Linda said, “I put my iPhone in my pocket and my blue jeans faded on my pink OtterBox. Any ideas how to get it off? I have tried everything I can think of.”
Jeans, especially dark colors of jeans, are notorious for having excess dye that can transfer to surfaces that rub against it. It is usually a bad idea to keep a cell phone in your pocket in general, but this is even more true when you are wearing dark jeans. Luckily, the dye is considered “loose dye”, meaning that it was loose enough to transfer off the fabric and it should still be loose enough for the stain to come out of your phone case fairly easily as well.
You Will Need:
- An eraser
- Isopropyl alcohol
- A cloth
- Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
- Rit Dye Remover
Steps to Remove the Dye:
- First, try erasing the dye with a white eraser or art gum eraser. Do not use a pink eraser as they can leave pink stains.
- If the eraser foes not work, try using isopropyl alcohol. Moisten a soft cloth with the alcohol and rub the stain. Rotate the cloth to a clean area as the dye is transferred to it.
- If the stain still won’t budge, try using a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Test this on a small hidden area first to look for any adverse reaction, such as on an inside a corner of the case.
- If none of the above methods work, something else you can try is Rit Dye Remover. It is available in the laundry aisle of most supermarkets. Mix some of the dye remover powder with water to make a thick paste similar to the consistency of peanut butter. Spread the paste over the stain and let it sit for a few minutes, then wipe it off with a damp cloth.
- Once the dye has been removed, wash the case with soap and water to remove any residue from the cleaning products.
- Be sure the case has fully dried before putting it back on your phone.
- Do not use rubbing alcohol as it contains other chemicals, including dye, which can then be transferred to your phone case as well.