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How to Restore Your Headlights with Common Household Items

Your vehicle's exterior parts can be just as vital to your safety as its interior parts. An excellent example is your vehicle lights, specifically your headlights. Without brightly lit, functional headlights, you would not be able to see clearly when driving at night. Not only that, but other drivers would struggle to see you. As a vehicle owner, you have a duty to make sure your car, including your headlights, is clean. Sometimes, regular car washes are not going to cut it for your headlights. Over time, your headlight covers will naturally get grimy and yellow, caused by oxidation. Thankfully, cleaning headlights is an easy task that you can do at the convenience of your home!


The three items you need for the cleaning job are a microfiber cloth, car soap, and water. Furthermore, you will need to pair these items with one of these everyday household items that can work as your cleaning ingredient:


Toothpaste is intended to remove plaque, but it can also treat oxidation. All you have to do is apply the toothpaste directly onto the light covers. Follow with a scrub using the cloth, and follow it with a wash and rinse afterward. 

Baking Soda

A mixture of baking soda and water will create a cleaning paste if you feel uneasy about applying toothpaste to your car. The solution should have more baking soda than water so that it is a paste-like consistency. Use the sponge and scrub in circular movements.


Vinegar is the last ingredient you can use, and it is very capable of restoring your headlights. This procedure is slightly different from the two before. You will need to remove your light lens and soak them in vinegar for a minimum of one hour. Once they've soaked in the solution, please give them a generous scrub using a cloth or sponge. Then follow with a wash to get rid of the vinegar scent.


Let us know if any of these DIY cleaning tips helped. Your headlights should look bright, clear, and brand new. For all your automotive maintenance and repairs, please consider Nerger’s Auto Express for the job. We invite you to give us a visit in Bound Brook, NJ, today!

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