EASY Way To Clean Vehicle Headlights

How to clean car headlights
How to Clean Car Headlights

Have you ever flipped on your vehicle lights wondering if they are really on, because hardly any light is coming out?  

I’ve had that same thing happen to me.

My car is a little older and the lens in the front are not allowing the light to shine as well as it could.     

This easy, inexpensive, maintenance is made with ingredients right in your kitchen pantry and only takes a couple of minutes.      

 Just a little bit of ‘elbow grease’ and your headlights should be letting much more light shine through; which is safer for you, your loved ones; and others on the road too. 

Simply click to the next page and I’ll show you how you can polish up your headlights in no time at all. 

Easy DIY Cleaning Your Vehicle Headlights

Homemade Solution 


1/4 cup baking soda

2-3 Tbl. water

Clean rag



Mix baking soda and water together to form a paste

car headlight cleaning

Using a soft cloth rub the baking soda paste over the headlights, using a bit of elbow grease if needed.

Car headlight cleaning

Rinse with clean water.

DIY Headlight cleaning

Before and after – WOW! This was my experience, yours may vary.

Headlight DIY Cleaning

How to clean your headlights yourself

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  1. I love this for cleaning your headlights. At the dealers and auto parts shops they will tell you that you have to spend anywhere from $30 to $200 (if at the dealer) to have you headlamps cleaned. It is important to have the best visibility as possible when driving.

    Carrie, another great post!! Thank you

  2. Good post . Also ,as your out and about “gunk” gets on your headlights as you do your regular driving to the store, school , shopping, ect. Be sure to give your headlights and tail lights a “wash” when you gas up your car. Make it a part of your routine when you wash your windows . It’s amzing how much film gets on your headlights and tail lights ……

  3. Carrie,

    I have tried baking soda and vinegar on many things. Most of the time it is a miracle worker. Thanks so much for sharing. I hope you are having a great day.
    Diane Roark

  4. Great idea! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party

  5. Hi Carrie! What a great post and idea – my car is definitely an oldie (but a goodie!) and she needs some serious headlight shine! I’m doing this over the weekend! :) Thank you so much for sharing at Best of the Weekend – pinning and sharing! Hope you’re having a wonderful and happy week!

    • I am happy I found this way to clean headlights!!! Most Awesome waiting to look at them outside in the sun I might need to clean the right one a little more!!

  6. I can’t believe the difference that made! I should probably clean mine up. It is important for your lights to be seen. Thanks for sharing this with us at the Four Seasons Blog Hop. I can’t wait to share this with others.

  7. That’s pretty remarkable. Wonder if it would work on my stove top? Mmmm…

    Thanks so much for sharing your creativity on Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party! Please join us again this Saturday morning at 8:00 am EST! ;)

    ~ Ashley

  8. So far I’ve always used simply window cleaning solution for this task and if I have to be honest it’s pretty much the ultimate cleaning liquid for me. I find that it cleans almost everything and I often use it when I’m off of some of the more specialized cleaners. This however looks like one simple recipe to follow, so definitely goes in the test pile for the next clean up session :)

    • Hello Dannie! I’m thrilled you stopped by and agree totally that you don’t need all the expensive things, when the simple and practical are often just as good. I hope you’ll let me know if you find a difference in using the baking soda trick, if a little abrasive gets some of the road grim off those lenses or not. Thank you for taking the time for a quick visit!

  9. I just seen your blog and jumped up and tried it. 10 years of grime ….right off. My son-in-law tried for good share day with all kinds of ” clean your headlights ” too no avail me 10 minutes. .clean.

    • Charlene, that is AWESOME! I’m so glad my baking soda and water mixture worked so well for you and quickly too. Maybe your son-in-law will try our little trick now, heehee. Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you find many other posts you enjoy too:) Carrie

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