How to clean a leather iphone case

Hello everyone, I tried to find any possible solution, but after a year i have a case in full patina, and have a question – how to clean it without causing any damage to case, of course, maybe there are any tools to make it?

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Thanks for visiting the Apple Support Communities! I understand you’re curious how to clean the leather case for your iPhone.

The following guide helps to show how to clean your Apple products: How to clean your Apple products

Specifically, the following section mentions how to clean the leather case for your iPhone:

iPhone case—leather

The leather iPhone case is made from natural leather. Its appearance will change as you use it. It might acquire a patina and might change color due to the oils from your skin and direct sunlight, further enhancing the natural look.

Cleaning the leather might affect its color. If you choose to clean this case, first remove it from your iPhone. Use a clean cloth with warm water and mild hand soap to gently clean the iPhone case. You can also use a mild cleaner along with a dry clean cloth. Leather cleaners and conditioners can change the color of leather.

Keep your iPhone case away from prolonged intense sunlight, heat, and humidity. Exposure to water, oil, makeup, and dyed materials (such as denim) can stain tanned leathers.

How to clean a leather iphone case

Let’s be clear about one thing: Your phone is F-I-L-T-H-Y. It carries 10 times the number of germs a toilet seat does, so don’t expect your phone case to be any cleaner. With flu season in full swing and the new coronavirus spreading, it’s better to take precautions than to fall prey to sickness.

So please, clean your damn phone case already.

If you’re looking for a basic wipe-down, Apple has a cleaning guide for its cases. But if you need something more robust, we’ve got you. Here’s how you can disinfect that nasty, yellowing case that stares you down every time you look at your phone.


How to clean a leather iphone case

Plastic is relatively durable compared to other smartphone case materials, so it will survive tougher and more effective cleaning solutions, like bleach. If you’re uncomfortable working with that, though, feel free to use dish soap instead. (For a bleach-free method, follow the instructions for rubber and silicone cases.)

What you need:

Sponge, cloth, and/or toothbrush

Bleach can irritate your skin and lungs, so put on dishwashing gloves and open your windows for good air ventilation.

Mix one tablespoon of bleach for every cup of water you have. That’s one part bleach to 16 parts water, if you want to do it in larger quantities. To avoid injuries, be careful not to splash the liquids.

Completely soak your case in the solution for 5 to 10 minutes. If your case has a stubborn stain, feel free to soak it a bit longer or until the stain is gone.

Give your case a good scrub with a sponge or cloth to get rid of any grime, dirt, or stain. Use a toothbrush to get to hard-to-reach spots.

Rinse your case thoroughly to remove the bleach solution. Pat it dry with a (paper) towel and let it air dry for about half an hour before you put it back on your phone.

Aftercare: Wipe your case down with a disinfecting wipe weekly and repeat this routine once a month.

Rubber and silicone

How to clean a leather iphone case

Rubber and silicone are a bit more delicate than plastic, so you’ll have to use a milder cleaning solution. But that also means you might not be able to get all the gunk out in one try. In any case, start by using a dish soap solution, and if stains and yellowing persist, try baking soda after.

What you need:

Sponge, cloth, and/or toothbrush

Baking soda (optional)

Add a moderate amount of dish soap to a bowl or a bucket of hot water and mix well. How much soap? Use your best judgement.

Submerge a sponge or cloth into the solution and use it to scrub your case. Use a toothbrush to get at every nook and cranny.

Optional: If the stains and grime weren’t already lifted after the last step, sprinkle some baking soda on top of them and scrub with a wet toothbrush. For big stains, mix one part warm water with three parts baking soda to form a paste. Apply it to the affected areas, let it sit for about 5 minutes, and then scrub.

Rinse your case thoroughly until it’s free of soap and/or baking soda. Pat it dry with a (paper) towel and let it air dry for about half an hour before you put it back on your phone.

Note: Don’t boil your silicone case or stick it in a dishwasher, as you might with silicone cookware. It could shrink the case.

Aftercare: Wipe your case down with a disinfecting wipe weekly and repeat this routine once a month.

How to clean a leather iphone case

Liquid can cause some wood and wood finishes to shrink or expand. But this vinegar solution is generally safe to use on all types of wood and finishes — just be sure not to soak your case in it.

What you need:

Dish soap (optional)

Fill a spray bottle with two parts water and one part vinegar, and mix well. Feel free to add a few drops of dish soap to the solution if you feel that the stains on your case call for a cleaner with a bit more strength.

Spray the solution onto the case and wipe it down with a damp cloth. Again, be careful to avoid drenching your case in the solution.

Wipe it again with a paper towel or dry cloth to remove excess moisture.

Aftercare: This solution functions as an all-purpose, everyday wood cleaner. Save whatever you have left of the solution and repeat this routine weekly.


How to clean a leather iphone case

Leather is the snowflake of all these phone case materials — it’s sensitive to oil, dyed materials, makeup, sunlight, heat, and humidity. Once you stain it, there really isn’t an ideal way to address it. It’s best to use a leather cleaner and follow the instructions there, but this works as a cheaper alternative, too. Just be mindful that the leather might slightly change color with whatever solution you choose to use.

What you need:

Leather conditioner or mink oil (optional)

Mix warm water and hand soap in a bowl. Use your best judgment to determine the proportions.

Never apply the solution directly onto the case since leather is susceptible to water stains. Dip a cloth into the solution and wring it until it’s damp. Wipe your case down with the damp cloth.

Use a dry cloth or a paper towel to remove excess water.

Optional: Use a leather conditioner or mink oil to keep your case in good shape for the future. Follow the instructions on the label.

Aftercare: Keep your case out of direct sunlight, heat, humidity, and anything else that can stain it. Repeat this routine once a month — or more frequently if you prioritize cleanliness over preventing leather discoloration.

We always have our phones, and thus our cases, with us: in bed, in the car, in the kitchen, at work, in the bathroom (you know you do it). It’s no wonder then that your case is starting to discolor and has collected 18 times more germs and bacteria than a toilet seat. (Yikes!) It’s important to make sure that your phone case gets cleaned properly to keep it looking like new and germ-free.

You may be afraid of cleaning your phone case because you don’t want to ruin it with the wrong chemicals or methods. But, don’t worry, we’ve got the DL on the best and most effective methods for how to clean a phone case.

How to Clean a Phone Case: Do’s and Don’ts

  • Remove the case from your phone – You may be tempted to leave it on there because it’s quicker and easier, but you don’t want the cleaning solution to get inside your phone and cause any damage, so it’s best to remove it for a thorough cleaning.
  • Make sure the area you are in is clean and free of dust and germs.
  • Always spot test the cleaning method you’re using on your case before you clean the whole thing. Materials like leather can be permanently discolored if you use the incorrect cleaning method.
  • Clean your phone at the same time. There is no point in cleaning your case, and then sticking it back on a dirty phone.
  • Clean it everyday – If the stat in the first paragraph isn’t enough to convince you of this, there isn’t much more we can say.


  • Stick it in the dishwasher – It may seem like an easy solution, but your plastic case will likely come out looking more like modern art than a phone case.
  • Use any artificial cleaners, such as window cleaner, ammonia, or hydrogen peroxide as it can damage the case material.
  • Forget the nooks and crannies – Be sure to clean the inside of the case and in and around the cutouts. Just be gentle so you don’t stretch out your case.
  • Put a wet case back on your phone – you don’t want any liquid getting in where it shouldn’t, so make sure your case is completely dry before putting it back on your phone. Set it out to dry at room temperature, and not in the sun.

Different Methods for Cleaning Your Phone Case

Use An Alcohol Wipe

An alcohol wipe is one of the easiest, and most effective ways to clean your case, and it won’t cause any damage. They’re inexpensive and readily available; you can get a pack of 200 on Amazon for less than $8. This is the best cleaning method for plastic phone cases.

  1. Wipe your case with the alcohol wipe on the inside of the case and on the outside.
  2. Wipe your case with a dry microfiber cloth, and then let it air dry completely (until there’s absolutely no visible moisture remaining) before putting it back on your phone.

Make Your Own Alcohol Wipe

Don’t have an alcohol wipe laying around? It’s not that hard to make your own mixture. All you’ll need is a soft microfiber cloth and 70% isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol).

  1. If you have isopropyl alcohol in a higher concentration than 70%, you can mix it with some water. The concentration just needs to be at least 70% to be effective.
  2. Dip your cloth in the alcohol or alcohol mixture, and gently wipe to disinfect the inside and outside of your case.
  3. Wipe your case with a different, dry microfiber cloth, and then let it air dry completely (until there’s absolutely no visible moisture remaining) before putting it back on your phone.

Use Soap and Water

If you don’t have an alcohol wipe or any rubbing alcohol around, just use soap and water! Pro Tip: This is the best way of cleaning a leather case. (Just be sure to spot test it first as each leather is different).

  1. Add one or two drops of dish soap to a half cup of warm water and mix.
  2. Dip a microfiber cloth in the liquid, squeezing out any excess liquid, and use it to wipe your case clean on the inside and outside.
  3. Optional: You could also soak your case in the solution for a few minutes if you have tougher stains. (If you have a leather case, it is best to clean with a cloth and not soak it.)
  4. Wipe your case with a different, dry microfiber cloth, and then let it air dry completely (until there’s absolutely no visible moisture remaining) before putting it back on your phone.

How to Clean a Yellowed Plastic Phone Case

First, why exactly do clear cases turn yellow? Most clear cases are made from thermoplastic polyurethane, commonly known as TPU. TPU is a great material because it’s protective, durable, and looks amazing. until it turns yellow that is.

The good news is that the yellowing isn’t always because your case is dirty. The yellowing is caused by natural chemical degradation as the material ages. The bad news is that your case is still yellow, and there are things that can accelerate the yellowing like exposure to sunlight, heat, and certain chemicals.

Luckily for you we have a recipe for cleaning a clear phone case that’s turned yellow:

  1. In a small cup or bowl, mix a teaspoon of baking soda, a teaspoon of toothpaste, and a tablespoon of water together into a paste.
  2. Put some of the mixture on a soft bristled toothbrush and scrub the case for a few minutes. Once the case is covered in the mixture, you can let it sit for up to several hours depending on how yellow your case is.
  3. Rinse, and let it air dry completely.
  4. This mixture may not remove all of the yellow, but it will make it look clearer. If you’re still unhappy with how your case looks, it may be time to get a new one.

P.S. This goes without saying, but don’t use that same toothbrush to brush your teeth after you’ve used it to clean your case. It’s now covered in a bunch of dirt and bacteria, so just don’t. Please 🙂

How to Kill Germs and Sanitize Your Phone Case

If you want to go beyond just a simple clean, and really destroy some germs, you may want to try a UV phone sanitizer. Ultraviolet light is proven to kill harmful germs and bacteria that could be lurking on your phone case.

How to clean a leather iphone case

Totallee’s UV Sanitizer can quickly sanitize your phone case in a 30 minute cycle. It can also sanitize your actual phone, keys, wallet, AirPods, etc. Plus, it doubles as a wireless charger! You can pick on up for just $99.

It’s actually much easier than you think to disinfect your phone case everyday and keep those toilet germs where they belong. It may also be a good idea to not take your phone into the bathroom, but we’re not here to judge.

anyway to clean this? i have the red leather and the sizes are turning black and it looks horrible.

my girl called me out on it and told me to get a new case because it looks disgusting.

any possible way to clean this and make it look good/decent?


macrumors member
  • Jan 30, 2015
  • #2

anyway to clean this? i have the red leather and the sizes are turning black and it looks horrible.

my girl called me out on it and told me to get a new case because it looks disgusting.

any possible way to clean this and make it look good/decent?


macrumors 68040
  • Jan 30, 2015
  • #3

It’s quite possible that it isn’t dirt making it black, but that the leather’s surface (with the red dye) is wearing off exposing the underlying materials which are black.

I know that is the case with my red case.


macrumors 65816
  • Jan 30, 2015
  • #4


macrumors regular
  • Jan 30, 2015
  • #5

anyway to clean this? i have the red leather and the sizes are turning black and it looks horrible.

my girl called me out on it and told me to get a new case because it looks disgusting.

any possible way to clean this and make it look good/decent?


  • Feb 1, 2015
  • #6

anyway to clean this? i have the red leather and the sizes are turning black and it looks horrible.

my girl called me out on it and told me to get a new case because it looks disgusting.

any possible way to clean this and make it look good/decent?

Solution: change the girlfriend


macrumors member
  • Feb 2, 2015
  • #7

I have been using lens wipes. After cleaning screen and camera lens the same wipe is used on my black apple leather case. With no problems, or the wipe causing problems with the dye in the leather case.

You can buy lens wipes at Walmart in eye care section, 30 pack of wipes are about 2 bucks and some free standing sales stands of boxes of 60 for 3 bucks.
Just get a packet and try some small area on your red case first.


macrumors regular
  • Feb 3, 2015
  • #8

I have the midnight blue. Very happy with my purchase and a classic look with the 6+.

I’ve been enjoying this case even more now that it has gone softer and a little bit more grippy as time passes


macrumors regular
  • Feb 3, 2015
  • #9

There is a trick I’ve used in the past that I got off of some of the automotive forums (BMW, Audi) to refresh oily steering wheels. Seems like it would be similar leather of the iphone case. You just wet a magic eraser and GENTLY draw it over the leather with light pressure. DONT SCRUB! I did this on one of my steering wheels that had gotten slick and oily and it drew out alot of the dirt and oil and gave the leather a welcomed texture. not saying a "like new" texture but just better than the sticky dirt and oil texture.

I have a brown iphone 6 leather case that is getting a little oily around the edges but i havent tried this process on it yet. Maybe if i get bored enough tonight.


  • Feb 3, 2015
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macrumors regular
  • Feb 3, 2015
  • #11

Cleaning iphone 6 plus leather case?

So here’s after I tried the magic eraser method I mentioned above.

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Still slightly discolored. But not slick and sticky at all like it was before. The edges are softer now. Not huge results but for only 5 minutes not bad. I wasn’t expecting it to go back to new condition so I’m pretty happy with the results. Overall, I’d say it reversed a couple months of use.

For the record I’ve had my case since launch day.


macrumors 6502a
  • Feb 4, 2015
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macrumors 68040
  • Feb 4, 2015
  • #13

Wow. There is some AWFUL advice being used here.

1. Do NOT use iKlear or other alcohol based cleaners. Alcohol + Leather do NOT mix.

2. Do NOT use magic erasers (malamine bars). These work by rubbing off a superficial layer of the substrate, like a very fine sandpaper. You are basically rubbing off the top layer of leather with these things.

The ONLY thing you should use is a gentle leather cleaner, that you have tested on a small area first. POSSIBLY some 1:10 dilution of mild soap and water.


macrumors 601
  • Feb 4, 2015
  • #14

Use a proper leather cleaner if it’s actually dirty. I use 1Z’s leather cleaner and conditioner for our cars and it’s very good at cleaning up leather that other leather cleaners are unable to deal with. However, there are countless good leather cleaning products out there.

Do not use a Magic Eraser. It’s an abrasive.


macrumors regular
  • Feb 5, 2015
  • #15

Yeah, you guys are right. I should have made it clear that the magic eraser method shouldn’t be used in these scenarios:

– if your case still has life and is in decent condition. This is a last ditch effort before you go get a new case
– if you have access to top quality leather cleaners and are willing to waste more than 5 minutes gently massaging the cream on your case.
– if you expect your case to last longer than a year or two (hint: they won’t)
– if the possibility of damaging a $40 apple case might make you cry
– if you treat your case like it is top grade leather
– if you are worried about your cases superficial layer of substrate

For anyone that fits these categories I advise not to use the magic eraser method.

For any normal everyday people just trying to clean the grime off of their case it might be worth a shot.

Do you clean or condition it at all? How is it holding up? Any products you recommend? I really like how some of the aged ones look on here and want to make sure mine look like that.

I take pretty good care of my phone so my case still looks brand new outside of the natural patina that develops over time. As for caring for it I just slap some lexol (or any other leather conditioner you might have) on it ever other month or so. I find the leather conditioner keeps the phone patina more evened out so it's worth it. Just my opinion but get the saddle brown for the best results over time.

I got the ProductRED leather case for my iPhone 7 Plus. Despite my best efforts to keep it look pretty, after a while it starts to turn black around the edges, but I think it still looks good and doesn't bother me.

Is the saddle brown Apple leather case the only colour that changes overtime?

They seem to change in different ways. Dark colors (midnight blue, black) don't change much at all. Brown colors (tan, saddle brown) become darker and look like classy aged leather. Bright colors (red, ocean blue, etc) seem to turn black around the edges, which I'm not particularly fond of.

They all do, although the extent of the change becomes more noticeable on lighter colors.

I've seen a few of them change over time

Mine got much darker around the edges and darker throughout, but it looked like it gracefully aged rather than got dirty.

I don't do anything for my black iPhone SE case and it's pretty much fine, although a little shiny around the edges. The problem is just that it's a little difficult to take on and off.. it often feels like the stiff sides might crack when I have to do that to get other headphones into my phone

It's amazing! I have the iPhone 7 saddle brown leather case,great quality and the apple leather cases age really well. If your deciding weather or not to get one, get one! Really nice product.

Interesting. I had the saddle brown apple leather case on a 5S, and it aged horribly. I described it to friends as the worst aging leather I owned when compared to various higher end belts, wallets, etc. As a result I bought the black case for my 6S, but it seems as though they've changed the texture of the leather to one that ages much nicer.

I didn't care for mine at all, just used it. 2 years later its quite scrappy but only after 2 years. The edges on the phone screen side wore down to plastic and the plastic is splitting because I play with it. I put it in my pocket all the time, no bag. I've also gotten it wet and dried it t ew conditioning. Honestly, you'll want a new case before the case dies.

I've had mine for a few months and it's doing well. I think the leather seems to get enough oil from contact with my skin, so that adding more isn't necessary. It's gotten nicer to hold over time. The leather is of decidedly mediocre quality, nothing special, but it's good enough to at least patina a bit. Nicer leather (like the Nomad cases) will age even better.

Overall I don't regret buying it but I'll probably explore other options once this case gets worn out.

About a month ago, I purchased the Saddle Brown leather case for iPhone 6S Plus. As the product said it would slowly change color and the sales associate told me to expect a nice patina to develop with age, I was excited to see the case age.

Well, a week in and it had changed. but not for the better.

The indigo dye in my jeans had stained the case blue around the edges and the previously orange dye had turned ugly.

Well, I decided to throw caution to the wind and salvage the case.

And it worked! My case now has a beautiful deep brown color and seems to get better each week. Here is the process I've been using and the products I've used to achieve it.

Let me know how it works for you. I'm especially interested if someone tries this with another color case.

BUT as always, your mileage may vary.

What You Will Need:

Kiwi Saddle Soap

Kiwi Neutral Shoe Polish

Leabags Avocado Premium Lotion

Two (2) Soft cloths (microfiber works great)

Soft natural hair shoe brush

How To Clean Your Case:

(I do this once a week, but recommend it on an As Needed basis.)

Clean case with Saddle Soap.

Using one cloth build up a nice lather in the soap tin and gently rub it into the case. Focus on the areas with the most staining, but clean the entire case. Don't apply water directly to the case, rather in the soap tin.

REMEMBER: This will remove the dye used in the case. But that is okay. You are looking to build up a new, more natural look.

BE GENTLE! The leather isn't very thick and too much pressure could tear it or pull it off the plastic backing.

Avoid getting too much soap on the interior surface of the case. It will harden the material and reduce the protective nature of the case.

2. Wipe excess soap from case and let it air dry.

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3. Apply leather lotion.

Make sure you get the edges. Apply evenly. Then let it soak in and air dry.

Using the second cloth apply the shoe polish and the brush to smooth the surface.

Use a lighter melt the polish IN THE TIN (not on the case, bad things happen). Re-melt as it cools.

Rub the polish on in little circles, working out from the center to ensure even coverage.

Between coats apply little dabs of leather lotion to get more shine.

Don't go crazy! Two coats is usually fine, the surface will get harder as you apply more. Too much and you'll crack it when you try to put the phone back in the case.

Add one more coat of lotion. You can use a natural oil too, such as olive.

For shine. Let air dry.

No more indigo stains. A bit of shine. After a few weeks, your case will develop a beautiful dark brown color. The polish even protects from water stains. It feels great in the hand and looks even better.

The leather case is my daily driver (I've got a heavy duty one for when I'm filming on location) and I couldn't be happier with it.

(And honestly these don't do it justice. The colors are so much richer and it really just glows)

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I have the leather case that was released along with the iPhone 5s and I was wondering if anybody knew how to get rid of marks that are on it. It hasn’t even been a week yet and there already scuff marks all along the edges and corners. Does anybody know how to safely buff them out?

I have tried using toothpaste like one website suggested but it was ineffective. I really like the feel and the fit of the case so I’d like to keep it for a long time if possible.

Posted on Sep 27, 2013 12:54 AM

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My red case has gone black in the lower corners and all along the edges from what i assume is contact with my pockets.

It appears to be pretty much impossible to clean, i think leather just absorbs dirt horrendously.

Lightly scratching the marks with your fingernail seems to reduce their prominence a small amount.

Regret buying it now.

Sep 27, 2013 4:46 AM

Same problem here. I bought the brown case for my black iphone 5 a couple days ago, and it’s already darkening on the edges and has another small dark mark on the back. I read a few things about this before purchasing but I just shrugged it off as people with dirty hands or lifestyles or something. But it is now clear that even normal contact with pockets and skin results in this darkening.

Wish I had known about this beforehand or I would have bought the black one.

Sep 30, 2013 11:23 PM

I took mine back to the store and the Apple staff looked horrified and offered to change it for a different colour or give me a refund. I took the refund and have bought a SPIGEN Neo Hybrid Case, which has got really good reviews (although it hasnt arrived yet).

They should let you do the same, I imagine a lot of people will not be happy with them which is a shame because they are a really nice case its just a shame about how quick they show the dirt.

Oct 1, 2013 2:11 AM

Yes I took mine back yesterday and they accepted it no problem, even with the darkening on the edges. Glad that the Apple store is so generally cool and easygoing about things like this. I thought about exchanging for a black case, but I’m thinking now that I’m just going to go “bareback” and keep it in a designated pants pocket. I did that with my iphone 4 for 2 years and it worked out fine–the one time I dropped it and cracked the back glass, I just took it back to the Apple store and they replaced the back glass for 30 or 35 bucks in 5 minutes or so.

Oct 4, 2013 1:10 PM

Use hand lotion.

Oct 12, 2013 9:43 AM

Nope. The type of leather it is means it absorbs any colour. Hand lotion won’t get it out (I tried)

Oct 12, 2013 11:02 AM

My local Apple Store didn’t replce/refund mine. They pointed to the statement on the box stating that the apperance of the leather will change over time and the case getting black is normal.

Oct 12, 2013 4:22 PM

Try taking it to another store? Unless it’s super black or something, they should be cool about it and let you return.

Oct 12, 2013 6:27 PM

To clean and preserve, you could use neutral color Saddle Soap – you can look it up on Amazon (made by Kiwi) – sells currently for $3.60 (plus shipping). However, one of the cool things about leather (especially the natural brown leather – which is the color of my 5s case) is that it takes on that “leathery” worn look over time due to oils in your hands/fingers reacting with the leather. For this same reason I have the iPad leather smart cover. can’t stand the unnatural plastic look of other cases/covers!

Oct 14, 2013 6:18 PM

My Navy iPad Smart Cover does that and I really like the look after a year. However, my red iPhone 5s case is just turning black.

Oct 14, 2013 7:00 PM

I will not recommend anyone buying Apple Leather case. i regret buying it. its also not a cheap case,$45.

i was expecting it to be of superior quality like iphones or other apple products.

i have this cover for last 15 i can clearly see the black marks on corners. i tried to clean it but still the same.

I called my local apple store, on phone they say they have 14 days return policy but since it just the 15th day , they will take it back. but when i went to the store, they refuse to return.

The point is , I am not returning it beause I dont like, i like to return it beacuse its defective.

I think apple should take responsibility of this and apple being such a big and responsible company should recall this product.

Most of people have used leather prodicts like sofa (light color), they never change color in couple of weeks because we sit on them.