Driving Vehicle Maintenance

Super Affordable, Super Easy, Super Effective Way to Clear Old Headlights

Concerning Headlights:

I drive quite a few vehicles; for work I have access to four vehicles and then I have my private car and my husband’s truck. I don’t know if you’ve ever had the experience of driving a vehicle with great headlights and then switching into another that doesn’t but it can be a little disorienting. That’s how it feels to get out of one of my work vehicles and into my car. At least at night anyway. In town, who really cares? But if you need to hit the highway with headlights that are dim it just sucks.

My headlight before treatment.

My headlight before treatment.

Have you ever heard of cleaning your headlights with toothpaste to dispel that cloudy-foggy film? I’d heard it years ago but it sounded too cheap to actually be a real solution. I also heard it works on scratched CDs but I never tried that out myself (because that TV show, Street Cents, did it for me!).  Anyway, I finally got fed up with feeling like I was driving blind so I thought to myself Hey, what have I got to lose (besides a little toothpaste)?

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I grabbed our current tube of toothpaste (which happened to be Crest), a rag, and a sponge in warm water and headed out to the driveway (with Doll in her carrier on my back) and started rubbing. Or polishing.

I put a dollop of toothpaste on the rag.

I put a dollop of toothpaste on the rag.

I applied a dollop of toothpaste to the rag and started spreading it on the headlight. I smeared it in little circles (like polishing) until I’d covered the headlight. It dried into a sticky-crumbly film (because me being ever-so-smart did it in direct sunlight).

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I took a quick breath and started washing it off before I could get my hopes up.  I worked really hard to expect no improvement,  because I’d prefer to be pleasantly surprised than disappointed.
And it looked better! So I did it a couple more times, polishing as much as I could before it got dry again before washing it off.

My headlight before treatment

I’m sure there are products out there that can do the job better (because let’s face it: My car isn’t getting any younger) but for a quick inexpensive fix I suggest giving this a whirl.

And as a bonus both my car and my hands smelled minty fresh.


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  • Reply Annette, 3 Little Buttons February 19, 2017 at 15:28

    Gosh, the before and after effects are really noticeable. I hadn’t heard of this tip before and it’s definitely one we will keep in mind. I don’t think I will look at toothpaste in the same way again 🙂 Thank you for sharing with the #DreamTeam x
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