Friday, February 22, 2013

Vinegar Friday Tip of the Week


Image by George Hodan

Starting this week, I'm going to be posting just one tip every Friday. And many will be new tips that were not included in my book, Vinegar Fridays

How many of you have stories about your kids slipping something other than a tape into your VCRs (back in the day when people still had VCRs -- which I still have, by the way)? What was it? A peanut butter and jelly sandwich perhaps? Fortunately, it's a bit more difficult to slip anything into a DVD player. But that doesn't mean the DVDs don't act up now and then.

So let's kick off this new VF feature with: how to fix a DVD that is skipping or freezing. Don't you hate when that happens? Simply dampen a soft cloth with distilled white vinegar and carefully wipe the playing side of the DVD. Dry it completely before attempting to resume play!

I'm not going to guarantee this will fix it every time, since some DVDs are beyond help, but it's certainly worth a shot. After all, the DVD just might have a smear or two of peanut butter from a busy toddler's hands!

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