Q-tips Cotton Swabs

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logoTHE UBIQUITOUS Q-TIP.  There is nothing quite like an American-made cotton swab.  Assume, for a minute, you never use Q-tips for their most common function, strictly following the medical community’s instruction (who really listens to their doctor, right?).  There are still a zillion uses.

Showing me an electronic keyboard for sale, I remarked to the musician, “It looks brand new”.  It was, actually, two years old.  The seller had detailed all the nooks, edging, and crannies with Q-tips moistened with rubbing alcohol.  So began my instruction into detail cleaning.

DSCF0610A family friend operated an auto-detailing business.  The cars came out the door factory-new.  What was the trick?  After general cleaning, washing, and waxing, a couple more hours, armed with a box of Q-Tips and a cup of cleaning solution, laboriously getting into every crack among the interior and exterior trim.

And most recently, applying wood glue to a horizontal upside-down joint, where we do not want any drippies!  My near-vintage Guild acoustic guitar repair came out famously!

Return those flimsy imported drugstore-branded cotton swabs immediately and demand quality!  Insist on genuine Q-Tips!

The cotton swab was invented in the 1920s by Leo Gerstenzang after he attached wads of cotton to toothpicks. His product, which he named “Baby Gays”, went on to become the most widely sold brand name, “Q-tips”, with the Q standing for “quality”.

One thought on “Q-tips Cotton Swabs

    Vintage Peavey T-25 Electric Guitar « American Toolbox said:
    November 23, 2014 at 8:13 am

    […] of gentle cleaning with acetone, mild soap and water, steel wool, abrasive cloth, toothpicks, and Q-tips returned the gleam to this vintage treasure.  New strings vibrated forth a tone one associates […]

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