Good idea, I have not done that in about a year or so. But wouldn't you normally think that dirty laser would affect the playing of any CD not just the ones I make? Every music CD that I buy, Evil Or Divine by Ronnie James Dio was the last one I bought, plays fine, no skips, no errors...nothing! Which brings me to another question ,which no one really responded to that I posted here some time ago,...why do all retail CDs play flawlessly, everytime, all of the time? Well, I did have one Tesla CD that skipped all over the place, but 1 out of 1,000 or so that I have bought since 1996 is not bad odds, compared with the 100's of CD-Rs that have not played.