DIY – How to Clear Cloudy Headlights

DIY - How to Clear Cloudy Headlights

Car headlights are the most basic safety feature in every car. However, over a period of time, car headlights get foggy and cloudy making them not only look ugly but also decreasing their ability to shed light. 

There are a whole variety of reasons why car headlights become cloudy but in this blog we will tell you how to clean them yourself cheaply and effortlessly. So let’s get started. 

Ways to Clean Foggy Headlights at Home

Headlights are made from polycarbonate material. Dust, debris and high UV exposure can take away its natural crystal look. As time passes, the headlights get dull. This can be a safety hazard on the road. 

Follow the below-mentioned life hacks to clean foggy headlights at home to avoid unwanted risks.

1. Toothpaste Method

This is by far the most popular method. The reason toothpaste is effective in clearing foggy headlights is that it’s made up of abrasive material. Headlights become foggy due to the deformation of the polycarbonate structure present in the headlights. The abrasive properties of toothpaste act as a scrub to smooth the headlights’ surface. 

All you need to do is to apply toothpaste and rub it with a piece of microfiber cloth. This will scrub the plastic and seal it with a shiny surface. Keep applying in a circular motion to get the required results. 

2. Baking Soda and Vinegar

Like toothpaste, baking soda is also an abrasive agent, which means it dissolves and smoothens the deteriorated surfaces. Baking soda and vinegar have been used as effective cleaners for thousands of years. 

Simply add baking soda and vinegar to make a paste. Now apply this mixture to the headlights, and rub with a microfiber cloth in circular and linear motion. Keep applying until the headlights are clear. 

Things to Keep in Mind When Cleaning a Cloudy Headlight

Below are the things to keep in mind while cleaning hazy or foggy headlights effectively:

  1. Remove any debris or dirt traces before you start with the cleaning process. 
  2. Only use a clean microfiber cloth when applying the mixture. 
  3. Use protective equipment like gloves to prevent direct contact with the mixture. 
  4. Seal the headlights perfectly by making sure no dirt is present on the inside.
  5. Once the headlights are clear, ensure your car doesn’t get parked in direct sunlight.
  6. Whenever refueling, make sure to get your headlights and windshields cleaned. 

By following the methods mentioned above, you can clear a foggy headlight. Crystal clear headlights mean more visibility at night and clean looks during the day.

Do you have any other cleaning methods or hacks of your own? Let us know in the comments below. 

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