How to Fix a Scratched CD Using Household Items

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CD’s are a popular medium for storing data, music and video files. While easy to play and store, CD’s are not extraordinarily durable. If left unprotected, the surface of a CD is easily scratched and can be rendered unreadable. However, you can fix these scratches by using basic items found in your home. Properly applying the items will restore the CD easily.


How to Fix a Scratched CD Using Household Items

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CD’s are a popular medium for storing data, music and video files. While easy to play and store, CD’s are not extraordinarily durable. If left unprotected, the surface of a CD is easily scratched and can be rendered unreadable. However, you can fix these scratches by using basic items found in your home. Properly applying the items will restore the CD easily.


Run the CD under warm tap water and rub a small amount of dishwasher detergent across the scratched surface.


Rinse the CD clean of the detergent and allow it to air-dry completely. Check to see if the CD works; if not, go to Step 3.


Remove the CD scratches with a banana. Peel a banana and rub the open face of the peel onto the surface of the CD for five minutes. Be sure to work from the inside of the CD directly outwards and avoid any circular motion.


Remove CD scratches with toothpaste. Rub the toothpaste onto the scratched surface with your fingers for five minutes.


Run the CD under warm water to wash off all of the banana peel or toothpaste. Apply a small amount of dish detergent and use your fingers to rinse it off.


Allow the CD to air-dry, then test the disc in your CD player or computer.


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