What You Need
Razor Blade (if you have excess caulking to remove)
1. Shut your power off.
2. Remove the power plate cover. You can simply wipe this down but since mine was cracked I bought a new at the hardware store for just $1.99.
3. Spray a little 409 on a Q-tip and dab it on a paper towel so it's not dripping. Then carefully wipe away the grease and muck. Much like your ear canal, don't stick the Q-tip inside the socket.
4. If you have caulking or paint around the edges of your switch, gently scrape away using a razor blade.
5. Replace the cover and you're finished! Look how happy he looks.
Additional Notes: Thanks to Apartment Therapy readers for helping us update step one, safety first!
Want more smart tutorials for getting things done around the home?
See all of our Home Hacks tutorials
We're looking for great examples of your own household intelligence too!
Submit your own Home Hacks tutorial or idea here!
Images: Geoff Bentz