Over time, car headlights may begin to turn a shade of yellow. Sometimes this is an internal process, and sometimes external. If it's happening on the outside of the headlights, then you're not in such bad shape. There's a simple, cost-effective way to brighten them using a household item that we all know and love. Now head to the bathroom and grab your toothpaste.
Now, it's important to know that not all yellowed headlights can be salvaged by using toothpaste. You can tell based on how the headlight feels on the outside. If the surface is coarse and pitted, then the toothpaste will come in handy. If the surface is nice and smooth, but still appears yellow, then it's an internal process. So the first step in this process is figuring out your car is eligible for a toothpaste shine.
If your headlights are yellowing from the outside, the next step is to grab your toothpaste. It's necessary that you use a toothpaste, as opposed to a gel, and it should include baking soda. If not, feel free to mix it in yourself. Once you have the proper tools, simply squeeze out a healthy dollop of toothpaste on your headlight, and start rubbing it in, making sure to cover each and every inch. You can use an actual toothbrush to further help with the application.
Check out the video below to see for yourself what a difference a layer of toothpaste can make. For those of you at home with a vintage ride in the garage, would you try this technique out? It seems simple enough, cost-effective, and shouldn't take too long. If you do end up grabbing your Crest or Colgate and heading for your car, be sure to let us know how it turns out! If you found this video helpful or informative, be sure to share it on Facebook!