A MOTORS expert has revealed the popular cleaning ‘hack’ that could cost you thousands of pounds.
A video of TikTok user Ryhan cleaning his side mirrors with toothpaste has been liked more than 1.6 million times.
The video shows him cleaning his side mirror with toothpaste as he smears a blob on his mirror and rubs it into the glass in a circular motion.
He then takes a blue cloth and wipes it across the surface of the toothpaste – leaving a thick mass of white, blurry substance behind.
After hosing down the section with a cleaning solution, he shows the aftermath of the mirror covered in faded water splatters.
He then demonstrates the popular “hack” with a different type of toothpaste – a gel version with micro bits inside.
After Ryhan makes the same circular rubbing motions, the paste remains smeared on the mirror and sticks to the cloth Ryhan uses to wipe it off.
He takes another cloth and wipes the mess vigorously, but here too the mirror remains blurry and not sparkling clean.
Leon Hood, motor trade insurance specialist and commercial manager at ChoiceQuotewarned about the hack.
Toothpaste contains mild abrasives that can actually scratch the surface of your mirrors and cause further deterioration – so this “hack” isn’t as effective as it seems.
To avoid further damage to your car mirrors and having to spend hundreds to replace them, Ryhan advises drivers to clean their mirrors with a solution of mild soap and warm water or a special car mirror cleaning product, using gentle circular motions.
Washing your car regularly, using the right products, and using microfiber cloths can help extend the life of your vehicle and avoid costly repairs.
Mr Hood said: “While some of these hacks may be effective, it is clear that some of these methods could actually cause damage to vehicles and may not be worth it in the long term.”
“We would therefore encourage all motorists to approach these methods with caution and use the correct cleaning products required.”
“Drivers should maintain their cars regularly and invest in professional cleaning services where possible.”
Instead, he urged drivers to wash their cars regularly, use special car cleaning products and use microfiber cloths.
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