Rubbing Toothpaste On Headlights Does Work, Should You Do It?

Yes, but it all depends on the actual condition of the headlights. Toothpaste could be all you need if your car’s headlights are mildly yellowish or foggy. After cleaning the headlights with soap and water, you only need a small, damp microfiber towel and a tube of white toothpaste. Squeeze a small amount of paste onto the towel, rub gently in a circular motion, and repeat if necessary.

The final step is to rinse the toothpaste-covered headlight with clean water and wipe it dry. Don’t be disheartened if the headlights are still yellowish or cloudy after rubbing since toothpaste can only remove mild surface contamination. For more challenging jobs, you could use paint polish or varying grits of sandpaper by hand or machine.

If you have money to spare, there are readily available headlight cleaning kits explicitly formulated to restore the clarity of hazy, yellowish, or foggy headlight lenses. Most will still involve sanding, polishing, and some elbow grease, but any handy DIY person could finish the job and expect better results than using toothpaste alone.

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