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How to Clean a Clear Phone Case

Clear Phone Case
Clean Phone Case

It’s estimated that the average American spends over 5 hours a day on their phone. We often rely on our phones for everything from picture taking, to surfing the web, banking needs, shopping, storing important files, and more.

Despite upgrades to modern smart phones like scratch proof screens and water-resistant exteriors, they are still much more delicate than earlier models from the 2000’s. At the same time, their value and cost has skyrocketed. 

This is why it’s crucial to protect your phone with a phone case. When in the market for a phone case, many opt for a clear one to show off their phone’s sleek design and perhaps it’s unique color.  

But anyone with a clear phone case know all too well how that clean and shiny case can quickly turn yellowed and worn. What can you do to stop this from happening, and keep your clear phone case in pristine condition?

Let’s talk about the steps to take to clean your clear phone case

Which Cleaning Method is Right for Your Phone Case?

If your clear phone case is brand new, it won’t need as deep of a cleaning as one that you’ve had for a while. You can use the soap and water method to regularly sanitize it and prevent tinting. 

If you’ve had your phone case for a while and its beginning to show signs of wear and tear such as smudges and minor staining, then you may want to use the rubbing alcohol method of cleaning. This process has a higher ability to remove light stains. 

If your case has been through the ringer and it’s quite dirty, maybe even turning yellow around the edges or has more built-up grime than you might want to admit, the baking soda method will be your friend. 

Cleaning Clear Phone Case With Soap and Water

Dirty phone case
clear phone case

If you have a new clear phone case, chances are you love how it looks and you want it to stay that way. Luckily, with regular upkeep and cleaning, that won’t be a problem. 

You will need: 

  • dish soap
  • water
  • a tooth brush or cloth
  • a bowl 

Step 1: Remove your phone from the phone case. Do not try to clean your case while it is still on your phone

Step 2: Mix a few drops of the dish soap into a bowl of water. Stir until it has dissolves.

Step 3: Use your toothbrush or cloth to rub the soapy water onto the phone case. Make sure to scrub all of the nooks and crannies and corners of the phone. Wash the entire inside and outside of it. 

Step 4: Rinse off the soapy water and let your phone air dry. It should be completely dry before you put it back onto your phone. 

Repeat this every week or so to keep your clear phone case clean for as long as possible. 

Using Rubbing Alcohol to Clean Clear Phone Case

If your phone case has seen better days and is beginning to suffer from light discoloration or general dirtiness, then you can use this process to clean it. 

Rubbing alcohol
Rubbing alcohol for cleaning


  • rubbing alcohol
  • water
  • a toothbrush or cloth
  • a bowl


Step 1: Remove the phone case from your phone. 

Step 2: In a bowl, mix a few drops of rubbing alcohol with water. Use your toothbrush to dip into this solution and then scrub the phone case. You will want to make sure you scrub it well on the places where its most stained. You can also add a bit more rubbing alcohol if necessary. 

Step 3: Use clean water to rinse off the phone case. Water helps remove excess dust that settles on your phone case

Step 4: If at this point you still see some dirt, you can use the soap. If your phone case is clean to satisfaction, you can move on.

Step 5: Let it dry down before putting it back onto your phone. 

If after these steps your clear phone still isn’t back to its former clear glory, you can consider using the baking soda method. 

Cleaning clear phone case with baking soda

This method is going to be a life saver for the cases with some staining or the beginnings of yellowing. If your case has a layer of grime in the corners, the baking soda will help break this up and clean your case. 


  • baking soda 
  • water 
  • (possibly) dish soap 
  • a toothbrush 
  • a bowl 
  • (possibly) toothpaste


Step 1: Remove your phone from the case. 

Step 2: In the bowl, mix some baking soda with water to create a thick paste. Apply this paste all over your phone, making sure to especially cover the areas with the heaviest stains. Let it rest like this for about 5-10 minutes.

Step 3: Use the toothbrush to begin scrubbing your phone case. Pay special attention to the grimiest areas.  

Step 4: Once you’ve done all the scrubbing you can, rinse off the case. Inspect it. Does it still look dirty or stained?

Step 5: If so, we’re going to give you a bonus tip. Use some toothpaste to scrub the tainted areas. Rinse it again. 

Step 6: Finally, use the soap and water method to wash the case. 

Step 7: Make sure the case is fully dry before putting it back onto your phone. 

If your clear phone case is still stained or dirty after these steps, the stains are probably permanent and you may want to consider buying a new one. 


A clear phone case is a stylish and popular choice. It has the power to make or break the appearance of your entire phone. If its tinted yellow or showing a lot of smudges, your expensive phone will look dirty and old. But by following the steps laid out above, you will be able to fend off the grime and enjoy your clear phone case for a long time. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I wash my phone case?

Generally, you should wash it weekly or every other week.  

Can I use bleach to clean my clear phone case?

Technically, sure. But there is a high chance of damaging your phone case more using bleach since it’s so harsh. 

How can I remove the yellowing from my clear phone case?

Sadly, a bit but not much. A yellow tint is relatively permanent. You will need to replace it and keep up with regular cleanings in order to prevent this. 

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