I never think about it… But the switches also need to be cleaned!
However, it is enough that I take a look at it to convince me that it is essential…
Fingerprints, tarnished plastic, greasy deposits… Yuck! A good cleaning is not a luxury.
So, I asked my grandmother how she manages to have switches that are always so clean.
And it’s not a tip she gave me, but 6 effective tips for easily clean the plastic of the switches. Look :
1. Potato + makeup remover
Surprising, but effective, this trick makes it possible to find switches as clean as if they were new.
It is particularly practical for removing greasy traces left by little cracked fingers.
In fact, potato starch truly dissolves traces of grease.
Just cut the potato in half and rub it against the switches.
For hard-to-reach parts, take a cotton swab and soak it in potato juice.
And pass it on small dirty areas.
With a microfiber clothwipe the switch.
Then moisten a piece of cotton with Cleansing milk and remove the last dirt.
This option has the advantage of depositing a protective film on the switches.
As a result, they will get dirty much less quickly.
2. Baking soda
To restore all their shine to your tarnished switches, this is the ideal solution.
Just make a whitening paste by mixing baking soda and water.
Pour 2 tablespoons of baking soda into a bowl and add a little water to make a thick paste.
Apply the paste to the switches and allow to dry.
Then just wipe with a clean cloth to find clean switches.
Find out how here.
3. White vinegar
The same way you can disinfect door handles with white vinegar…
We can absolutely disinfect dirty switches with white vinegar.
Yes, switches are also breeding grounds for germs and viruses.
To eliminate them, simply moisten a cloth with white vinegar and pass it over the switches.
Rub a little, let it dry and that’s it!
Are your switches really super dirty?
It happens after painting, for example.
For a thorough cleaning, you can disassemble the switch plate and soak it directly in a bath of white vinegar.
Let it act then make sure to dry it well before putting it back on.
4. Household alcohol
It is a little less known than white vinegar…
But household alcohol is also a household product super effective disinfectant.
It is very economical and it is formidable.
It disinfects both door handles and switches.
Its use is just as simple as white vinegar.
We put a little household alcohol on a cloth and we pass it on the switches.
And that’s all !
Can you remove the switch covers?
So nothing prevents you from cleaning the covers of the switches with detergent…
Whether it’s homemade detergent or the one you buy in the store.
Pour 3 liters of water into a basin. Add 3 tablespoons of lye and mix.
Dip your switches in this bath and leave to act for 24 hours.
All you have to do is rinse them and dry them well before putting them back on.
No more fingerprints and grease or even paint stains!
But the icing on the cake is that your switches become all white again.
No need to buy more!
Note that it also works with soda ash.
6. White vinegar + 70° alcohol + hydrogen peroxide
You can also make your own cleaner and disinfectant to clean the switches
Add 6 drops oftea tree essential oil and 6 drops of another essential oil of your choice to flavor your product.
Dampen your cloth with this mixture and wipe it over the switches.
There you go, now you know how to clean switches.
Easy, fast and effective, right?
How often should this cleaning be done?
After all, every time you turn a light on or off, you leave germs on the switches.
And these days, it is better to clean and disinfect them regularly.
It is best to clean them once a week.
But if someone is sick in your home, they must be disinfected everyday to avoid contamination of the whole family.
The ideal is to turn off the electricity before cleaning the switches.
Because almost all liquids conduct electricity.
And if a liquid comes into contact with the electrical circuit, it causes a short circuit.
But above all, you risk taking a severe juice hit.
In all cases, never completely wet your cloth. It should be barely damp.
And don’t spray your cleaning solution directly on the switch.
Do not use acetone to clean the switches. This may damage the PVC.
Have you tried these tips for cleaning switches? Let us know in the comments if it worked for you. We can’t wait to read you!
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