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Old 02-04-2005, 01:37 PM
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What is the safest way to clean a dirty CD?

I bought a CD on Half.com that was listed as "like new," but it showed up "like nearly destroyed." There are tons of spots all over it that don't seem to come off with a soft cloth. It wasn't that expensive, so I don't want to deal with the hassle of trying to return it, but I'd like to clean it.

Is it safe to run a CD under water to help get these spots off, or do I need to go out and buy a bottle of that CD cleaner stuff?

This is probably a stupid question, but I've never had to clean a CD before because I always keep my stuff in mint condition.

Thanks in advance.



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Brasso actually works great for cleaning CD's (as well as removing scratches from the iPod!). I've also heard good things about the SkipDR CD cleaning machine:
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I regularly wash cd's with dishsoup and h2o. Have never had a problem.

If there are scratches, I wash, rub down with creamy peanutbutter, then wash again.
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Creamy peanut butter . . . a bit of tomato sauce . . . what are you guys talking about?? Should I sprinkle some parmesan cheese on top and bake it in the oven for 45 minutes, too?

A soft cloth and some rubbing alcohol did the trick. The spots are gone and the scratches don't appear to affect playback.



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Dude, they're kidding. Brasso works. Soap and water works. Just be sure to rinse well and use a soft cotton cloth. Do not use paper towels, they'll scratch the plastic.



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Dude, they're kidding.
Dude, I know they were. I was, too. I thought that was pretty clear. To make things ultra clear, I went back and added a smiley.



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I regularly wash cd's with dishsoup and h2o. Have never had a problem.

If there are scratches, I wash, rub down with creamy peanutbutter, then wash again.
I agree... I thought this was just me!



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Dude, I know they were. I was, too. I thought that was pretty clear. To make things ultra clear, I went back and added a smiley.
While I knew you were kidding, I was NOT!

I use peanut butter all the time. It works. Believe me!

I would never joke on something like that because that type of joke is hard to convey in type. What if I was joking and someone took me seriously and screwed something up I would feel bad.

I REALLY USE PEANUT BUTTER.

Google it - I promise this is real

BTW: I thought rubbing alcohol was bad for cd's?????
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Bit of tomato sauce should work a treat
I wasn't kidding when i said this either.

A girl i know buys a lot of used CD's and she swears by this method.

Give it a try...






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I REALLY USE PEANUT BUTTER.

Google it - I promise this is real

BTW: I thought rubbing alcohol was bad for cd's?????
Ok, while I Google the peanut butter thing, you can Google the rubbing alcohol thing.

That's where I read about using rubbing alcohol. I doubt rubbing alcohol would hurt it. I just used a tiny bit on a soft cloth and the spots came right off the CD.



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I REALLY USE PEANUT BUTTER.
What a ''nutty'' idea


Sorry, i couldn't resist .






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What a ''nutty'' idea


Sorry, i couldn't resist .
You should be banned for that. Where's that "report to moderator" button?



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It was bad wasn't it.....






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Ok, while I Google the peanut butter thing, you can Google the rubbing alcohol thing.
It looks to be ok to do. Just don't try nail polish remover.

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What a ''nutty'' idea

Sorry, i couldn't resist .
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I liked it - It was sad and pathetic, but I like it.
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