My white light switches have yellowed. What can I do?

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  • Yom20985858 Yom20985858 on Mar 12, 2017
    HI. I WOULDJUST GET NEW ONES. ITS BETTER THAN USING A BUNCH OF EXPERIMENTAL THINGS TO CLEAN THEM. I HEARD OXY AND A BUNCH OF THINGS CLEAN THEM. I BOUGHT A BAG OF 12 AT THE HABITAT FOR HUMANITY FOR $1.47. HAD TO REUSE MY SCREWS THO. I THINK SOMEONE BOT THESE BEFORE FOR THE SCREWS
  • Sandy Sandy on Mar 12, 2017
    Oh, dear, switch plates are less than $1 each, just replace them for total happiness.
    • Phyl Phyl on Mar 31, 2017
      It's not the switch plates--they are fine. It is the on/off switch, so it is major--they have to be rewired.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 12, 2017
    Agreed replace them They are very inexpensive.
  • Johnchip Johnchip on Mar 12, 2017
    1. If they are vintage with embossed pattern or a bakelite, take them off and soak in clorox solution or almost any household cleaner, toothbrush scrub them with borax or light abrasive if need be. polish with clear paste wax. If newer, toss and purchase new ones you like. Go online and see some very fancy ones.
    2. And you can always paint them or cover them with applique papers, fabric or plastics.
  • Betty Barger Betty Barger on Mar 13, 2017
    they yellow from heat and age!replace
  • Shoshana Shoshana on Mar 13, 2017
  • Midwest Momma Midwest Momma on Mar 13, 2017
    You could cover them with contact paper or wallpaper.
  • Phyl Phyl on Mar 13, 2017
    It is not the plates that have yellowed, it is the actual flat on/off switch. One of them has multiple swithes, including a dimmer...the dimmer has not yellowed, the rest of the switches have yellowed and the plate is still white. It is not from age, as we built the house and within 2 years they were yellowed. The electrician replaced most of them(until his supply ran out) and they yellowed as well.
    • C Van Houten C Van Houten on Mar 16, 2017
      I would ask your electrician what type of switches he used (name brand, model number, etc.) and call the company and ask if anyone else has complained about this problem. Maybe they were using materials that age rapidly. It can't hurt and they might send you replacements if enough other people have been having the same problem.
  • Deanna Nassar Deanna Nassar on Mar 29, 2017
    You can paint those as well.
  • Phyl Phyl on Mar 31, 2017
    Thanks...do you have a recommendation for what kind of paint to use? oil or waterbed? Have you done it, or do you know someone that has?
  • Phyl Phyl on Mar 31, 2017
    Hope you figured out that I meant waterbed.
  • Teresa Teresa on Apr 02, 2017
    They are not expensive just turn off the power when you switch them out
  • Lynn Lynn on Nov 02, 2020

    I have the exact same issue! It's from UV light. Did you ever find a solution for yellowed switches other than painting them? Or what brand to use that won't yellow? Mine are rocker panel switches.

  • Ro Ro on Mar 13, 2021

    wipe them with a rag soaked in carpet shampoo

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Jul 12, 2021

    Plastic yellows with age.

    You could try to paint them with enamel paint, after cleaning them with acetone.


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