THE RIGHT THICKNESS are largely a factor in ear cleaning, Q tips r perfect. i find if stuffs flinging in my eyes , i'll trust a sanitary q tip in fishing the debri away . Toilet papers harsh, kleenex are overly smooth, sheet cloths are perhaps non sanitary. Qtips smears cosmetics on, smears eyelash oils on, . Q tips reach unusual area's if cleaning, like calcium lime buildup beside the new chrome bthrm taps, toilet seat crack, . ITCHY EAR DRUMS ! SMEAR POLYSPORIM OR OTHER HEALING CREAM IN THE EAR CANAL, THE AREA HEALS.