Dust and oxidation build-up from driving can leave your headlight lenses looking foggy. Foggy headlights can impair your driving by dimming lighting and cutting down the range of your headlights. There are a number of expensive ways to clean the film and fog from your headlight lenses, but you can also clean your headlights at home using toothpaste.
Things You'll Need
- Scouring pad
- Handheld buffer
- Bucket of warm water
- Lint-free cotton cloth
- Paste car wax
Squeeze toothpaste generously onto the headlight. Use between 1/4 and 1/2 of the tube on one headlight.
Smear the toothpaste around on the headlight with a scouring pad, covering the entire surface of the light.
Buff the headlight thoroughly with a handheld buffing tool. You can also buff by hand, using the scouring pad; however, a buffing tool will get the job done more quickly.
Rinse the headlight clean by pouring warm water over it and then drying with a lint-free cotton cloth. Repeat the process on the opposite side.
Wax the headlights with a paste car wax and buff them again to keep dust and residue from building up on your headlights between cleanings.
Tips & Warnings
- In cases where the fog is building up on the inside of your headlights, you may need to drill a small hole in the side of the light to release moisture and deter it from building up on the plastic.
- Toothpastes containing baking soda and peroxide may provide better results.