18 amazing uses for cotton tips 15



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Cotton tips are annoying little things sometimes – they always seem to be rolling around in our bathroom drawers. In actuality, these little sticks are actually great for other purposes than cleaning your ears or dabbing makeup – 16 other uses in fact.

Here’s our favourite ways to use them, that we had no idea about!

  1. Face paint applicator for the grandkids
  2. Emergency supply of perfume – spray on tips and seal in ziplock bag!
  3. Pour a bit of nail polish remover into the cap of the bottle, dip the cotton swab in the lid, and use the end of the swab to remove any polish from around your nails
  4. Fix a stuck zipper by rubbing shampoo on the area with a cotton swab
  5. Fix a scuffed patent leather shoe by rubbing a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover on top of the scuff
  6. Touch up your makeup – moisten the tip with one or two drops of water
  7. Light a candle
  8. Clean your keyboard
  9. Clean your jewellery – dip the tip in a cleaning solution
  10. Clean off dust, grease and grime in tight spaces
  11. Polish your silver
  12. Touch up paint on furniture or floors
  13. Clean the small parts of your washing machine
  14. Clean your phone battery compartment
  15. Clean black gunk from coffee pot
  16. Clean our hairdryer lint
  17. Clean the bobbin area of a sewing machine
  18. Apply ointment or antiseptic to cuts

Do you use cotton tips in any of these ways?

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  1. We use them to clean the sleep out of the corners of our little Maltese dog as she doesn’t like you touching her face but will tolerate the moistened cotton buds!

  2. I use them to clean sliding window tracks – first dry to get up dust the vacuum missed, then with spray ‘n wipe to get the rest.

  3. They are very useful to have in your home, though I disagree with them saying they are use for craning ears. That is one job they shouldn’t be used for. Can injure your ears! Do not poke them into your ears.

  4. They should NEVER be used to clean ears. Nothing smaller than your elbow should be inserted into the ear canal. If there is wax, they push it further into the canal and can cause ear drum perforation.

  5. Don’t buy cheap ones to clean your ears out, my Husband was cleaning his ear out with Home Brand buds and the head of the bud fell off and got stuck in his ear canal. He had to go to hospital to get it removed by a Doc. After, was told to never use cotton buds in your ears ever!!

  6. My husband cleaned his ear with a cheap brand. Tip c a me off in his ears. For weeks we couldn’t work out why he wasn’t hearing properly. Doctor found tip deep in his ear canal.. USE GOOD BRAND AND BE VERY CAREFUL. !

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