While changing the oil and rotating tires are crucial to maintaining your vehicle's function, other tasks are necessary to uphold your vehicle's safety and appeal. Oil changes and tire rotations are common maintenance tasks, but you may not be placing enough emphasis on your headlight covers. Considering the buildup of dirt, oxidation, road damage, and water vapor can cause a cloudy, yellowish haze over your headlight covers, you may experience loss of full light when driving at night. Using this guide on removing the stubborn cloudy haze from your headlight covers, you can improve your vehicle's overall look and your night visibility while driving.


Known for freshening breath and removing plaque from the surface of your teeth, toothpaste will also effectively remove the heavy residue of dirt and oxidation from your headlight covers. To use this unique ingredient, gently remove the light covers from your vehicle. Place them in a sink filled with warm water and a few drops of liquid dish soap. Wash them using a sponge before rinsing and drying with a clean microfiber cloth. 

Once the headlight covers are dry, add a few drops of toothpaste to a wet cloth. Rub the damp cloth across both sides of the headlight covers using circular motions. Be sure a generous amount of toothpaste covers the entire cover. Once the covers are covered with toothpaste, remove using a damped cloth. You will notice the light covers are clearer as you wipe away the toothpaste with the damp cloth. 

White Vinegar

White vinegar contains acidic properties that eat through the stubborn reside on your headlight covers. In addition, vinegar is naturally antibacterial and antiviral, so the solution will remove any bacteria, mold, or mildew on the cover's surface.

In a spray bottle, combine the following:

  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 1 cup of white vinegar

Place each headlight cover on a flat surface before spraying a thick amount of the solution onto the cover. Allow the vinegar solution to sit and soak for 30 minutes. After the time, flip the cover over and spray the opposite side. Be sure the vinegar solution soaks the second side, as well, for 30 minutes. Rinse off each headlight cover before drying and reinstalling.

Since cloudy headlight covers and lenses reduce your light function by an estimated 80 percent, removing the haze is key to your safety. Using these simple solutions, you can improve your visibility at night and your vehicle's appeal. 

For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from Glen-Merritt Collision Limited auto body shop.