Cotton Swab FAQs:

Q: Is a cotton swab a tool invented in the 1920s by Leo Gerstenzang after he watched his wife attach wads of cotton to toothpicks?

A: Yes.

Q: Are cotton swabs to clean or caress the ear canal and/or to remove earwax?

A: Yes, and despite this not being a medically recommended method for removing earwax.

Q: Are cotton swabs also commonly used for applying and removing makeup?

A: Yes, as well as for household uses such as cleaning and arts and crafts.