How to Clean a CD Player in a Radio

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How to Clean a CD Player in a Radio
use a lens cleaner to remove dust from a CD player laser lens in a radio. (cd on cd image by Stephen Kirkby from

A CD player built into a radio, especially a car stereo, can be a magnet for dust. The spinning CD generates a certain amount of electromagnetic static, which draws in the dust. Since the CD player is part of the radio, it can be trickier to clean than a personal player with a pop-up lid, for example. Cleaning discs can get the dust off the internal laser lens for improved tracking. A can of compressed air can also be used to clean the player.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Can of compressed air
  • CD lens cleaning disc
  • Clean microfiber cloths
  • Cotton swabs
  • Rubbing alcohol

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  1. 1

    Blast the CD slot or compartment with short busts of compressed air to dislodge dust and airborne particles that can get inside the player.

  2. 2

    Insert the laser lens cleaning disc and press the "Play" button on the CD player. Let the disc run for 20 to 30 seconds, depending on the instructions for the particular brand. Well-known lens cleaner brands include Philips, Maxell, Memorex and Allsop.

  3. 3

    Dip a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and rub around the control knobs and ubbtons to remove greasy fingerprints, dust and dirt. Let the alcohol evaporate completely before turning on the radio or inserting a CD.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not pour rubbing alcohol or any other liquid directly on the radio or into the CD player.

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