Cloudy plastic looks dull and dirty. It causes haze headlights and opaque view through plastic windows.
Homely elements like mugs, dishes, or jars look unhygienic for the fog in it.
Knowing how to clean cloudy plastic using some simple tricks can help you make it look neat and usable again.
You can use easy to get solutions like vinegar, baking soda to remove fog from your plastic materials.
There are several methods to get rid of cloudy plastic. The method you need to choose depends on how stubborn the fog of your plastic material is.
Here are some easy steps to get rid of the fogginess of a plastic material.
How to clean cloudy plastic?
1. Soaking in vinegar
Tiny materials like a cup, a drinking glass, a transparent Tupperware or anything similar like that are quite easy to clean.
Vinegar is the perfect answer for you. Pour 2 to 3 cups of vinegar in a bowl. Dip the cloudy plastic material inside it.
Now, wait for 5minutes. Take up the plastic material, and clean it with a damp cloth.
The cloud should disappear, as vinegar can absorb the foggy layer from plastic.
2. Adding baking soda
Sometimes, vinegar alone itself can not remove stubborn fogs from plastic materials. In case of stubborn fogs, try adding some baking soda in the solution.
You can also sprinkle some baking soda in the vinegar coated plastic. A piece of rag can be used to scrub it well.
The reaction between vinegar and soda dissolves the fog. Leave it for 10 to 15 minutes and then cleanse the plastic with water.
This time you will not find any cloud in your plastic material anymore.
3. Vinegar and hot water solution
The solution of hot water and vinegar can be used for a thousands type of cleaning hacks.
It works like magic on cloudy plastic materials too, if you are cleaning more than a few things at a time.
You will need to fill your sink halfway with warm water to make the mixture. Make sure the water is not too hot, that can melt the plastic.
Pour vinegar till the sink is filled. Put all your materials with cloudy plastic in the solution of water and vinegar. You can take them up an hour later.
Light fogs should be disappeared by now.
If anymore cloud remains, then you should scrub them well with a rag, until there is no single evidence of fog remains.
Cleanse the materials with clean lukewarm water. After that, dry it with a piece of a clean soft cloth.
If you have done the things right, you should find your plastic materials as clean as new.
4. Baking soda and hot water solution
In some cases, it may not be possible to soak the plastic in hot water and vinegar. For that type of cases, try using the following trick.
You will need to pour an equal amount of water and baking soda in a bowl to make this solution. It can be used to remove fog from a smaller area of plastic.
Dip two pieces of cloth in the solution and wait until the clothes get wet completely.
Take up the clothes and wrap the cloth over the foggy plastic area, if possible then both from inside and outside. Leave the materials over a night.
While unwrapping in the next morning, you might find some dark spots in the clothes. Also, see that the fog has disappeared.
If it has not vanished completely, then try repeating this method for a few times. Hopefully, you’ll find a better result.
Following the methods above can cleanse all your plastic materials from dirty looking fog.
The fog appears from repeated use, remaining minerals from everyday washing and bacteria. Washing them with detergent can also disinfect your piece of plastic.
How to clean foggy plastic headlights
To clean a foggy plastic headlight, spraying some soapy water in it and then rinse it with a clean cloth.
If you can not get rid of foggy plastic after applying the soapy water, then you can go for the mixture of soda and vinegar.
Pour some vinegar and baking soda in a bowl. You may find some foamy reaction from the vinegar and soda mixture.
Let the reaction be stable and then dip a cloth in the solution. Now wipe your headlight with the cloth.
After wiping it thoroughly you will see the difference. Dry the headlight with a dry sponge and have a look.
Your plastic headlight is free from cloud. I’ve already mentioned about cleaning of stubborn fog over plastic with vinegar and baking soda.
If you cannot find vinegar or baking soda in your house, you can go for sandpaper. Get two pieces of sandpaper.
Dip them in water until they soak well. Before cleaning it with sandpaper, I must say that it is a sensitive way of cleaning.
Make sure you know what type of sandpaper you should use. Otherwise, you’ll end up damaging the headlights of your car.
Put some tape to save the metal frame of your headlights.
Spray some soapy water and scrub it with sandpaper. Then dry it with a rag. Scrubbing with sandpaper may leave some mark.
So polishing the headlight will give you good as a new look.
Cleaning Windows with Cloudy Pixel Glass
You should pour a cup of slightly hot water into a clean bowl, and add ¼ cup of vinegar. Follow the method you have seen earlier.
Place a cloth in it until it soaks the mixture. You can rub the cloudy pixel glass with the wet rag.
You can also put the mixture in a spray bottle and use it to clean the glass regularly.
After a few days of cleaning will make your cloudy pixel glass windows free from cloud.
Cleaning foggy Plastic Pitchers
As we have seen earlier, there are different methods of cleaning cloudy plastic.
Dipping in vinegar and water solution will quickly help you get rid of the fog from a plastic pitcher.
Plastic is the element of our day to day life. Hopefully, these small tricks will help you to clean your daily usable plastic materials easily.
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