Headlight restore kit after use

How to clean headlights at home

Headlights play a vital role in making your night travel safer and easier. They are essential not only for late-night drives but also for misty afternoons and rainy days. Like other things, headlights also get faded over time. However, you can keep them in a tip-top condition by regularly performing headlight restoration. All you need is to find some time to do it once a month. It’s simple and you don’t need to go through any vigorous training sessions to be able to pull off such cleaning jobs. In this blog post, we’re going to let you know how to clean headlights at home. We have put together some easy DIY ways that are sure to help you with headlight cleaning.

How to clean yellow, foggy headlights using dish soap

Dish soap is one of the most common household items people can use to get the grime off their foggy headlights. Anyone can do it without much effort. All the stuff needed for this headlight cleaning method is easily available at home. 

Things Needed:

  • Bucket
  • Sponge
  • Warm water
  • And dish soap


Before you start the cleaning process, make sure your beams are neat and clean. Use a piece of cloth to remove any dirt deposited on the headlights. Prepare soapy water using dish soap and warm water. Dip a sponge in the mixture and rub it on the headlights in a circular motion to remove the bugs and debris. Once done, rinse the headlights thoroughly to remove the residue.

How to clean headlight with a restoration kit

Clean Headlights after use restoration kit

For amazing, long-lasting results, you can go with a Headlight Restore Kit, which is easily available on the internet. The kit comprises everything necessary to give your car headlights a fresh, sparkling look. The entire process takes a couple of minutes to complete. Give it a shot if you want to clean your car headlights with the greatest accuracy in little to no time. 

Things Needed:

  • Only a Headlight Restore Kit


Before starting the cleaning process, make sure your headlights are cool. If they are not, use a damp cloth to make them cool faster. The kit comes with two cleaning wipes and one protection wipe. Use cleaning wipes in a small circular motion and wait a few seconds to let it do its magic. Apply a clear coat and you’re done! It’s simple, isn’t it?

How can I make my headlights clear again with bug spray?

Although many experts don’t recommend cleaning headlights with bug spray, it’s still considered the quickest method to give headlights a new look. The DEET, an active ingredient in the bug spray, does a great job meting the cloudy film on headlights. 

Things Needed:

  • A bug spray 
  • And a towel


Never apply bug spray directly on headlights, as it can cause discoloration. Dap it on a towel and gently rub it onto your yellow, cloudy headlights using small circular motions. Always use the spray in a moderate amount to stay on the safe side.

Headlight cleaning with vinegar

The mixture of warm water and white vinegar can do wonders to improve the appearance of your headlights. With this method, sparkly headlights are just an hour away. 

Things Needed:

  • Warm water
  • White vinegar
  • Soft cloth or rough sponge
  • Plain cooking spray


Detach the headlight cover from the front of the car and thoroughly immerse it in vinegar. Leave it there for an hour to remove any type of filth deposited on your headlight plastic. After the vinegar bath, the next step is to use a sponge or cloth to scrub the grime and debris off the headlights. Reinstall the headlight cover to complete the process. Cooking spray can also be used to achieve some shine.

How to clean car headlights with denatured alcohol

Denatured alcohol is another thing you can use to give your cloudy headlights a new look. It serves as a cleaning agent, sanding aid, and as a solvent. So relying on denatured alcohol may be of help in restoring yellow car headlights. 

Things Needed:

  • Soft rag 
  • Soapy water
  • Denatured alcohol


First off, wash your headlights with soapy water to remove any type of grime and debris. Apply denatured alcohol using a soft rag and keep rubbing until yellow color vanishes. Wash the headlights thoroughly and let it dry.

How to clean headlights with toothpaste

Toothpaste is a widely used household item that can also be used to get rid of cloudy, yellow car headlights. Cleaning headlights with toothpaste is as simple as brushing your teeth. Toothpaste is specially designed to fight plaque – a sticky film that is quite similar to the grime found on car headlights. 

Things Needed:

  • Soft cloth 
  • Toothpaste of any brand


Rinse your headlights thoroughly before applying toothpaste. Dap some toothpaste on a rag or soft towel and move it in a circular motion. Keep rubbing until yellow hue vanishes. Rinse the headlights again and let them dry. Toothpaste of any brand can be used; however, toothpastes containing baking are considered good for fighting stains and grime.

after headlight restoration

Headlight cleaning with dish soap and salt

Adding salt to dish soap can be really effective in fighting against the debris and grime accumulated on the headlights. It’s an easy method that anyone can easily perform without much effort.   

Things Needed:

  • Dish soap
  • Warm water
  • Salt 
  • Bowl 
  • Sponge


Prepare a mixture of dish soap, salt and warm water into a bowl and soak your headlight cover in the mixture for 10 minutes. After that, use a sponge to rub the headlight cover in a circular motion. The salt and soap combo should easily remove any grime and dirt. Keep rubbing until the foggy texture disappears. Rinse the headlight cover and let it dry. 

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