Over time things fade, including relationships, memories, your favorite pair of jeans — and car headlights.

When it comes to car headlights, sometimes it's an internal process and sometimes it's external. If it's occurring on the outside of the headlights, then you're not in such bad shape. There's a simple, cost-effective method of headlight restoration which utilizes a household item that we all know and love. So if you're now wondering how to clean headlights for cheap, head to the bathroom and grab your toothpaste.
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It's important to emphasize that not all yellowed headlights can be salvaged by using this method. You can tell based on how the headlight feels on the outside, automotive expert and YouTuber ChrisFix says. 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 and may not be rescuable. So the first step in this process is figuring out if your car is eligible for a toothpaste shine.

If your headlights are indeed yellowing from the outside, then grab your toothpaste. But it's necessary that you use a toothpaste, as opposed to a gel, and it should include baking soda. If not, you can 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 with a rag, making sure to cover each and every inch. You can use a toothbrush to further help with the application.

Now, this isn't necessarily a permanent solution, but it's certainly an easy and quick way of cleaning car headlights.

Give the video below a spin to see for yourself what a difference the toothpaste can make. For those of you at home with a vintage ride in the garage, would you try this technique out?