Use Toothpaste to Remove Cell Phone Screen Scratches?

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So, I knew that I’d be opening a can of worms when I started posting videos to YouTube.  One of the unforeseen consequences has been watching a lot of videos and getting crazy ideas that I would never come up with on my own.

Case in point: smearing toothpaste on my cell phone to get rid of scratches.

Yes, I did actually try to fix scratches on my cell phone by using toothpaste.
There’s video proof. (below)

Here’s the backstory:
I had an old phone.  I had been using the $20/year 7-11 pay as you go plan.  But then it didn’t auto renew and I didn’t realize I didn’t have a phone number until an electrician on site asked to borrow my phone and let me know my phone was disconnected.

I continued to use my phone over WIFI.  It got really slow.  Like 30 minutes from turning on until I could send an email.  I didn’t really need it, so it didn’t bother me too much because I rarely used it.

At Christmas, my dad got a new cell phone.  So he gave me his old one!  It is soooooo much faster than the phone I was using, so I actually use it now.  I Google stuff, check Facebook, and film YouTube videos with it.

The screen has some surface scratching.  I’m assuming the phone spent a lot of time next to keys.  So I decided to put some of my new excessive YouTube watching knowledge to use.

I started with a conservative amount of toothpaste.  I scrubbed and swirled.  I squinted.  I felt that I must be doing something wrong.

Conservatism went out the window and I squeezed out a big blob.  I smeared and swished.  I squinted.  I felt like there was something wrong with me for trying this.

When I cleaned the phone up, I was left with a phone with a scratched screen that smelled like mint.

I had read that the toothpaste was only for light scratches, unlike the heavily cracked phones usually pictured.  I thought the scratches on mine would be small enough to work.  I was wrong.

If this works for any scratches on cell phone screens, I’d assume they’d be so small that no one would bother trying to fix them.

What about you?

Have you tried anything dumb from the internet?Are you an old phone user too?
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