Discover innovative and natural methods to clean and whiten your home switches. Whether they’re PVC, wooden, or metal, these tips will help you restore them to a fresh, new look without resorting to harsh chemicals.
Cleaning of PVC Switches
PVC switches can lose their original white color due to UV exposure, daily use, and bacterial accumulation. But worry not! Natural products can effectively restore the fresh white appearance of these switches. Here are some methods you can use:
Bicarbonate of Soda
Recognized for its cleaning prowess, bicarbonate of soda is a great ally in returning the white color to your plastic switches. The method is straightforward. Make a paste by mixing the bicarbonate of soda and water. Use a soft sponge to apply this paste, let it sit for a few minutes then remove it using a damp cloth.
Another natural cleaner is white vinegar. It has the power to both whiten and degrease your switches. It can be applied to a cloth which is then used to gently clean the switches. For a deeper clean, you can unscrew the switches (ensure to turn off the electricity) and soak them in white vinegar for an hour. After soaking, rinse the switches with soapy water and let them dry completely before reattaching. You can also combat switch yellowing using a mix of crystalline water and hot water.
Clay stone is another effective solution for tough dirt and bringing back the white color to PVC materials. To use, take a small amount of clay stone, rub it onto the switches using a soft cloth.
A surprising yet effective way to clean PVC switches is to use a potato. A potato can effectively eliminate layered stains. Simply cut a potato in half and rub it over the switches. For those hard-to-reach areas, earplugs soaked in toilet milk can be extremely helpful.
Cleaning Wooden Switches
When it comes to cleaning wooden switches, the best natural cleaners are linseed and olive oil. They not only clean but also impart a beautiful shine to the switches. All you need is two to three drops of linseed oil applied to a cloth for a switch that looks as good as new.
Cleaning Metal Switches
Metal switches are particularly prone to visible stains. Using soapy water as a cleaner is an efficient way to make them shine again. Soak a microfiber cloth in soapy water and use it to clean the switch. Your metal switches will be shiny and clean in no time.