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Window Cleaners Like Windex Can Repair Scratches, Unplayable DVDs and CDs

Geek Tip: Use Window Cleaner to Fix Unplayable Discs

This tip actually comes courtesy of Netflix, after they were beginning to kill me by sending unplayable disc after unplayable disc. The first offender, (a How I Met Your Mother DVD, if you must know), refused to play in my DVD player, so I pulled out all my tricks to clean it (except for the ol' toothpaste trick, which I was tempted to try, but since I didn't own the disc, I had reservations), to no avail, so I reported it unplayable, and Netflix sent another copy of the DVD.

Would you believe it, the next HIMYM disc they sent would also not play! By then I was angry and cursing the Netflix gods as I signed in to my profile to tell them yes, you sent me another crappy DVD that I can't play. But instead of them telling me OK, they'd send a new one out (as they had the previous time) it was as if the website sighed loudly at me; the next message I got was something along the lines of "Have you tried Windexing it?" Defeated, I admitted I hadn't, so I tried it.

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I pulled out the Windex (I hear ya, I am trying to get rid of it and replace it with the green version but that bottle drains so slowly), spritzed it on a paper towel, and wiped away, being careful to not leave too many particles from the towel on the disc (next time I'll use a soft cloth and avoid more potential scratches with the paper towels). I placed the DVD into the player, and like magic, the disc played.

I'm curious, have you heard of this tip before? I was surprised I hadn't! For the concerns about using window cleaners on a disc, a quick Google doesn't yield much evidence saying it will damage anything, but if you're concerned, do go with an eco-friendly (and therefore, less chemical-y) window cleaner, as I'd imagine it would have the same effect as the commercial cleaner that I used.


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kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 8 years
we've been doing this for years. i guess common sense isn't common?
allinavhcnerf allinavhcnerf 8 years
CoronaLove CoronaLove 8 years
I'm with Alysun. I will definitely use this tip for my Sex & the City DVDs. Thanks Geek :)
Harley-Babe Harley-Babe 8 years
Toothpaste trick? I thought that was only for filling holes in the wall. ;)
anne_ anne_ 8 years
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 8 years
Great tip! I've heard about toothpaste, but Windex is new to me.
northofantastic northofantastic 8 years
Wow, I'm surprised I didn't know this. Thanks for the tip! :)
gigglesss gigglesss 8 years
i thought everyone did this..One of our discs for the PS2 stop working.. but once i cleanned it off with windex a few times, sure enough it worked =)
Aries17 Aries17 8 years
I just use a tissue to clean the back of the DVD, it's usually fingerprints that makes it skip
alysun alysun 8 years
I did not know this. And I am going to try it. One of my sex and the city DVDs skips! It drives me nuts.
chasingjamie chasingjamie 8 years
I thought this was common knowledge.. guess not!
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