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Clean! Nintendo DS

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.

Nintendo DS cleaning tips Nintendo DS cleaning tips

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.

Nintendo DS cleaning tips

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...

Nintendo DS cleaning tips

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

Nintendo DS cleaning tips

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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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]
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