How to clean plastic switches: easy ways to get rid of yellowing

Yulia PoteriankoLife
White plastic switches are prone to yellowing, but they can be restored to their whiteness

White switches and outlets look stylish and minimalist. But over time, the plastic from which they are made tends to turn yellow when exposed to sunlight, constant contact with your hands and other factors. Fortunately, you can easily get rid of this yellowing.

OBOZREVATEL collected several ways. They will need inexpensive products that can be easily purchased. But still, you should start not with the recipes themselves, but with the safety precautions for the care of outlets and switches.

How to wash light switches safely

First of all, do not wipe any live points with a damp cloth. Even if it is dampened with a small amount of alcohol. Water or alcohol can give you an electric shock.

To avoid the risk of electrocution, it is best to turn off the power to outlets and switches before treating them.

It's a good idea to dust these outlets with an old makeup or paint brush. It will sweep out all the dirt even from the crevices. After that, you can proceed to bleach the yellowness. Here's what you'll need to do it.


Potato juice is great for dissolving grease and dirt. It's good for yellow plastic, too. Simply cut a potato in half and wipe the cover of the socket or switch. Then wipe it off with a damp cloth and dry it before you turn the power back on.

Baking Soda

This substance is a true champion of stain removal. Make a thick paste out of dry baking soda and a little water. Apply it to the yellowed plastic surface and rub gently with a sponge. Then carefully remove the rest of the baking soda and polish the surface with a clean towel. Be careful not to get the product in the holes of the socket.

White Vinegar

The low concentration of acetic acid degreases and cleans well. It also bleaches even severely yellowed plastics. You can soak plastic parts in vinegar, having previously removed them from the sockets and switches. It is better to use a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water for soaking. Parts should soak in it for about an hour. Then they can be rubbed with a sponge for a clean and shiny finish. The parts should be completely dry before they are put back in place.

Paint Remover Liquid

Whether it contains acetone or another solvent, it can handle yellowing. But before using it, you must test it in an inconspicuous place, because it can damage some types of plastic. The liquid should be applied with a microfiber cloth. It should be barely moistened. All outlets and switches must be completely dry from the solvent before plugging in.

Previously OBOZREVATEL told you how to safely clean your induction stove.

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