Pinterest Tested: Fixing Scratched DVD’s

Welcome to Pinterest Tested! Ever wonder if that miracle cleaner is really miraculous? Or what about that homemade facial cleanser or delicious-looking recipe? This is the place to find out! Each Monday I am testing Pins that catch my eye to see if they really live up to the claims made on Pinterest. It’s like the Mythbusters of Domesticity! 

 Today I’m testing THIS PIN from Apartment Therapy. The post claims they have found a way to save scratched DVD’s. When I originally pinned this, I was so excited. Kids are so hard on DVD’s! I learned the hard way that the family rule just has to be that kids can’t touch DVD’s. Ever. We still have a few Disney movies that skip. It’s so frustrating! Could a banana and toothpaste possibly save these movies? I was desperate enough to give it a try.

So basically you rub the toothpaste on, wipe it off, then rub the banana on and wipe it off. Then you finish with a spray of Windex and wipe until it’s perfectly clean.

 I can’t tell you how weird it felt to be rubbing a banana on a DVD. I’m just glad my husband wasn’t home. I didn’t need to hear any snarky comments along the lines of, “So did you see that on Pinterest, too?”

The verdict? Didn’t work. My DVD still stuck just like it did before. Bummer! I was really hoping this would at least decrease the amount of skipping a little bit. Nope. Total Pin Bomb.


  1. Huh. I'm kind of surprised this didn't work. I pinned something similar and it worked great for me. The one I pinned just used crest for kids and you rub it on until it starts to dry. Then you rinse it off with water. It doesn't change dvds that are scratched really really bad, but it does buff out most scratches.

  2. Used music stores usually have a machine to buff scratches out. I figured for $2, it was worth a try. It totally worked! Pull out the yellow pages and call around to see if you can find one!

  3. Whether this works or not, depends entirely on how deeply the disc was scratched. If you hold the disc up to a light and can see the light shining through little holes in the disc, you know the disc is beyond repair.

  4. Here is something my family discovered totally by accident, but it totally works for mild-moderately scratched DVDs. Just squirt a few squirts of hand sanitizer, rub on for a minute, and rinse with water. I used this just a couple of weeks ago on "The Man from Snowy River" which had about 4 places where I had to skip it. Now there is only one spot where it pauses for about 3 seconds, but I don't have to skip it at all!

  5. I see that you used gel toothpaste though. When I do this with toothpaste I use only the white toothpaste and it works well. Also, it really won't work on anything that is too deeply scratch, sad truth.


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