REVIEW – I use a Q-tip every day to clean my ears after I get out of the shower. It’s always a quick swipe and into the trash it goes. Have you ever wondered how many Q-tips wind up in the garbage each year? I didn’t either until I was asked by LastObject if I was interested in taking a look at their LastSwab. Let’s check it out.
What is it?
The LastSwab is an eco-friendly alternative to the single-use cotton swap AKA Q-tip. Like the LastTissue that I wrote about last year, Danish maker LastObject’s LastSwap has been designed to be reusable.
What’s in the box?
- Storage case
Design and features
There are 3 versions of the LastSwab. There’s Basic, Baby, and Beauty LastSwabs.
Each reusable swap comes with its own storage case that is made from either a corn-based material or ocean plastic. The case makes it easy for travel, storing in your bag or even the medicine cabinet at home.
LastSwab – Basic
Each LastSwab is available in a variety of colors depending on the version. The Basic LastSwab is available in 6 colors including the red color (looks more like a dark pink to me) that was sent to me.
Like other cotton swabs, the LastSwab has two ends with a stick/rod in the middle. The LastSwab rod is made of glass fiber-reinforced plastic, so it’s not going to snap in two.
The swabs on the ends are made of TPE rubber material that is soft and flexible. The LastSwab Basic has little bumps on the ends that enable it to pick up gunk and when you’re done swabbing, you can clean the ends with regular soap and water and store it back in its case. Each swab is designed for up to 1000 uses. So for my daily swabbing habit, one LastSwab could last me close to 3 years!
The only issue I found with this swab is that it doesn’t do that task that I need a cotton swab to do – dry my ears. That’s why I use a cotton swab after I get out of the shower every morning – to dry the water out of my ears. The LastSwab works well at removing any wax buildup that I might have but doesn’t absorb water.
LastSwab – Baby
The Baby version of the LastSwab looks similar to the Regular version, but it has a more bulbous end to help prevent you from sticking the swap too far into the baby’s ears or nose.
Last but not least, there’s the LastSwab Beauty that features two differently shaped ends. One end looks like a standard Q-Tip like the LastSwab Basic minus the bumps. The other end has a smooth pointy tip.
I don’t wear makeup, but can see where this LastSwab could be very useful for people who do.
Reasons to buy
- Includes a storage case
- Different versions/shapes
Reasons not to buy
- Doesn’t absorb water
I’m a fan of LastObject’s products and still use their LastTissue. I like the LastSwab and think it will be useful for a variety of uses and the fact that you can wash and reuse it up to 1000 times helps the planet and your wallet.
Where to buy: LastObject and Amazon
Source: The sample for this review was provided by LastObject.
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The funny thing is, Q tip boxes even warn you not to use them inside your ears! https://i.imgur.com/qJlCW.jpg
The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery still advises not to use any kind of Q tip for earwax removal as any wax removed this way would come out naturally as the ear cleans itself, and you risk impaction or other damage in the process of using one. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0194599816680327
Running Q tips around a surface to pick up water / dry things out seems reasonable, but as you said, this product doesn’t do that so it’s a bust all around.
I’m not sure why you feel the need to clean your ears after every shower. That’s overdoing it and is linked to a cleanliness obsession we in the western capitalist democracies have succumbed to, because “clean” has been commodified. It’s perfectly acceptable to have a shower only once a fortnight, and inbetweentimes to wash with a small amount of warm water in the sink (e.g. two to three litres).
If you want to clean your ears, wet a flannel in warm water, rub it on a cheap bar of soap, twist the corner of the flannel and stick it in your ear, then rinse. No waste!
Shampoo your hair once a fortnight with bar shampoo. Don’t use conditioner. You’ll be surprised at how quickly your hair adapts. Suddenly it’s not being polluted with unneccessary junk, and your waste bin will be so much the lighter.
Nick, I work out every day, so I’m going to shower every day and use soap. I think those who are around me will thank me for that 🙂