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DVD Rescue: How to Get Scratches Out of Electronic Media

It was a sad day for my kids when our very well-used Cars 2 DVD was scratched so badly it would skip whenever we tried to play it.

I almost threw it in the trash. But I stumbled across a cheap and easy way to polish and buff scratches from DVDs and CDs using items from my stockpile.  Try this before investing in new copies of damaged movies and music that your kids MUST watch regularly.

You Need:

  • toothpaste
  • peanut butter
  • diet soda
  • baking soda
  • small container or wide bowl (plastic sandwich containers with lids work great!)
  • paper towels
  • gloves (to prevent sticky fingers)

How to:

  • Use a paper towel to smear about a Tbsp. blob of toothpaste on the scratched side of the DVD/CD.
  • Gently massage a tablespoon or so of peanut butter on top of the toothpaste layer.
  • Use a clean paper towel to buff and clean off the toothpaste and peanut butter from the DVD.
  • Reapply another layer of toothpaste and peanut butter to the scratched side of the DVD but don’t wipe it clean this time.
  • Place the toothpaste and peanut butter covered DVD into your container.
  • Splash just enough diet soda in the container to cover the DVD. Sprinkle a few teaspoons of baking soda into the mixture.
  • Put the lid on the container and give it a quick shake. Let this concoction sit for 5 or 10 minutes.
  • Remove the DVD from the solution and use clean paper towels to carefully buff and polish the DVD so that it is clean. I went through several paper towels with this step because the toothpaste gets a little sticky after sitting in the cola.

Now that it is clean, pop that DVD back into the player and enjoy that movie again. And with my kids, Cars 2, again….and again….and AGAIN!

  This has been a guest post by Sarah from Carmel, IN
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10 thoughts on “DVD Rescue: How to Get Scratches Out of Electronic Media”

  1. Nancyfdz says:

    i used it and it did not work :(

  2. Anonymous says:

    How on earth did you come up with this? Are you getting any rain in Carmel? None here in west central Indiana.

  3. Thmspl1 says:

    …if you live near a FamilyVideo the do a machine refurb for $2 per disc… does a nice job (but it’s still nice to know i can do it at home in a pinch)

  4. becca says:

    Does it have to be diet soda? Will stevia sweetened soda be ok? Or just regular soda? I can’t wait to do this – my preschoolers have scratches all over their “school games” for the computer. Thanks!

  5. Anonymous says:

    I use dish soap. Also, Disney DVDs can be sent back to Disney once a year if they are scratched and they will be replaced for I believe $5.95. I know it is not much.

  6. Harley69d says:

    Don’t some toothpastes have abrasives or do u use certain brands????

    • Anonymous says:

       Just use plain white one. No breathe crystals or fresheners or anything else. Just plain white ones. The little crystals and added stuff will scratch the disc more.

  7. I just used the toothpaste when I was a kid.

    A few months ago, I told my Dad about my friends telling me to do this and he said, “did they laugh at you after you did it?”