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How to Clean Headlights


Most car owners like their vehicles clean and shiny. A perfectly clean car looks presentable even if it is not so fancy. Keeping your car clean can be hard - you have to deal with the road dust and mud. If your car is of a dark color dust may be unnoticed, but headlights have to be sparkling-clean all the time - it is important for you to see the road clearly. Cleaning headlights without leaving marks can be pretty challenging, but there are tricks that can help you with that. To learn more, read a couple of tips below.



Toothpaste & Microfiber cloth

You will need:

  • toothpaste or tooth powder;
  • a clean cloth and an old rag;
  • warm water;
  • a microfiber cloth.


Normally you shouldnít clean things like that with abrasive substances, as they can damage the surface of headlights. But toothpaste abrasives are different: they work gentle as they are not supposed to hurt tooth enamel.

  • If your headlights are very dirty, remove the excess of dirt with an old rag.
  • Dip a clean cloth in warm water.
  • Squeeze out some toothpaste on it and rub to get foam.
  • Wash headlights with the cloth.
  • Remove foam with warm water.
  • Once you remove all the foam, use a dry microfiber cloth to dry headlights and make them shiny.

Soapy water & Windex

You will need:

  • liquid soap (if you donít have liquid soap, it is fine);
  • a clean cloth and an old rag;
  • warm water;
  • Windex and / or a microfiber cloth;
  • Paper towels (if you donít have a microfiber cloth).


Soap is a perfectly good cleaning solution. The only problem is Ė rag marks (after the surface dries), but Windex (Mr. Muscle or other similar solution) will fix that.

  • If your headlights are very dirty, remove the excess of dirt with an old rag.
  • Dip a clean cloth in warm soapy water.
  • Wash headlights with the cloth.
  • Remove soap with warm water.
  • Dry headlights with microfiber rag or a cotton rag/paper towels.
  • Apply Windex and dry headlights with paper towels. If you use a microfiber rag, you donít need Windex at all.


  • Don't use abrasive substances (like Comet) for cleaning headlights - they can and will damage the surface.
  • Don't use a hard brush when cleaning headlights to avoid leaving scratches.



All you need to do to get perfectly clean headlights is use a common cleaning substance and a proper solution / fabric for drying them (so there are no marks). Both ways described above work perfectly well, you just have to be careful and accurate.

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