Things You Will Need
- Hot soapy water
- Cotton swabs
- Paper towels
- Rubbing alcohol
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.
- 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.
Do not get water into the switch.
Do not spray the switch with cleaner.