- Step 1: Remove dust Use a blast of canned air or a soft, lint-free cloth to remove dust clinging to the CD.
- TIP: Work in straight lines from the center toward the edge. Circular motions can scratch the CD and disrupt playback.
- Step 2: Clean with alcohol Mix one part rubbing alcohol with one part distilled water. Dip a clean, soft, lint-free cloth into the mixture and clean the disc from the center toward outer edge.
- TIP: Use a small amount of dish detergent mixed with water if your CD is sticky from spilled food or beverages.
- Step 3: Polish with toothpaste Dab some toothpaste onto a cotton swab and rub it gently into the scratches until they fade and disappear.
- Step 4: Wash the CD Rinse the CD under running water.
- Step 5: Dry the CD Dry the CD carefully, from the center outward with a dry, soft, lint-free cloth.
- Step 6: Test the CD Insert the disc into a player to test your handiwork. If the disc still skips, look again for scratches and repeat the process until your disc plays like new.
- FACT: The CD was invented in 1980 and the first CD player hit the commercial market in 1982.
You Will Need
- Canned air
- Soft lint-free cloth
- Rubbing alcohol
- Distilled water
- Cotton swabs
- Dish detergent (optional)