How To Clean Foggy Headlights: Lens Cleaner vs. Toothpaste

Want a quick DIY that will take your car up a couple notches? Turn your car's headlights from dirty and fogged to sparkly clean in minutes!

RepairPal KB takes you through two options for headlight cleaning – traditional headlight cleaner from your local auto parts store or using basic household items to get the job done. Try both and let us know what worked for you!

Cleaning Headlights with Headlight Cleaner

What you'll need –
1. Headlight Lens Cleaner (Get it anywhere from Amazon, to your local automotive store)
2. Drill & Buffing Ball (No drill? You can use some good ol' elbow grease with a kit!
3. Rubber gloves
4. Clean, dry cloth (T-shirt works fine too!)

Note: Always read the packaging before beginning your restoration. Be cautious when applying the liquid to the headlight. Do so in small, circular motions, as to not get any on the surrounding paint or trim. Also, practice caution when using the buffing ball and ensure it does not touch the surrounding paint or trim. Use a cloth to buff the edges if needed. Some liquids may require time in between the application and the removal. 

Pro-tip! Worried about damaging the paint or trim pieces? Use painter's tape and paper to seal off the surrounding areas.

Cleaning Headlights with Whitening Toothpaste

What you'll need –
1. Whitening toothpaste
2. Clean cloth
3. Water
4. Timekeeping device
5. Rubber gloves

Note: Avoid toothpaste with "crystals" or "beads" as they can be too abrasive and potentially cause damage. Although toothpaste can seem like a safe, non-damaging alternative when cleaning headlights, be cautious not to apply any to the paint or trim around the headlight. After applying the toothpaste in small, circular motions, let it sit for at least fifteen minutes before removing in the same small, circular motions.

Toothpaste is a great way to get some sparkly clean headlights with simple ingredients you already have at home, but it might not last quite as long as traditional headlight cleaner. Let us know how it works for you!

3 User Comments

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I used a inexpensive tooth paste from "Dollar Store". It worked quite well. It did clear up the covers and another plus is the exhaust never smelled better.
Try using Cutter bug spray with Deet. Spray on let sit for 15mins.Respray & wipe clean using a circular motion. Amazing!!
Hi I`m Jerry Bryant and for headlamp cleaning when fogged up OFF BUG SPRAY, cleans it like glass. I didn't believe it either. Don't let it drip on your paint!!!!!!

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