10 Handy Uses for Cotton Swabs

10 Handy Uses for Cotton Swabs
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Fluffy, soft and fresh — the cotton swab is like a crisply-uniformed National Guardsman just waiting to assist you with the evacuation of unsightly earwax. But if you're only cleaning out ears with cotton swabs, then these 1o Q-tip hacks are about to forever change how you solve the challenges of everyday life.

Fluffy, soft and fresh — the cotton swab is like a crisply-uniformed National Guardsman just waiting to assist you with the evacuation of unsightly earwax. But if you're only cleaning out ears with cotton swabs, then these 1o Q-tip hacks are about to forever change how you solve the challenges of everyday life.

Heal an Ingrown Toenail

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Few things can escalate into a full-blown infection like an ingrown toenail. What begins as a stubborn annoyance can quickly turn into a costly and painful doctor visit. But this cotton swab hack has been swapped back and forth on internet medical forums for years because, well, it works. Instructions: Pull the cotton off the end of a Q-tip and discard the stick. Gently lift the edge of the toenail before sliding the cotton end beneath. Do this procedure daily after a shower when the skin and nail are both softer. In about a week, the toenail will grow out far enough to no longer be ingrown.

Few things can escalate into a full-blown infection like an ingrown toenail. What begins as a stubborn annoyance can quickly turn into a costly and painful doctor visit. But this cotton swab hack has been swapped back and forth on internet medical forums for years because, well, it works. Instructions: Pull the cotton off the end of a Q-tip and discard the stick. Gently lift the edge of the toenail before sliding the cotton end beneath. Do this procedure daily after a shower when the skin and nail are both softer. In about a week, the toenail will grow out far enough to no longer be ingrown.

Perfume Wands

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Whether you're catching a cross-country flight or getting some reps in at the gym, you run the risk of smashing a favorite bottle of perfume whenever it leaves your dressing table. Making your own perfume wands is easier and faster than buying pre-made varieties from an Etsy perfumery. Instructions: Spritz or dip both ends of the cotton swab with your favorite perfume or essential oil. Store them in a plastic bag or another air-tight container.

Whether you're catching a cross-country flight or getting some reps in at the gym, you run the risk of smashing a favorite bottle of perfume whenever it leaves your dressing table. Making your own perfume wands is easier and faster than buying pre-made varieties from an Etsy perfumery. Instructions: Spritz or dip both ends of the cotton swab with your favorite perfume or essential oil. Store them in a plastic bag or another air-tight container.

Unstick a Zipper

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Purses, jackets, gym bags — no zipper is safe from becoming stuck. To make matters worse, efforts to free some stuck zippers result in the teeth and pull becoming hopelessly cemented in place. However, this stuck zipper hack is pure genius, and all it requires is chapstick and a cotton swab. Instructions: Coat the end of a cotton swab with lip balm, hand lotion or anything similar and readily available. Run the lubricant along the zipper teeth and slightly push the cotton into the zipper pull. Gently push back and forth on the zipper pull until the teeth are lubricated enough to slide freely.

Purses, jackets, gym bags — no zipper is safe from becoming stuck. To make matters worse, efforts to free some stuck zippers result in the teeth and pull becoming hopelessly cemented in place. However, this stuck zipper hack is pure genius, and all it requires is chapstick and a cotton swab. Instructions: Coat the end of a cotton swab with lip balm, hand lotion or anything similar and readily available. Run the lubricant along the zipper teeth and slightly push the cotton into the zipper pull. Gently push back and forth on the zipper pull until the teeth are lubricated enough to slide freely.

Make Eyes Brighter

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Sometimes all we want to hear is, "you have such beautiful eyes," several hundred times in a day. And what's wrong with that? Manifest your dreams into the universe with this simple beauty hack that uses a cotton swab to put a little twinkle in your eye. Instructions: Apply just a dollop of light shimmer to a cotton swab and gently place the end near the corner of your eye, beneath the lash.

Sometimes all we want to hear is, "you have such beautiful eyes," several hundred times in a day. And what's wrong with that? Manifest your dreams into the universe with this simple beauty hack that uses a cotton swab to put a little twinkle in your eye. Instructions: Apply just a dollop of light shimmer to a cotton swab and gently place the end near the corner of your eye, beneath the lash.

Remove Hair Dryer Lint

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We're typically in a mad morning rush to flawless the heck out of our hair, which is why most people never notice the gunk from the intake vent that gets caught in your hair dryer. Overtime, this gunk becomes lint and traps bacteria to be blown all over your dazzling do. So gross. This cotton swab cleaning hack can be done entirely at the bathroom sink in a matter of seconds. Instructions: Spritz the end of a cotton swab with either water or cleaning solution before reaming the lint free from your hair dryer's airflow grill. Tip: This cotton swab cleaning hack is also a fast way to clean the tiny, hard-to-reach details of your laptop keypad, as well as the buttons and vents in your car's interior console.

We're typically in a mad morning rush to flawless the heck out of our hair, which is why most people never notice the gunk from the intake vent that gets caught in your hair dryer. Overtime, this gunk becomes lint and traps bacteria to be blown all over your dazzling do. So gross. This cotton swab cleaning hack can be done entirely at the bathroom sink in a matter of seconds. Instructions: Spritz the end of a cotton swab with either water or cleaning solution before reaming the lint free from your hair dryer's airflow grill. Tip: This cotton swab cleaning hack is also a fast way to clean the tiny, hard-to-reach details of your laptop keypad, as well as the buttons and vents in your car's interior console.

Soften Lip Liner

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Even though not everyone uses lip liner, it somehow magically ends up in nearly every makeup bag everywhere. While it's an effective barrier that frames full and glamorous lips, liner pencils are not always as smooth as the lipsticks they highlight. Use this Hollywood beauty hack to even out and flatten your lip liner in seconds. Instructions: Lightly apply a dot-dot-dash pattern of liner along your lips before smoothing it out with a cotton swab.

Even though not everyone uses lip liner, it somehow magically ends up in nearly every makeup bag everywhere. While it's an effective barrier that frames full and glamorous lips, liner pencils are not always as smooth as the lipsticks they highlight. Use this Hollywood beauty hack to even out and flatten your lip liner in seconds. Instructions: Lightly apply a dot-dot-dash pattern of liner along your lips before smoothing it out with a cotton swab.

Scuff Marks

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Whether it's a favorite pair of heels or an expensive leather handbag, scuff marks are just plain unfair. But you can smarten up those scuffs by buffing your bag with a cotton swab and a peck of petroleum jelly. Instructions: Dip the end of a cotton swab into petroleum jelly and buff away the scuff marks. Use the fresh end of the cotton swab to clean up any remaining petroleum jelly.

Whether it's a favorite pair of heels or an expensive leather handbag, scuff marks are just plain unfair. But you can smarten up those scuffs by buffing your bag with a cotton swab and a peck of petroleum jelly. Instructions: Dip the end of a cotton swab into petroleum jelly and buff away the scuff marks. Use the fresh end of the cotton swab to clean up any remaining petroleum jelly.

Clean Up Messy Manicures

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Home manicures are the cornerstones of any ladies' night or makeover, but sometimes the lines can get a bit sloppy with all of the fun and excitement (and chardonnay). All your messy manicure needs is a little detailing with this cotton swab beauty hack! Instructions: Dip a cotton swab into nail polish remover to clean the lines of unruly painted nails.

Home manicures are the cornerstones of any ladies' night or makeover, but sometimes the lines can get a bit sloppy with all of the fun and excitement (and chardonnay). All your messy manicure needs is a little detailing with this cotton swab beauty hack! Instructions: Dip a cotton swab into nail polish remover to clean the lines of unruly painted nails.

Travel Sized Eyeshadow

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Rather than lugging your eyeshadow palette around, only to get lost in the abyss that is your purse — tuck a few of these DIY eyeshadow wands into your bag when you need to reapply a fresh coat. Instructions: Dab the colors that you'll need for the day onto cotton swabs and store in a plastic bag for fuss free touch-ups.

Rather than lugging your eyeshadow palette around, only to get lost in the abyss that is your purse — tuck a few of these DIY eyeshadow wands into your bag when you need to reapply a fresh coat. Instructions: Dab the colors that you'll need for the day onto cotton swabs and store in a plastic bag for fuss free touch-ups.

Highlight Your Brows

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Eyebrows can make or break your entire look, and the smallest slip can sabotage your morning routine. Pull out this cotton swab beauty hack whenever you need a little brow-lighting to lift and accentuate your bountiful brows. Instructions: Twirl the end of a cotton swab into a natural shade of shimmer powder before running it underneath the eyebrows to elongate both the brows and the eyelids.

Eyebrows can make or break your entire look, and the smallest slip can sabotage your morning routine. Pull out this cotton swab beauty hack whenever you need a little brow-lighting to lift and accentuate your bountiful brows. Instructions: Twirl the end of a cotton swab into a natural shade of shimmer powder before running it underneath the eyebrows to elongate both the brows and the eyelids.

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