How to Clean Your Phone Case

How to Clean Your Phone Case


Your phone goes everywhere you do. And while you regularly wash your hands and most touched surfaces, you may not regularly clean your phone case. Cases can carry thousands of germs on the surface, not to mention the dirt and dust that gets trapped in the nooks and crannies of the case.

Now more than ever, it's important to know how to clean your phone case. But what's the best was to clean your case? Here are our tips and tricks.

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Use soapy water and a toothbrush.

When it comes to cleaning your phone case safely and effectively, a little warm water and dish soap go a long way. You'll first need to remove your phone from its case, then place the case in a bowl of warm, soapy water and allow it to soak for about 10 minutes. If your case floats, weight it down so it's fully submerged and can get a good soaking. Once the 10 minutes are up, use a toothbrush to clean the inner edges, cutouts, or anywhere else that grime has built up. Then, rinse the case in fresh water to remove any excess soap.

Dry with a microfiber towel.

When drying, it is best to use a microfiber towel. This is a soft towel perfect for absorbing moisture effectively without scratching the surface of the case.

Avoid anything abrasive.

Stay away from using anything abrasive when cleaning your phone case. This means no abrasive cleaners like bleach and no hard-bristled brushes. Harsh cleaning products can scratch or even deteriorate the surface of your case, which will weaken its overall protective nature. If you want to clean your phone case with something that packs a stronger punch than just soap and water, reach for a disinfectant wipe.

Never soak leather cases.

If your case is leather or has a leather accent, never, and we mean never, soak it in water. Soaking leather can harm or completely ruin the integrity of the material. To clean leather cases, you can use a slightly damp cloth to wipe down the case to get rid of dirt or grime on the surface. Preferably, you should use a leather cleaner to keep your case germ-free and looking like new.

What about cleaning my phone?

Don't forget to give some TLC to your phone as well as your phone case. Since soaking your phone in warm, soapy water isn't an option, we recommend you clean your phone with a disinfectant wipe. Be sure that it's not too wet and you don't get excess liquid near the speakers and ports. It's also a great idea to disinfect your phone case with a wipe in between those deep cleaning sessions.

Now that you know how to clean your phone case, pick from our favorite and easy-to-clean case series below!

Michelle Hu
Michelle Hu was previously the e-Commerce Director at SUPCASE, i-Blason's sister brand.


  • Robynne Challinor

    Is it safe to use this method to clean the inside of the built in screen protector also?

  • Susan Emery

    I mostly use a disinfectant wipe. Ever since this pandemic crisis, I have been more conscious of my dirty sticky case! What good is washing my hands if I just go back to touching a dirty phone?!


    These are some very useful tips for cleaning a phone/tablet case.

  • Kronoak

    Always good to know proper technique when dealing with things that aren’t cleaned often.

  • John a Knight

    Wash hands before and after cleaning

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