I generally put my music CDs in a sleeve or jewel box, so I don't have to worry about them getting messed up. However, accidents happen; today I found a disc floating loose in my car. Turning it over, I noticed it was dirty and had several scratches on it. I tried playing it, but it wouldn't play.
Cleaning it didn't work; the imperfections remained on the surface. The disk wasn't essential to my collection, but I wanted to try to fix it. I remembered a friend telling me about a radical repair for malfunctioning media. Today I boiled a CD to remove the scratches.
I put a couple of inches of water in a pan on the stove, let it boil, then added the disc. After approximately 10 seconds I took it out with a pair of tongs, set it on a towel, and patted it dry carefully.
I put the disc in my computer's drive, opened the media player, and hit start. It worked great now! No skipping.