cotton swab


: a short stick that has round pieces of cotton at both ends

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web If the tree is growing inside, help the pollination process along by swabbing inside each blossom one after another with a cotton swab or small paintbrush, transferring pollen. Bryce Jones, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 Jan. 2023 Apply the solution with a cotton swab and gently rub away stains. Nafeesah Allen, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 June 2022 Bennett suggests applying a small amount of non-gel toothpaste to a cotton swab and gently massaging it into the stain. Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 1 Feb. 2023 To clear the debris that’s causing the bump, use a cotton swab to dot on a spot treatment with salicylic acid as precisely as possible (try Mario Badescu Drying Lotion). Jennifer G. Sullivan, Allure, 30 Jan. 2023 Just dip a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and lightly rub the stain to wipe away the marks. Lauren Smith Mcdonough, Good Housekeeping, 25 Jan. 2023 Hopefully your first-aid kit has tweezers, because some of the alternatives—like superglue on a cotton swab—have the potential to go seriously wrong. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 15 Dec. 2022 Carefully dab mealy bugs with a cotton swab saturated in rubbing alcohol. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Sep. 2022 For smaller stains, use a cotton swab to dab the hydrogen peroxide on the stain. Jolie Kerr, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Aug. 2022 See More

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“Cotton swab.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

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