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I have several CDs that we play often, and they are beginning to hesitate, and/skip.  the only cloth I have now is glasses cleaner.  I wipped one several times, one way, and that helped.  Would wipping it more help? Would it be best to get a special cleaninng cloth, and liquid cleaner?

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maemole (author)2012-02-17

Wipe it off using a dry clean towel.

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PotatoCoffee (author)2011-12-24
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reconmarine33 (author)2011-11-26

This seems to be a simple cleaning stage. Get a napkin and the put some Clorox
(or any other window cleaner) on it and the rub CAREFULLY on the disk. Then, rub off the cleaner with something soft, I suggest a sweatshirt or t-shirt and then you're done. Good luck.

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gogglecrab (author)2011-09-12

i have a method that seems to work quiet well for me, just take some baking soda and put some in a small dish then slowly add water to it until it become a paste.
Then apply it to the Cd with a clean cloth in an outward motion starting at the center and go to the rim(never do circular motions) then let it sit on the Cd for 5 to 10 min.Then wipe it away in the same manner, it's worked for almost all my Cd's!
Good Luck!

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kylekosan23 (author)2011-07-21

just put some Clorox on and wipe it with a damped towel

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penguinparty123 (author)2011-07-08

listen, if your cd is skippin then u need to get a propper disk cleaner, that fills in all scratches with resin. which repairs the disk. so buy one, or replace the disk. i hope this has been of some use 2 u

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jrg3ni0us (author)2011-06-24

What you should do is find a cloth that doesn't produce lint and gently rub it along the grooves of the CD. If that doesn't work, add a weak mixture of water and dish soap. If THAT doesn't work, then you probably have a scratch.

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build52 (author)2011-04-28

get some arm & hammer tooth paste. Rub it on the cd then get a towel and wet the towel and rub the wet towel on the cd until the tooth paste is gone. then use a dry towel and dry the cd and that will work for the scratches.

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coolpizzadude (author)2010-02-03

I recommend using a microfiber cloth and regular tap water and wipeing the disk in one direction until it's clean. If the disk is scratched then your best just buying a new disk or getting the disk refurbished.

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Xentel Corp. (author)2011-03-05

You can use a relatively cheap method for cleaning a CD. Go in the market and ask for a CD cleaner. This would cost you under Rs.100.

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mmme99 (author)2011-02-01

Put windex on a paper towel and wipe away.

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Cobalt59 (author)2011-01-19

I just breathe on it then wipe it off on my shirt (make sure that it is not embroidered or made of rough fabric).

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AwesomeSwordGuy (author)2010-11-26

add peanut butter
rub it around
wash it off

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TSC (author)AwesomeSwordGuy2011-01-03

That sounds like a way to mess up your cd! Have you done it?? And if so does it work or does it just get more mess up?

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TSC (author)2011-01-03

That sounds like a way to mess up your cd!

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NatNoBrains (author)2010-12-05

Just buy a CD cleaner! Duh!

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venom1539 (author)2010-11-23

I've heard that if you put white toothpaste on it then rub it off works but i'm not sure. Check it out on youtube.

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AwesomeSwordGuy (author)2010-11-14

rub some vaciline to the shiny side and then wipe it off.

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arv_christos (author)2010-10-09

Use some glue to fill the scratches
It is very difficult to do but it helped me with my old ps2 cds

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Foaly7 (author)2010-07-31

Peanut Butter (click it. not mine, but click it.)

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HeyJD (author)2010-07-23

Usually just water and a soft cloth works. Make sure your wiping the CD from the inside(middle) to the outside. Do NOT wipe around in circles as this could wreck your disk.

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DBMods (author)2010-07-15

If you want to buy a scratch remover go to www.amazon.com and search scratch remover. They have some that are like $2000 but the $30 ones work just fine.

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DBMods (author)2010-07-15

Go to youtube and search "how to clean a CD with toothpaste". It really works!!!

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skyheart (author)2010-07-12

how to clean a cd its easy just wipe it a tissue or a napkin or a soft towel or if you mean't cleaning the cd on your computer just delete all the stuff in the cd ok hope you do it.

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Taekwondoman (author)2010-06-24

If you have a glasses cleaning cloth or another soft, lint-free cloth, you can clean it by gently rubbing it from the center to the outside. Don't go around the disk in circles, just rub in straight lines. My friend told me once that toothpaste can help, but I am not entirely sure that it would work, so I would just use the cloth to clean it. Liquid cleaners will not make much of a difference, if any at all.

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arv_christos (author)2010-06-08

I have heard two ways: 1st Clean it with some alcohol,then use some water and then use some toothpaste.Then Clean it again with water 2nd Use a banana skin

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Earths_hope (author)2010-06-02

first, get your cd then your glasses cloth and put some purified water or LIGHT cleaning liquid on it, as long as you are fine with that on your glasses cloth and then rub not gently but not harshly either OUTWARDS not round and round or you will strip your cd and disperse your dvd/cd data into mooing and pictures of cows (well, maybe not cows,but it will seriously mess your cd up)

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apotofhoney1 (author)2010-05-18

you would want to get a disk cleaning kit but if you cant you can just use a soft shirt

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cupcake43 (author)2010-05-13

buy a disk cleaning kit you can find it at most walmarts and game stores

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tristianrings (author)2010-05-11

tooth paste or saving cream , glass cleaner is bad i have heard the amonia makes the plastic softer and easier to scratch have yet to test it though

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mind freak (author)2010-03-12

spit on the cd and clean with your jeans .... :-D

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Alex Lamont (author)2010-03-01

What I do it get my grinder or buffer equiptment out and get a 24000 grit sand paper disk and slowly buff away at it very lightly.

I being serious it works

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Well, I've never heard of 24000 grit, but if it works. Eyeglass grinding compound works really well, too, if you can find it.

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iamdan (author)2010-03-03

just use some windex and a SOFT paper towel. DO NOT wipe the cd in a circular motion, go in one direction

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Lee Wilkerson (author)iamdan2010-04-05

Please do not recommend a 'soft paper towel'. Paper towels are made from wood fiber and will scratch glass not to mention your plastic CD. Use newspaper (made from cloth fiber) or soft cloth.

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Apple_4_life (author)2010-03-30

 a simple solution is a microfiber cloth (clean and completly dry) and start from the center and gently come straight back (dont go in a circular motion or you will scratch the cd even more)

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lilyfrancis (author)2010-03-23

Find a medium-sized clean container (big enough to submerge a CD). Squeeze out about a tablespoon of hand dish soap, or window cleaner into the container. You can also buy an all-natural cleaning liquid that is made of distilled water. Fill whatever cleaning solution you used with water to make it soapy. Put your dirty CD in the soapy water and leave for about a minute. Remove CD and rinse it off in warm, running water. Repeat process if necessary. Shake off excess water and allow to air dry.

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Clintonlion (author)2010-03-21

I use a high quality clear auto wax. Apply just like you would on a car. Works for most scratches and dirt. hope this helps.

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Dweevil (author)2010-03-15

I use a light spray furniture polish (Pledge, etc) to fill minute scratches. It also works for scratches on glasses and doesn't smell like bananas~

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highvoltage (author)2010-03-12

I always wipe some peanut butter over it and then wipe it off, the grease seems to fill in the cracks and it plays great after.

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knex_mepalm (author)2010-03-12

 Apply ethanol and rub, we have music that repeats then jumps, we tried it and it worked perfectly, apply a small amount of ethanol and slowly rub for 1-3 minutes then test, if it does not work in 2 tries, the disk has an internal problem

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MrSander (author)2010-03-10

I have another weird (maybe not as weird as a banana) proposition, when my xbox or favorite dvd's wont play anymore I put them on the FREEZER 4 a couple of hours, and believe me, if the xbpx reads it, everything will do aswell

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BoredInClass (author)2010-03-10

Whenever my CDs are particularly dirty, I use toothpaste.

Sounds wierd, I know.

But just smear the thing in the stuff you'd normally clean your teeth with... and maybe rub it in a little.  This has been known to fix [very] minor scratches, and I've even fixed that dreaded "skipping" with this method, unorthodox though it may be.

This doesn't usually work on heavy-duty damage, but I'm pretty sure it depends on the 'paste brand ;D  Use minty Colgate [the kind in the multi-colored tube], that's been my tried-'n-true for quite some time.

Hope this helps ^^

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DELETED_Haon (author)2010-02-28

run it under a tap with cold water then wipe of the water with your shirt

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