How to Clean Light Switches


Light switches can get handled several times a day, depending on the room they're in and the number of people in the household. The light switch in a bathroom, with no windows, may be turned on and off many times a day. All those fingers leave the switch dirty and sometimes even sticky. Clean light switches on a regular basis so they don't look and feel grimy. Clean all the switches in the house at once.

Things You'll Need

  • Cloth
  • Hot soapy water
  • Cotton swabs
  • Paper towels
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Put a cloth in hot, soapy water. Wring it out. Wipe the top of the light switch plate where it collects dust. Wipe around the switch itself on the wall plate.

  • Use a cotton-tipped swab dipped in soapy water to get into the crevices around the switch plate and the wall.

  • Wipe the switch with the cloth. Turn the light on and off to get underneath the switch as well. Dry the switch. If the switch is very dirty, use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to clean it. The alcohol evaporates quickly.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not get water into the switch.
  • Do not spray the switch with cleaner.

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