In the event that you have an old car with a lot of miles, it’s more than likely that your once-new headlights may be murky or even yellowed over. It’s an ideal opportunity to make a move, and not only for appearance purposes. Clouded headlights block the light that could be escaping and drastically affects your visibility when driving in the evenings. This is not only frustrating but also extremely dangerous and if not addressed could result in an accident. And nobody wants that, so it’s probably about time to start considering your options before it’s too late.

The first step is to stroll into your closest car parts store. With the endless list of effective cleaners and products it can be quite overwhelming trying to pick which product will best suit your needs. While any product will have some level of effectiveness, some are better than others. Luckily for you we’ve done all the research for you and organized the top 5 best headlight cleaners in the game. We’ve also included descriptions of each so that you can get a general idea of each cleaner’s pros and cons.

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1.) Toothpaste

Yes, you read that right. The first cleaner on this list is in fact toothpaste. This is by far the cheapest and easiest method which is why it is listed first. It may seem silly at first but toothpaste is actually an old-fashioned handyman’s hack for cleaning your headlights and works surprisingly well. Unfortunately even with vigorous scrubbing you won’t see results like with the professional kits but if you’re in a hurry, don’t have time to hit the store or just looking for something simple and easy then this is an option to keep in mind for sure.

2.) Sylvania Headlight Restoration Kit

By far the first in line of the pro kits is the Sylvania Headlight Restoration Kit. This kit just overall outperforms all the other ones. With that being said however, this kit is also the most in depth and consequently the most time consuming one.

All you need is a spotless towel and a hose for this one, everything else is given in the container to you. Sylvania offers a lifetime guarantee asserting that your lights will remain clear for the life of the auto with its pack.

3.) Rain-X Headlight Restoration Kit

Next up in the Rain-X Headlight Kit. This kit not only did a fantastic job but it was also by far the easiest to use of all the proper kits. The directions came with it, were clearly printed, came with graphics and were very easy to read. Everything was straightforward and it performed well but not as well as the Sylvania kit. It also comes with convenient sanding squares that are easier to grip. If you’re looking for something that performs really well and is quicker and easier then this is the kit for you.

4.) Turtle Wax Headlight Lens Restorer

This kit is extremely similar to the process of the Rain-X, but it didn’t include the small microfiber towel. In addition to that, this kit is also relatively cheaper so if you don’t mind using your own towel then you might as well save yourself a few dollars and invest in this one. The end result is almost identical to that of the Rain-X.

5.) Blue Magic Headlight Lens Restorer

The key to the success of the Blue Magic Headlight Lens Restorer is simple. It’s cheap. The low price does however, come with its consequences. It doesn’t perform nearly as well as the other kits but if you were to sand the headlights like the other kits required and then used this it would probably provide much better results. So if you were willing to spend a few extra bucks on your own sanding stuff or if you already have some on hand then you can actually achieve much better results then just with the bottle alone. So if you’re on a budget and want something more legit or a little more efficient than toothpaste then this is definitely the route you want to go.

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In conclusion as we said earlier the list of cleaners and kits is quite extensive but hopefully our in depth analysis of our favorite cleaners and kits made things a little less strenuous. In all the methods there is one universal key factor that seems to be crucial for the best results possible and that is sanding. Sure you can scrub and soak all you want but all the kits came with a sanding tool and sanding will drastically break up much of that buildup that piles up on your headlights. So with a little bit of elbow grease, sanding, scrubbing, and patience you are just a couple minutes away from reviving those old dirty headlights you’ve been dreading for the past few weeks. To learn more about exterior detailing, check out our blog on the stages and steps of exterior detailing.