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HonestChicken

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For those of you who bought the leather case for iPhone 12 | 12 Pro/Pro Max, how do you sanitize it?

I am hesitant to use alcohol wipe since I worry it would damage the leather.
 

shr631

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For those of you who bought the leather case for iPhone 12 | 12 Pro/Pro Max, how do you sanitize it?

I am hesitant to use alcohol wipe since I worry it would damage the leather.
Thanks for starting this thread. Iwa s wondering the same thing as I have a black leather case which is perfect, but I may return it. Had saddle brown in the last where I didn’t mind the aging signs. But I’m way more conscious of what (and who! just kidding...not really) I bring home now.

Some folks recommend phone soap...
 

Ryxmd

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When I’m out grocery shopping or picking up food, I use Clorox wipes to wipe down my phone if I used it when my hands have not been sanitized. At home I use my Phonesoap Homesoap or just Clorox wipes again. Don’t use alcohol wipes as it will remove the color.
 

TheIntruder

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1) Simply try not to get it dirty.

2) When it is necessary to clean, follow leather care instructions - generally using a small amount of water (damp cloth), and perhaps a mild cleaner.

The aniline leather that Apple uses for its cases is on the more delicate end of the spectrum, which is why it patinas and shows signs of use. Water and sweat will darken it. The best way to care for it is to avoid soiling it, and needing to clean it. That's the nature of the material.

If you choose to cook it with UV light, don't be surprised if it fades, or dries out. Harsh chemicals will remove the dyes and oils used in the tanning process as well.

3) If that's not suitable, buy a fake leather case instead, or replace it as necessary.
 

Hyde0709

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I have an X Apple Leather case and I wash the thing all the time in the sink with dish soap(dawn generally) - give it a few hours to dry and then its back onto my phone. I have done this for years and as soon as my 12 case arrives, I am sure I'll do the same. I have not seen this cause any issues with the case.
 
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lordhamster

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Sanitise your hands and don’t put it down on random tables.
This.

I actually just got an Apple Watch SE so I can do basic things like Apple Pay and getting texts from the wife without taking my phone out of my pocket while in a store. I go back to my car... sanitize my hands (then) grab the phone again.
 

freakomac

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I have an X Apple Leather case and I wash the thing all the time in the sink with dish soap(dawn generally) - give it a few hours to dry and then its back onto my phone. I have done this for years and as soon as my 12 case arrives, I am sure I'll do the same. I have not seen this cause any issues with the case.
This is exactly what is suggested in the Apple website.
 

Apple Fritter

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No idea why you'd sanitize phone covers, but if you're OCD about creepy crawlies you might want to switch to a silicone version.
 

asleep

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How has that been working for you? Do you put the phone and case in there? Looks like there’s only room for one at a time which is still pretty cool.
I haven't received it yet, but it's like a sun-tanning bed for a cellphone. The have roomier ones for giant phones/cases. I saw a deal offer for it on MR, thought it had to be BS but I checked with a doctor friend who does some work for FDA/CDC and he said it would work over 30 minutes of exposure for a lot of bad stuff but possibly not COVID.

There are a number of YT videos supporting UV-C inhibiting growth of a bunch of the nasty goop we get on our phones. I had not heard of it before, but I hadn't really been monitoring the new phone market until the Mini was introduced. Seems to have become a thing in 2017.
 
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madrigal77

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How has that been working for you? Do you put the phone and case in there? Looks like there’s only room for one at a time which is still pretty cool.
I’ve been using it for about a year. It works great, and yes, you can leave the case on. It leaves kind of a musty smell for about 10 minutes, but apparently that’s the bacteria and crap dying.

I also have a Home Soap. You can sterilize keys and all kinds of stuff in there. It will even fit a 13 inch MacBook.
 
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