How to Clean a CD

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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

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.

Step 2: Toothpaste Method

This method is done by gently rubbing a layer of toothpaste over the disk. Then, you are to wait 5 minutes. After the time has passed, gently wipe off the toothpaste under running water.

Step 3: Wiping

This is the more common method to cleaning a CD. First, the materials you will need:

  • anti static cloth (if possible)
  • CD cleaner (optional)
  • water

If it's not possible to get an anti static cloth a fine cloth or very fine tissue will do.

The method starts with putting your liquid of choice (cleaning fluid or water) on your cloth.IMPORTANT!!!DO NOT SPRAY LIQUID ON THE CD!!!

Next, you will need to wipe the CD in an outward pattern. NOT IN CIRCLES. Wipe from in to out until the CD is dry and clean.

Hopefully this instructable will help you clean your damaged CDs.

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    wermEosk

    11 months ago

    I think I had success with Vasoline. Any thoughts on comparable advantage of toothpaste vs. Vasoline.

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    scubaguy95

    6 years ago on Step 2

    does it matter what kind of toothpaste

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    guitarmonk15

    8 years ago on Introduction

    I have heard that you should not use tooth paste gel, only actual paste.

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    1999

    8 years ago on Step 3

    i tried it it only takes away some scratches not all of them

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    safdar

    9 years ago on Step 3

    can you use any toothpaste?

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    jinjaboy

    10 years ago on Step 2

    does this ony work for music cds or does it work on games aswell?

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    fromannyDinerro94

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    oddie1212

    11 years ago on Introduction

    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?

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    lemonie

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Use Brasso - I've done it and it works (required a lot patience on my very heavily scratched Electric Larryland)

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    Easy Button

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Wait is this just for cleaning them or getting the scratches out?

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    LasVegas

    11 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    :-\ yeah it cleans cds, but ONLY cleans them... i do this, then blow torch the scratches out (yes i really do)