How to Clean Mobile Back Cover?

how to clean mobile back cover

Updated: July 23, 2023

When you buy a new mobile phone, it looks perfect. Not only the screen of the phone, but the whole phone shines. It seems that if it were possible, you would never touch it so as not to leave fingerprints or greasy marks. Unfortunately, after only five minutes of use the phone is covered with fingerprints, dust and greasy streaks. But you can bring it back to perfection with just a swipe of a wet cloth or a microfiber cloth.

But how do you restore a brand-new look to your phone when you’ve been using it for a long time and the phone case has become very dirty? Fortunately, there are two easy ways to clean the mobile back cover, even from ingrained dirt.

Alcohol Wipes

The effective way to remove grime from the mobile back cover is to use alcohol wipes. Alcohol wipes usually come with a screen protector, but they can also be purchased separately at any mobile accessory store.

alcohol wipes to clean the screen
Alcohol wipes to clean your phone screen.

To clean your phone body follow the next steps:

  1. take out and unwrap an alcohol wipe
  2. wipe the mobile back cover
  3. remove moisture residue with a dry cloth 


Another way to clean your phone back cover is to use an eraser. The eraser does not damage the phone cover, so you can use it to clean phone cases made of plastic, wood, leather and some other materials.

pencil eraser
Pencil eraser.

How do I clean the back of my phone?

You can use a variety of cleaners and detergents to clean the back of your phone. However, you should use a specific cleaner for each type of material. Here is a list of effective detergents and cleaners:

  • TV and screen cleaner.
  • Vinegar.
  • Wet wipes.
  • Calcined soda.
  • Rubbing gum.
  • baking soda.
  • Concentrated alcohol.

The TV and screen cleaner is suitable for all types of materials. The cleaner does not contain alcohol, so it will not damage the phone cover. You can use the cleaner to clean deep soiling and light disinfection.

screen cleaner
Screen cleaning product.

Vinegar can be used for some surfaces: plastic, glass or metal. Vinegar helps to remove some dirt, remove unpleasant odor and disinfect the surface.

Wet wipes are an all-purpose cleaner for all types of surfaces. Cleaning wipes can be used to remove dirt. And antibacterial wipes with 70% alcohol content can also be used for disinfection.

Calcined soda is used to bleach plastics. Calcined bicarbonate of soda helps to remove yellow stains.

Pencil eraser is suitable for cleaning all types of surfaces. It can also be used on rubberized surfaces, wood and leather.

White plastic and rubber can be whitened with baking soda.

Concentrated alcohol is excellent for removing stubborn dirt from glass and metal. Concentrated alcohol is also effective in disinfecting.

How do I clean the back cover with vinegar?

Vinegar helps to remove unpleasant odors, removes stubborn dirt and disinfects the surface. Vinegar is recommended for cleaning plastic, glass, and metal back covers. To clean with vinegar, follow these steps:

1. Remove the cover from the phone. If you can’t remove the cover, then tape all the holes with painter’s tape.

2. Dilute the vinegar with distilled water in a 1:1 ratio.

3. Soak a cotton swab in the solution.

4. Wipe the cotton swab over the back cover of the phone.

5. Wipe away any excess moisture with a dry cloth.

How do you clean rubber?

To clean the rubber cover of your phone, a TV and monitor screen cleaner is a good choice. The cleaner does not contain alcohol, so it is also suitable for cleaning the rubber phone cover. To clean the rubber cover, follow these steps:

1. Apply the cleaner to a dry cloth. You can use a microfiber cloth or an eyeglass cloth.

2. Wipe the phone cover.

3. Wipe off any residual moisture with the dry side of the tissue or use a different wipe.

4. Evaluate the cleaning result. If the phone cover is not clean enough, then repeat the cleaning process.

How do you restore old plastic?

Polishing your old plastic cover will help restore it. Polishing the plastic will remove minor scratches and stubborn dirt.

Deep scratches and dents can be repaired with 3D printer plastic. To do this, the plastic must be heated to melting point and then fill the damaged areas of the cover. It is better to use a 3D printing pen to melt the plastic. When the plastic has cured, the irregularities should be removed by polishing.

Painting the old plastic cover will also help to give it a new look. To do this, the plastic cover must be removed from the phone and cleaned. Then apply a base strengthening layer and dry the cover. Then evenly apply wear-resistant paint, such as car paint. When the paint is dry, you can apply clear enamel or another paint coat to reduce paint wear.

Do white phones turn yellow?

Phones with white covers or white cases turn yellow over time. The following are reasons for the yellowing:

  • Aging of the plastic.
  • Exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun.
  • Overheating.
  • Contamination.

Plastic is a tough material. At the same time, atmospheric and other effects on the plastic leads to the natural process of aging and destruction. Therefore, plastic gradually loses its original color. The aging process cannot be stopped, but it can be slowed down. Careful use of your phone, regular cleaning and use of a cover will help slow down the aging process and keep its original white color.

The ultraviolet rays of the sun will cause additional heating of the plastic and accelerate wear and tear. As a result, the plastic gradually turns yellow in places exposed to sunlight. Therefore, it is advisable not to use the phone in the sun or use a protective cover.

High temperature also leads to the formation of yellowing. Excessive use of games or applications may cause heating. The phone also gets hot when you use fast charging or wireless charging. So the best solution is to avoid overheating. To do this, you should avoid charging your phone with fast charger and playing games at the same time. And when using wireless charging, it is advisable to use custom air cooling. You can also find wireless chargers with built-in air cooling on the market.

The white cover gets dirty quickly. Therefore, you need to clean the surface regularly. The easiest way to clean it is to use wet wipes. With damp wipes, you can clean the white cover or white case anytime, anywhere. You can also use antibacterial wipes with 70% alcohol content. Antibacterial wipes are better at removing dirt, bacteria, and viruses.

Can yellowed plastic be whitened?

You can whiten yellowed plastic with baking soda or soda ash. It is advisable to remove the plastic cover from the phone to bleach it. The process of bleaching the plastic case is identical to bleaching the cover. Read the article Why do Clear Cases Turn Yellow?


How do I clean the back of my phone without vinegar?

You can use TV and computer screen cleaner or wet wipes to clean the back cover. Damp wipes are the easiest and most affordable way to remove various contaminants. Wet wipes are suitable for different types of surfaces. Using antibacterial wipes with 70% alcohol content will additionally disinfect the phone cover.

How do you remove stains from plastic?

A wet wipe with 70% alcohol will help remove dirt that has been absorbed into the plastic. An antibacterial hand wipe can also be used. A bleach process can help remove yellow stains from white plastic. Baking soda or baking soda ash can be used for bleaching.

How do you fix sun damaged plastic?

Exposure to the sun over a long period of time will usually cause the plastic to fade. The plastic becomes darker or lighter, and white plastic becomes yellow. Bleaching with soda ash can often help restore white plastic. If the bleaching process didn’t work or the plastic cover is a different color, then the only solution is to repaint the cover.

How do you remove stains from rubber?

Cleaning with a damp cloth will help remove dirt stains from the rubber cover. For stubborn dirt you can use an antibacterial wipe or an alcohol wipe with 70% alcohol. If the cover has turned white or whitish then you should consider painting the cover.

How do you remove yellow from transparent mobile cover?

To remove yellowing from a transparent mobile cover, you will need to bleach the cover. You can use baking soda, bleaching soda, bleaching toothpaste, and bleach to remove yellowing. Read more about how to bleach a clear cover in the article Why do Clear Cases Turn Yellow?

Why does my phone cover turn yellow?

There are several reasons why a case turns yellow. Natural wear and aging is an inevitable process for any cover. Exposure to heat and ultraviolet radiation from the sun speeds up the aging and yellowing process. Likewise, dirt and sweat will cause the cover to yellow. Therefore, the cover should be cleaned regularly. It is desirable to avoid sunlight and overheating of the phone.

Why do clear cases turn brown?

The brown color indicates excessive wear and aging of the case. Such a case has been exposed to excessive weather and temperature. It is impossible to bleach such a case and return it to its original transparent state.

What cases don’t turn yellow?

Only clear silicone and plastic cases and white cases do not turn yellow. Covers in other colors do not turn yellow or you cannot see the yellow effect. Also covers made of tempered glass do not yellow.

Video “How to clean phone cover?”


Here we’ve described how to clean a phone cover. You can use either of two easy ways to clean your phone body or phone case at home. Use alcohol wipes or an eraser to bring it back to its original shiny appearance.

Knowing how to clean a clear phone case can stop those dreaded yellowing stains in their tracks and make it look like new again. It’s always a horrible moment when you remove your phone case and discover the whole thing has faded to a gross yellow shade. This yellowing is a natural occurrence as the case ages and is exposed to ultraviolet light as well as heat, so it can’t really be avoided. On top of that, grease and grime can build up stains of their own with everyday use. 


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Alex Gustman

My name is Alexander.
I am the author of articles, reviews and videos on the YouTube channel of I have been testing various electronic devices, mobile games and Android applications since 2012.

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