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How to Clean Your Headlights

We all know that a dirty car can be a little embarrassing to drive. For the most part though, the average car owner knows how to give their vehicle a bath. Whether you do it yourself or take it to the car wash is up to you.

Some dirt can actually impact the safety and performance of your vehicle, however. That’s definitely true when you’re dealing with dirty headlights. While you might think your best bet is to just hose them off and get back to driving, there’s actually a better, more effective way to clean headlights that have become foggy or cloudy.

Use this guide to do your own headlight cleaning.


Take Care of Dust First

If you’re like most drivers, your headlights have a pretty fine layer of dust on them. That’s normal, especially if you drive your car a lot. If you park your vehicle outside, you might even face a more serious dust buildup because of exposure to winds and the elements.

To take care of dust, start with a clean microfiber cloth or a paper towel or shop towel. Wipe the first headlight until it’s clean, changing the cloth out or getting new paper products as necessary.

When the headlight you’re working on is ready for a more thorough cleaning, you shouldn’t feel any dust on your finger when you touch it. Switch to the next headlight and repeat the process until they’re both free of dust.

Clean Teeth, Clean Headlights

Once you remove the dust from each headlight, you can get down to the actual process of removing the foggy film that sometimes covers those essential lights. Start by simply spraying each headlight with a small amount of clean water to moisten the plastic.

From there, put a small amount of a basic toothpaste – those with cooling crystals are not a good choice – onto an old toothbrush. Scrub each headlight until they look cleaner to you. This usually takes about a minute or two per light.

After you’ve scrubbed each headlight clean, rinse them using the spray bottle and clean water you should still have handy. If the headlights are particularly dirty, you may need to repeat the scrubbing process one more time.

When the headlights are clean, you can dry them with a microfiber cloth, shop towel or paper towel. Your headlights should be as good as new and look much clearer without that hazy, foggy film they had before.

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  • Posted by agency-it
  • On October 26, 2016

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