Pain, infections, hearing problems are just some of the consequences of using cotton swabs. This is why many of us feel that their ears are still dirty just seconds after cleaning them.
And don’t forget that there is a surprisingly great number of people that pierced their eardrum while using cotton swabs! So, if you don’t want to end up puncturing your eardrum, you better find an alternative.
P.S.: Cotton swabs are very harmful for the environment, too. Millions of them end up in oceans every year.