View Full Version : is there such a thing as a lint-free (or lint-less) swab?

June 25, 2008, 04:26 PM
Don't know where to find lint-free swabs (Q-tips). I don't mean absolutely lint free Trident submarine swabs, but relatively lint-free.

Anyone got a suggestion?

June 25, 2008, 04:36 PM
Take regular Qtip and wrap it in a coffee filter. Coffee filters are very good lint free wipes.

And cheap.

June 25, 2008, 04:48 PM
Thats a good idea!
I found foam swabs at Sportsmans warehouse

James K
June 25, 2008, 08:26 PM
Try a medical supply house. Surgeons use lint-free swabs all the time.


June 26, 2008, 07:02 AM
Redneck, I appreciate your ranting! Thanks for the excellent tip.

June 26, 2008, 07:48 AM
Lint free are also used in electronics, but I am not sure who has them retail; Digikey has some online. Also camera and lens kits.


June 27, 2008, 09:40 AM
Try Bear Metal Swabs they work great and no lint, made for gun cleaning.


T. O'Heir
June 28, 2008, 01:06 AM
Go into a discount fabric shop and buy a yard or two of remnant flannelette. It's winter bed sheet and PJ material. Ask if you don't know. The women working in those shops are used to guys asking and they're usually very friendly. Cut said fabric into 4" x 2" pieces. It's cheap and works well for cleaning patches.
Plain cotton doesn't throw much lint after it's been washed once.