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before and after picture of headlights cleaned with toothpaste

How to restore your headlights with toothpaste

  • by Dayne (47)
  • Time to complete: 10 minutes

Over time headlights develop a layer of oxidation that looks bad and reduces the effectiveness of your headlamps. Cleaning them and restoring them to their former glory is extremely easy.

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This is a good excuse to wash your whole car ;)

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Cover the headlight with a thin layer toothpaste

Use the most normal toothpaste you can find. The only reason this works is because toothpaste is a mild abrasive. If it has special whitening or other nonsense, it won't work as well.

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cleaning headlights with toothpaste

Using as much elbow grease as you can, scrub the headlight. Add toothpaste if it becomes too dry.

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Cleaning headlights with toothpaste

Using water and a dry cloth, wash and dry your headlight.

The oxidation layer is known to come back every once in a while so you may need to repeat the process.