How to Clean CDs With Rubbing Alcohol

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Things You'll Need

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Microfiber cloth

Too many smudges can stop a CD from working.

A compact disc can become dirty because of dust or other grime. When a CD is excessively dirty, a CD player or computer may not be able to play it correctly and the disc may start skipping. It's important to use care when cleaning CDs so you don't damage them. Rubbing alcohol will effectively clean a CD without causing damage.


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Step 1

Pour rubbing alcohol on one section of a microfiber cloth.

Step 2

Rub the cloth from the inside of the CD to the outside. Do not rub in a circular motion.

Step 3

Rinse the CD with water to remove the rubbing alcohol.

Step 4

Dry the CD with the dry portion of the microfiber cloth.