To illustrate, here is what driving at night is supposed to look like:
And here's what it looks like in my car:
I have been on a mission to "fix" my headlights for a while. I have tried everything to reduce the cloudiness that was going on with those things. Elbow grease. Green scrubby pads. Magic Eraser. Nothing really worked. I almost bought some "as seen on TV" stuff but couldn't stomach spending so much money for something that got mixed reviews.
And then today I saw an article about removing headlight oxidization with toothpaste, of all things. It had to be a hoax. Some troll wanted me to go smear toothpaste on my headlights. So I looked it up somewhere else and found the same thing. Toothpaste! With before and after pictures that looked amazing.
I had to try.
Here's what my car's headlights looked like before, up close and personal.
Take a damp rag and squeeze a generous ribbon of toothpaste out.
|Hey, look at me, I've got a glob of toothpaste on a damp rag.|
Then start scrubbing your headlight using a circular motion. You don't need to exert a lot of force, but you do need to scrub for a few minutes.
The more oxidized your headlights are, the longer you will need to scrub. I ended up scrubbing for about 10 minutes. And contemplating how strange it is to scrub your headlights with toothpaste.
|Are we done yet?|
Then you just rinse your headlights off with water. If your headlights are still not as clear as you'd like, repeat the process.
I have to say that although my headlights did not look *perfect,* they were much improved. See for yourself- I snapped this picture after I finished scrubbing the headlight on the passenger side.
|Passenger side is lookin good! Driver side, not so much.|
And here's a close-up of the driver's side headlight after I was done.
Pretty awesome! I love that it makes my car look like less of a hoopty, and obviously I am less dangerous on the roads at night because now I can SEE! Plus I didn't have to buy the "as seen on TV" stuff or replace the headlight cover, and obviously I already had toothpaste. Headlight fix and safety WIN for zero dollars!! Not bad for a tube of toothpaste and a damp rag, eh?