Cotton swabs manufactured for home use are usually shorter, about 2.5 inches (6.4 cm) long, and usually double-tipped. The handles were first made of plastic, then made of rolled paper, which is still most common (although tubular plastic is also used)..
The most common use for is to clean the Ear Canal by removing Earwax. are also commonly used for applying and removing makeup, as well as for household uses such as cleaning and arts and crafts. They are also handy for touching up nail polish that gets on the surrounding skin.