Great thread, I LOL'd because I am with ya buddy....
I recently picked up an extra batch of like 500 infant/baby q-tips last time I was at Babies R Us (for my kid) because they seem much more firm and hold together despite lots of twisting and pulling.
I probably burn through 20 of them per cleaning...specially when I have extra time to REALLY get into all the little receiver parts or break down the firing pin channel in my semi's. Also shop towels are a hot item in my cleaning case. I always give the guns a nice, thorough, dry cleaning with shop towels before I touch them with anything else.