Use Q-tips or Black Cotton Swabs?

Tony Pretlow
Nov 3, 2022

I was about to rave about the advantages of black cotton swabs over the standard white, Q-tip.

I was about to tell you how they won’t leave you disappointed. That they’ll pick up the slightest bit of ear crud that otherwise would go undetected by the traditional method.

I was going to share my elation when the coarser black cotton swab didn’t fluff up after a single use.

I was going to share how it kept its head when it was dampened.

How its shaft was more brittle and didn’t curve or bend.

And then the black cotton swab snapped in half into my ear canal.

And then I decided not to press the matter any further.



Tony Pretlow

Passionate. Dedicated reader and commenter. Occasional writer. I enjoy writing poetry and prose. Father of five. Happily married/retired. Northwestern U. Alumus