How to Clean a CD Player

Updated April 17, 2017

Cleaning a CD player is a simple and easy procedure. Cleaning your CD player on a regular basis will keep it playing like new for years to come.

Make sure the player is empty, and either disconnect the power cord from the unit or unplug it from the wall socket.

Locate the screws that are holding the unit together and carefully remove them with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Once the screws and cover are removed, they can be set aside.

Apply a small amount of your lubricant to a cotton swab and gently grease the movable parts inside the CD player; primarily, the rails that the CD laser moves on. This should be done gently and carefully. Excessive force or scrubbing action is unnecessary.

Take a new cotton swab and moisten it with ethanol.

Locate the lens of the CD player and gently clean it with the cotton swab moistened in ethanol. A few swipes across the surface of the lens are sufficient.

Allow any ethanol left on the CD-player lens after cleaning to evaporate.

Reaffix the cover and secure it back to the chassis of the CD player by tightening the screws back into place using a screwdriver.

Reattach the power cord or plug the unit back into the wall. Turn the CD player on without a CD inside to allow it to self-check and reorient the laser.

After a few seconds, your CD player will be ready to play.


Before you reattach the CD player cover, make sure you haven't left anything inside.


Never attempt to clean or otherwise operate on an electronic device that is still plugged in!

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • 95% Ethanol
  • Lubricant that is safe for electronics (e.g., WD-40)
  • Cotton swabs
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