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Nintendo DS cleaning tips

Does your DS crave to be cleaned? Is your touch screen full of scratches, thin or thick? Then read on to find out how to get rid of those scratches..

This method has been tested to work multiple times
If you do not want to risk breaking your Nintendo DS, simply do not attempt to clean it, but this is a tried and tested way that will not damage your DS.

The Vital Ingredients

To clean your DS you will need the following:

:bulletred: One Nintendo DS with a scratched touch screen
:bulletred: Tissues
:bulletred: A q-tip/ear bud
:bulletred: ...Toothpaste!

That's right, toothpaste. The toothpaste contains fine particles, which is what will make your DS screen shine.

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Place a very small dab of toothpaste onto your touch screen. The brand of the toothpaste doesn't really matter, as it is what inside it that counts.

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Spread the toothpaste securely onto the DS screen with a q-tip/ear bud - try not to go to near to the edges or it will be hard to rub off.

Now leave it for a minute to dry...

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Rub away at your screen with tissues. Be sure to rub thoroughly or the process may not work to it's best.

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Now look at that touch screen sparkle and shine.
That's a genuine photo; no Photoshop edits.

You may still see a few small scratches, but you will notice that the majority of your scratches have disappeared like magic. Why not give it a try?

More DS tips and tricks coming soon!
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MintStarMari Featured By Owner Edited May 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
What kind of toothpaste?
Yepi69 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
can someone re-upload the photos?
IllogicalThinker Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
LMFAO. I looked down searching for the word "Toothpaste", and sure enough, there it was.

I tried this shit on my old playstation CDs and I can tell you that this method absolutely does not work. In fact, you may end up doing more harm than good to your precious DS handheld.

Hang on, what do you mean, it might be different for the touch screen since it's an entirely different surface? Well, I tried this method too on my DS and it didn't do jack shit. It has this one really annoying scratch that changes the feeling of the touch screen in this one area, and cleaning information like this makes me laugh.

Those of us who are honestly looking for a way to clean the backsides of our CDs and touch screens are being mislead by things like this and we do not appreciate this kind of joke at all. I request that you take this incredible bullshit down at once and never suggest this to anyone again.
Eddz Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Of course this wouldn't work on CDs, since part of the magnetic layer has been removed. But for fine scratches on a delicate surface such as the DS' resistive screen (the upper screen is covered with another layer of plastic), the toothpaste as a soft, removable cement. It won't work for deep scratches, but for maintenance on gently used screens, it works wonders.

I just tried this method on the screen for my Panasonic Q (GameCube), which was covered in fine scuffs. They are now considerably less noticeable.
Sharpfang Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
What magnetic layer? CD is optical disk, not a HDD or floppy. It doesn't use magnetic layer.
esfmwc Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
I actually just tested this, and it DOES NOT work... [link]
Quacksquared Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
So I have to leave the tooth paste there?
jmills123 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010!

i just tried this process out....and it worked!
Veldin955 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
Deviant Art has answers for everything: how to fix the touch screen, answers to some questions most people don't get, Why the Witch(L4D) is a Bitch....xD
thatwowplayer Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
i stabbed my screen just earlier (oops my bad) while opening a plastic package, waiting on results now. [link]
thatwowplayer Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
wow! made a huge difference. now its more like a scratch than a stabbing knick in it. [link]
michael93211 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
AWEsome ima try it maybe 22marrow thanks...
princessagingeya Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2009
do you have to wait until it dries completely
N-DSi-Fan Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009
Thanks for the tips!!!! :)
Haralicious Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, I did it and the I was like "hey, it doesn't do THAT much of a difference" then I read the comments while I continued cleaning it (I actually didn't notice I was doing so) and woah, it looks like a brand-new mirror now.
Thanks <3
Brennan27 Featured By Owner May 23, 2009
lol i guess it probably would have worked but we ran out of tissues so i used a paper towel wich made it worse lol oh well ill try it agian when we get tissues
Miss-Marlo Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008
Oh wow, it IS really nice. :)
NekoRobin Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008
Does this really work?..If yes then I'm damn happy.
wesley1234 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007
you shouldn't do this to much, the tooth past is actually removing a very small layer of the screen, and it just removes the scratches by going deeper. you shouldn't have any problems doing it a few times but more then five times is like cheating deaths, your walking a fine line with your ds. the best way to do this is just do it the first time and get screen protectors as soon as possible. it will be hard, but try not to use you touch screen at all until you get it, or better, dont do this till you get protectors. and if you cant get any, DONT USE THE PACKAGING TAPE METHED ON YOUR BOTTME SCREEN! i did that with my ds phat and pulled the plastic protecting layer up so half my screen didn't work anymore:( . so im just warning you not to use this technique to many times and never use tape to protect your screen from scratches. well, hope that helped
LeChemiste Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007
Does it work with the case, too?

cmkumar2k Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007
that's really unbelievable... i'm giving a try..... thanks
Meezu Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2007
Haha, I found this by searching "touch screen DS" on Google Images... I was looking for pics of other scratched-up screens like mine (been playing Phantom Hourglass with a blunt pencil), but needless to say, this is even better =D

Will try in a few seconds. Go, go, go! :shakefish:
Arth99 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2007
Can you help.. does it work on the Lite? :s
Tutterzzz Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2007
i tried it with sensodyne, didnt work
ramunee Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
Because that's for sensitive teeth, and has very
little acid, or not so strong acid. It worked, but very little.
This way of cleaning the screen is like disolving a thin layer of your screen
with the acids in your toothpaste.Try a different toothpaste.
pikapoo Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2007
Hmm, i oughta try this out :) but, i heard toothpaste actually BREAKS down the screen, like slowly destroys it if you use the wrong kind :( i hope thats not true....
pikapoo Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2006
hmmmmm i should try that. i heard it work from other sites, too. but this is the only site that actually has pictures! good job
trashball Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006
I loooove you~ You saved my DS from the terrible scratches!
MystikDarkEchoes Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2006
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I did this and got more tiny little scratches! It was on my DS lite too T.T I was using that aquafresh extreme clean thing. You know, the orangy and white one.
Moofers-Mufa Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
It worked a little, made my touch screen smoother with the stylus!
OuijaBoardum Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2006  Professional
I can't believe it worked 8D
I tried this from memory, I didn't leave it for a full minute, but most of the scratches are gone n.n
I'll do it again later to remove the rest 8D
RoboLance Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2006
This, erm. didn't work.
rosiebell32 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2006
wow, I have to try this sometime :D thanks for the tip! :D :stereo:
Zandaa Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2006   Digital Artist
thanks for the advice :) I think I'll have to try this soon ;)
sarahelsherbini Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2006
Woah... I should try that out some day o_o
IrkenRuth Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2006   Writer
Thank you! I should go home and try that out. My touch screen is quite scratched-up at the moment.=/
poolsofblackrain Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2006
thanks for the useful advice, I will be sure to remember it. I do have a lot of scratches on the touch screen from my nintendogs phase... ^-^
H3ND3RSON Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2006   Digital Artist
Okay im back after cleaning my DS Touch Screen with tooth paste... I found it to be around the same as just using a soft cloth, (like the screen cleaner the PSP comes with that fine cloth) But.... My DS now has a minty smell about it... YAY...
H3ND3RSON Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2006   Digital Artist
lol.... I'm gunna try this method right now!! I'll get back to u on how it goes....
Tripcode-faggot Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2006
Yeah, um.

Doesn't work, sorry.
TenshiNoShin Featured By Owner May 22, 2006  Student Writer
Awesome, I'll have to work up the courage to give it a shot ^_^
anniemae04 Featured By Owner May 15, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
DUDE! Awsome! Best club feature ever! Acually gives me useful tips! Thanks.
redjarman Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2006
It works.. but my screen but fingerprinted and scratched again within and hour. I guess I just play too much.
OuijaBoardum Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2006  Professional
8D amazing!
ShadowLink100 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2006   Writer
Ummm yeah..
Does that work for a GBASP (Please don't ask how it got scratched up.... I forgot)
NinDS Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2006
Sorry for the slow reply. No, this won't work on a GBA SP -- only the touch screen of the Nintendo DS, due to the type of material.
ShadowLink100 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2006   Writer
Ok... I know remeber what happened to it. ^^. I dropped it ^^
Passion-Dragon66 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2006
I should've thought of this instead of getting a 2nd DS and adding screen protectors for it!
GFXBayleef Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2006
Do you know if this would work on screen protectors? Mine are looking fugly. O.O
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