DIY: Five ways you can repair your broken smartphone screen

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Sadly, modern smartphones come with delicate screens that frequently get scratched or cracked.

Here we have simple suggestions that MAY fix your screen and help you to avoid any excessive bills.

Disclaimer: Try these tips at your own risk!

1. Toothpaste

Toothpaste is great for getting minor scratches of lots of things including CDs and DVDs. All you need to do is put a small dab on a cotton wool bud and gently rub it into the screen. Wipe down after use but a word of advice would be to avoid gel based pastes which may cause more harm than good!

2. Turtle Wax, Oils and Creams

This is another useful tip but it should NEVER be used on screens with a oleophobic coating, something that the iPhone 5 has. Once again smooth the wax, cream or oil into the screen taking care to avoid all ports such as headphone jacks. This will remove minor scratches and scuffs.

3. Sandpaper

This is perhaps an option for those who are slightly braver! Adding cerium oxide mixed with water will create an abrasive polish but obviously you need to once again protect your ports. Use the finest sandpaper you can find.

4. Vegetable Oil

This is a temporary fix but one that will make your phone look smart for a short period. The downside is you are likely to get oil on your clothes!

5. Baking Soda

Mix two parts baking soda with one part water to make a paste. Put this on a microfiber cloth and rub into the screen in a circular motion.

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