Save money on your car with a little maintenance

Car – How to Clean Your Headlights

Save money on your car with a little maintenance


An important part of looking after your Car, is the headlights. Ensuring that they are in good working order and clear is important to driving at night.

It does not have to be an expensive exercise to maintain your car in great working order. The tip below is natural cleaning so safe for you and your car. Although you may need if after giving a go, a more abrasive cleaner to clean the plastic cover to your car headlights.

An area often overlooked on your car when it comes to maintenance is the headlight covers, unless of course you’re replacing a broken light bulb.  If you have a closer look, it may appear cloudy.  This is because the UV light starts to break down the plastic, especially if your car sits out in the weather.

 Car Headlights Before Cleaning

How to clean your headlights - car lights before photo


A cloudy headlight also means that your headlights aren’t as bright as they should.  This will reduce your visibility at night which can be dangerous.  So as part of your vehicle maintenance, have a quick look and see if yours needs a clean.


A quick and easy way to clean them is with:

  • Bicarb soda (add just enough water to make into a paste)
  • Vinegar (either from a spray bottle or poured straight onto a cloth)
  • Nail brush or toothbrush
  • Cloth

Wipe the bicarb paste onto the headlight with the cloth.  Use a nailbrush or toothbrush if the cover is really bad.  I like to leave it on for around 20-30 minutes.

Give the cover another scrub before spraying/wiping with vinegar.  Give it a last scrub then rinse off.

Covers are clean and clear.

 Car Headlights – After Cleaning

How to maintain you Headlights - Car after photo


If you haven’t done this before and your vehicle is an older model then you may need to use a heavier abrasive cleaner like Jiff on the covers to bring them back to new.

Looking after your vehicle does’t have to an expensive process, with a little knowledge you can keep you car in great working order and help to reduce those ongoing maintenance bills by ensuring that you look after you vehicle.

We have some great tips on how to maintain you car, with a great glove box guides to help you stay on top and have a safe drive for you and your family, Plus check out the video below on how to maintain your Vehicle for an easy visual.

Safe driving!!


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