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How to Restore Your Headlights At Home

There's nothing more frustrating than having to drive with fuzzy and dim headlights. Then you go to inspect your lights just for you to realize that there is a layer of filthy buildup covering both your headlights, making it sticky to the touch. Most of the time, foggy lights are a cause of oxidation. Luckily, it is an easy fix that does not require you to leave the house. We have some simple methods to help you restore your headlights with items you can find in your home!


How to Remove Oxidation From Your Headlights

Before beginning the process, you need to gather four items: a microfiber cloth, water, Windex or standard household glass cleaner, and soap designed for cars

You can start off by simply spray the Windex to the headlights and wipe with the cloth. This isn't a necessary step, but it does give you the initial clean for you to proceed with the heavy-duty stuff. Next, you will have to pick one of the two following to be your cleaning agent:


Method 1: Toothpaste

Toothpaste is a fantastic cleaning agent for oxidation. To restore your lights, simply apply the toothpaste directly onto the lens. Proceed to use a dry cloth to buff it, and follow it with soap and water rinse after. 


Method 2: Baking Soda

To begin this process, you first need to combine baking soda and water to create a cleaning paste. The solution should have more baking soda than water to hold a thicker texture. Next, slather the paste onto the lens and start scrubbing. Similar to the toothpaste, follow it up with a good rinse.


We hope these tips did the trick and made your headlights look shiny and new again. Proper maintenance is essential for your headlights, just as it is for the rest of your car. Without functioning headlights, you would not be able to see at night, and other drivers would have trouble seeing you. If you need headlight repairs, we welcome you to take your car to New Concept Auto Service.