Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some of the ones we're most often asked.

What are Q-tips® cotton swabs made of?Click to show answer
Q-tips® cotton swabs are made with 100% pure cotton (non-sterile)- all natural materials (unlike some other cotton swab brands). The applicator is made of bonded paper and paperboard which is sustainably sourced and specially manufactured to retain its form and to allow for flexibility and safety in use. Adhesive is used to maintain the attachment of the cotton fiber to the applicator.
Are Q-tips® cotton swabs recyclable?Click to show answer
Q-tips® cotton swabs are Biodegradable when composted. The 170ct sleeve & tray pack is recyclable once the window is removed.
Are Q-tips® cotton swabs available with wooden sticks?Click to show answer
No. Q-tips® cotton swabs are available in paper sticks only.
How can I get coupons or samples of Q-tips® cotton swabs products?Click to show answer
Occasionally we offer coupons and samples on our website as well as on Facebook, Twiiter and other social media sites. In addition, we invite you to sign up at to receive other member’s only benefits and special offers for a variety of Unilever brands such as Dove, Lipton, Suave and many more.

We appreciate your loyalty and support for our brands and products but please understand that we cannot be responsible for coupons or offers not found on official Unilever websites.
What makes the Anti-Microbial Q-tips® cotton swabs “Anti-microbial’?Click to show answer
The cotton tips of our Antimicrobial Q-tips® cotton swabs are treated with an "antimicrobial" ingredient (Triclosan) and are secured to the applicator with an adhesive (methocel). The antimicrobial system is incorporated during the cotton swabs forming process. The incorporation of an antibacterial agent helps prevent the introduction of bacteria, mold and fungi during use and when exposed to potential contamination and environmental conditions (i.e. high humidity and temperature).
How long can I keep my Q-tips® cotton swabs products and what’s the best way to store them?Click to show answer
We suggest storing your Q-tips® cotton swabs in a cool, dry place away from dampness and humidity. When stored properly, your products should last for many years.
What is Q-tips® cotton swabs policy on animal testing?Click to show answer
Animal testing is a contentious issue, and there are strong and diverse opinions on the need for animal testing to underpin the development of new consumer products, particularly cosmetics. Unilever is required to provide animal data to comply with the safety regulations in place in different countries across the world. Where we are legally obliged to commission animal studies, we ensure that the minimum numbers of animals are used.

Unilever is committed to the elimination of animal testing for its business, and is at the forefront of research into non-animal approaches for assessing consumer safety. Currently, a very small amount of animal testing is still necessary to deliver innovative products that provide consumer benefits and are market competitive.

At Unilever, using non-animal approaches is the norm. Most of our products reach consumers without testing any of their ingredients on animals. We do not test our actual products on animals (any testing is undertaken on individual ingredients), and we do not undertake animal testing in our own laboratories (any studies are conducted by third party laboratories). A few countries still undertake product testing in their government laboratories. We are working with the local authorities to ensure the implementation of non-animal methods.

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What is Q-tips® cotton swabs policy on recycling and the environment?Click to show answer
Because we recognize the importance of preserving natural resources, Q-tips® cotton swabs and Unilever are engaged in a series of programs designed to address a number of issues concerning the environment. These issues range from biodegradability to recycling. Our company actively participates in industry-wide coalitions and trade associations which are working toward solutions to solid waste problems. We have established a center devoted entirely to the development and testing of new packaging materials and concepts. Company efforts to reduce solid waste include recycling projects, packages which can be recycled and use of recycled materials. Our scientists are also conducting studies on a broad range of product formulas and ingredients to ensure their environmental compatibility.

Q-tips® cotton swabs also sources our paper sticks from sustainable forests.
How can I let Q-tips® cotton swabs know how much my family and I love their products?Click to show answer
We always appreciate hearing from our consumers whether via email or on the phone. Our corporate goal is “meeting the needs of people everywhere”. Our objective has always been to provide consumers with the finest products that scientific research and human skills can develop. We will continue to strive towards meeting this goal. It is truly rewarding when our consumers feel strongly about our brands and give us their positive feedback. If you’d like to leave your comments, please click here. or visit us on our Facebook. and Twitter pages.
How can I obtain donations from Unilever?Click to show answer
Thank you for contacting us about a Unilever product donation.

As you can imagine, we receive thousands of requests for products throughout the year from many worthy organizations. Rather than reply to individual appeals, we have made the decision to provide product regularly to two not-for-profit organizations - Feeding America and Feed the Children - for distribution to relevant food banks and other qualified agencies that service needy members of our communities across the United States.

Although we would like to support all the commendable causes that are brought to our attention, we simply are unable to do so, and will not be able to accommodate your request at this time.

Thank you for the opportunity to explain. We wish you and your organization much success. organization much success.
Where is the best place to find my favorite Q-tips® cotton swabs products?Click to show answer
Q-tips cotton swabs products are sold in mass merchandise stores, drug stores, supermarkets and club stores all over the country. Although we would like each of our products to be available in all stores, shelf space and consumer demand sometimes limit the number of items a retailer is willing to carry. If you are unable to find a certain variety, please try our Where To Buy which can help you locate a nearby store.

If you are still unable to locate your product, please call our toll-free Consumer Services number at 1-800-265-7964, Monday – Friday 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM Eastern time where we can further assist you.
How can I obtain Sponsorship or Funding from Unilever?Click to show answer
Thank you for contacting Unilever with your request for support.

While we have been pleased to provide support to numerous worthy causes for many years through both donations and sponsorships, our charitable funding, which is provided through the Unilever United States Foundation, Inc., has evolved in alignment with Unilever’s global charitable giving program.

Unilever now focuses its giving on enriching the quality of life through the provision of hygiene, sanitation, access to safe drinking water, basic nutrition and improving self esteem. Unilever has identified five global partners with which it works in order to deliver on this mission. We are also supporting two U.S. based organizations that are aligned with the Foundation’s mission.

Additionally, the guidelines for the Unilever United States Foundation, Inc. preclude the use of financial grants for sponsorships, events, dinners or goodwill advertising.

We are unable to accommodate your request and extend our best wishes for success in your undertakings.

To learn more about The Unilever Foundation, please CLICK HERE.
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