Have you ever heard that you shouldn't stick q-tips in your ears? Maybe you've even read the back of a box of q-tips. If so, you know that q-tips are not designed to clean your ears. Cleaning your ears with a q-tip may cause damage to the eardrum, and could force earwax further down your ear canal, causing a blockage. Doctors are very serious about proper ear care, and they stress that you should never use a q-tip to clean the earwax from your ears.