How to Make a Scratch Remover for CDs, DVDs or Video Games

by Matthew BattleUpdated September 22, 2017
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Items you will need

  • Bottled or distilled water

  • Dishwashing liquid

  • Lint-free cloth

  • Toothpaste

  • Auto wax

Making your own scratch remover is a cheap way to repair any damaged discs you might have. Repairing CDs, DVDs or games can be especially important if they hold personal information. By using everyday materials to repair scratched CDs, DVDs or games, you can save money and your peace of mind.

Making Scratch Remover Fluid

Distill tap water by using a water filter or buy a bottle of mineral water.

Put about 4 cups of water into a bowl and add a drop of dishwashing liquid. Mix the solution thoroughly.

Dip a lint-free cloth into the solution and gently wipe the scratched area of your CD, DVD or game. Wipe from the inner hole to the outside edge in a linear motion.

Fixing Scratches with Toothpaste

Hold the disc up to find the scratches.

Apply a small amount of toothpaste to a clean lint-free cloth and gently rub the paste into the scratches. Run the cloth, in a linear motion, over the scratches a few times. Apply more toothpaste, if necessary.

Hold the disc under warm water. Dry with a clean lint-free cloth.


If your disc works after using one of these methods, copy the disc to a computer so that you can burn another disc or retrieve the data you need from the damaged disc. Although these methods will help scratched discs function, it is not permanent.


Only wipe CDs, DVDs or games in a linear motion. Wiping in a circular motion could create more scratches.

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About the Author

Matthew Battle started writing and editing in 2007. He has been published in Cadaverine and Pen Pusher, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of East London.

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