Easily Clean Headlights with WD40, Toothpaste, and Baking Soda

Keeping your headlights clean and as transparent as possible is very important for safe driving experience specially at night. There are several professional services that offer to clean your car headlights but you can also do it with some DIY solutions. WD40, Toothpaste and Baking soda are three alternative of professional headlights cleaning services.

Vehicle headlights are as much important as your vehicle engine as you cannot drive without headlights at night. Main parts of a headlight includes a bulb and its outer clear plastic covering.

Outer clear plastic covering are deisgned to make headlight bulb light focused on road and protect the bulb from external environment at the same time. Over time that clear and transparent cover start to show signs of wear.

This reduces its transprancy and ability to transfer light from bulb onto road. This can be reduced by just cleaning the external surface of the cover. There are some professional services that help you achieve this.

But have you ever wondered if you could clean the headlights of your vehicle with the things you already have in your home instead of a car headlight cleaner kit.

Doesn’t matter if you have or haven’t tried it because now we will be showing you how to clean headlights with WD40 or with toothpaste, and even the baking soda.

1. Clean headlights with WD40

We are pretty much sure that you know what WD40 is. Still, let us show off and tell you that WD40 is a lubricant that prevents steel from getting rusty and it also acts as a moisture displacer. You should get the best WD40 on the market to clean your headlights.

So, now you know what a WD40 is, let’s see how you can clean your car’s headlights with it.

Wiping the headlights with a cloth

Firstly, you have to wipe off the headlights with a cloth or towel to remove all the dust accumulated on the headlights.

Spraying the WD40 on the headlights

Now, spray the WD40 on the headlights and let it dry for 5 to 10 minutes. During this time the solution will get under the muck and that will make your next step easier.

Scrub the headlights

Take a clean cloth and scrub your headlights with it gently. After that, wipe your headlights with another clean cloth and the headlights of your vehicle are good to go with a shiny look.

The interesting part about using a WD40 is that it won’t just give your headlights a shiny look, it will also put a coating that will protect your headlights’ shine for a longer period.

2. Clean headlights with toothpaste

You might know that toothpaste isn’t only used for cleaning your teeth nowadays. You can clean your shoes, clothes, carpets, and many more daily utensils using only toothpaste. And of course, you can also clean your car’s headlights with toothpaste.

Squeezing toothpaste on a cloth

The most necessary items to clean your headlights with toothpaste would be a tube full of toothpaste and a clean cloth, nothing else.

Now, pour some toothpaste on the clean cloth to get started.

Scrubbing the cloth on the headlights

Once you have all your toothpast on a clean cloth, scrub headlights with that clean cloth for 4 to 5 minutes or more if you wish. You should try scrubbing it in a circular motion because that way it works the best.

Soak the cloth in warm water

After you are done with scrubbing, you need to soak that cloth in warm water and waith from few minutes. This will make sure that cloth not only soak warm water but have the required high temperature for next step.

Wipe the headlights

Finally, wipe the headlights clean with that warm cloth and warm water. If you don’t see a satisfactory result, try to repeat the process until you get the desired results.

3. Clean headlights with baking soda

Well, we know that baking soda is being used vastly to clean stuff. You can even clean your teeth using baking soda, though it’s not safe to use on your body. Right now, let’s see how you can use baking soda to clean your vehicle’s headlights.

Making the baking soda paste

You will be needing the ultimate baking soda paste to clean your car’s headlights and make them shiny. 

To make the solution, you need to put 5 to 6 tablespoons of baking soda with the necessary amount of warm water in a bowl. The amount of warm water should be measured according to how many tablespoons of baking soda you’ve put in the bowl to make a past like mixture.

Clean your headlights with clean water

Now, you need to give your headlights a proper cleaning with water and clean cloth. Use clean water and a clean cloth to wipe off your headlights. It will erase all of the dust that has been accumulated on the headlights.

Apply baking soda to the headlights

Take a sponge and fuse the sponge with paste. Once the sponge gets covered with the baking soda paste, apply it to the headlights with the corner of the sponge. Try the circular method that was shown in the toothpaste method. The circular motion works best for this type of cleaning.

Repeat the method until you get a satisfactory result to please you.

Wash the headlights with soap and warm water

After you finish applying the baking soda paste, wash your headlights with a soap and some warm water and the headlights of your car will be shining,

4. Clean headlights with toothpaste and baking soda

You have known how to clean your car’s headlights with toothpaste and baking soda, but separately. Now, you should know what this duo of toothpaste and baking soda can accomplish.

The mixture of toothpaste and baking soda

Take a bowl and pour two tablespoons of toothpaste and three tablespoons of baking soda. Then pour some clean water on them. Warm water should be best to use here. And then, mix them all up.

Cleaning your headlights

Clean your headlights with clean water and a clean piece of cloth. Just basic and simple cleaning to get it ready for the toothpaste and baking soda mixture.

Applying the mixture

Once you’ve given the basic cleaning to your headlights, now it’s time for applying the paste. The best way would be to take a sponge as you did with the only baking soda paste and rub it over the headlights. The circular motion is recommendable here like before. Let it get dry for 6 to 8 minutes.

Rinse the headlight

Once the mixture gets dry, rinse it with water and clean the headlights with a cloth. You can repeat this process four to five times to get the desired result you’ve been longing for.

Cleaning Headlights Infographic


All of these methods can save you up to 12 to 15 US dollars. It’s always to learn some of these homemade remedies and DIY methods to save some bucks. And now, you know how to clean headlights with WD40, toothpaste, and baking soda.

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