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Diy headlight cleaner

Updated February 21, 2017

Cleaning car headlights can be an easy task, if you know what cleaning products to use. Several retail car care products are available, but these can be costly and not always effective. Instead, consider using inexpensive, easy-to-use ingredients that are most likely already around the house.

Cooking Oil

Cooking oil works to lubricate and lift dirt and residue from car headlights. Use an oil-based cooking spray or a simple bottle of vegetable oil. Rub onto the headlight with a cloth or soft brush, scrubbing to remove any built-in residue. The oil will restore the transparency of the headlight, removing the foggy film, lubricating cracks and leaving headlights looking brand new again.

Toothpaste and Baking Soda

A combination of toothpaste and baking soda works effectively to break up dirt and grime, and leave your headlights looking brand new. In a dish, combine a spoonful of toothpaste with a spoonful of baking soda. This will create an easy-to-apply paste that you can use with an old toothbrush or rough sponge. Rub directly onto the headlights, and rinse away or wipe with a damp cloth. This will restore the clear transparency of the headlight, and restore the headlight appeal of the vehicle.

Nail Polish Remover

Nail polish remover also works to remove build-up on car headlights. Make sure to only use non-acetone nail polish remover, as acetone-based products can eat away at the top layer of the headlights. Polish the headlights with a sponge or brush, and apply as necessary until the headlights are restored to their original condition. Wipe away with a damp cloth to remove any excess residue or nail polish remover, and your headlights will look brand new again.

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Mel Frank is a professional freelance writer with over 15 years of writing experience. She has completed a wide variety of writing assignments for a number of publications that include CNN and various websites. Frank received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from a prestigious university in Pennsylvania.