With just about all forms of media going digital it seems that storing your music on CDs or movies on DVDs may soon be a thing of the past. After all, discs can get scratched and after a certain point music and movies skip so badly that they can no longer be enjoyed. How many discs do you have lying around that have been rendered useless due to excessive scratching? Probably more than a few, but don’t let this discourage you enough that you give up on them completely and throw them into the garbage. You can still buy DVDs and other forms of media stored on discs confidently and may even be able to salvage the ones laying around you thought were just shiny paperweights.
What do Peanut Butter and Toothpaste Have in Common?
It’s the question on everyone’s mind right? No? Well here’s the answer anyway. Peanut butter and toothpaste are both common household items that can be used to make that scratched disc play again. The pasty, spreadable texture of these two items allows you to coat the readable, shiny part of your CD or DVD and helps fill in the scratches that are responsible for making your disc skip. If you’re a little skeptical that this will actually work just try it for yourself. Take an old disk that you want to try, spread either peanut butter (the creamy kind) or toothpaste over the entire shiny surface, and then carefully wipe off all the peanut butter or toothpaste with a soft cloth, napkin, or paper towel. Make sure all visible residues are completely removed before trying to play your disc because you don’t want any to get into your player. Many discs will play much better afterwards because a lot of the small scratches have been filled in with the paste, allowing your player to read the disc without skipping.