A while ago, I started to get problems with both of my ears and it took me some time to figure out that the problems started with that I was using cotton Q-tips. I have never used the cotton Q-tips on a regular basis, but I felt that it was good to clean my ears and to remove the water from my ears with them right after my shower. But, all of a sudden they started to bother my ears really bad, and it went so far so that I had to go to the doctor and have my ears checked out. Of course the doctor could not find anything wrong with my ears, and at the time it made me upset because it felt just like I had a lot of water in my ears, especially in the mornings when I woke up. The doctor sent along some drops that helped me, so I don't have the problem anymore, but she also told me to stop using the Q-tips and so I did. A few days later I bought this Clinere Ear Cleaners due to that I had been doing some research about cleaning my ears without using the Q-tips. I must say that I love these ear cleaners. They are really gentle to the ear canal and they catch a lot of wax in the little great scoop. I can only use the scoop part of the ear cleaner because I have small ears and can not use the other part, it is just too big, and I can't even get it into my ear. These cleaners does not irritate the ear canal and it does not leave anything behind inside your ear, like cotton. Another big plus is that the cleaners have such a low price, just around $1.00 for 2 of them in a package.