Unfogging Your Headlights 101

If you’ve taken your UTV out for a spin at dusk or during the night and felt like you just couldn’t see as well as you used to, take a look at your headlights. If you see that your headlights have a cloudy, yellow, dirty look you’ve got a problem on your hands. Foggy headlights are inevitable; most headlights are made from very durable polycarbonate, but overtime UV rays and grime buildup cause the cloudy look to your headlights. Ignoring the fogging will limit your visibility and put you at risk when driving.  The good news is that there are many ways to clean your foggy headlights. Here’s an unfogging your headlights 101.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

To use this method, start by dusting any debris from your headlights. Then you’ll want to clean your headlights thoroughly by mixing water and liquid in a soap. Rub the soap/water mixture on your headlights with a microfiber cloth. If your headlights are extra dirty from lots of outdoor adventures, you may need to let the mixture sit. Rinse the mixture, and then prepare your baking soda and vinegar mixture. Mix one or two tablespoons of baking soda with enough vinegar to create a paste. Rub the paste gently on your headlight with a clean cloth and buff the headlight. Rinse and repeat until your headlights are unfogged! Rinse with water and then wipe your headlights dry.


Probably one of the more well-known techniques used for unfogging headlights is to use toothpaste. You should begin by cleaning your headlights just as you did with the baking soda and vinegar technique. Remove any dust or debris before you begin the unfogging process. Then, using a soft toothbrush, apply regular white toothpaste to your headlight. Spray a bit of water on the headlight to give it a little bit of moisture and gently rub the toothpaste into your headlight. When you’re finished, rinse the toothpaste from your headlight and dry it completely.

Professional Restoration Kit

If you’re not comfortable going the DIY route, there are many professional restorations kits available on the market. It may take out some of the uncertainty of a DIY approach, but be warned that these can be expensive.

While DIY is a great approach for unfogging your headlights, a homemade windshield for your side-by-side may not turn out as well. There are plenty of cheap UTV windshields available if you’re on a budget. But what is most important is that you find a windshield made from the best UTV windshield material. If you’re looking for a windshield made from a lexan sheet, look no further than UTV Windshields & Accessories. Besides plenty of UTV upgrades, you’ll find the kind of quality side-by-side windshield you need for any adventure. For any and all of your UTV windshield and accessory needs, visit UTV Windshields & Accessories.

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