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How to Fix a Scratched CD

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Sometimes, we really want to play whatever’s on an old CD we’ve stored, but it can easily become scratched, making it nearly impossible to play. 5-Minute Crafts has a list of 6 different methods to help you solve this problem so you can bring your discs back to life.

  • Squeeze some non-gel toothpaste onto the shiny part of the CD.
  • Spread the toothpaste using your fingers or a microfiber cloth, and do it from the center, outward.
  • Rinse off the CD with some water straight from the sink faucet.
  • Dry the CD with a dry microfiber cloth.
  • Apply shoe polish, lip balm, furniture wax, or petroleum jelly to the shiny part of the CD.
  • Rub it with a suitable cloth so the wax product fills in the scratches.
  • Wipe the excess wax with a lint-free cloth.
  • Rinse the CD with some warm water.
  • Dry it off with a microfiber cloth.
  • Put some creamy peanut butter on a microfiber cloth and spread it on the shiny part of the CD in a radial motion.
  • Remove the peanut butter from the CD with a wet microfiber cloth.
  • Let it air dry.
  • Take a cotton cloth and dip it into the metal polish solution.
  • Buff the shiny part of the disc gently with the cloth, and rub it from the inner part to the edges in a straight line, outward.
  • Do it until it’s completely polished.
  • Flip the CD so its shiny part is up.
  • Hold it with your hands, 4 inches apart from a lamp with an incandescent 60-watt light bulb.
  • Rotate the disk for about 20 seconds, then remove it from the exposure.
  • Cut the banana into slices and rub one of them on the surface of the CD in a radial motion.
  • Next, use the inside of a banana peel to wipe off the CD surface as well. Again, do it in a radial motion.
  • Clean the CD with a dry cotton or microfiber cloth.
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