You're actually not supposed to use qtips for your ears because it only pushes the wax back further instead of cleaning it out or unclogging it. I learned this the hard way when I went completely deaf in both ears one day, freaking out. I went to the ear doctor the same day, they sucked it out and asked if I used qtips. To which the answer was, yes. And so they explained to me I'm really not supposed to. Instead I use a scooper, nonetheless qtips do have a lot of other useful uses to them.