How To Clean Your Headlights – Cheap!


I had no clue! 🙂

My cars are 10 and 12 years old, respectively, and I will probably drive at least one of them until the wheels fall off.

That being said, the headlight covers are plastic and have accumulated a LOT of grunge over the years. Because I am a tightwad by nature, I balk at spending $60.00 to get them both done in town.

Fortunately, a friend stopped by not too long ago and we got to talking about cars in general, and then, more specifically, the headlights on the two cars. He’s a car hobbyist and recommended Soft Scrub to clean the light covers. What?

It made sense though, because I’ve used Soft Scrub on many smooth surfaces that I didn’t want to scratch with abrasive cleansers over the years. I picked a bottle up with “Oxi” in it, figuring Oxy cleans pretty much everything in the free world. As luck would have it, we had a lot of drizzly days, so I wasn’t able to get out there and give it a shot until today. The sun’s out and it is a lovely 83 degrees, so I figured why not?

I soaked a couple of old towels; one to scrub and one to rinse, and went after my Kia first. I didn’t think to take “before” pictures until I’d gotten one cover done on my Solara.

Here is what the other one looked like before I cleaned it:



Yes, I need to actually wash both cars, and am thinking about doing that later this afternoon, but you can see how foggy the cover is.

Here is the other one, after wiping it down:


It isn’t showroom perfect or anything, but it did make a huge difference!

Here is the other car:


I can see where I missed a spot on the driver’s side big light, so will hit it again when I wash the cars.

I am super-impressed with how fast both cars went. I was done within 20 minutes, there was zero scratching of the plastic, and I didn’t have to scrub hard at all to get the bulk of the grunge off of covers! Win-win!

At any rate, I needed to share, because this might save one of you some money down the road. If you’re out of Soft Scrub and don’t feel like leaving the house, here’s the link for it at Amazon. 🙂

What are some of your money saving tips around the house/yard/garage? I’d love to hear from you!

Until next time…



About Julie the Workaholic

Mom of three (grown) sons and one (grown) step-daughter, wife of one, friend of many, and owned by seven 4-legged critters, writer, photographer, friend, huge fan of life, and most of all, lover of all things beautiful .….Getting healthy, and hoping to make a dent in the world in a most positive way! (And then there's my alter-ego, the Workaholic, who is me, just unfiltered.)
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2 Responses to How To Clean Your Headlights – Cheap!

  1. The V Pub says:

    Every once in a while, I have to visit your blog and yell at you for not posting more regularly. This is one of those times. 😀

  2. Carol Cusimano says:


    Thanks for the tip regarding Soft Scrub. Every time I wash my car I keep looking at those foggy looking headlights. Now I can do something about it.


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