How To Clean a Clear iPhone Case

Iphone Case

As far as your public appearance goes, your iPhone case is just as important as your iPhone. No matter how much you spend on your iPhone, you need to take special care of your iPhone case to complete your classy look. If your clear iPhone case is turning yellow or brown and is disfiguring your iPhone, there are some home remedies you can use to clean it without breaking the bank. 

Quick Answer

To clean a clear iPhone case, prepare a dish soap solution with warm water and immerse a small cloth in the solution. Carefully clean the iPhone case with the cloth, rinse it afterward, and let it dry before using it. Instead of the cloth, you can use an old toothbrush to scrub tougher stains. Alternatively, you can also use a baking soda solution or a vinegar solution.

The severity of the stain most times determines the best method to use in cleaning your iPhone case. However, because of the material used for making your case iPhone case, it is common to experience yellowish spots caused by material degradation rather than a removable stain. We discussed how to solve these problems in the article. Keep reading to find out the solutions.

Method #1: Use a Dish Soap Solution

When dealing with mild stains or just trying to choose a method for the regular maintenance of your iPhone case, you can’t go wrong with a dish soap solution. Although clear iPhone cases are not designed to last forever, a regular cleaning with a dish wash solution would prolong its lifespan and prevent it from discoloring until you’re ready to change it. 

To apply this method, follow the steps below:

  1. Prepare a bowl of warm water and add mild dishwashing soap to it. 
  2. Stir the water. 
  3. Get a small cloth for general cleaning and an old toothbrush for scrubbing tougher stains on your iPhone case.
  4. Dip the brush in the soapy solution and scrub the visible stains on your iPhone case. 
  5. Brush the entire case. 
  6. Dip the cloth in the soapy solution and wipe the whole case carefully.
  7. Rinse the iPhone case in clean water.
  8. Dry the case with a lint-free towel
  9. Allow the case to dry for an hour or more. 

Method #2: Use a Rubbing Alcohol Solution

Sometimes you need something stronger than dish soap to get rid of the stain on your iPhone case. That’s where the rubbing alcohol solution comes in. Not only does it eliminate medium stains, but it also gets rid of bacteria and some other germs. 

Before using the rubbing alcohol solution, you need to check with the manufacturer if it can be used for your iPhone case because some rubbing alcohol solutions tend to be too strong for an iPhone case and will only end up discoloring it. 

Follow the steps below to apply the rubbing alcohol solution.

  1. Apply a small portion of the rubbing alcohol solution to a clean, lint-free cloth.
  2. Squeeze the cloth to remove excess moisture. 
  3. Scrub your iPhone case with the cloth. 
  4. Wipe the iPhone case with a dry lint-free towel to remove the moisture.
  5. Allow the iPhone case to dry in an open area for an hour or more.

Method #3: Use Baking Soda

Yes, you read that right. No, we are not trying to bake a cake. Baking soda is an excellent cleaning agent and, as we have learned, can be very effective at removing severe stains on your iPhone case.

Follow the steps below to clean your iPhone case with baking soda.

  1. Sprinkle lots of baking soda on your iPhone case.
  2. Dip a clean toothbrush in water and use it to scrub the stains on the case.
  3. Scrub the whole case.
  4. Rinse the case with warm water.
  5. Wipe the case with a dry towel.
  6. Allow the iPhone case to dry in an open area for an hour or more.

Method #4: Use a Baking Soda and Vinegar Solution

This method is efficient if you do not want to scrub your iPhone case with a brush. All you have to do is to prepare a solution containing a cup of white vinegar, two tablespoons of baking soda, and some water. Put the iPhone case in the solution and use something to hold it down in the solution for a few hours. Rinse the case and allow it to dry for an hour.

When Should You Get a New iPhone Case?

Sometimes, the yellowish spots on your iPhone case are caused by material degradation rather than a removable stain. If the problem is material degradation, none of the above methods will solve it. Instead, you should buy a new iPhone case and maintain it properly to prolong its life. 


The biggest challenge with clear iPhone cases is that they show dirt easily. And after a while, they tend to discolor. The only way you can prevent or prolong the life of your iPhone case is to clean it regularly with mild soap. This improves your iPhone’s appearance and eliminates germs from your phone case. 

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