Q-Tips Quick Tip: Detail Your Car

Heather says:

Here we go, it’s the final installment of Quick Tips from Q-Tips® . You’re excited, I can see it in the way your eyes shine. . . And hey, I’ve come a long way over the past year with talking on camera. Maybe I’ll eventually get around to making it a regular thing. Heck, if you want, send me a video question and I’ll do my best to respond in a timely manner, kind of like the end of that cooking show that is always on when I go to the allergist. What’s her name? She’s got dark hair? We can totally pull that off.

Q-Tips Precision Tips are great for detailing all of those tiny crevices in your vehicle. Since I always used to get the Armor All Spray all over the windshield I switched over to the wipes and have never looked back. When the air vents in my car need (okay so I should probably define need as, get really disgusting) I use an Armor-Alled Q-Tip to get those places my grown up fingers can’t fit and the child labor always overlooks (those would be my minions, no one else’s).

To celebrate the final installment of Quick Tips from Q-Tips®  we’re (Q-Tips®  and I) are giving away 3 $50 Amazon gift cards, selected by random drawing.

So cool, right?

How do you get in on the $50 goodness? It’s simple, be 18 or older, live in the US, and leave a comment before Sunday September 23, 2012 at 9pm EDT.  While you’re at it, go ahead and Fan Q-Tips®  on Facebook (this is not a condition of entry nor an additional entry) and find many more great tips for these handy cotton swabs.

This post was sponsored by Q-Tips, all opinions, especially the inappropriate joke about child labor are mine.


  1. Wendy on September 23, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Ooh. I love Q-tips. Perfect for cleaning around the faucet in the kitchen!

  2. Lookingbird on September 23, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    I’m loving all these uses for Q-tips, I am feeling inspired to go fetch the box out of the bathroom. The kiddo and I are cleaning out the car today!

  3. J. Grab on September 22, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Q-tips for that shower vent. You know the one.
    The one only you look up at while showering and realize
    “I really ought to clean that, I will do that when I get out of the shower.”

    Anytime now.

  4. Lalli G on September 22, 2012 at 3:04 am

    I use q-tips to clean the vents in our air purifiers- how can a dirty air purifier purify the air?

  5. gonnia on September 21, 2012 at 4:42 am

    I love to clean with qtips….but I become so obsessive cleaning the insides and corners of everything. Ocd cleaning rampage with my qtip box.

  6. RevancheGS on September 20, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    @HeatherSolos objectionable or possible two options (openid and twitter login) so am emptyhanded.

    • HeatherSolos on September 21, 2012 at 6:17 am

      @RevancheGS I’ll check the settings I think I may have something turned of that will work for you

  7. RevancheGS on September 20, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    @HeatherSolos I am rather sad I can’t comment as I don’t like the lack of simple username/url commenting option. Have had probs w/least

  8. deberlyn on September 20, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Q-tips are great to use on so many different things!!

  9. kimsch1 on September 20, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    q-tips are like duct tape, there are so many uses!

  10. JackieMeeks on September 20, 2012 at 10:27 am

    I use Q-Tips for a lot of things in the house, but why haven’t I thought to use them in the car??

  11. DebOBryan on September 20, 2012 at 9:57 am

    So many ways to use a tiny q-tip.

  12. SheriGrennille on September 20, 2012 at 9:47 am

    I just got a new car and this is a great idea for keeping it clean – it’s a lease so i feel like i need to be a tad neater in it than my 14 year old honda.

  13. kawiggains on September 20, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Great cleaning ideas for the car. So many crevices in my mini van. I should just leave a small box of Q-tips in the glove box. Thanks!

  14. MicheleBenchGoodman on September 20, 2012 at 8:27 am

    My car is filthy.  Thanks for the ideas!

  15. DavidnSamanthaMisner on September 20, 2012 at 12:42 am

    I have learned so many great tips from this.  Thanks for sharing!!

  16. 1Carolyn on September 19, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    And I used to think they were just for ears!

  17. KatyDeDeyne on September 19, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    So many uses for such a little thing!

  18. KeterMagick on September 19, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    You are getting good with the videos!  🙂  This week is “wax all the wood” week at my house, so I used Q-Tips to get Howard Feed-n-Wax (http://www.howardproducts.com/) into all the corners and crevices of my furniture, window frames, and  carved wood decorations.  I dust first with a dollar store boar bristle paint brush, and then have at with microfiber cloth soaked with Feed-n-Wax.  As a last step, I dip a Q-Tip into the Feed-n-Wax to get into any spots the microfiber cloth missed.

  19. mybatboys on September 19, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Great idea on cleaning the vents! I always have dust in the wee corners that drive me crazy.

  20. LisaB3262 on September 19, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Q-tips are so great at getting into small places when cleaning. Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. CMarie on September 19, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway.  I was inspired by your q-tip laundry room tip to use q-tips to clean around the base of the faucet in my bathroom.  it worked better and was much less disgusting than using my fingernails which is generally my go-to strategy for hard-to-reach places.

  22. idahojill on September 19, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    I love all of the Qtip…tips.  I was just thinking today how dusty the car is inside (really – I was sitting in the garage and went back in to get a rag…wiped down the dash, etc., then left…but at every stoplight I was cleaning something else I saw in the car!)  I will need to get the qtips out when I get home to finish the job 🙂

  23. kerriew on September 19, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    I use Q-tips to clean out the kids’ water bottles. There is some nasty stuff under those rims!

    • bookchick on September 20, 2012 at 9:37 am

      that’s a really good idea i have a hard time getting stuff out of those little spots.

  24. caanan.tully on September 19, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Thanks for the tips, Heather. I want to try this one out (and the one for the washer).

  25. aprilv on September 19, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Love this tip! Thank you!! Currently I’m only using Q-tips for my ears! 😉 LOL

  26. QuiltinJenny on September 19, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I think my favorite was the rubbing alcohol on the computer, but this one comes in a close second.  I now keep a bowl of Q-tips next to the computer for when I’m on hold or waiting for a video to load, etc.Also, I love seeing you on the videos! 

  27. AnnaTroyer on September 19, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I used Q-tips recently for the corners of the inside my microwave. It worked like a charm!

  28. TeresaRoth on September 19, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    I used Q-tips dipped in rubbing alcohol to clean up our old toaster oven before giving it away to a family member.  It helped get all the little nooks and crannies clean and grease free.  My husband uses Q-tips to clean the fan vents on his computer.  We use them for cleaning our gadgets all the time.

  29. ConnieVerKuilenHolt on September 19, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    I use Q-Tips dipped in Simple Green to clean the front vents of my over the range microwave. Looks similar to a car air conditioning vent and works great.

  30. KCDebi on September 19, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Sounds like I’m not the only one who cleans the windshield, cleans the dash, then has to clean the windshield – again. 🙂

  31. MisCole on September 19, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    What a great giveaway!  Thx for the chance.  I love Amazon.

  32. BetsyB on September 19, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Qtips are perfect for clearing the dust that blocks the air intake vents on my hairdryer.

  33. BeccaW on September 19, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Back when I had babies (and not Elementary aged kiddos) I used Qtips to clean the nipples on the bottles.  The tippity top of the nipples would get quite funky and it seemed like the wire brush nipple-cleaners could be really rough on them and tear the top, sometimes.

  34. JayStigdon on September 19, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    I use Q-Tips dipped in Vodka to scrub out stains in my silk neckties.

  35. MariaKunze on September 19, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    I use Qtips to wash the part picture glass & mirrors that are right next to the frame – where the cloth just can’t get close enough.

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