Safest way to clean car headlights

My 2013 Chevrolet Equinox headlights have a slight film on one of the headlights.

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  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Apr 28, 2018
    One tip that is trending now is to use toothpaste. Makes sense—it is mildly abrasive and washes clean. If the film is on the outside it should come clean. If it’s on the inside, the vacuum seal is broken and you may need a new headlight eventually. ☺️

  • Janet Panos Janet Panos on Apr 28, 2018
    Helli! Vinegar and baking soda work well to keep headlights ckean. Vinegar has acidity to break down the grime and baking soda has the grittiness to do the same job as toothpaste. Auto parts stores also sell headlight restore solution, fairly cheap, that you may up to purchase. However, any one of the solutions mentioned will work unless the film comes from inside the lamp. Then, as Jewell mentioned, it’s time to replace. Good luck!

  • Yep, used toothpaste on mine. Did the job wonderfully!

  • Lsherbach Lsherbach on Apr 28, 2018
    Rust-oleum actually has a product on the market to clear foggy headlights and it is under $10

  • Barb Barb on Apr 28, 2018
    If the toothpaste idea doesn't work or the vinegar, I may opt for this. I don't want to damage my headlights.

  • Janet Panos Janet Panos on Apr 28, 2018
    Yes, there are many uses for both baking soda and vinegar alone or together in the home.

  • Nina Brewster Smith Nina Brewster Smith on Apr 28, 2018
    Toothpaste, not gel. Paste is just abrasive enough. Good luck.

  • Lise Boisvert Lise Boisvert on Apr 28, 2018

  • Em Em on Apr 01, 2021

    Toothpaste is a waste of time. It does not last at all. You actually need to clean with superfine sand paper 3000, 2000 and 1500. Use rubbing compound in between. Wet the sandpaper and make SURE you tape off all around the lens so you do NOT scratch the paint or headlight bracket around it.

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Sep 23, 2021

    Hi Barb, most Auto Parts stores carry a polishing product or system just for acrylic headlights... Turtle Wax and most of the other major brands of car wax have one.... just follow the directions. You can also use a small dab of toothpaste (the non-gel kind) on a damp cloth and gently rub it in a circular motion.