Wednesday, March 21

Unfogging The Foggy Headlights

     I think we all end up having a problem with our headlights. The cars' headlights. They become foggy and dull which means they no longer cast bright light. And it just looks bad. There are products out there now that say they clear up that foggy-ness. I don't know if they really work or not. I honestly can't afford to spend money on some headlight-clearing solution. And what's to say it actually works? If it doesn't, you are out the money. I never actually put this much thought into my car's headlights before the other day.

     I was on Pinterest (where else? :) ) and saw a pin where someone used toothpaste to solve this little problem. I thought that would be neat if it worked, but I didn't "like" it or "re-pin" it because I didn't want to look silly if it turned out to be fake. But it was nagging at me to give it a try. I mean, really, what was there to be lost by trying it? A little toothpaste and a few minutes of my time. And if it didn't really work, then at least my headlights would be clean of pollen....for a few minutes anyway. So with a few minutes on my hands (we were waiting for the time to go to the bus stop) I decided to get Abby to help me give it a go.

Did it work? Well, pictures speak volumes.

     Is that not the coolest thing?!?!? I was stoked (yes, stoked) that this cleared up the headlights! And I didn't have to go out and buy anything. All it cost was what I usually spend on my regular 'ole Colgate Total Whitening. :)

     Okay, so all I did was take a washcloth, squeeze out about a quarter-sized blob of toothpaste, then rub it on the headlight in little circles. I tried to do it for about 2 to 3 minutes. Then rinsed it off with water and voila! And Abby had fun dumping water on the car. :)

     As an added bonus, Abby made a new friend while we were out there.

     I'm really loving these double-duty around-the-house kind of things. :)


  1. Wow I am going to try it. My lights are getting dingy. Thanks Tanya x

  2. that is so cool! my old car had some grubby headlights, wish i had known about this trick then.

    1. Laura, it's definitely a good trick to know since it seems to happen to everyone's car. And now my headlights actually light up the road now, who knew? haha

  3. Gotta try it!! I did buy one of "those" products - limited success.
    Your Mom & sister's cars could use a better job done than the product provided. Will give it a try! Thanks.

    1. No problem, glad I could help! :)

  4. While it may serve as an excellent alternative, I think I’ll stick to the brand I’m using. Good find, though. :)

    I’ve also tried baking soda and water mix before. It also works, although you have to buff it more to really remove the grime and dirt in the headlights.

    Enoch Ross

  5. When your headlights are foggy, cloudy or yellowed means that Oxidation is building up in your plastic lens. Replacing headlight lenses can cost several hundred dollars. Having a detail shop or Auto repair shop professionally restore your headlights can run $75 to $150 per car. No headlights covers remain clear forever. All plastic headlights become cloudy, foggy or yellowed over time. Enjoy Crystal Clear Headlight Covers In Minutes WITHOUT Sanding, Buffing or using Masking Tape with LTC Headlight Cleaner. Headlights treated with LTC Headlight Cleaner will maintain clear for 8-12 months or more, it varies where your car is parked; garaged, streets, *remember that sun is one of the biggest factors why your headlights get oxidized.

    Sanding and polishing eventually will scratch and reduce thickness of your plastic headlights. Toothpaste will semi-clean your headlights and leave it without any kind of UV protection. Why pay for something you can do at home for less. Like everything else, there are good and bad 1 step headlight cleaner products and this is considered the Best Headlight Cleaner.

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    1. Wipe off dust from headlight
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    3. Apply 1/20 oz in a cotton cloth rag.
    4. Start rubbing cloth rag with some pressure, chose your desire rubbing pattern and don’t stop rubbing until you see the difference and you’re satisfied with the results.
    5. With a clean cotton cloth rag start wiping off until is dry to the touch.
    6. Clean edges around headlight removing excess fluid in non plastic surfaces.

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  6. Hi Tanya! You're right about this cool trick. Toothpaste works like magic for foggy headlights. Glad it worked for your car. If your headlights still look dim, it could be an electrical problem with your car. If it gets to that point, find a automotive technician you can trust.


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