Cotton Buds

,p.Cotton buds, also known as cotton swabs or q-tips, are small sticks with a piece of cotton on one or both ends. Cotton bud sticks are often made of plastic, but more companies have started the switch to paper, wood or even bamboo handles to be more eco-friendly and recyclable. The bud is most commonly made of cotton wool, but there are other variants too, such as foam. Our range of cotton buds have been sourced from leading brands such as Chemtronics, Electrolube, GC Electronics, Ideal-Tek, Jelt, and RS PRO.

What are cotton buds used for?

Cotton buds are most commonly known as hygiene or beauty products, used in the home for removing or applying make up, fixing nail polish or applying treatment creams. However, they are also popular across many industrial environments for maintenance purposes, such as cleaning hard to reach places or cleaning around delicate components, as their small size makes them the perfect tool for delicate cleaning. They can be used dry or with a wet cleaning solution, making them truly versatile cleaning tools for any industry. Buds are single-use products that easily remove unwanted material safely and prevent cross-contamination.

Typical cotton bud applications

  • General-purpose cleaning
  • Clean excess adhesives after gluing
  • Flux removal
  • Computer hardware cleaning
  • Clean magnetic and optical heads
  • Introducing contaminants to agar plates in biological and pharmaceutical testing

Cotton buds can be found in almost any industry given their ease of use and functionality, but are most commonly found in hospitals and medical centres, electronic servicing and maintenance, chemical and biological laboratories, and maintenance engineering.


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Description Price Application Number of Buds per Pack Package Type Bud Material Stick Material Length
RS stock no. 558-802
BrandRS PRO
R 182.78
1 Box of 200
Box(es)
Computers 200 Box Cotton Wood 150mm
RS stock no. 344-0322
Mfr. Part No.PCB025
R 12.266
Each (In a Bag of 25)
units
Computers 25 Bag Foam Plastic 130mm
RS stock no. 494-562
BrandRS PRO
R 186.25
1 Box of 25
Box(es)
Computers 25 Box Foam Plastic 150mm
RS stock no. 407-9634
Mfr. Part No.21050
R 2,242.13
Each
units
Spindle Motors 500 Bag Foam Nylon 71mm
RS stock no. 408-1794
Mfr. Part No.52121
R 412.76
Each
units
Clean Room 25 Bag PET Glass Fibre Reinforced Nylon 159mm
RS stock no. 197-5028
Mfr. Part No.CT100
R 116.49
Each
units
Flux Removal, Machinery 100 Bag Cotton Wood 152mm
RS stock no. 407-7931
Mfr. Part No.44070
R 1,126.91
Each
units
Electronics, Spindle Motors 500 Bag Foam PP 80mm
RS stock no. 407-7874
Mfr. Part No.38040
R 1,337.57
Each
units
Clean Room 500 Bag PET PP 69mm
RS stock no. 248-2088
Mfr. Part No.CF3050
R 422.96
1 Bag of 50
Bag(s)
Precision Cleaning 50 Bag Foam PP 154mm
RS stock no. 248-2050
Mfr. Part No.CF1050
R 500.18
1 Bag of 50
Bag(s)
Precision Cleaning 50 Bag Foam PP 127mm
RS stock no. 236-1997
Mfr. Part No.CFP50
R 1,027.18
1 Bag of 50
Bag(s)
Precision Cleaning 50 Bag Foam PP 171mm
RS stock no. 160-9412
Mfr. Part No.003610
BrandJelt
R 551.05
1 Bag of 50
Bag(s)
Cleaning 50 Bag Foam Plastic 150mm
RS stock no. 407-7880
Mfr. Part No.36060
R 2,926.27
Each
units
Chamber Maintenance, Clean Room 500 Bag PET PP 147mm
RS stock no. 407-7925
Mfr. Part No.41050
R 1,058.69
Each
units
Electronics, Spindle Motors 500 Bag Foam PP 72mm
RS stock no. 494-578
BrandRS PRO
R 76.67
1 Box of 25
Box(es)
Computers 25 Box Cotton Plastic 150mm
RS stock no. 236-2007
Mfr. Part No.CC50
R 541.25
1 Bag of 50
Bag(s)
Electronics, Optics 50 Bag Cloth ABS 82.5mm
RS stock no. 407-7896
Mfr. Part No.38040ESD
R 1,894.37
Each
units
Clean Room 500 Bag PET PP 69mm
RS stock no. 177-1331
BrandRS PRO
R 230.04
1 Bag of 50
Bag(s)
Precision Cleaning 50 - Cotton PP 73mm
RS stock no. 193-3491
Mfr. Part No.2313-30
R 109.64
1 Bag of 30
Bag(s)
Precision Cleaning 30 Bag Cotton Plastic 79.37mm
RS stock no. 201-2302
Mfr. Part No.49250ESD
R 3,493.80
Each
units
Electronics 500 Bag Foam PP 146mm