Q-tips or cotton swabs seem to be the only product I know of that everyone I know (including me) purchases to use in the exact opposite way it was intended.
In case you’ve never looked too carefully at the box (or cylinder if you use the colored swabs) there is an explicit warning not to put this in your ear…and yet we all do it!
We shouldn’t, but we do.
After having so many ear infections in the last year am I likely to stop using q-tips altogether? No. But I have drastically slowed down. Hey, it’s better than a Bobby pin, right?!