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January 6, 2017 3:00 am at 3:00 am #618970
Anyone else notice that Israeli cotton swabs are less plush and soft than American cotton swabs?
Also, many of the generic Q-tips in the US have similar white paper sticks (like lollipops). Equate, White Cloud, and brand name Q-tips are all made of cotton and made in the USA.
Based on my experience, Israeli cotton swabs often have plastic or wooden sticks. I’m unsure where they’re made. Are they even made of cotton? Maybe we have more cotton in the US, and paper?
If I was rich and living in Israel, it would be nice to import American cotton swabs, or at least go out of my way to purchase the plusher and softer ones.
Anyone else notice the difference?
Thanks!January 6, 2017 4:16 am at 4:16 am #1207836
I only started using Q-tips since I came to EY. My doctor in the US told me not to use them, so I listened to him while I was there. Once I was back in EY, I decided I don’t have to listen to him anymore.
I am quite happy with the Q-tips here, never having used anything else.January 6, 2017 5:00 am at 5:00 am #1207837
LU, I’m glad that you don’t have the American Q-tips to compare yours to right now.
My doctor here also said that I shouldn’t use Q-tips. It pushes the ear wax back in. But if I do use them, then to gently clean around the edges.
Sometimes I also use cotton swabs to remove the gooey eye junk from the inside corners of my eyes, and wipe off lingering eye liner.
BTW: Why don’t you have to listen to your American doctor now that you’re in Israel?
Is it true that living in EY makes you immune to medical advice?January 6, 2017 11:35 am at 11:35 am #1207838
“BTW: Why don’t you have to listen to your American doctor now that you’re in Israel?
Is it true that living in EY makes you immune to medical advice?”
lol. I was half-joking. It was really just a coincidence that around the time I came back, I decided not to listen anymore because my ears were really bothering me.
But maybe I also feel more spiritual and free’er here.
Also, it’s easier for me to get to stores and shopping centers here, so maybe I was more likely to notice the Q-tips in the store and think of getting them.January 6, 2017 1:27 pm at 1:27 pm #1207839
A lot of products in Israel are actually better.
The ketchup in Israel is much easier to get out of the bottle without shaking. Also the garbage bags – here in America you have to figure out which side to open, but in Israel you can open either side.January 6, 2017 3:58 pm at 3:58 pm #1207840
Meno I believe you about the garbage bags. I took a few with me to pack my suitcase and still have some good ones. However, I’m into them because of their colors and translucency.
How is it that you can open a trash bag at either end?
Sounds like a plastic tunnel where the food would fall out the other end?January 6, 2017 4:10 pm at 4:10 pm #1207841
LU: It’s possible that your American doctor, without changing her/his views, might be in favor of using Israeli cotton swabs since they’re less fluffy.
So they might be easier to clean one’s ears without stuffing stuff back in there.
Yet it’s also possibly not going to sway any doctors here towards cotton swabs because, at least from my doctors’ perspectives (I think my ENT doc also is anti-cotton swabs), Q-tips are notorious for self-afflicted ear canal damage. And then some.
My PCP told me not to use them and that’s her advice to all her patients. I said that I’m going to use them anyway. So she told me to be careful and to only clean around the outer part.
I think it’s mostly about preventing people from injury.January 6, 2017 4:11 pm at 4:11 pm #1207842
Reminds me of why rabbonim advise against eating certain vegetables (like you mentioned the other day). The vegetable isn’t bad.
Eating the vegetable isn’t so much of an issue. The issue is that the vegetable is often infested with insects.
The average person cannot reasonably remove all those insects. Sometimes these vegetables are so infested that even an expert cannot remove them all. There are just as many insects than vegetable that the entire vegetable’s edibility is compromised.
It’s not even worth trying since there are more insects than vegetable.
I guess it’s a good thing that doctors emphasize preventing damage here.January 6, 2017 4:16 pm at 4:16 pm #1207843
“How is it that you can open a trash bag at either end?
Sounds like a plastic tunnel where the food would fall out the other end?”
It was a joke
And a pretty funny one at that.January 6, 2017 4:35 pm at 4:35 pm #1207844
Lol. Now I’m laughing (!)
I thought you were talking about some Israeli trash bag pah’tent. Some genius time-saving way to open the bags.
Yes I thought that it was just my family who didn’t buy those stretchy kitchen bags. Even the generic ones here are reasonably effective.
I really hope that I remember this convo before my next visit. Imagine the awe if I brought my cousins wrapping paper covered boxes of Glad.January 6, 2017 5:14 pm at 5:14 pm #1207845
“And a pretty funny one at that.”
Thanks. To be fair, I didn’t make it up. I heard it from a Rebbe in Israel.January 7, 2017 7:30 pm at 7:30 pm #1207846
Meno, lol, I totally thought you were serious. I was wondering why I hadn’t noticed that before – I thought I just wasn’t paying attention.
So here’s the question: would I be more spacy if you were serious and I had never noticed that about the bags before or am I more spacy for thinking you were serious when you weren’t?January 7, 2017 7:55 pm at 7:55 pm #1207847WinnieThePoohParticipant
Meno- not a joke at all. we had a package exactly like that recently. For the first bag in the pack, I just thought that it was over-stuffed and something made a hole. But then I tried to rebag it in another and another. It was so much fun watching my garbage end up all over the clean floor.
We like to go to Osher Ad and buy the Kirkland (!!) brand. Maybe more expensive, but you end up saving money by not having to double-bag when the first starts to leak. And you can fit much more garbage in compared to those that you have to first knot on one end to keep the garbage inside.
And for a long time, Q-tips were one of those items I took back on visits to the US. But those were in the days of 2x70lb suitcases.January 7, 2017 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm #1207848
For not noticing:
You could have just grown up in the US during the first years of being exposed to trash cans and garbage bags.
You had no reason to expect something different of the Israeli bags, especially after so much time and experience using them a certain way. Plus no one else seemed to have a double-sided bag.
For thinking Meno was serious:
Maybe you’re open to new things and considering out of the box or bag ideas.
Imho it sounded like a cool invention.January 7, 2017 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm #1207849
WTP: Omgosh we use the same trash bags!
Costco is so from Hashem ?January 9, 2017 5:57 am at 5:57 am #12078506HZ1W3JParticipant
“How is it that you can open a trash bag at either end?
It was a joke
And a pretty funny one at that.”
in moments of enlightenment, on occasion i take out a new u.s. garbage bag, i turn it inside out… then throw it away.
& it isnt a joke..January 9, 2017 5:11 pm at 5:11 pm #1207851hujuParticipant
This is one of the stupidest Coffee Room topics ever. And everyone should do as I do with garbage bags – throw them away after they are full of garbage.
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