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How to use toothpaste to remove scratches

Toothpaste is a cheap and effective household item that you can use to remove scratches from different things. Toothpaste is most effective at removing scratches on DVDs and CDs, but can also be used on items manufactured from glass. To use toothpaste to remove scratches, you should purchase the regular paste and not the gel. Ideally, the paste should contain baking soda in order to add some grit to the substance. It does not matter which brand you choose and you can certainly buy the generic versions found in retailers.

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  1. Place a small amount of toothpaste at the site of scratches. You will need to rub it in, so start with a moderate amount of toothpaste and add more if necessary.

  2. Use a dry cloth to rub the toothpaste into the scratched area. Follow the line of the scratch and make a circular motion with the toothpaste. Continue this process for on all of the areas where there are scratches.

  3. Rinse away the toothpaste residue with room temperature water once you have finished rubbing the substance on the scratched item. Examine the scratches as you rinse off the toothpaste. If they are still noticeable, you may want to go over them again.

  4. Dry the scratched item with a clean cloth. If it is a CD, DVD or game disc, you will want to try to play it right away to determine if you successfully removed the scratches.

  5. Tip

    Toothpaste is not likely to prove effective for removing deep scratches. But, it is an ideal substance to use for light scratches that appear on the surface.

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Things You'll Need

  • Regular (paste) toothpaste
  • Water
  • Dry cloths

About the Author

Heather Topham Wood is a seasoned writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including USA Today, Gadgetell, Feel Rich and Step in Style. Heather is a published novelist with six Amazon bestsellers and a contract through Crescent Moon Press. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from TCNJ.

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