Bring Back the Shine to Your Headlights: Tips and Products for Natural Cleaning

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Headlights are an essential component of any vehicle, as they help to provide visibility on the road at night and in inclement weather. 

However, over time, headlights can become dirty and cloudy, reducing their effectiveness. In addition to hindering visibility, dirty headlights can also make your vehicle appear older and less well-maintained.

Fortunately, there are several ways to bring back the shine to your headlights, and many of these methods utilize natural cleaning products that are easy to find and use. 

In this article, we will discuss some tips and products for the natural cleaning of car headlights.

Let’s begin.

Baking Soda

One of the most effective ways to clean headlights is to use a mixture of baking soda and water. Baking soda is a mild abrasive that can gently scrub away dirt and grime, while also neutralizing odors.

To make this solution, simply mix a tablespoon of baking soda with a cup of water. Using a soft cloth or sponge, gently scrub the headlights with the solution, being careful to avoid scratches. Rinse the headlights with clean water and dry them with a soft cloth.

For tougher stains and grime, you can try using a paste made of baking soda and water. Mix the ingredients together until paste forms, and then apply it to the headlights. Allow the paste to sit for at least 15 minutes before scrubbing and rinsing it off. Here’s a step-by-step guide on How To Clean Car Headlights Fast & Easily With Baking Soda.   

Baking soda is a gentle cleaner, and it’s unlikely to cause damage to most surfaces. However, it’s still a good idea to test a small, discreet area of the headlight first, to make sure it won’t cause any discoloration or scratches.

White Vinegar

White vinegar is a versatile and effective natural cleaning solution for a variety of surfaces, including car headlights. White vinegar contains acetic acid, which is a natural cleaning agent that can break down dirt and grime on the surface of the headlights.

To use white vinegar to clean your headlights, you can mix equal parts of white vinegar and water together in a spray bottle or a bowl. You can also add a few drops of dish soap to make the solution more effective. 

Then use a clean cloth or sponge to apply the solution to the headlights. Be sure to scrub the headlights thoroughly, paying special attention to any areas that are particularly dirty or cloudy.

You can also let the solution sit on the headlights for 5-10 minutes to allow the acetic acid to break down the dirt and grime before scrubbing, for the more stubborn dirt this step may be necessary.

Once you’ve finished scrubbing, rinse the headlights with clean water and dry them with a soft cloth. You’ll notice the headlights will be much cleaner and clearer.

It’s also worth noting that white vinegar can have a strong odor, so it’s best to use it in a well-ventilated area. Also, depending on the type of material the headlight is made of, it could cause discoloration or damage, so test on a small spot first. 

Lemon and Cornstarch

Lemon juice and cornstarch make a natural cleaning solution that can be used to clean headlights and remove stains and grime. The acid in the lemon juice acts as a natural cleaner, while the cornstarch serves as a mild abrasive to help scrub away dirt and debris.

To use this solution, mix equal parts lemon juice and cornstarch together to form a paste. Apply the paste to the headlights using a cloth or sponge and allow it to sit for 15-20 minutes. This will allow the lemon juice to penetrate and break down any stains or grime, and the cornstarch to work as an abrasive.

After the paste has sat for the appropriate amount of time, gently scrub the headlights with a clean cloth or sponge. Be sure to work in circular motions and apply even pressure to avoid scratching the plastic surface. 

Once you have scrubbed the headlights, rinse them with clean water to remove any remaining paste and dry them with a soft cloth.

This cleaning solution is effective, but it’s also gentle on the plastic surfaces of the headlights, and it’s a non-toxic, environmentally friendly solution. You also can add a small amount of baking soda to the paste as this will enhance the cleaning properties of the lemon juice.


Another natural cleaning option for headlights is toothpaste. Toothpaste contains mild abrasives that can be effective in removing grime and stains from the surface of headlights. 

To use toothpaste to clean your headlights, simply apply a small amount of toothpaste to a damp cloth or sponge, and then gently scrub the headlights. 

Be sure to use non-gel toothpaste, as gel toothpaste does not have the same cleaning properties. Rinse the headlights with clean water and dry them with a soft cloth.

Keep in mind that, like any cleaning process, if the headlight is extremely dirty or if it’s not been cleaned for a long time you may need to apply the cleaning solution more than once, also you need to be extra careful when using abrasive materials as they can scratch the surface if used too aggressively.

It’s also important to note that toothpaste may cause discoloration on plastic headlights, it’s best to test a tiny, hidden area before cleaning the entire headlight.


Regular cleaning and maintenance of your headlights will not only improve the visibility on the road but will also give your car a sleek and well-maintained look. 

With these natural cleaning tips and products, you can easily bring back the shine to your headlights and keep your vehicle looking its best.

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-Baking Soda Guy

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