Q-tips never told us to stick the swabs in our ear canal to clear out earwax. Yet, somehow, we use it for the very thing it specifically warns us not to do: Putting it inside our ears.
The humble Q-tip was so perfectly designed for the purpose of cleaning our ears, that it turned into a generic word for a product.
Q-tips were positioned as an essential tool for women's cosmetics and beauty routines.
In the 1950s and 1960s, they began to tell consumers they were for more than just for babies or women -- they were handy for any project around the house or in their lives.
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