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Knowing how to clean a CD properly is crucial if you want to save them. There are a few warnings that will save you from destroying your CD. Read on for instructions.

Step 1: Warnings

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These are the important warnings to be cautious of.

1. DO NOT use household washing materials such as windex.

2. DO NOT wipe in circles.

3. DO NOT spray cleaning fluid directly on the CD.
scubaguy953 years ago
does it matter what kind of toothpaste
I have heard that you should not use tooth paste gel, only actual paste.
19995 years ago
i tried it it only takes away some scratches not all of them
safdar6 years ago
can you use any toothpaste?
jinjaboy7 years ago
does this ony work for music cds or does it work on games aswell?
Dinerro947 years ago
does the kind of the toothpaste matter?
Toothpaste is an abrasive. That's the point-it files the scratches down to a point where they will no longer cause a blip. Just remember to clean from the inside out (center to edge) in deliberate straight strokes NO SCRUBBING! I've done it. It works.
oddie12127 years ago
To get scratches out (possibly not divits or vary deep scratches) I've used a fine car finish buffing compound it works fairly well if you have a lot of surface scratches and you don't have any cd cleaner. But may leave some rings which the thoothpaste could get out? Even with some of the rings from buffing it can be read again and doesn't seem to affect the reading. Hey if its meant for making the finish on your car look new (which can be a plastic bumper) why not a cd?
lemonie8 years ago
Use Brasso - I've done it and it works (required a lot patience on my very heavily scratched Electric Larryland)

Easy Button8 years ago
Wait is this just for cleaning them or getting the scratches out?
LasVegas8 years ago
I use dish detergent to clean CDs. The goal is simply to remove oils left by fingers. The mild detergent does this beautifully. Toothpaste tends to contain abrasives which would not be good on a CD.
Crash21088 years ago
It can't be the gel toothpaste.
:-\ yeah it cleans cds, but ONLY cleans them... i do this, then blow torch the scratches out (yes i really do)
Why shouldn't you spray liquid directly on the cd?