Three Ways to Clean Your Foggy Headlights

Your car – it’s your baby. When your baby has a little cough, you want to make it better. In this case, that little cough is actually a set of cloudy headlights. Fear not! It’s an easy fix.  But even better than finding a fix is preventing the problem in the first place.

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Why Are My Headlights Foggy?

There are a few factors that can contribute to having cloudy headlights. There are ones that are difficult to control, such as the weather. It could be the sun’s powerful rays that have corrupted the integrity of your vehicle’s lights, the torrential downpours of Spring, or the vast temperature changes that occur throughout the year. All of these elements can force the weatherproof seals on your headlights to crack.

Although the weather can affect the headlights on our vehicles in more ways than one, you can fix the problem yourself. From household remedies to products you can pick up at the grocery store,  a solution for cleaning headlights is within your grasp.

Solutions to Restore Headlights

If you are wondering how to clean headlights, there is one method you could try, before investing in cleaning products. Great news — your friends and family at SafeAuto got you covered!

Baking Soda Method

Have access to water, a rag, a bowl, and baking soda? Then you are ready to roll with this method!  

  • Step 1: Put about five tablespoons of baking soda into a bowl and add a little water till it forms a white paste.
  • Step 2: Use the rag to apply this paste to your headlights (careful not to touch your car’s paint).
  • Step 3: Rub it in and then wash it away.
    • Please note: You might have to repeat this process a few times.

Headlight Cleaning Products

Maybe you’ve already tried a home remedy and you didn’t get the results you wanted. Now, you’re ready to invest in a cleaning product made specifically for headlights. A lot of these products are available on Amazon and almost all of them can be found at Walmart, AutoZone, or similar stores. You’ll find they all have a four-star or greater rating.

Here’s a list of popular products:

  1. Turtle Wax T-240KT Headlight Lens Restorer Kit
  1. 3M 39008 Headlight Lens Restoration System
  1. SYLVANIA – Headlight Restoration Kit
  1. Mothers 07251 NuLens Headlight Renewal Kit

Although foggy headlights can be a nuisance, there are ways you can fix the issue at home. We hope this how-to comes in handy next time you need to address cloudy headlights on your vehicle.