How to Clean Foggy Headlights with Household Products

Car headlights will naturally become foggy or yellow overtime from oxidization. Not only does this look bad but it lowers your visibility at night which can increase the chance for an accident. Here are some simple tips on how to clean foggy headlights and restore them back to showroom condition fast. The process is easy and involves some simple household products that you most likely already have at home.

Cleaning Headlights and Taillights

(Baking Soda)

Materials Needed

  • Bucket
  • Baking soda
  • Dish soap
  • Clean cloth
  • Sponge
  • Bowl
  • Hose or water source
  • Small bowl

Prepare your headlight cleaning solution. Start by adding a gallon of warm water to your bucket and put in some dish soap. I always suggest a environmentally safe soap. In your bowl place roughly 5 table spoons of baking soda and enough warm water to form a paste. At this point you can head out side and we will begin to clean and polish your headlights.

Clean the headlights. Take your sponge and soapy water and begin to clean all of your headlights and taillights thoroughly. Remove all debris and bugs before preceding to the next step. It will help if you get the headlights wet first and allow them to soak for a couple of minutes before scrubbing them. Small circular motions will work best to clean them. Make sure to rinse off your headlights after your scrubbing removing all soapy residue.

Apply your headlight cleaning solution. Take you baking soda paste that you prepared and begin to apply to the headlights with the corner of the sponge. Baking soda is fairly inexpensive so be generous when applying your solutions to the lights.

Proceed to scrub and polish your headlights. With your clean cloth begin to polish your headlights in small circular motions. The baking soda will act as a buffing agent and begin to clear up your yellow headlights. The baking soda will also begin to soak up most of the oxides. You don’t need to apply a great deal of pressure as the baking soda does most of the work for you. Be careful not to apply any solvent or rub it on your paint around the headlight as the abrasiveness of the baking soda could dull your paint or cause swirls. Repeat this step a few times until you see the results that you want, and you will see them.

Rinse and clean off your headlights. When you have reached the desired results give your headlights a thorough rinse or you will end up with a white paste on them.  You may want to give them a once over with your soapy sponge one more time. The final step is to dry off your headlights and turn them on. Gaze into your cars new eyes with amazement! If you aren’t quite happy with the results repeat the steps another time or two.


Materials Needed

  • Toothpaste (Plain)
  • Clean cloth or Rag
  • Hose or water source (to Rinse or Wipe off Headlight)

-Put some toothpaste on the rag and scrub in a circular motion on the headlight.

-Do the same on the other side and rinse. Repeat if necessary and admire your newly clean headlights!

-Use plain toothpaste only DO NOT use any kind of toothpaste with cooling crystals or anything like that, as they will scratch the surface badly.

Importance of Clean Headlights

Remember that your headlights not only help you see at night but help other see you. Headlights that aren’t functioning properly due to being yellow, cloudy or simply not working are a road violation resulting in a ticket and potentially an accident. Keep your car looking good and you may turn a few more heads while helping ensure your safety.



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