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EASY Way To Clean Your Vehicle Headlights

Clean Your Own Vehicle Headlights

How to clean your vehicle headlights yourself

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Clean Your Own Vehicle Headlights

How to clean your vehicle headlights yourself


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 Way To Clean 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. Jody Meza says:

    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. Connie Rasmussen says:

    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. Diane Roark says:


    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. I buy vinegar by the gallon. It has so many wonderful uses. Great post my friend.
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful blog at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop ♥

  5. It’s as easy as that? I never would have thought to clean my headlights myself. I just had them cleaned at an auto body shop. Rats. Next time I’ll do it. Thanks, Carrie.

  6. Shanice says:

    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 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party

  7. Crystelle says:

    What a good idea! This will save so much money from having to buy those kits…..
    It was so fun to see this linked up at our party. I pinned!! Thanks much!! 🙂
    “hugs” Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

  8. 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!

  9. I love cleaning with baking soda it is so versatile!

  10. Betty Taylor says:

    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.

  11. 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

  12. Kimberly says:

    Love the tip! Thanks for sharing. Lou Lou Girls

  13. melinda says:

    Hi CArrie, how funny- just the other day I looked at my headlights, and was aghast at how filthy they are!
    Thanks so much!

  14. Great tip once again and thank you so much, Carrie for sharing with us!!

  15. Wow, baking soda is magic. I really (REALLY) need to do this! Tanks for sharing.

  16. 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!

  17. csgo says:

    Pretty interesting, looking forth to returning

  18. Charlene says:

    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

  19. Rebecca K. Hoffman says:

    White toothpaste & elbow grease will get your headlights & taillights really clean too.

  20. N Ellis says:

    Hello! Just want to say that these DIY tips for cleaning are really helpful and saved me a chunk of bucks in terms of buying expensive cleaning supplies and materials. Kudos!

    • I’m so glad you found these helpful. I appreciate that you took the time to let us know that you like this way of cleaning. I hope you find other useful topics here at A Mother’s Shadow too:)

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