If you’ve been a couponer for any reasonable length of time, chances are fairly high that a large supply of free or super cheap toothpaste exists somewhere in your house. For some of us, it’s more like a small city’s worth. Besides having the cleanest, whitest teeth in town, ever wonder what else you can do with all that extra toothpaste?

Hint: think car! That’s right. You can use it on your car! Take a look at your headlights. Notice how they’ve begun to oxidize? See that film built up, dimming your lights, making your car look old and dirty from the front? Of course you can fix this with all those restoration kits out there. You know, the expensive ones that help remove that stubborn film. If you take this route, be prepared to spend $10-$25. But why, when you can grab a tube of toothpaste from your stockpile? Here’s a quick, easy way to make those headlights shine light new:

What You Need:

  • White toothpaste (blue and color streaked toothpaste do not work well)
  • A cloth rag
  • Water

What To Do:

  • Apply the white toothpaste liberally to your car’s headlights. Make sure to cover completely, even if you have to apply a couple of times.
  • Thoroughly scrub using a cloth rag.
  • After scrubbing, rinse with water.

That’s it! Now you have like-new headlights that look better, brighter, and increase safety and visibility.  It’s so easy, even your kids can do it. How well does this process work? Try it and see. You’ve got nothing to lose and only bright lights to gain!

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8 thoughts on “How to Make Your Car Headlights Shine Like New”

  1. vanessa says:

    I tried it and it seemed to work a little bit but not as well as I had hoped. It was worth a try especially since it was free because I already had a spare tube of toothpaste.

  2. shannon says:

    I tried this and it didn’t work for me. Too bad.

  3. kaleen24 says:

    Did this to my truck, works GREAT !!!!!

  4. prescott2 says:

    i purchased a headlamp restoration kit from my local Walmart for $15 and 2 years later my headlights still look like new. Not sure how long the toothpaste application works, but for $15 the 3M product was a good value.

  5. Debbie says:

    I will be definitely trying it this weekend!

  6. Angela Griffith says:

    Thank you! I’ve got two vehicles to try today!

    • bbvtshopper says:

      Mine were so bad, that toothpaste did not work for me. I ended up having GREAT results using a magic eraser! Beware, it may have scratched it some, I don’t know. But it was SO bad before, this is a huge improvement. Just a thought.

      • Angela Griffith says:

        I did my son’s old car today it seems to be quite a bit better, but I don’t see all that well. Haven’t tried my van yet but I will before the day is out. I wonder if letting it dry on, would help, or hurt?