How to clean a light switch

Typically when cleaning we dust surfaces, clean appliances and wash floors, but one of the most used areas in each room gets neglected and can be the most grotty… the light switch.  This is another great task to do while on the phone, it only takes a matter of minutes and all your light switches will be fingerprint, dirt and germ free. Read further for my tip on How to clean a light switch

Follow along in the weekly cleaning series where I give you a task along with steps on how to clean an area/item in your home.  Most of these tasks will be easy, from light switches to toys, towels to stinky shoes, cleaning many of the forgotten areas or things in your home.  View previous cleaning tasks here.


Set yourself up with a cleaning kit to help you through the challenge, you will find what I keep in my cleaning kit here and use these cleaning checklists to help you remember regular cleaning tasks and create a routine to suit the time you have available.

How to clean a light switch

Today’s cleaning task is simple, , wipe over all your light switches and door handles to remove dirt and germ build up.  Don’t forget the light switch in the garage or wardrobes!


Steps to clean a light switch

  1. To be safe – turn off the power at the outside electricity box.
  2. Start at the front of the house making your way round to each switch plate.
  3. Use a homemade antibacterial wipe or a microfibre cloth lightly dampened with all purpose cleaner.  Don’t spray directly onto the plate, it’s best to spray onto the cloth.
  4. Wipe over switch plate and surrounding wall, removing all dirt and grime.
  5. If switch is dirty, use a cotton bud to get into the cracks and crevices.
  6. Use another microfibre cloth to wipe plate dry.
  7. Turn the power back on.

How did you go with this task, please let me know!

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Renee March 11, 2015 - 8:16 AM

I love these weekly cleaning tasks, is there any way to subscribe to have it directly come to my email?

Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 11, 2015 - 8:56 AM

Hi Renee, Sure you can subscribe to the daily tasks and receive them that way.

Molly March 11, 2015 - 3:16 PM

i do the light switches and power points when i clean each room. the light switches can get so grubby with little kids…

Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 12, 2015 - 8:33 AM

That’s wonderful, Molly! It’s great that you keep on top of it, i must admit it is an area so easily overlooked.

Shannon Blake October 22, 2015 - 11:13 PM

I love these mini weekly cleaning tasks. A light switch has so much bacteria – probably more than my cell phone or an ATM. It has been overlooked in my cleaning routine, but I will try to remember not to miss it ever again in the future. Thanks!

Kate - Kat's Assistant October 23, 2015 - 8:36 AM

I agree Shannon, they tend to be an area that gets overlooked in the weekly clean. I usually remember to do mine when i have the vinegar spray bottle in my hand.:)

amirnajamsethit June 11, 2019 - 3:45 PM

Nice blog. Thank you so much for giving idea and tips for safely cleaning switches. Your tips will be helpful to me.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 12, 2019 - 3:28 PM

Glad to help! x


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