Cotton swabs are used by millions each and every day, but what purpose do they really serve? Many people use cotton swabs for tasks such as cleaning out their ears, (which is a big no-no, by the way… using cotton swabs to clean out your ears can cause damage to the inner ear, if you want to clean your ears out, use warm water with a wash cloth and gently clean them) applying makeup, and scrubbing off old nail polish. However, there are some less obvious uses for them which I hope to cover in this article.
When you go to buy cotton swabs, you, of course, have a choice in which brand to buy. My personal brand of choice is Johnson’s cotton swabs, I find they are of supreme quality and the cotton on either end of the swab rarely comes apart or loose.
If you’re an elementary school teacher or the parent of a small child, try using Johnson’s cotton swabs as a building tool for making small structures, just like how some use matchsticks to build small bridges. A great activity is building small houses or model cars using nothing but the imagination. Sure, the end result may not be as good looking as a model built with instructions, but the important thing is that the child gets to be creative.
Another great use for Johnson’s cotton swabs is to combine them with a cleaning agent and use them to clean unreachable areas of your bathroom, such as the rims of the drain, to keep them from getting damaged by mildew and other such buildup.
Borrowing from the above idea, you’ll find that the swabs can be used to clean musical instruments very effectively. For instruments such as the saxophone and clarinet, some of the inner pads need to stay clean to survive. The only way I know of to reach inside to clean those pads is with a trusty cotton swab. Be sure to combine the swabs with MINIMAL amounts of water for best cleaning results. (Adding too much water can be bad for the pads, you see.)
Believe it or not, the extra two or three inches of a reach Johnson’s cotton swabs provide can help you reach those “tough-to-get” areas when cleaning. Cotton swabs are great for clearing out cobwebs in high-up corners of any room. They’re a great tool for dusting the upper ledge of your door-jams as well (don’t pretend dust isn’t there, you know it is…)
So, basically what this all comes down to, is that when it comes to Johnson’s cotton swabs, you can be very creative. They can be just about anything you need them to be, and are certainly a fantastic cleaning aid. Think of what you can do the next time you need to pick up some cotton swabs.