Introduction: Fix Any CD.... With Peanut Butter!

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Have an old, scratched up CD that won't play anymore? That CD probably held many memories for you, and you wish you were able to play it, if only it wasn't so scratched up...

But now you can re-live those memories using the magic of peanut butter! Don't spend five bucks on "Scratch out" that only makes things worse, when you can fix your scratched up CD's George Washington Carver style!

Step 1: What You Need...

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As the title of this instructable suggests, you really only need one thing:


But If you want to get technical, then here's a detailed list...

Peanut butter
You need only one tablespoon of peanut butter. Please, use common sense and DON'T use chunky peanut butter. Please.

Scrubbing utencil
You also need some way of rubbing the peanut butter. Use napkins, paper towels, polishing cloth(it's reccomended you don't use a good one), or even your fingers.

Now, most CD warnings say to not submerge the disk in water. But you need SOME way of getting that peanut butter off, right? Besides, we're not "submerging", we're "washing".

I used water to get it off, and it worked fine.

Step 2: Start the Cleanest Mess You'll Ever Have!

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This step is really messy. I advise you have some way of cleaning up messy stuff nearby.

Now, take the peanut butter and start scrubbing it into the CD using small, circular patterns. It's awkward, I know, but in the end, it all works out.

Continue scrubbing for about two minutes, then wash off the peanut butter. Make sure you have as much of it off as possible, because you don't want a peanut-butter and Walkman (or playstation) Sandwich.

Step 3: Finish Up, Clean Up, and Play!

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Now, once you have all the peanut butter off, dry your cd and put it in it's respective player. It should work fine, and most of the scratches will be gone, however, minor scratches will still be visible, but won't hinder it's performance.

I hope this helps! If you have any questions, please leave a comment below and I'll be happy to help. :)


jedillama980 (author)2010-04-02

Wow, i cant believe this worked.
Bravo sir.

sshepard (author)2016-11-13

I would guess this only works on light to medium scratches. I've got a few Joe Satriani CD's I'm going to try this on. Then on to a LOTR DVD.

FaZe FaKe (author)2016-08-25

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TylerB89 (author)2016-04-24

Im Done this actualy worked

FabianA11 (author)2016-01-22

Does it work on DVD's

JosephD49 (author)2015-11-10

it don't work this is stupid like really it is

JosephD49 (author)2015-11-10

i hope this works

LovelyLink1986 (author)2015-05-22

does this work with regular silvered backed ps2 disks ?

builderkidj (author)2011-06-04

Thats a ps1 cd right?

Tomcat94 (author)builderkidj2011-06-16

Why yes, yes it is!

builderkidj (author)Tomcat942011-06-16


eaterofsouls (author)builderkidj2015-05-03

Older ps2 games are blue but most ps2 games are silver along with ps3

2hot2hack (author)builderkidj2011-07-01

ps3 is silver i think

builderkidj (author)2hot2hack2011-07-06


lol, actually, ps1 has multiple colors. black just came out as a "special" disk. nothing special about it. ps2 was ABLE to read blue disks, but you needed the newer model of ps2. they had normal disks usually. ps3 is the same

nclark557 (author)quantumkittty2011-09-22

you don't need the newer model of ps2 to read blue discs i have an old ps2 "phat" that reads blue discs just fine

R167 (author)nclark5572012-06-10

1. I didn't even know that the colors made a difference
2. my friends ps2 off of ebay won't play a blue disk, maybe is is just bad... don't know...

builderkidj (author)R1672012-06-15

I have a slim so if your friends is a fat, that might be your problem...

oh my ps2 plays blue disks like crash bandicoot:Twoc

captinmarvel1445 (author)2015-04-26

Tomcat94 I really liked ur video

tridecagon (author)2013-04-21

Is spit a good substitute for water? Water costs are too outrageous these days .

sethkunz (author)tridecagon2014-06-16


dharris38 (author)2014-04-29

When you say wash is that the soap?

CrystalB01 (author)2014-03-19

PEANUT BUTTER !!!!!! *raises it up like Simba from the lion king*

jfinneran (author)2013-05-26

Does not work

Rambo556 (author)2013-04-05

Would this work on a trashed XBOX 360 game? I was playing my favorite game and the 360 got knocked over.

brian4752 (author)2013-02-06

Would this work for Mobile devices.

Sassah122 (author)2013-01-30

I would advise vegimite or marmite, or if that does not work try normal butter.

championx5 (author)2012-08-09

What can i use as a substitute if im allergic to peanut butter? if i touch just a little bit a start itching like crazy!

ETfonehome (author)2012-07-09

Would this work for DVDs?

account3r2 (author)2012-03-27

W-w-w-w-wait just a second... (while i s-s-s-st-stu-s-stutter a moment...) I submerge my discs all the time cleaning all the fingerprints off of the DVDs and such I get from Netflix.. I never knew that you're not supposed to submerge them... oh well...

Tomcat94 (author)account3r22012-04-01

Yes, I never knew that either until I actually read the warnings and such on certain DVD cases that tell you how to care for your disks. I don't see the harm in it though-- I've had countless things say to not submerge your disk, but I do it anyway, and everything's just fine.

By the way, I have a speech impediment from birth that causes me to stutter a lot. You're not funny. :/

rwill53 (author)Tomcat942012-04-08

he's making the sound of a CD


rwill53 (author)2012-04-08

You should NOT make a circular motion.
It should be done axially
from the center out to the edge
not in a circle

dalegogun (author)2012-04-05

I have a super monkey ball 2 disc that is scratched. i will try this.

dalegogun (author)2012-03-14

I have like 1hundred disks that are scrached. Maybe Il,l Try This...

pmn9393 (author)2011-12-04

gonna try this on my x-files game disk one, i usually use toothpaste, but it didn't work.

Tomcat94 (author)2011-10-18

The PS1 brings back so many memories for me. So many hours of Crash Bandicoot!

Mauigerbil (author)Tomcat942011-11-13

I, too played Crash Bandicoot, exept I played it on the original Xbox. We had one until I was 7. Crash TwinSanity was my childhood game. It was usually followed with episodes of my childhood cartoon, Ed, Edd,and Eddy. :D I remember those days...
Maui Gerbil

Mauigerbil (author)2011-11-13

I used this as a birthday present for my stepdad. You see, he bought GTA 4 a while ago and it got badly scratched up to the point that it was unplayable. Sadly, another Cd I was cleaning with PB split clean in two! I don't blame you or anything, but my little brother really liked Scooby Doo.......

nnewdorf (author)2011-11-10

would almond butter work? i think i might just try it xD

Mauigerbil (author)2011-11-07

Finally! I can listen to my Harry Potter audio-books again!

slee6 (author)2011-09-22


Darwinfish (author)2010-08-09

I could be wrong, but I think all this does is fill the scratches with the oil from the peanut butter. Peanut butter isn't terribly abrasive (unlike methods using toothpaste, which usually is). A while back I had a Tom Petty CD that wouldn't work because it was all scratched up, so I rubbed it on my hair (hadn't showered yet) and, yes, the oil filled the scratches, and it worked. (Somewhat nasty, but hey, it worked!)

StaticEmbrace (author)Darwinfish2011-08-28

If all it needs is the oil from hair, peanut butter, what have you; wouldn't it be easiest to try a tiny bit of vegetable oil? That way you don't have sticky goo everywhere and there's no need to forgo bathing. Just a thought.

Darwinfish (author)StaticEmbrace2011-08-28

I suspect that the veggie oil is too light to do much good. The peanut butter/hair oil are more of a paste than a fluid, so they'll probably stick better. Something like Crisco might work, though obviously wipe it down well before sticking it in the player.

And yes, there are many ways of doing this, and most of them are better than my ghetto method. :D

Derpancakes (author)2011-07-07

hmm.... i followed the instructions but it didn't work...
since a lot of people said this works, my CDs must have reeeealy deep scratches... oh well

Apollo2947 (author)2011-06-14

Wash the peanut butter off. Or eat it off.

miniclipper (author)2010-09-28

I need to get The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess to work so this is great.

GameNox (author)miniclipper2011-05-13

you gonna hack your wii

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