What is the best thing to clean CDs with? They are usually best left alone unless they skip or cause other problems. If they need a clean, you can blow the dust off then wipe them down with a damp lint-free cloth. Distilled water and microfibre cloths are recommended. The main thing is to wipe gently from the centre to the edge, even though it “feels wrong”.
How do you clean a CD without damaging it? Wipe across the disc rather than in a circular motion, which can cause microscratches and damage the data stored on the disc. If that doesn’t do the job, dampen the cloth with a gentle soap-and-water solution and rewipe. Never use household cleaners, abrasives or solvents on CDs or DVDs.
What liquid can you use to clean CDs? If you don’t have compressed air, gently wipe from the center to the outside edge of the CD with a soft, lint-free cloth. If the CD still won’t play, submerge it in a large bowl filled with mild soapy water, then rinse the disc under a stream of running water. Wipe the disc free using a lint-free cloth.
Will alcohol ruin a CD? Isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol should be all you need for a clean CD. Mix up a 1 to 1 solution of 90% isopropyl rubbing alcohol and distilled water (tap or spring water will have minerals in it that can leave water spots).