May 29

Cleaning With Q-Tips Precision Tips + $25 Am Ex Gift Card Giveaway

Using Q-Tips to Clean

While I'm not OCD when it comes to cleaning, there are little areas that start to grate on my nerves after awhile. Like the bottom of the water and ice dispenser on our fridge...

We have hard water, and when you pair that with five kids that just can't seem to grasp how to fill a water bottle without spraying water down the front of the refrigerator door -- well, you end up with crusted on hard water deposits that drive me insane.

Q-tips to the rescue! Specifically the new Q-Tips Precision Tips cotton swabs which boast the same cushy cotton swab tip you know and love compressed into a pointed precision tip perfect for reaching small spaces. These are ideal for a variety of other kitchen tasks such as:

  • Cleaning kitchen cabinets -- Dirt and dust can accumulate quickly on the moldings and trim of your kitchen cabinets. Q-tips Precision Tips cotton swabs are small enough to get into these cracks and crevices and remove unwanted buildup.
  • Tidying up condiment jar edges -- Use Q-tips Precision Tips cotton swabs to clean the spout or around the edges of your condiment bottles.
  • Degunking stove knobs -- Q-tips Precision Tips cotton swabs easily remove caked on grease from stove knobs.

I'm sure you have dozens more ideas for how Q-Tips Precision Tips cotton swabs can be used. Share your tips in the comments for a chance to win a box of Q-Tips Precision Tips and a $25 American Express gift card!


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One package of Q-Tips Precision Tips cotton swabs + a $25 Am Ex gift card

This giveaway ends at 5:00 PM EST on Friday, 6/1/12 and is open to all U.S. residents 18 years or older. I’ll use And the Winner Is to select the winning comment. Winner will be notified by email and must respond within 48 hours of notification to claim their prize. Good luck!

by Tara | 142 comments

  • Karen

    I would use the Q-tips to clean in between the keys of my keyboard on my computer.

  • Karen

    I would use the Q-tips to clean in between the switch and the switchplate of my light switches.

  • Ashley C

    I like using them to smudge my makeup for a smokey eye look


  • Tina M

    I would use the Q-tips for make up

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  • I like to use them behind the sink in the hard to reach places...

  • bevb.

    I use them in my car when I am cleaning it to reach the small crevices around the dash board.

  • sharonjo

    I could use the Q-Tips Precision Tips to clean the little arm on my bread machine. There's always gunk in there that is hard to get to. Thanks!

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  • Vicki

    I use qtips for a number of things, but mostly for cleaning up my nail polish and also when I put in a new ink cartridge I clean terminals to be sure no excess ink...that will ruin the printer. I found out the hard way and had to get a new one two months ago. Wags overfilled my ink cartridge! Costly mistake.

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    I just added to follow three of your food blogs from your pinterest page.

  • kjasus

    my son loves to paint with q-tips

  • kjasus

    i follow you on pinterest

  • Julie

    clean my keyboards thanks

  • I use Q tips to clean the gunk underneath the faucet. You know that tiny space between it and the bathroom sink?

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  • kasey

    For makeup, to clean around the sink fixtures, and to clean my car!

  • Jennifer L.

    I would use Q-Tips Precision Tips cotton swabs to help me with doing my own pedicures. I currently dip plain Q-Tips in nail polish remover to help remove nail polish that ended up on my toes instead of the nails themselves.

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  • Renee Rousseau

    I use q-tips with precision tips to clean behind the nose pads of my eyeglasses.

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  • Amy Bolduc

    How about around the faucet base of my bathroom faucets!!!

  • Mandy Blank

    I would think they would be useful to clean a keyboard on a computer.

  • Marg Z

    I use Q-tips for everything. I use them the most to clean around the bathroom faucets.

  • Beth

    I would use precision Q-tips to clean the grime around stove and oven knobs

  • Steve Zielinski

    Q-tips are great for cleaning the coffee pot little tubes.

  • wendy

    I use them to clean in the inner corners of my monitor

  • Annisa R

    I use them to clean my window tracks

  • Anne L

    I use them for all misc cleaning, touching up paint, cleaning nail polish off, my son likes to use them to make dots when he is painting. All sorts of things!

  • Natalie J Vandenberghe

    I love your suggestion of Degunking stove knobs--thanks for the giveaway!

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  • Samantha

    I'd use them to clean the gunk that gets on the light switches, both when the switch is on and off.

  • Mihla

    I'd use the Precision Tips to clean in those places I can't reach with a sponge or rag. I'd also use them for craft projects where I need to paint, glue, or ink precisely.

  • Michelle

    I use the percision Q-Tips to clean the inside of my toddlers sippy cup straws and hard to clean grooves on the lids. Dab a little liquid dish soap on the end and then scrub!

  • kk

    clean in bathroom

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