stains, but never apply liquid directly to the can. As with others, let the case dry for about an hour before putting it back on your phone.
What not to use to clean your case
An important thing to keep in mind when looking at how to clean your phone case is to never use any kind of harsh chemicals on your phone case, the phone itself, or the screen. Sometimes all it takes is a little warm water and a soft cloth to keep the phone case in its original condition. But if it’s particularly dirty with tons of dirt and grime, you can use a safe and natural lotion to get to those hard-to-reach places. Once you have the case, check out our guide on how to properly clean and sanitize the Android phone itself.
Products used in this guide
Sanitech cleaner from WHOOSH!
WHOOSH! is one of the most respected brands when it comes to technical screen cleaners, and the company has expanded its lineup to include other products, including sanitizer and surface sanitizer for electronic devices. EPA approved, you get 32 oz. Lotion bottle with a cleaning cloth. It’s odorless and eco-friendly with no added dyes, VOCs, or fragrances, so it’s safe to use on screens and more.
TriNova Skin Cleanser
Complete with a microfiber cloth, test this leather cleaner on a small portion of a leather or synthetic leather phone case. 18 oz small. The bottle is perfect to keep on your desk or with cleaning supplies to use as needed. It cleanses and soothes at the same time, which helps the condition to last for a long time.
Elite Tech Gear 4 Pack Blue Microfiber Large Size Cloth
Unlike other microfiber cloths designed to clean phones that tend to be quite small, this one is larger at 12 x 12 inches, making it ideal for use in a larger phone case or even a tablet. You can get them wet and dry easily, and they are gentle on surfaces. As a bonus, you can use it to clean a variety of other items as well, from your eyeglasses to game controllers. Since there are four in the package, you can wet one to clean and use a second to dry.
Cool Screen Cleaning Ball – Pack of 3
These balls are fun to clean both your phone’s screen and case, measuring 2.5 inches each with two sides: one terry cloth microfiber to remove stains and the other ultra-soft for shine and polish. Add some liquid detergent and scrub, then wash the balls to reuse them again.