| Last updated
For some people, the cotton bud ear clean is a habitual part of their day or week. Many people revel in the satisfaction of twisting that little ball off fluff around. Yet one TikToker has been left somewhat puzzled after buying a box of cotton buds only to see a warning on the side stating 'do not insert down the ear or nose canal'.
The TikTok account - @rightguysalsireviews - posted the clip asking the question we're all wondering: 'How do we clear our ears then?'
In the video, the man can be heard saying: "Right guys, why am I only finding this out now about cotton buds? I got these cotton buds from Aldi yesterday to clean my ears out.
"But on inspection, I looked on the side and they say 'do not insert into the ear or nose canal', so what are they for an how am I going to clean my ears?"
Since being posted, the video has been watched over 2.8 million views with more than 185,000 and 3,000 comments.
Some people have been left just as baffled as the creator while others have explained that using the cotton sticks can cause damage to your ear drum.
A warning not to insert the product into your ear is standard for most cotton buds.
Replying to the video, one person wrote: "No I'm sorry, the eargasm is worth breaking the rules!"
Another added: "Honestly I go at my ears with cotton buds like a rampant session, it's better than a rampant session."
A third claimed to have burst their ear drum twice by cleaning with them.
Another pointed out: "You're not supposed to clean your ears with them because it pushes wax onto your ear drum and can compact and cause infections."
NHS advice on how to deal with earwax build-up reads: "Do not use your fingers or any objects like cotton buds to remove earwax. This will push it in and make it worse.
"Earwax usually falls out on its own. If it does not and blocks your ear, put 2 to 3 drops of medical grade olive or almond oil in your ear twice a day for a few days.
"It is recommended you use a dropper while lying your head on one side for a few minutes to let the oil work its way through your ear canal(s).
"You may find it easier to do this first thing in the morning and then just before you go to sleep.
"Over about 2 weeks, lumps of earwax should fall out of your ear, especially at night when you're lying down.
"There's no evidence that ear candles or ear vacuums get rid of earwax."
Chosen for YouChosen for You
Most Read StoriesMost Read