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How to Make a Cleaning Solution With Vinegar to Fix Discs

Updated February 21, 2017

Dirt, small bits of detritus and oily smudges can render a DVD or CD inoperable. This is due to the fact the grime interferes with the ability of the DVD or CD player to effectively read the data stored on the disc. What's more, dirt can easily scratch the surface of the disc. Once scratched, the disc becomes much more difficult to fix. Thus, regularly cleaning your discs will not only fix the problems caused by dirt or dust but will also help prevent scratches. Vinegar offers the perfect cleaning solution.

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  1. Combine 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar with 1/2 gallon of warm water. Mix the solution thoroughly. The acetic acid in the vinegar will help dissolve oily grime from the CD. The baking soda, meanwhile, will act as a mild abrasive and remove light scratches.

  2. Rinse the CD under warm, running water. This will eliminate any large particles of dirt that may further scratch the surface of the disc during cleaning.

  3. Moisten a microfiber cloth in the vinegar cleaning solution. Slip your index finger through the hole in the centre of the disc and grasp the outer edge with your thumb. Do not touch the surface of the CD with your fingers because this will transfer oils onto the surface.

  4. Clean the surface of the disc with the dampened cloth. Begin at the hole at the centre of the compact disc and rub gently toward the outer edge. Never rub around the disc with circular motions, as this may result in adding more scratches to the surface. Continue polishing from the innermost portion to the outermost until the entire disc has been cleaned.

  5. Rinse under warm water once more and allow the disc to air-dry before attempting to play.

  6. Tip

    If the disc is not scratched, use white vinegar alone to clean it. Simply dampen the microfiber cloth in the vinegar and clean the disc in the manner outlined above.

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Things You'll Need

  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Microfiber cloth

About the Author

Arthur Barnhouse

Arthur Barnhouse has written numerous short stories, contributed content to various websites and was an invited speaker at a university symposium on creative writing. He began writing in 2002 and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of Pittsburgh. Barnhouse has driven across the United States numerous times and draws upon his travel experiences in his writing.

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