Tips For Toyota Headlight Cleaning

If you're like most people, your vehicle's headlights may look a little dirty. Would you need to clean them soon? If so, read on for some helpful tips for Toyota headlight cleaning!

1. Clean Your Headlights Every 3-6 Months

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Over time, your Toyota's headlight lenses will get covered in dirt, bugs, and grime. If you neglect to clean them for a lengthy period of time, it can become increasingly difficult to remove the buildup. Also, lenses that are too dirty won't provide enough visibility in the dark.

A good way to maintain your headlights is to clean the lenses every 3-6 months.

2. You Can Use Household Items To Clean Your Headlights

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There's a variety of headlight cleaners on the market you can choose from. Yet, there are still simple household items that you can use instead if you're trying to keep costs down.

Note that if there's too much grime buildup on the headlight lenses, household items wouldn't cut it. You'd be better off using a quality headlight cleaner.

Here are some household items you can use to clean your headlight lens:


Toothpaste is one of the best ways to buff out minor scratches on plastic surfaces without having to spend too much money on a specialized cleaner. It's because toothpaste comes with an abrasive element that will help you scrub off the grime.

Use a microfiber cloth or sponge and liberally rub the toothpaste into the plastic headlight lenses. Only use the regular white toothpaste, not the gel kind. After it begins to foam, scrub it off and then repeat if necessary. Once most or all of the grime is gone, rinse it off with warm water.

Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol is another great remedy for removing dirt and grime from headlights. It's also effective in treating yellowed headlights.

First, wash your headlights with soap and water. Next, wet a cloth with rubbing alcohol. Be sure to waddle it up beforehand to make sure you can apply even pressure over the entire headlight lens surface area. Rub the headlights with the rubbing alcohol in a circular motion until the grime is gone. Finally, rinse off the headlights with warm water.


To remove built-up gunk on your headlights, fill a spray bottle halfway with vinegar and then fill up the rest with water. Shake up the bottle and then spray the mixture onto your headlights. Allow it to sit for a few minutes and then use a soft cloth or paper towel to wipe it away.

If the grime is too stubborn, you can enlist the help of baking soda. It can be quite effective because baking soda provides an abrasive element. Create a paste with baking soda and vinegar and then gently polish the headlights with it.

3. A Headlight Polishing Kit Can Go A Long Way

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Headlights don't only get dirty over time. They can also get scratched up from small rocks and other road debris. When your headlights get too scratched up, they end up looking pretty dull.

A headlight polishing kit can restore your Toyota's headlight lens to good shape. It can help buff out minor scratches from your lenses. It can also help get rid of any built-up residue on your headlights.

4. Know When To Replace Your Headlights

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Sometimes headlights go beyond the point of repair. Instead of wasting time and money trying to clean your overly worn and damaged headlights, consider replacing them.

You can replace only the lens cover or the entire assembly. Either way, we have the OEM parts you need. We carry genuine OEM Toyota parts at wholesale pricing.

Here's an extensive catalog of OEM Toyota headlight parts and assemblies for a variety of models. Please contact us if you need help finding the right headlight part(s) for your Toyota vehicle.

Here's a tutorial on replacing a Toyota headlight assembly.

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