My husband and I are Redbox addicts. We don’t have cable (gasp), are on a strict budget, and rarely go to the movies; however, we love to splurge on the $1.00-$1.20 on Friday nights for a Redbox movie. I know you’re jealous. We’re living the life ;). But let’s face it, nothing is more frustrating than bringing a disk home only to have it not work! Granted you can contact Redbox and receive a refund, but that is no fun. I’m going to tell you how to fix your scratched DVDs so that they are in working order once again!
For a minorly scratched DVD, sometimes you can just spray it with some white vinegar, rinse under water, and dry with a lint free cloth (or microfiber cloth).
If that doesn’t work, then you need to pull out the big guns.
Here is what you will need:
- Lint free cloth.
- Toothpaste (the paste not the gel kind).
- Nu Finish liquid car polish.
Step one: On the corner of your lint free cloth, place a dab of toothpaste and rub in a circular motion all over the disk. Cover the entire disk with paste, then rinse it off and pat dry with your cloth.
Step two: Here is the secret ingredient that will get rid of those scratches: Nu Finish car polish. (You should be able to find it in the automotive section at Target or Walmart or at an automotive supply store.) With a fresh corner of your cloth, dab some car polish on to your disk and rub in a circular motion. Let the polish dry on the disk and then with another fresh cloth corner, polish your disk until it shines and the scratches are gone. This works like a CHARM! We have so many disks in our home that won’t play due to kid abuse, and this method has saved them all. (Well, except for the ones that are cracked in half because my youngest struggles to properly pull new disks from those horrid containers.)
There are other methods to save your DVDs, but I think this one is the best I’ve tried so far! You can thank me for no more ruined Friday nights :).