How to get yellow stains out of clear case...?

miss.manson

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Dec 12, 2011
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I have a clear case for my iPhone 5C and the case is yellowing. I was wondering if there were any methods I could use that would get rid of all the yellowing.
 

Retired Cat

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Jun 12, 2013
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Unfortunately the answer is most likely there is no way to reverse the color change. The reason is that the plastic itself has changed color.

I had this happen on one of my translucent TPU cases. It turned a bit brown-ish in the corners. I switched to a solid black case after that.
 

blakek

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Apr 26, 2013
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get a new case. clear case can't be but what, $5?

nothing i have ever tried works
 

Nhwhazup

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Any of the TPU cases once colored or stained will not reverse or clean no matter how hard you try.

I had this favorite TPU white case that was super except for it started showing discoloration along the edges. I tried bleach, teeth whiteners including the fizzy type denture cleaners, all kinds of solvents, etc. Nothing worked. The nature of TPU is that it easily absorbs stains but will not release them. It's in the molecular nature of the polymer. I ended up with a white polycarbonate case that works great and cleans up nice.

So go ahead and buy a new one if you like the clear style - it'll be clear for a while until it starts absorbs oils from your skin and starts to discolor.
 

mofunk

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I have the Spigen Ultra Hybrid clear and there was a little color transfer from my jeans. I've had this case for over a month. There wasn't a lot of discoloration that was really noticeable but it I used a Magic Eraser to get some of the transfer off.

The Magic Eraser works. I kept the eraser wet and lightly rubbed the sides. I didn't want to scratch it so each time I touch the case, I rinsed the Magic eraser under cold water.
 

GCollins99

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Oct 30, 2016
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I have a clear case for my iPhone 5C and the case is yellowing. I was wondering if there were any methods I could use that would get rid of all the yellowing.
I dont think so, i had my case for 1 week before it started turning yellow then brown. I tried to clean it but it wouldn't come off.
 

Bazooka-joe

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Thats the problem with TPU clear cases. They will yellow over time and there is nothing that you can do except get a new case. You could try the semi-transparent as they are quite nice and don't yellow
 

Mr.C

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From my experience the TPU cases do tend to yellow but the polycarbonate ones generally don't. That's why usually get polycarbonate clear ones rather then TPU. That said my current case has a polycarbonate back but TPU sides.
 

Baileyamigo

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Nov 8, 2016
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Polycarbonate should be hard, while TPU is 'flexible'.
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Eden newby

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Aug 12, 2018
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I have a clear case for my iPhone 5C and the case is yellowing. I was wondering if there were any methods I could use that would get rid of all the yellowing.
I use lemon juice to make mine more clear due to the acidity in it it removes most discolouration on the case
 

TSquareX

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Sep 25, 2017
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The discoloration is the result of UV exposure. Nothing you can do to alter the chemical makeup of the plastic.
 

Harshjs

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Oct 13, 2018
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I have a clear case for my iPhone 5C and the case is yellowing. I was wondering if there were any methods I could use that would get rid of all the yellowing.
If you want to get rid of getting yellowish in silicon covers then you must try try after shave water it will clean your cover and I guarantee you it would be completely cleaned