The last time I was browsing for cotton and foam swabs for workshop use, I came across orange sticks, which are also marketed as cuticle pusher sticks.
These are inexpensive wood probes that can be used for all kinds of things.
I tend to use mine for cleaning parts, as soldering probes, applying glue or grease, or mixing epoxy.
You can find these in different lengths. I find 6″ sticks to work well, but shorter sizes seem to be more common. Industrial suppliers also carry these in 7″ lengths.
There are also different styles.
Puritan has swabs with pointed, single bevel, and double bevel ends. The style shown above is Puritan’s 6″ stick (2925), with single bevel and pointed ends.
This seems to be the most commonly available style, with a pointed tip on one end, and single bevel chisel tip on the other.
I bought my USA-made Puritan sticks at an electronics tool supplier. If you want to spend less, there are plenty of wood orange sticks and cuticle pushers available at Amazon.
Are there any other makeup or personal care items we should add to our toolbox?