How to Use Baking Soda to Clean Your Phone Case

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Did you know that cellphones have ten times more bacteria than most toilet seats? Gross! I was shocked too when I learned about it.

So I did a little research and found out that baking soda has antibacterial properties. I knew right then I have to try it out as a phone case cleaner.

And I’m happy with the result. Not only does baking soda clean my phone case it also deodorizes it.

Now I use it to clean my phone case every few days. I prefer using it over rubbing alcohol because it’s odorless and won’t fade the color of my phone case. I reserve alcohol for cleaning my phone’s screen protector. But that’s a different topic entirely.

So let’s begin.

Here’s how I use baking soda to clean my phone case.

What you’ll need:

Baking soda
Bowl or microwavable container
Paper towels

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1. Combine 2 teaspoons of baking soda with 1 cup of water. Mix well.

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2. Dip the cloth in the solution. Squeeze out the excess water. 

dip cloth in the baking soda solution

3. Rub your phone case with the cloth. Focus on the stains and dirt build-up. 

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4. After rubbing with the cloth, rinse the phone case with clean water. I do this to make sure there’s no leftover baking soda that may leave a white residue.

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5. Dry your phone case with a clean cloth or paper towel.

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3 Things to Consider When Using Baking Soda to Clean Your Phone Case

  1. Most phone cases sold online are made of plastic or synthetic leather. However, if your phone case is made of more uncommon materials like wood and genuine leather, make sure you check the packaging your case came in for cleaning instructions. Baking soda is abrasive and may scratch some surfaces. 
  2. Don’t forget to remove your phone case from your phone before cleaning it. Water and electronics don’t mix.
  3. If you have painted phone cases, don’t use the solution to clean the outside of the case. Baking soda could scratch or fade the paint. Only use it on the inside part.


Now that your phone case is clean, you can get back to your emails and mobile games without worrying about germs.

By the way, did you know baking soda is strong enough to get rid of pet pee stench? Check out that article if you’re a fur parent like me.

I hope that this article was helpful to you.

Thanks for reading!

-Baking Soda Guy

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Regarding Baking Soda Cleaning Solution:

  1. Can I use baking soda directly on my phone case without mixing it with water? It’s best to mix baking soda with water to create a gentle cleaning solution. Using dry baking soda directly on the phone case may be too abrasive and could potentially scratch the surface.
  2. Can I add essential oils to the baking soda solution for a pleasant scent? While adding essential oils may provide a pleasant scent, it’s not recommended for cleaning phone cases, especially if they are made of materials like plastic or synthetic leather. Essential oils can leave residues and may damage certain surfaces.
  3. How often should I clean my phone case with baking soda? The frequency of cleaning your phone case with baking soda depends on how often you use it and your environment. Generally, cleaning it every few days or at least once a week is sufficient to keep it free from dirt and bacteria.

Regarding Compatibility with Different Phone Case Materials:

  1. Is baking soda safe to use on all types of phone cases? Baking soda is generally safe to use on most phone cases, especially those made of plastic or synthetic leather. However, if your phone case is made of materials like wood or genuine leather, it’s essential to check the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions to ensure baking soda won’t cause any damage.
  2. Can I use baking soda to clean fabric or silicone phone cases? Baking soda can be used on fabric and silicone phone cases, but it’s essential to spot-test a small, inconspicuous area first to ensure it doesn’t cause any adverse effects.

Cleaning Electronics with Baking Soda:

  1. Can I use baking soda to clean my phone’s screen or other electronic devices? While baking soda can be effective for cleaning certain surfaces, it’s not recommended for cleaning electronic devices like screens or internal components. The moisture from the baking soda solution could damage sensitive electronics.

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