Finally, a good use for toothpaste

Chalk one up for the Internet!

My one complaint about the HTC One X+ phone is the camera lens is poorly placed. It’s on the back of the phone and extends out, which means the lens surface is always flush with the table or desk it’s sitting on. Design flaw!

So, over the last year my camera lens got scratched up when I placed it face-up on surfaces and it vibrated during a call or message, or I grabbed for it without gently picking it straight up.

Recently, my photos were getting blurry:

Photo taken of my desk at home before toothpasting.
Photo taken of my desk at home before toothpasting.

But! I knew the Internet would have answers for my scratched up lens. And it did. Toothpaste.

Seriously, toothpaste.

Yes, cleaning the lens, then vigorously rubbing it with toothpaste for about 10 minutes improved the lens clarity. The lens scratch fog has lifted:

So much clearer after the toothpaste scrub!
So much clearer after the toothpaste scrub!

I only did this yesterday, so can’t tell how long the lens may stay clear. I’ve got the phone back in an Otter Box, which keeps the lens off surfaces, so if the toothpaste holds I should be taking clear photos the rest of the way.

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