How to Clean Opaque Headlights

Updated February 21, 2017

Car headlights are an important part of a vehicle, as they provide lighting during rainy and dark travelling conditions, providing both the driver and other drivers with a clear view of surroundings. When the headlights become dirty, it reduces the amount of light that emits from the opaque headlights, deteriorating the overall quality and function of your headlights. To properly clean your headlights, you simply need a few inexpensive household ingredients.

Pour soapy water into a cleaning bucket. Use 1 gallon warm water and 2 squirts dish soap.

Dip a nylon scrub brush into the soapy water, and scrub across the headlights. The soap will cut through residue and build-up, and the nylon will scrub without scratching.

Rinse a cleaning cloth with clear water, and wipe down the headlights.

Smear 1 tbsp of non-gel toothpaste onto the headlights if they have not been cleaned to your liking. Scrub the toothpaste into the headlights with the nylon scrubber. Use small circular motions. Cover each headlight with a light film of the toothpaste, and let sit for 5 minutes.

Rinse a cleaning cloth with clear water once more, and rub the toothpaste off of the headlights. Repeat if any residue remains.

Spray a light mist of cooking spray onto the headlights, and rub the spray in with a dry cleaning cloth. The spray will restore shine to the headlights.

Things You'll Need

  • Toothpaste
  • Nylon scrub brush
  • Old toothbrush
  • Water
  • Dish soap
  • Bucket
  • Cooking spray
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