Quick Tip: How Peanut Butter Can Fix a Scratched DVD

By Sami Grover, TreeHugger

From their reusable, minimalist DVD packaging to preventing unnecessary driving to the video store, there’s much to be said for the disruptive power of online disc rental services like Netflix, from a sustainability angle. But one thing that truly sucks is scratched DVDs. (TreeHugger’s Pablo still insists that mailed DVDs are greener than streaming.)

We’ve all had that moment when you sit down to a long awaited movie, get 15 minutes in, and then it all starts freezing up on you. And given Netflix’s flimsy, paper packaging, scratches seem to be a particular problem for the service.

But a solution may be easier than you think, according to CHOW Tips. It seems all you have to do is gently smear on some peanut butter, wipe it off again, and then put the disk back in the machine.

If this saves just one exasperated trip to the video store (they do still exist, right?), then the environmental benefits will be worth it. If, on the other hand, too many inebriated students destroy their DVD players with peanut butter, we may have a problem.

For more awesome tips from CHOW, check out how to tell which egg is freshest, and how to stop an avocado from browning.

And let us know if you try this at homeódid it help?



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Debbie Miller
Debbie Miller4 years ago

Wonder if it can be used on music CD's as well?

Debbie Miller
Debbie Miller4 years ago

Definately worth a try!

Geela Green
Geela Green5 years ago

Wow, how cool is that.

Ernie Miller
william Miller5 years ago

Worth a try. the library seems to have a lot of bad disks also.

Nils Lunde
PlsNoMessage se5 years ago


Sheri P.
Sheri P5 years ago

thanks! i love the link to the avocado storage tip too...

Elisabeth T.
Elisabeth T5 years ago

WOW...thanks for the info...

Uddhab Khadka
Uddhab Khadka5 years ago

Thank you.

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton5 years ago


Magdalen B.
Magdalen B5 years ago

I wouldn't dare. It isn't April Fools Day is it?