Remove Scratches from a CD/DVD with Vaseline (Petroleum Jelly)

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Vaseline (Petroleum Jelly) can be used for chapped lips, dry skin, and for getting rid of head lice; but how about making CDs and DVDs readable again?  Well, it does that too.  There are also other ways to do this on the Instructables website, but I will show you the one that I believe works best.
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Step 1: Materials

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Before you start removing scratches from your CDs and DVDs, you should grab your materials.  To perform the directions in this Instructable, you will need  the following materials:

- Soft Cloth or Disc Cleaner/Repair
- Petroleum Jelly (Vaseline, Store Brand, etc.)
- Minor to severely scratched discs

Step 2: Cleaning Time!

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Now it's time to apply the petroleum jelly.  I will demonstrate both ways to do this (the tissue and the disc cleaner). 

**UPDATE** Thanks to all of the comments, I have learned that you should not rub in small circular motions as show in picture #1, but instead follow inner perimeter of the disk.

Step 3: Remove the Scratches

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Once that is done, you will need to get rid of the excess grease.  If you did it with a tissue, get a damp cloth and start scrubbing.  (Do NOT use rubbing alcohol unless you want a warped disc)  If you did it with that disc cleaner on the other hand, just hit the start button, wait for it to finish, and repeat the directions above.

Step 4: Finished!

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All clean!  As you can see, there are no more visible scratches.  If this didn't work for you, try peanut butter.  Rumor has it that it works.

If there are any improvements that need to be made, please do not hesitate to comment.
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Coolguy1963 days ago

does this work for video games also

BrandonM137 days ago
This doesnt work. It doesnt work no matter how much i try it.

For dvd, cd, etc. disc repair of minor to moderate scratches use neutrogena blackhead eliminating daily scrub, using a very clean cotton cloth or scotchbrite cloth apply cream with disc placed on flat surface, do not make circular motions, rub from inner circle of disc straight toward outside edge, before cream gets dry, use another very clean cotton cloth (I used a white all cotton sock) Using same motion as you applied cream polish disc until shiny and clean of any residue of the cream. Ive had excellent results with this method with my toshiba laptop recovery discs that had started having errors during factory restoring my laptop. Good luck with you disc cleaning project.

I've heard that using pledge works. Have you heard anything like this?
i've tried everthing! toothpaste, a banana, peanut butter, and nothing! none of them worked and after i tried this it still did't work PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!
Try white toothpaste
well, there is one more thing you can use..... try a light bulb...... DJ'S use it to heat the cd into working...... turn a lamp on-(but the light bulb has to be a 70 watt light bulb) put your finger in the center of the cd and rotate it slowly on top of the bulb. it will make your cd forcefully work again even if it is scratched... ur welcome!!!!(-:
OliviaM24 months ago

will it still work if i only have vaseline?

FayeD1 OliviaM22 months ago

Vaseline is petroleum jelly

ashiag2 months ago

I have a disc would it hurt it with vaseline i don't have the other stuff

FayeD1 ashiag2 months ago

Vaseline is petroleum jelly

Used the petroleum jelly, doesn't work , skips even worse.
joseph.zeitz4 months ago
This really works!!!! So excited, thank you thank you thank you!!!!
modtrend5 years ago
my reading glasses are scratched. would this work for the glasses also or has anyone got an alternative solution
I used pledge on my reading glasses. It seemed to have helped a little bit. The scratches are not so bothersome now. It doesn't hurt to try.
U can use fog free to for summer to keep the fog out
ac-dc modtrend5 years ago
No, this marginally works for reading a disc but the human eye can see the distortion and it would be headache inducing.

They make a proper plastic polishing compound for optical lenses, or even regular plastic polish would be be better.  If the lenses are glass I recommend just replacing them.
Gabewright8 months ago
Did it twice with vaseline using the tissue, now the dvd barely plays. I wouldnt do if i were you!!!
Use old rag not tissue....
Nope447 months ago
I just did this and now the cd won't play at all. Thanks
jdailey2 Nope447 months ago
Keep buffing it until shiny
jdailey27 months ago
Omg this fixed 30 dvds! Gotta keep rubbing in circles until fogs gone n shiny again! Thanks so much!!!!!!

I just use Aquaphor on my son's Wii game and it now plays. I was sceptical but it does work.

BeckyR110 months ago

i just used meths i watched lots of episodes on my dvd works so well havent seen a single pause!

jerzie ellis11 months ago

does this work for PS3 game discs as well? or would it damage the disc?

uncle frogy5 years ago
the only media that has any hope of lasting for ever and to be "readable" is stone or metal. every other media is subject to deterioration at different rates. It is not that the plastic will last it is it still readable there is a rate of "bit rot" that occurs that after a while makes the disk unreadable. The advantage of digital format over analog is that digital format does not deteriorate with copying, a copy of a copy of a copy is as good as the original.   
Thank you for the article anything that helps us retrieve our data and prevent it disappearing for ever is good. Once it is repaired I would recommend making 2 copies one on a HD and the other on a new optical disk.
backup the backups!
I know it's a 3 year old comment, but I can't resist. CDs, DVDs, Blu-Ray discs, etc. are all digital formats. They do not deteriorate with copying, as you said. You can copy any of them onto another, and have a fresh one.

Digital formats are not invincible, however. Discs scratch, hard drives crash, and flash memory deteriorates. Sure, you're copying a bunch of 1s and 0s, but given the right conditions, even that can copy incorrectly and leave you an inferior clone.

And for all of the lossy formats out there, many times, you do come out with an inferior copy that does deteriorate as it is copied around. Burn a bunch of mp3s to a disc as an audio disc, they are resampled. Rip that disc to mp3, resampled again, to a lossy format again. This wreaks havoc on the integrity of the audio. Constant resampling and altering of images causes the same issues. Compression isn't as great as it's made out to be if you look at the longevity of these things.

LPs, cassettes. tapes, etc. are analog formats. They deteriorate as the plastic deteriorates, warps, or stretches. They cannot be copied losslessly. However, they can last a very, very long time given the proper care... as can any physical digital medium.

The point I'm making is if you keep your physical stuff in good shape, you can generally avoid much of this resurfacing or repairing stuff anyway. I can't say I have never scratched a disc, but most of my issues have been with others and buying used.
dianet1 year ago
For polishing a dvd it's correct to go in circles.. That's what it says on my JFJ disc repair. It's a polish not a cleaner. This is how it's written:" Spray 2 pumps on a disc. Wipe in a circular motion from the inside out until a lusterfull shine appears.. You can check for your self at JFJ Disc repair. Easy to google. It is correct to CLEAN discs in an outwards manner, put not polish them. And it seems to me vaseline is a polish.
ianolivia2 years ago
I'm allergic to Peanuts, so I can't use peanut butter.
Jordan102032 years ago
:....( IT DIDN'T WORK:(
powerfool3 years ago
Instead of a cloth do you think I could use some pure cotton (eg. a cotton bud) to apply the vaseline locally where the scratches are? I only have two or three tiny marks, not even deep. Do you think cotton is ok?
geekvig5 years ago
You can also use the following:

Peanut butter
Metal polish
gb123 geekvig5 years ago
WTH? bananna?
geekvig gb1235 years ago
Yes. Banana.
The banana method saved my Halo 2 game. XD So, yes, banana.
The vitamin X 612 T5 in banana is useful.
You are spot on Solder.....
jsingh233 years ago
I tried it on my DVD. It worked absolutely fine..... Very very good suggestion. V cheap and best.
GBoss133 years ago
Thanks for the help! but another tip; use a little water when cleaning off the grease
atonix4 years ago
I have the better idea than you have.
First, layer the CD with toothpaste. Then layer it with peanut butter. WIPE IT with tissue or soft cloth,you can use kitchen towel. Repeat the same process. Then dip it in the mixture of coke and soda for about 30 minutes. don't forget to shake. Then, Amazingly all the scratches of all types will be removed. This method works perfectly. For test, I had used a manually scrached CD scrached severly by rubbing it on cement surface. The result was far better than this messy valseline job.
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