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Do You Clean Light Switches?

light switch and plate

light switch and plate

You may be thinking, “Why in the world would I clean a light switch?” You’ve probably never even thought to clean one or, if you have, it may be a place that is forgotten often.

The thing is, germs from hands get transferred to light switches as you turn them on and off day after day. Over time, you may even notice dirt building up on the light switch. A dirty light switch will definitely make your home appear unclean even when it’s not (and no one wants that!).

It’s easy to work it into your cleaning schedule without much effort. When you’re dusting the house, cleaning counters, etc., just make it a habit to give your light switches a good cleaning at the same time. Here’s how:

How to Clean Household Light Switches

Ingredients Needed:

  • Rubbing Alcohol, Vinegar, or any other All-Purpose Cleaner
  • Dry Cleaning Cloth


When dealing with anything electrical you want to use caution, but it’s actually quite easy to do in this circumstance. Instead of spraying the rubbing alcohol, vinegar, or other all-purpose cleaner directly onto the light switch, spray it on a clean, dry cloth. Use the cleaning cloth to disinfect and clean the light switch and plate, paying close attention to visible dirt. Then quickly move from room to room and repeat. In just a few minutes, you can have clean, germ-free light switches!

Have you ever cleaned a light switch?

  • Julie August 23, 2011, 6:40 pm

    I clean light switches and door knobs all the time…everyday during cold and flu season. Even though my boys wash their hands as soon as they get home from school, they have to touch door handles and light switches on their way to the sink. Don’t want my three year-old picking anything up if we can help it.

  • Mandy August 28, 2011, 1:15 pm

    YES! I find my light switches get SOOO dirty and it drives me crazy. I know some people overlook them at their homes but that is one place I always notice the dirt!