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How to clean a bulb syringe: Q-Tips Precision Cotton Swabs

It has been a long, cold winter. For our family, it has also been a winter that has included several bothersome colds.

Unfortunately, even our new little winter baby Kara has had some sinus issues that have caused us to bring out the trusty bulb syringe to help clear her nasal passages.

There is really nothing more heartbreaking than a newborn who can’t breathe!

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How to clean a bulb syringe

So, we all know how to use the bulb syringe to clear baby’s nose, however, I have a great tip for cleaning the bulb syringe using Q-Tips Precision Cotton Swabs! We use our bulb syringe so much, that I have to clean it a few times a day. After each use, I use a Q-Tips Precision Tips, which is nicely tapered at both ends, to clear any blockage at the opening of the syringe.

You would be amazed how much this simple extra step can help keep this vital tool clean, and in good working order!

After using the Q-Tips Precision Cotton Swab, I clean the bulb syringe with warm, soapy water, then squeeze out all the excess water and let it air dry.

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  1. March 6, 2012 @ 11:42 pm

    Removing nailpolish as I paint my toes!

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  2. March 6, 2012 @ 11:43 pm
    Alisha L.

    My favorite use for Q-Tips is to apply makeup.

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  3. March 6, 2012 @ 11:43 pm

    for fixing eye liner, that is when I have time to put it on!

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  4. March 6, 2012 @ 11:44 pm
    La Nora Richardson

    My favorite use for Q-tips is to touch up around my freshly painted fingernails!!!

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  5. March 6, 2012 @ 11:44 pm

    I like to use Q-Tips to clean my computer keyboard.

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  6. March 6, 2012 @ 11:44 pm
    heather d

    I use qtips for cleaning noses

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  7. March 6, 2012 @ 11:45 pm
    Kayli D

    cleaning my little ones ears

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  8. March 6, 2012 @ 11:46 pm
    Jessica

    I use Q-tips for just about everything!

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  9. March 6, 2012 @ 11:46 pm

    My favorite use is using them to clean detail areas that a rag will not get to. I have ocd when it comes to dust. It drives me insane. Qtips work really well getting the dust out of crevices on the base board.

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  10. March 6, 2012 @ 11:47 pm
    Stacey K

    cleaning the corners by the sink

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  11. March 6, 2012 @ 11:51 pm
    Amanda

    Great post !!

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  12. March 6, 2012 @ 11:53 pm

    I use Q-tips after every shower to dry my ears. I can’t stand the inside of my ears to be wet while I’m walking around. lol

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  13. March 6, 2012 @ 11:55 pm
    Angela

    I use qtips to clean small things or small areas in the bathroom

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  14. March 7, 2012 @ 12:03 am
    Jennifer

    Probably the basic of cleaning ears.. But I use them for so many other things. Make-up touch up, removing fingernail polish, detail cleaning around the house.

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  15. March 7, 2012 @ 12:18 am
    Jessica S

    craft projects!

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  16. March 7, 2012 @ 12:27 am
    Rochel S

    I love using it for removing eye makeup!

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  17. March 7, 2012 @ 12:43 am

    I actually use them to get boogers out of my newborn’s nose.

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  18. March 7, 2012 @ 12:44 am

    my favorite use is to clean under my eyes…I always seem to miss some mascara when washing my face. 2nd fav is to put on rash cream on my kids….that way I don’t have to touch the rash…LoL

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  19. March 7, 2012 @ 12:55 am
    Andrea C

    they are great for cleaning little nooks & crannies :)

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  20. March 7, 2012 @ 2:08 am
    Caitlin

    Cleaning ears, I know you aren’t supposed to technically, but I still do.

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  21. March 7, 2012 @ 2:33 am
    Kathleen C

    Love your site. Have recommended it to my daughters and friends of daughters.

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  22. March 7, 2012 @ 2:35 am
    Kathleen C

    Favorite use for q-tips is cleaning my pc keyboard.

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  23. March 7, 2012 @ 3:03 am

    I’m hoping I win! :D

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  24. March 7, 2012 @ 3:03 am
    Angela Norman

    cleaning in those tiny spaces

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  25. March 7, 2012 @ 4:37 am
    Miranda Welle

    I use them to clean my kids’ ear wax! LOL.

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  26. March 7, 2012 @ 7:28 am
    Audrey griffis

    we use them for all sorts of things but a fun one is to paint with :) my kids have fun making all sorts of designs with them

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  27. March 7, 2012 @ 7:31 am

    I love these cotton swabs – I didn’t even know they existed and now I need some for sure. As an expecting Mom that gift card would be awfully useful too … I am halfway to a full collection of cloth diapers ;)

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    • March 7, 2012 @ 7:35 am

      Oh – and my favorite use is to dip the ends in essential oils and hide them in toilet paper rolls ;)

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  28. March 7, 2012 @ 8:00 am
    Amanda Stauffer

    to clean my ears not sure what else to use them for =)

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  29. March 7, 2012 @ 9:40 am
    Jocelyne Alldrick

    cleanin my ears! lol

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  30. March 7, 2012 @ 9:48 am
    cindy caudle

    we use them for a whole host of things but a bunch get used detailing hubbys 74 charger

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  31. March 7, 2012 @ 10:06 am
    Jennifer M

    I use q tips to repair mascara mishaps when applying make up.

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  32. March 7, 2012 @ 10:29 am
    Bridget Heiple Reich

    I just Qtips to put on my eye shadow. I know you are not supposed to, but I also clean out my ears with them.

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  33. March 7, 2012 @ 10:35 am
    Rebecca Orr

    I use them for the obvious uses; cleaning ears, makeup application. etc. But I also use them to clean the sink strainer and taking off nail polish.
    bekki1820cb at gmail dot com

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  34. March 7, 2012 @ 10:51 am
    Julie G

    My favorite use for Q-tips is cleaning all those cracks and crevices all over the house!!!

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  35. March 7, 2012 @ 11:32 am

    CRAFTS!

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  36. March 7, 2012 @ 11:42 am
    Vicky C.

    I like them for cleaning the ears but my favorite is cleaning my keyboard and mouse with some alcohol. :)

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  37. March 7, 2012 @ 11:55 am
    Cheryl Verver

    I like to use them to clean out small spaces like in our shower.

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  38. March 7, 2012 @ 12:42 pm
    librarypat

    I use the swabs to put on eye shadow. I will be getting some of this new design for my daughter. She has been using a similar bulb device for her baby who has had a bad head cold. This will certainly help clean it.

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  39. March 7, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

    This is so original – to clean my ears. :D

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  40. March 7, 2012 @ 2:52 pm
    Trung Nguyen

    I use them to dry my ears after shower.

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  41. March 7, 2012 @ 4:25 pm

    Removing nail polish mistakes.

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  42. March 7, 2012 @ 6:21 pm
    Mary Michaud

    Helping clean up glue messes on small projects

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  43. March 7, 2012 @ 7:52 pm
    Julie Lutz

    I love qtips they’re great for cleaning ears and I love the fact that they’re soft and easy to use. I use them for cleaning spots that I have trouble reaching as well as ears.

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  44. March 8, 2012 @ 2:54 am
    Monica Young

    my favorite use for Q-tips is I like to use them to clean my keyboard.

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  45. March 8, 2012 @ 6:39 am
    tami s

    I like to use qtips for cleaning little spaces that I can’t get into with anything else

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  46. March 8, 2012 @ 12:48 pm
    Danielle D.

    I use them for everything from nail polish touch ups to cleaning around the bathroom faucets.

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  47. March 8, 2012 @ 12:50 pm
    Jessica Poston

    touching up make-up is really the only thing I use q-tips for.

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  48. March 8, 2012 @ 4:56 pm
    mallory richardson

    i use them to clean my ears and to take nail polish off

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  49. March 8, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

    Cleaning hard to reach areas. Dab a little cleaner on the tip and it gets in the hard to reach areas!

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  50. March 8, 2012 @ 9:26 pm
    karen

    Cleaning the ears!

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  51. March 9, 2012 @ 1:02 pm
    Lindsay

    i use them to wipe away any mascara or eye makeup smudges – especially if i blink too hard or sneeze after i just put mascara on!

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  52. March 9, 2012 @ 1:03 pm
    Jessica Eaton Ledford

    Other than cleaning out ears, of course, I like them for eye makeup touchups

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  53. March 9, 2012 @ 1:04 pm
    Sandy VanHoey

    I use them to wipe around the ears, especially the back of the ears, it works great

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  54. March 9, 2012 @ 1:05 pm
    Wei Qi Luo

    To clean my ears

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  55. March 9, 2012 @ 1:05 pm
    shana

    clean ears

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  56. March 9, 2012 @ 1:09 pm
    J.Lin

    Use for my eye makeup

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  57. March 9, 2012 @ 1:09 pm
    Trudy

    I use them for pulling snot strings out of my son’s nose when they’re at the edge!

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  58. March 9, 2012 @ 1:18 pm
    Claire

    To remove nail polish that accidentally went off my nail.

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  59. March 9, 2012 @ 1:25 pm
    sandra

    cleaning out ears or noses

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  60. March 9, 2012 @ 1:26 pm
    Christine

    I use them when I need to clean in tiny areas – ie jewelry, watches, etc.

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  61. March 9, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

    Favorite use for Q-Tips… cleaning ears. I know, I’m so boring, lol.

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  62. March 9, 2012 @ 1:33 pm
    Tanaya Syx

    Cleaning ears.

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  63. March 9, 2012 @ 1:41 pm
    Linda Meyers-Gabbard

    I use Q-tips to dry my ears after showering

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  64. March 9, 2012 @ 1:43 pm
    jennifer dansberger jones

    cleaning up corners of my countertop, and removing nail polish that gets on my skin.

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  65. March 9, 2012 @ 2:18 pm
    Mercedes

    I use them to clean up/ touch up the corners of my nails after applying nail polish

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  66. March 9, 2012 @ 2:26 pm
    Rakesh

    like Johnson and Johnson’s q-tips

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  67. March 9, 2012 @ 2:57 pm
    Fawn H

    I love to use Q-Tips to clean the little crevices that a cleaning rag will not get in to and I also use them to smudge my eyeliner.

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  68. March 9, 2012 @ 3:46 pm
    tamra childers

    cleaning my keyboard on computer

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  69. March 9, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

    I use q-tips to keep the tip of my eyeliner stick clean. I’ve been looking all over for the precision tip ones but haven’t found them yet. Hope my stores carry them soon.
    janmessali (at) gmail (dot) com

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  70. March 9, 2012 @ 4:44 pm
    Debbie C

    One of my favorites uses for Q-Tips is to get the last of the lip balm out a tube. I cut open the bottom of the tube and dip in the Q-Tip until it is TRULY empty. You’d be amazed how much lip balm, lotion etc. is left in a tube after it won’t squeeze out anymore.

    chrisdeglen(at)gmail(dot)com

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  71. March 9, 2012 @ 5:43 pm
    Bette Vaughan

    I love to let my children paint with them.

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  72. March 9, 2012 @ 5:51 pm
    Tracie A.

    I use Q-tips for cleaning.

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  73. March 9, 2012 @ 6:06 pm

    Q tips rock! So useful! I especially like them for cleaning sink drains!

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  74. March 9, 2012 @ 6:15 pm
    Sharon

    I use them to put Vaseline on my daughters lips when they get super dry

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  75. March 9, 2012 @ 7:30 pm

    I use them for cleaning my pierced ears.

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  76. March 9, 2012 @ 10:17 pm
    kymi

    I like to use qtips to get the gunk out of the corners in our home.

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  77. March 9, 2012 @ 11:01 pm
    Jennifer Hall

    Removing eyeliner and mascara from under my eyes.

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  78. March 10, 2012 @ 12:01 am
    Christina

    I use Q-tips for make up touch-ups, nail polish touch ups and cleaning small spots around the house.

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  79. March 10, 2012 @ 1:35 am
    Cindy B

    I use qtips for all kinds of things but now that I’m using more natural products for skin and healthcare I find that qtips are great for applying essential oils to pinpoint spots. thanks for a great giveaway.

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  80. March 11, 2012 @ 12:34 am
    SARAH OSWALD

    I USED THEM TO TIDY UP MY NAILS WHEN I GET NAILPOLISH ON MY FINGERS.

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  81. March 11, 2012 @ 1:43 am

    My favorite use is helping clean out little crevances. Thanks my twitter is busch0218

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  82. March 11, 2012 @ 3:03 pm
    Shelby Freese

    Q-tips are great for cleaning small areas – printer heads in your printer – not to mention keeping those ears clean!

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  83. March 11, 2012 @ 7:50 pm
    Melanie Johnson

    I use them on my ears constantly but I also love them when I do my nails to clean the messes.

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  84. March 11, 2012 @ 9:04 pm

    I appy my make up with them.

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  85. March 12, 2012 @ 1:07 pm
    Deanna G.

    To fix my eye make-up.

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  86. March 12, 2012 @ 10:30 pm

    My favorite use for Q-Tips is to clean my ears. ;)

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  87. March 12, 2012 @ 10:41 pm

    Cleaning the vents in my car!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  88. March 13, 2012 @ 10:13 pm
    Millie Rojas

    My favorite use for Q-Tips is for applying and removing eye makeup and also to cleaning my keyboard.

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  89. March 13, 2012 @ 10:16 pm
    Millie Rojas

    Thanks for the giveaway :)

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