A DIY Way To Clean Your Vinyl

Don’t want to spend big $$$ on album (vinyl) cleaner? There are a lot of videos on how to “wash” you vinyl, or use wood glue to deep clean it, but I have a fast a easy way to do it. No need to buy a cleaning machine, or drench your album in tap water. The best part is you probably have most of the ingredients at home already.

Today I will be taking Stevie Wonders “Hotter Than July” that hasn’t had much play time over the past couple of months and give it a deep clean.

What you need for this DIY is.

Spray bottle

Dish washing soap

Jet Dry

Distilled water

At least 90% Rubbing Alcohol

A towel

Cloth Lint Brush

Microfiber Cloth

Paint Brush


Good cup of coffee



Take the empty spray bottle and fill it 2/3’s of the way with water. Then top it off with the Rubbing Alcohol. Put in a few drips of Jet Dry, and 5 drops of dish soap. Give it a shake.

Now lay a down on a table. Then drop your album on top. Give the playing surface a good spray, don’t worry if some of the solution gets on your label it will dry off.

Then with the Paint brush go over the playing service a couple of times. This will help to break the loose dirt off of the service.

After that run the cloth lint brush over the playing service. You should feel the brush dragging between the grooves. This is good because that is the deep cleaning going on with the record.

Finally finishing it off with a good polish from the microfiber cloth. This will dry and polish the album to a nice shine.

At this point flip the album and clean the other side.

Once it is clean your album will sound warm, and bright just like the day it came from the music store. So pop it on your record player sit back and enjoy your optional Scotch or coffee while playing your freshly cleaned album.

Odian Levy

Auther of Project Orphan: The Forsaken, and creator of Blandbuntu. I enjoy's working on wordpress pages, taking photos of nature, and making friends online. Follow me on twitter @OdianTheWriter

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