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DIY: Use toothpaste to clean headlights


My gross headlight. DO NOT JUDGE.

My headlights are pretty gross: yellow, spotty and pretty dingy. Whereas I would guess they are that way because they are HEADLIGHTS and it is within their nature to become grody, others might surmise that the true reason is that I pay ZERO attention to them.  Whatevs.

I’ve tried various things to clean them: soap and water and elbow grease, and when that failed, Windex and more elbow grease; and then I politely gave up.  If the stupid things wanted to be filthy, far be it from me to interfere. And I went about having a normal, I’ll-ignore-you-if-you-continue-to-work relationship with the headlights.

That is, until my father-in-law happened to notice their cheddar-like appearance, and unknowingly threw down a DIY gauntlet:  “Toothpaste will clean that, you know.”


“Toothpaste, you say?” A simple, household cleaning agent designed specifically to remove yellowy gunk, applied here to specifically remove yellowy gunk? That sounded just crazy enough to work! Behold, my experiment.

Use toothpaste to clean your headlights

What you’ll need:
– plain, white toothpaste
– old rag
– water

Step one: Take the plain, white toothpaste and rub it on the gross:


Step two: Let the paste sit there awhile, getting to know the gunk in its own, ultra-personal way. Then, using the rag, vigorously rub the toothpaste around, scrubbing to remove the gunk.

Step three: Wipe the paste/gunk mess off and rinse with water (as needed… and it’ll be needed). My lazy results:


Solidly meh.

Granted, I took on this experiment  during a quick break at work and didn’t use a very good rag. I’m convinced that a scrubby sponge would do a MUCH better job.

While my results aren’t perfect, the toothpaste did remove the yellowy gunk. Given time and more attention, I think the results would be much better.

If you decide to give it a shot, let me know how you fare.


Responses to "DIY: Use toothpaste to clean headlights"

Stephen says:

It seems like just about everything in existence can be cleaned with either toothpaste, white vinegar, or coke.

Except my dirty dirty mind….

Candice Canty says:

I am trying this tomorrow. Someone tried to charge me $150. He said I could get a ticket if they were not cleaned. I can’t repeat what I said to him. Toothpaste, I can afford.

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