Clean Stainless Steel Light Switches Without Chemicals

23 May 2023
Est. Reading: 2 minutes
What's in This Guide?
Cleaning Items You'll Need.
A damp microfibre cloth
Dry microfibre cloth


Are you aware that light switches can be one of the dirtiest places in your home? When we are cleaning our home, we focus on the larger areas, like the floor, carpets, and bathrooms, and forget the light switches. Dirt, germs, and oils from our hands accumulate on these surfaces without us even realising it.

If you have any stainless steel surfaces in your home, you know how soul-destroying it is to try to get smudges and smears off. There are two reasons this could be happening to you. One, you are using a cleaning product on it. Two, you are probably not using your cloth properly.

You need no special cleaning products to clean stainless steel, a damp microfibre cloth is all that is required to lift out the dirt and smudges. The beauty of these cloths is that they remove germs without the harmful toxins found in chemical cleaning products.

Read on to learn how to effectively clean stainless steel light switches or anything made of stainless steel without leaving it covered in streaks and smears!

Avoid using abrasive sponges or cloths since anything too rough can scratch the surface.

Step-by-Step Instructions

How to clean your stainless steel light switches in two easy steps.

Step One: Clean with a Damp Cloth
Wipe the stainless steel surface with a microfiber towel that is clean and only slightly damp. To get the most out of your microfibre towel use only one section at a time. Fold the cloth in half, then in half again, so that it fits nicely in the palm of your hand, to ensure optimum usage. By making an up-and-down wiping motion, you should notice the soil migrating to the cloth. Always remember to switch to a clean section of the cloth when that section gets dirty.

Step Two: Shine it Up!
To avoid leaving any streaks, completely dry the surface and buff the switch assembly with a dry microfiber cloth. When the section gets wet, turn it over to the clean, dry side.


With the use of microfiber cloths and a little water, your light switch should now be streak-free and sparkling. To keep your switches looking their best and germ-free, it is recommended to clean them once a week.

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