I was in a quandary as to what to do my essay on this week for Mrs. Matlock's AlphabeThursday. I think Baby Gays are perfect. Read on to find out why.
In 1923 Leo Gerstenzang, the original founder of the Q-tips Company, observed his wife applying wads of cotton to toothpicks to clean their child's ears and came up with the idea of manufacturing a ready-to-use cotton swab.
They were originally called Baby Gays and in 1926, the labels were changed to read Q-tips Baby Gays. Later the name Baby Gays was discarded and Q-tips became the name for the cotton swabs.
Did you know that the Q in Q-tips stands for quality and the word tips describes the cotton swab at the end of the stick? I didn't!
While Q-Tips were originally made to be used as an ear cleaner it is now discouraged - we are told to put nothing in our ears smaller than our elbow. So what do we do with those hundreds of little Q-Tips? Well I just happen to have a few tips for you!
Top 10 Uses for Q-Tips (Plus One or Two)
- Detail Your Car – Use Q-tips to clean the vent slits and the small grooves on your dashboard by dipping the tip in water or Armor All
- Painting Tool – If you are painting with acrylics or oils, you will find that Q-tips are a painters favorite tool to do small touch ups of random paint drippings. Also painters like to cut the cotton tip off, at a desired angle, so that they can add small details and texture to their oil paintings..
- Clean Behind Faucets – If your bathroom and kitchen faucets are like mine, there is a small reservoir of collected water behind the fixture and the lip of the sink. Use the length of the Q-tip to wipe clean that reservoir while still keeping your hands clean.
- Keyboard Cleaner – You should clean your work keyboard once a month at the least. While the power is off, shake your keyboard upside down to loosen dust and crumbs. Then dip a Q-tip in rubbing alcohol and wipe down the top and sides of every key. This might take some time, but you will be sure to kill any bacteria from sneezing and eating at your desk.
- Seals Envelopes – If you are planning a wedding, you might not want to lick all 100 invitation envelopes closed. Instead, dip one or two Q-tips into a small bowl of water, shake excess water off then wipe on your envelopes for the moisture you need to make a secure bond.
- Spot Treat Clothes – If you drop a spot of food on your clothes and you know you won’t be able to wash it right away, dip a Q-tip in some fresh water then into your laundry detergent. Rub that solution over the front of the stain until the cotton tip picks up the spot. Repeat with clean Q-tips and solution on the front and back of the stain until you are satisfied the spot won’t stain. Then toss the clothes into the dirty laundry basket for future cleaning.
- Cleaning up stray nail polish - after a home manicure or pedicure. Just dip the tip into nail polish remover (don’t oversaturate) and gently rub away polish.
- Sticky Stuff- When using sticky or messy substances like superglue and engine grease, cotton swabs are a great way to get the job done without getting your hands dirty.
- Arts and Crafts - glue them together and make awesome snowflakes to decorate for winter. You can build forts and fake glasses. What about a 3D replica of a bridge.
- Makeup Tool – Use the cotton tip to smudge eyeliner and eyeshadow for a softer look. You can also dip a clean Q-tip in some makeup remover to easily remove eyeliner, eyeshadow and mascara mistakes with great precision. Plus the following:
- Smudging and softening eyeliner. After lining the upper lids, use a swab to gently smudge the liner to soften thick lines.
- Pressing on false eyelashes. Once you’ve attached the lash to the lip, use the tip of the swab to press and hold the lash in place until it dries. (do women still use these?)
- Removing mascara smears or oopsies. Slightly dampen the tip and dab away any stray mascara.
- Applying lip gloss. Keep your lip brush from getting gloppy with gloss by using a fresh Q-Tip to apply that final glossy finish.
- Cleaning around your ears. Saturate the cotton tips with your regular facial toner or witch hazel and gently swipe around the inner curve of the upper lobe and for heaven’s sake, clean up behind those ears.
- Spot treating a zit. Dab your pimple potion on the end of the Q-Tip and dot it directly on the breakout.
- Zapping a whitehead. When a whitehead is clearly about to burst at the worst possible moment, take a Q-Tip in each hand and gently squeeze upward on each side of the mountain of puss until it makes its way to the surface. I recommend you cleanse the area before and after.
- Applying makeup in a pinch. When your makeup brushes are filthy or you’re on the road, use Q-Tips to apply concealer, eyeshadow and lip gloss.
There is even a Facebook Page dedicated to "Countless Uses for QTips" if you want more ideas.
What do you use your Q-Tips for?