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I originally bought a pack of these Durable Cotton Buds after having an Almond Croissant catastrophe over my laptop just before Christmas, I'd nipped into my local PC shop for something else and when I saw these priced at only £3 for 100 cotton buds I decided to buy a pack as I remembered reading positive reviews on here about them.
As you'd guess from the name these are similar to the cotton buds you probably use on a daily basis in your bathroom, the main differences being the size (around 18cm long) and the fact that there is only a bud on one end of the stick. The sticks are wooden and although quite rigid do have a small amount of bend to them which helps to get in all the nooks and crannies of your laptop or PC.
The cotton buds themselves are more wiry and tightly packed than those you'd find on cosmetic buds, they have the perfect texture to do their job well in my opinion as it's possible to use them in a scrubbing motion to remove every last bit of muck from between the keys on your keyboard without leaving bits of lint everywhere. True to the name of the manufacturer, these are very durable and providing your keyboard/laptop isn't too dirty you should be able to give it a really good cleaning using just one or two of these buds. The sticks aren't likely to snap and the cotton has never come away from the stick, my only reason for junking them comes when the cotton bud is so black with grime that it would be impossible to clean anything else with it!
The slim size makes them ideal for the purpose I bought them for, cleaning the keyboard on both my PC and laptop. The lappy in particular is a magnet for crap and even in the days of 'that's it, no-one is to eat over the computer anymore' it would still collect a huge amount of crumbs and general household debris. You can use them dry or with a cleaning solution that is especially for computers, obviously they recommend Durable branded solution but really any will work just as well - even a very weak mixture of Fairy Liquid and warm water does a good job, although if using this you need to make sure you give the cotton bud a shake to get any excess water off before shoving it into your (electrical) computer!
I highly recommend these cotton buds to anyone whose computer/laptop gets dirtier than it should - I'd love to blame the kids for the state mine gets into, but it's not their fault, and to be honest now I've discovered these I don't care as grime is so easily dealt with.
Five Dooyoo stars for this very basic but fab cleaning product.
I stumbled across these "Durable Cotton Buds" while reviewing a separate product in the computer section! I was sceptical at first as to how an oversized Q-Tip could help clean out my computer but after a quick clean I'm convinced!
The durable cotton buds are just that, durable cotton buds. They are an oversized version of the usual plastic and cotton ear cleaners you buy at boots. Thanks to the wooden stalk of these models though you'll be a long time cleaning your computer before you snap one. The wood is durable and has a nice earthy aroma to it. The cotton on the end is stiffer than the usual pharmacy brand so they're best not used for cosmetic reasons (in fairness Q-tips shouldn't be used at all). The stiffness of the cotton however works wonders for your computer. I was worried about these leaving little streaks of cotton all over sharp edges and along the keyboard. After 10 or so cleans of both mine and my sisters laptop I've yet to leave a trail of white behind me.
Using these items is simple enough, you can just rub them in hard to reach places to scrape away dirt. Or, you can spray a little cleaner on the end and work out stubborn stains, using another dry bud to clean up afterwards. I've found this method to work particularly well and only leaves minimal residue on your computer. I don't know enough about static electricity to know if I should be wary when using cotton near electronics but if it's any consolation I haven't yet experienced any static crackles or sparks when cleaning.
The buds themselves come in a plastic bag with a cardboard top stapled on. I realise they are a simple cleaning product but the presentation feels a bit cheap and last minute. A resealable package would have worked wonderfully and prevented spills (I've done it a few times!). I've taken to putting mine in a zip-lock sandwich bag, solving the problem nicely.
Overall these are a good buy, probably not necessary in 99% of laptops but if you want a clean machine then you can't go wrong with these.
My laptop at home is a disgrace to be perfectly honest and usually this comes from the way in which I am usually scoffing my face when browsing the internet and such like. Crumbs, stains marks and all sorts of unnameable pieces of dirt end up encased in the keyboard and every nook and crook of my laptop. I read here on this very site a review of these cotton bus when browsing items I could use to clean up my laptop and have never looked back since.
These are not normal cotton buds as the name suggest but are instead buds that are longer, tougher and more durable than traditional ones. After all they need to be given that they are intended to be cotton buds that clean laptops and PC items. The stick in the middle of the cotton buds is longer and harder than normal ones and the cotton buds tips are tougher, more firm, rounder, more intense and general higher performing. I have used these cotton buds in a wide variety of places on my laptop and forced them into holes they probably shouldn't be going and they always last. They are solidly made and well made to ensure your cleaning needs are meet.
We have established that the cotton buds are tough and durable but what about the cleaning power of the cotton buds? You can add water or fluid if you desire and depending on your needs any other cleaning material. They clean well and pick up and erase dirt and grease and all other kind of marks easily and swiftly. These cotton buds do not leave cotton behind in places and the cotton buds actually hold together meaning they removed the grease superbly and get your laptop clean. The buds are tough and long so can get in and clean all the places you usually wouldn't be able to with a standard bud or cleaning cloth.
All in all these cotton buds are a superb product when it comes to cleaning up your laptop. I paid £2.49 for a packet of a hundred that will last me years and in terms of getting your laptop cleaning these work a treat!
Durable cotton buds
I'm one of those people who is not very careful with their laptop. Normally it's on the ground next to the bed and it's even often found in the kitchen. I also like to eat in bed with my laptop in front of me so it won't be no surprise that the keyboard area is full with bits of crumbs and dirt. Very annoying because when it gets really part you will notice that some keys of the keyboard won't work proper anymore.
I clean my keyboard I use these durable cotton buds which is a great cheap solution for this problem. They only cost around 2 pounds for a pack of 100. The durable cotton buds are just simply cotton buds made from wood. It's a very simple but effective product that does the job. They are strong enough to clean your laptop and the cotton is stuck on in the way you won't leave any cotton behind on your keyboard.
Cleaning the keyboard with these Durable cotton buds is really easy and it makes it so much easier to reach into the little corners and areas where you simply can't reach with your fingers. Sometimes it's a big difficult to actually get the dirt underneath it because it's not sticky. The dirt doesn't glue on to it so that's the only downside I have with this product.
I think for the amount of money you are spending on these little ones it's worth the money. It really makes the cleaning a lot easier and it's just a handy product to have because there's nothing more annoying that something being stuck in your keyboard and that you can't type proper anymore! A great product for 2 pounds.
You could be forgiven for thinking these are just cotton wool buds that you would put in your ears. You could also be forgiven for asking the question of why would you not just use normal cotton wool buds instead of specifically buying these ones. hen looking a little closer at these Durable Cotton Buds you will answer these questions yourself. The cotton heads on these buds are very strong and durable, and they are also much longer than the cotton buds you would expect to find in your local supermarket or chemist. These cotton buds are especially designed for reaching into hard to access areas for cleaning purposes. Keyboards are a favourite of mine, as they allow me to reach between individual keys, and as they have long stems they are easier to hold and control.
Having a product specifically designed for cleaning electrical equipment means that you are going to get a better quality product overall for cleaning your favourite gadgets. Although they are largely redundant now, they are ideal for cleaning the head of tape decks, although they work equally well on dvd players as they allow you to reach places where most products cannot reach. The buds could be supplied in a solid plastic box which would have been useful, but instead they come in a clear plastic bag with a cardboard top containing information for using the buds.
As mentioned, they are great for cleaning keyboards, and you can dip them in a little bit of watered down washing up liquid to remove stubborn dirt. The cotton doesn't detach from the wooden shaft easily, so you won't find yourself left with fluff all over your cleaned areas. I can't say I would expect any more from these cotton buds as they do the job very effectively. They cost under £3 for a pack of 100 so they aren't particularly expensive. Overall I am impressed with the simplicity of the product and just how useful they really are.
Durable cotton buds are a great simple but effective solution for cleaning round your keyboard. If like me you end up with bits of crumbs and dirt in between your keys then you should definately invest in a pack.
What they are is basically cotton buds made from wood instead of plastic. There is absolutely no special gimick to them just a simple product that is useful.
The Bud are a little longer than standard buds that you use for your ears and I would definately say that the cotton is stuck on a little better as they don't fall apart and leave cotton everywhere.
For £2 I got a pack of 100 so they were good value for money. The only problem I have with them is that they come dry and I would have liked to have seen them come with pre moistened with a cleaning fluid as for me being dry they just don't clean the dirt off.
Cleaning cloths are great for cleaning electrical equipment but sometimes my fingers are just too big to be able to reach places so wrapping the cloth around the bud makes cleaning so much easier to reach into the nooks and crannies of things.
To be honest I only bought these because they were so cheap and although I have been happy with them I have to say if they were more expensive then I probably wouldn't have bothered buying them as I would have just stuck to the normal ear ones instead.
For £2 these buds are a great little buy for helping with cleaning but let's be honest they are basically only cotton buds made from wood instead of plastic. There is absolutely nothing earth shattering about them but they are a nice size and do what they are supposed to do which is all you can ask for really.
I bought these cotton buds from Amazon and they cost me £ 2.54 for a pack of 100, these are a long thin stick with a cotton bud on the end that can reach into all the small places that you would like to get into on your computer and other devices areound the house but can't reach.
They aren't antibacterial and dont have any cleaning agent on them as they are just the cotton buds made with 100% cotton. The pack is a small plastic one and they can be used for lots of things.
I have used them on getting in the gaps between the keys on my keyboard, they are very sturdy so don't bend as you are squeesing them into the gaps, they can be angled to get into the tricky places and I find that they use up quickly as once you start to use them , you then begin to remember all the other places thay will fit into that needs cleaning.
I have been able to fit them in the gap at the back of the computer when it has been switched off, to be able to get inside the fan that cools the computer down. This is one thing that needs constant cleaning as dust gathers between the blades and I have had to replace it twice due to it beginning to get noisier, with these cleaning buds I can now get the dust off the fan, without tearing the side of the computer casing off and prolonging the computer fans life span.
I have also used them on my sterio stack system, the screen on my monitor to get into the corners and the mobile phone to get inbetween the buttons that dial the numbers, these are great for numerous things and as they are cheap to buy you can always have a pack handy for when you need them.
I would recommend them to you as they are such a great product for getting in the small places and they are well made.
I got my hands on some of these Durable Cotton buds, designed for cleaning computer and technical equipment from work, where they were dishing a pack of 100 out between the workers in an attempt to make us have less crumbs and undesirable things trapped in our PCs and laptops.
I was given 10 of these cotton buds, but a pack of 100 currently costs £6-7 online, which I think is a bit steep to be honest. I know they are tougher than usual 'human' cottom buds but that does seem a lot to me for what they are.
The durable buds come on the end of a long wooden stick (I'd guess at around 20cm long, I don't have any with me at the moment as I've used them all), and similar to human cotton buds have a teardrop shaped cotton end to them. They are designed to be swept along keyboards, in techie equipment nooks and crannies, and to be able to reach into areas which are difficult to access with normal cleaning equipment. With these durable buds, I've also cleaned (very gently!) the inside of my various USB ports and network cable places.
They can be used dry, or to get bits of dirt to stick to them more, dampening them with a computer safe cleaning fluid works. I have some spray in another PC cleaning kit which I use to moisten the ends of these cotton buds, so that's handy, and I find that this is a more effective cleaning method than using the cotton buds whilst dry. Dust sticks to them more when damp.
These are a very unexciting product, but they are reasonably effective in cleaning the nooks that would otherwise be hard to reach inside electrical equipment. If you need the cotton bud head to fit into somewhere smaller, you can tug a little of the cotton off the end of the bud to make it smaller and gain access to smaller spaces that way.
Although these durable cotton buds and good, and are as durable as they claim, particularly if you take care of them and are able to reuse them, they're not amazing. I would have no hesitation in using a normal human cotton bud (dipped in cleaning solution to avoid any cotton coming off in sensitive PC areas) instead of these, and for that reason, I can only mark them as average.
Crumbs and stuff getting under your keys on your computer keyboard is a pain. When I tried normal cotton buds to help me sort the problem out they were not much good. The sticks were not very strong and the buds too thin.
I got a bag of 100 extra long cleaning buds from the shop made by durable. They make all kinds of cleaning stuff for computers and tv screens, including the extra large cleaning buds. I paid about £1.99 for them in a small store and was happy at that.
The cleaning buds have an extra long stick and its made from wood instead of the rubbishy paper or thin bendy plastic ear cleaning buds have. The wood is more durable and is easier to use to hold on to and use the bud to clean the bit that needs attention. The longer length is better as well.
I could use the cleaning buds dry if I wanted to and with cleaning fluid on too. I think that was very handy. The buds were easy to use and they worked ok when I used them. I think the cotton tips were ok. They didn't come off easily. The cotton on the buds didn't get stuck on anything when I used them with the cleaning fluid or when dry.
I used the buds to clean the fan on the pc too. That was difficult to do with a cloth or wipe. With the buds it was easier to reach the smaller parts in the middle of the fan and get rid of dust build up. I think the buds worked well and the fan came up looking better and was working ok when I finished with it.
The buds lasted ok but you do need a new one for every different area that you clean. You can't reuse a dirty or already used one. I didn't mind that because I got 100 for a cheap price.
I would recommend the buds because they are strong, don't break easy and the cotton bit stays put. I would buy them again. They will work great for lots of cleaning uses for things you can't get at with a wipe or cloth or compressed air spray, not just for computers.
I'm reviewing these because I've used them but I apologise straight off if I can't make this review sound interesting or exciting.....after all, the product really is almost as boring as its possible to be!
I regularly use screen wipes to clean my PC and my laptop....not only the screen itself, but also the keyboard itself because, lets face it, with daily use, the keyboard does get a bit grubbier and generally dirtier than the screen itself! I have found it annoying in the past that its really hard to clean adequately between the keys and its usually resulted in me folding up the screen wipes so that there is a point and then doing the best I can with that. However, over the last few months I have been using these Durable Cotton Buds - and actually, although boring and uninspiring, they do work really well. A packet of 100 costs £2.79 on Amazon - and 100 buds will last you a very long time. This means that each bud costs just under 0.03p - and I would estimate I use maybe 2 buds a week. Yep.....that does mean that to clean the keyboard adequately, it costs about £2.90 for a whole year! Bargain.
These buds so only have a cotton tip at one end, unlike the ones you buy from places like Boots which will have buds at the end of each polar end. With this in mind, its worth recognising that 60 cotton buds from Boots which have buds at both ends (and so actually equates to 120 of the other buds!) actually only costs 59p - which make them a lot more economical. I have used both and, believe me, there really isn't anything between them in terms of quality or efficiency.
Having said that, these "Durable Cotton Buds" are thinner and longer - and so I guess its what you're planning to use it for which would depend on whether these are better. However, for my purposes, which mostly consists of cleaning the nooks and crannies of my keyboard and laptop, either traditional cotton buds or these "Durable" ones, work perfectly well.
These buds do not fray and are fairly adsorbent and so you can dip the end in water to aid cleaning. The sticks are woodem but do not splinter or snap, despite being fairly rigourous.
Overall, these do work well for what they're designed to do, however, I cannot recommend them simply because of the fact that you can buy traditional cotton buds from Boots for a fraction of the cost!
I'd not heard of these durable cotton buds until I got some free as part of a computer cleaning kit with a PC magazine.
Basically, they are like bigger, longer versions of cotton buds for humans, but instead of a plastic stick they have a wooden one. They are useful for cleaning around and in between things such as your keyboard, around your mouse wheel and so on. I've also used these to carefully clean around vents, although I don't recommend doing that!
To use these durable cotton buds, you simply swipe them around. I find that wetting the cotton top with some mild cleaning liquid (suitable for computer equipment) helps to clean more effectively, although you could probably get away with water depending on how dirty your computer equipment is!
I also find that simply pulling the top layer of cotton off once it gets dirty means you get a lot more use out of each stick. Each bud is pretty tough and thick, so you can get at least three or four layers' use out of one. Be careful when you get closer to the middle as you can accidentally scrape the wooden end against your computer equipment. There's a definite design flaw in that they aren't double-ended, and also the sticks don't need to be half as long as they are. I guess this is an advantage if you're reaching a fair distance to clean though.
These are reasonably cheap, and can be picked up for a couple of pounds if you're lucky. I wouldn't pay much more than that for them to be honest! They are a useful product to have around for computer cleaning, but I wouldn't say they are essential. Amazon are selling them at £6.50 for 100 - these could last you a good use years with careful use.
How I would use them for keyboard cleaning (I must stress this is for PC keyboards rather than laptops or notebooks!!):
1. Make sure your keyboard is unplugged and the batteries (if any) are removed.
2. Use the flat side of a knife to gently prise one key at a time up.
3. Continue doing this until you've removed a section of keys (I recommend putting them on a flat surface in the same order you took them out in). Be careful with bigger keys (such as 'Enter'), which may have springs or small metal levers underneath.
4. Clean the revealed gaps with a dampened durable cotton bud.
5. Clean around each key using a damp cloth or wipe.
6. Make sure keys and keyboard are dry, and replace.
You can also use these durable cotton buds around laptop keys without removing them, but I would use them dry where possible. You may also have problems cleaning in between them due to the size of the buds (although removing a couple of layers of cotton may help).
Overall, I would recommend these durable cotton buds if you can get them at the right price. A whole pack should last several months - if it doesn't, then you need to stop eating and drinking so much near your computer!
It's quite amazing what a little bit of PC maintenance can produce, really. Until recently, I had never really given too much thought to all the bits and bobs that get stuck in between the keys of a keyboard, or the dust and fluff behind a fan, and even more about the stickier things that often find their way in, either to your keyboard or the base of a laptop, or anything really.
I tend to use the compressed air canisters you can get, as they do blast the majority of the dust and fluff out with minimum effort. However, for those stubborn bits that do inevitably get stuck, or for the stickier bits that get trapped, which happens whether you realise it or not, you need to get in and under various bits of plastic or metal. The same goes for any other device, really, as this is not just limited to computers.
These cotton buds really only have their name and shape in common with the ones people use to clean out their ears. I honestly don't recommend trying to do that with these. They're very durable, and the bud is held on very securely at the end, and doesn't seem to flake like regular ones can. They're also very thin and spindly, allowing you get them in between tiny gaps.
I'm surprised at the amount of gunk these things can pick up and clear. I honestly thought that the compressed air would be good enough to clean everything out, or at I thought there would only be a small amount left afterwards. However, these buds do allow you to get in between the keys and remove any gunky stuff that the air hasn't dislodged. I tend to use these to do some good dislodging and then turn my laptop upside down and shake it. I get the feeling that my keyboard is a lot easier to use now that it's decluttered from everything underneath it.
Similarly, the fan on the back of the laptop has been working overtime, and on closer inspection, it seemed a bit clogged up. The air canister had dislodged a lot of stuff, but getting it out was a different matter. These buds did a very good job, and although I don't pretend that they're going to clean it perfectly, I do think that it has improved it somewhat.
I have also used these to unclog various other things around the house, so they're multifunctional. Sometimes, when you need something small and picky to work away at something to clean it, then there's often nothing around to get the job done. These buds are very handy for cleaning along the grooves of various things, as well as getting in those hard to reach areas that often go without getting properly cleaned.
So, they're versatile as well as being useful for cleaning their intended target: PCs, laptops, printers and other office equipment. In a packet, you get 100 buds, and this costs around the £3 mark, depending on where you get them from. Each one actually lasts quite a long time, as they are (as their title suggests) very durable. At this price, they're a bargain accessory to have around the place for whenever you need them. They're designed so they can be used with chemicals, although I've never actually used any cleaning chemicals with them at all. Recommended.
Most cotton buds are not durable, they bend or go flimsy or the ends fray when you use them. For that reason, I would never consider inserting a cotton bud anywhere near hi-fi or pc equipment incase the cotton broke off and got wedged somewhere. These are purpose built buds for cleaning such equipment and the ends are moulded on firmly, which means you will not face withered cotton tips.
At four pounds for a huge pack of one hundred, I reckon these will last months and months. They have already enabled me to tackle some stubborn pc problems. You know those crumbs that you see floating in crevices that do not shake out, or gooey bits in between keyboard keys, well these buds have helped shift a lot of those stubborn problems. In addition to the inbetween cleaning, I have used them to tackle the fans on the reverse side of the pcs. These become clogged and these slim buds slide in nicely and hook out a lot of fluff. As a result, the pc runs quieter and it is reassuring to know you have removed so much fluff from the inside.
The buds are longer than usual cotton buds which means you can insert them deeply into harder to reach crevices and really poke around. The dirt clings to the tips with ease and the cotton ends do not seem to get frayed which I think is great. I tend to discard them after use just to be sure, but you could scrape off residue and reuse them. I have also used them to clean around speakers, inside amps, on the grating sections and also in the gaps on remote controls. A handy item to have in the office and a good price make these an ideal tool for cleaning.
I do try and keep my laptop as clean and tidy as I possibly can and the same goes for the downstairs computer. But enevitably the keyboard is going to get dirty from time to time and although a quick baby wipe over the top usually does the trick that does nothing for the bits in between the keys. A few weeks ago I spotted my brother drop part of a crisp down the parts between the keys and so I decided enough was enough and they really needed a good clean which is how I came across these "Durable Cotton Buds" which are designed for just this purpose - and I only found them because of Dooyoo! You might be thinking why didnt she just use a cotton wool bud?! And the answer is I did try but they simply couldnt do the job and even though these are more expensive they do work so much better and you keyboard will end up sparkling clean!
Price: Around 4.00 - 100 buds.
For: Cleaning ANY hard to reach area so they are ideal for electrical items especially in my experience keyboards!
As you might be able to see from the picture these are very much like cotton buds that you would use to clean out your ears - except they have a longer stick and arent double ended. I thought that due to the length of the stick they would be harder to control and I thought maybe the buds would break off easily but I havent had any problems so far. The longer stick makes it easier if anything to manovere the bud between your keyboard keys and its very easy to get them into a small area that otherwise you probably wouldnt have been able to clean.
It does say on the packet that you are supposed to use these buds alongside Durable cleanign fluid but in my opinion a VERY small amount of soap and water on the bud works just fine so I dont think you need to shell out loads for extra cleaning supplies. I found I managed to clean all the spaces between the keys in about 5 minutes using about 3-4 of these but that was only because my laptop hasnt been cleaned in those spaces since it was bought - I dont think it will even take one next time.
Afterwards I could have been looking at a brand new laptop as it just looked so clean! There was not a speck of dust, dog hair or crisp hidden beneath the keys and the whole thing looked much newer because of just a little clean! Ive since done it to the keyboard downstairs as well and everyone's has been asking me how I managed to get it looking so new again well its all down to these things. I do recommend them if your laptop keyboard gets a lot of dust in like mine does or you have something your dying to clean but just cant reach.
They might be slightly expensive for what they are but for me they were worth every penny! Thanks For Reading.
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I HATE it when I get bits between the keys on my laptop keyboard, I try not to eat or anything round the laptop to avoid mess but sometimes crumbs or even just bits of fluff will get between the keys to make my laptop look years older than it really is! I started buying these Durable Cotton Buds when the computer repair place by me was selling the packs of 100 for £4.00, the price has gone up a bit now but I still buy them because they do such a brill job on my keyboard.
They are about 5 inches long and that is the Extra Long sort, I think they do a standard length as well but I haven't seen those.
The cotton wool is packed tight around the end of the stick and it's brill quality, you can get between the keys of the laptop and the best thing is that when you pull it back out it doesn't leave any fluff or anything like that there. Actually the cotton is perfect, like I said it doesn't drop fluff into the keyboard and none of the cotton has unravelled itself or anything like that.
You can use cleaning fluid with these cotton buds, it says on the packet to use certain ones but I just use a little bowl with warm water and a bit of washing up liquid and that does the trick. I don't think there's any need to buy mega expensive cleaning fluid just for the sake of it, I suppose if you've let your keyboard into a major state then you might need something a bit stronger than water and Fairy liquid but for me thats fine.
One thing I like is that when you dip these cotton buds into the water all you have to do is give it a bit of a shake to get the excess water off, that means there's no chance of giving your keyboard a soaking! I remember one time using a bathroom cotton bud to clean my keyboard and the fluffy cotton soaked up that much water that I was scared to switch the computer back on!
Once you've put a bit of water on the cotton bud you'll be surprised at how much crud they'll pick up from between the keys and other awkward places to get to on any laptop or computer. All you have to do is sweep the cotton bud across the length of the keyboard and that will pick up a load of crumbs, loose hairs and stuff. Another way to do it is to just dab with the stick and the cotton will attract the bits, and doesn't drop them off again as soon as you lift it back up through the keys!
Recommended.... a brill way to clean your keyboard up, loads more reliable than a folded up tissue or a Johnsons cotton bud!!!