When it comes to cleaning our homes, we often focus on things such as the floors, kitchen, bathrooms and living rooms. We might scrub floors with fervent zeal, to get the grout clean, or use a toothbrush to scrub away mildew in the shower. But how often do you clean your light switches?
Light switches can get really grimy.
Light switches can get really dirty. Have a look at your switches, they might have a bit of dust around them, or even a bit of black, from grubby hands. This might not seem so bad, but it’s what you can’t see that’s the problem. We touch light switches constantly through the day. This is why light switches need to be disinfected regularly.
Why its important to disinfect your light switches.
Light switches? you might ask. Do they really have to be disinfected? And if so, why?
You might not even have thought about cleaning them, as many of us often forget to do. Perhaps you just wipe them down with a damp cloth, but an interesting study done by NFS shows how light switches are among some of the dirtiest items in a home. Especially light switches that are located in bathrooms, and kitchens. Many germs were found on these switches including E Coli, and Salmonella, according to this study. Yeast, molds and Staphylococcus bacteria were found on 23% of light switches in various homes. Often times, we don’t even think of light switches being full of these germs. Disinfecting light switches is even more important, especially because of the Covid19 pandemic. You can imagine coming home from grocery shopping, and often times, the first thing we do, is switch the lights on. Before even thinking, we haven’t washed our hands, and we could run the risk of getting the virus into our home, by just turning on our lights.
How to disinfect your light switches safely
Disinfecting light switches is really easy. One thing to always keep in mind though is that light switches are electrical, therefore you wouldn’t want to douse them in tons of water. Even spraying a solution onto your light switches could cause a short circuit. Another important thing to remember is that, always check with the light switch supplier which cleaning solutions are safe to use on their switches. Some light switches can get damaged from harsh cleaning products. For example, bleach mixed with water could cause colour loss. So always check with the supplier first.
So, in order to keep yourself and your family safe from germs and electricity, read the following on how to disinfect your switches safely.
- Use a soft cloth and dampen it slightly with water and a cleaning solution, such as Milton, or even rubbing alcohol (If the manufacturer says this is safe for your light switches) Do not soak the cloth. Rather wring out as much cleaning solution as you can, and gently wipe down your light switch.
- Clean the switch plate, light toggle and use an ear bud to clean the harder to reach places, that can’t get clean with a cloth.
- Once this has been done, you can dry the light switch with a microfiber cloth.
- If you aren’t keen on using harsh chemicals in your home, you can always make a cleaning solution made of vinegar and water. Add an essential oil such as tea tree for added benefits. Tea tree is known for its germ killing properties and is often used as an antiseptic. It also smells great. There is no scientific evidence that vinegar and tea tree can kill the Corona Virus though. So, if you are specifically concerned about Covid19 you might need to use something a bit stronger to disinfect your light switches. But as we mentioned before always check if the cleaning products you use are safe for your switches.
- Remember to clean light switches at least once a week, or everyday if there is an illness in the house.
We are really living in difficult times, with the Corona Virus making life all over the world difficult, it’s important more than ever to make sure we keep our houses clean. Disinfecting light switches might seem a bit extreme, but it makes sense considering its something we use and touch all day. Keep your home and your family safe, by disinfecting your light switches regularly.