From car keys in your pocket to an accidental drop, your mobile phone is sure to suffer from scratches and scuffs.

But buying a new one or even a costly visit to a repair shop is not your only solution. Fortunately, there are a few fast and cheap DIY (Do It Yourself) solutions to help you get rid of those undesirable scratches.

Here are eight known remedies to rescue your phone from minor scratches. Just make sure to turn off your phone, remove the battery or seal the ports of the phone to prevent water damage.

1. Toothpaste

This is probably the handiest solution as it is the most available in every household. You need to use actual or regular toothpaste, not the gel based variety.

Dab a tiny amount of toothpaste in a cotton swab or clean, soft cloth preferably cotton.

Rub the cotton swab or cloth in gentle small circular motions on the screen until you see the scratches go away.

Then just wipe away the excess toothpaste with a slightly dampened cloth.

2. Baking soda

Your baking soda can function as a scratch remover. And here's how it works:

Mix 2 parts of baking soda and one part of the water in a bowl.

Stir this solution until it forms a thick paste.

Use the paste on a clean, soft cloth and using gentle circular motions to remove the phone scratches.

After doing this, wipe clean your screen using a fresh, slightly dampened cloth.

3. Baby powder

Baby powder can substitute the baking soda if it's not available. Just follow the same steps as above.

4. Vegetable oil

This is only for a quick cosmetic fix or a temporary make-up if you will cover up those small, hidden scratches. Just one drop of vegetable oil on the scratches will do the job.

5. Your breath

While not for getting rid of scratches, it is worth mentioning it here since this might be the cheapest solution for just cleaning the screen of grime and dirt.

Remember, when breathing on a mirror and it fogs up? You can do the same to a mobile screen and use these accumulations of hot water vapor from your breath to easily clean the screen.

Use a fresh, clean cloth with the same soft circular motion on the fogged up area. You can breathe on the screen again to repeat the process until it is thoroughly cleaned.

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