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WTF – Korean Ear Picks

March 9, 2011

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Use Korean Ear Picks in your friends’ ears and pick out all of their ear gunk. It’s the Wonderful Treasure Find of the week!

Seriously, this is something that’s really peculiar for us. We might have come off a bit strong in the video as totally weirded out by it, and hopefully Korean people won’t be offended by it. Sorry if you do! We’re still newbies at living in Korea, and even though we’re taken aback by some of the stuff we find here we’re still quite amazed…in a good way :D

Anyhow, we grew up in a Q-Tip culture. Are your ears feeling a bit tingly? When you scratch em, are you getting a sticky sound in there? Q-Tips to the rescue! Swivel one around in there and problem solved! Problem is, we can’t really find Q-Tips in Korea. They’ve got generic q-tips in the supermarkets, yes, but they’re really quite bad: mostly used for makeup removal and…whatever. But there’s not a lot of cotton on the ends of them, so using them to clean our your ears isn’t really useful. We found Q-Tips at the Korean Costco, though, and we rejoiced and bought something like a lifetime supply’s worth. Ha!

Back to the Korean Ear Picks: what’s odd about these as well is the light at the end of them. Supposedly, the lights are for your friends to be able to clean out your ears for you. Oh boy. That’s…not something I’d ever have a friend do for me. Like, I can’t imagine any situation in which I’d be like “hey Chris, can you clean out my ear for me?” We think it might be for mothers cleaning out their babies ears, which would make more sense. Yes, that would make sense. But Martina’s students told her that it’s for friends to clean each others ears. So…yeah. Go figure!

So that’s it for this week’s Wonderful Treasure Find in Korea. And, yes, this will be part of our monthly care package that we’ll be giving out to one lucky winner. You, too, can clean out your friends’ ears with Korean Ear Picks! Oh boy! Thanks to JB and Annie from [닉쑤] Enjoy Your Happy Life~* for the Korean subtitles as well. They also just got a Facebook page for their site as well, so check that out too!

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  1. The doctors said that the only and the best way to removed ear wax was to use a syringe or a pump full of water.
    Otherwise, the cerumen will get driven to the back and get compressed…
    But I do love using q-tips or ear cleaners like you guys to clean my ears.
    I guess things people indulge in are not necessarily healthy!

    4 years ago
  2. Sorry, but I strongly disagree with you here. These are our first experiences with these objects, and we are allowed to have genuine reactions to them. We're not insulting a culture or a race of people by not knowing how to use one of its random items found in a dollar store.

    7 years ago
  3. You know, we only know about it because of the news. We didn't actually feel any of the earthquake. If it wasn't for the Internets we'd have no clue about it.

    7 years ago
  4. Umm…yeah! That is quite strange to do in public, I think,

    7 years ago
  5. Lol. I wanna buy one just so I can try it and say bah to what my parents always told me about sticking sharp objects up your nose and in your ear lol. I just really don't get it lol. Especially with the light. They do make ear lights. My parents have had one since I was a kid. Wouldn't q-tips be cheaper too? I can now see a 911 call (or whatever it is in Korea lol) that your bleeding cause you were cleaning out your ears lol. That would be so embarrassing!

    7 years ago
  6. I wasn't grossed out at all until you mentioned tofu sugar donut. Geeeeew!!

    7 years ago
  7. lol now that i think about it picking your ears is kind of weird…
    BUT when i was little my mom would do this for me all the time
    except we used a wooden stick thingie and it didn't have a light…
    hmmm maybe it is an asian thing.. :P but i use q-tips too :D

    7 years ago
  8. I'm a huge fan of immaculately clean ears. I use both of the mentioned methods (ear picks [I'm Korean, w/ dry earwax], Q-tips [huge fan of Q-tips: plus they gotta be the name brand, accept no substitutes!]) and a third! Candling! Ever candle your ears? It's awesome. You basically have a waxy cone that you LIGHT ON FIRE and the slight vacuum draws the wax out of your head.

    7 years ago
  9. also the thing with digging in each others ears is that it's a form of affection
    You dont just DIG in ANYONES ears. u only let someone you TRUST do it.

    i guess its a korean / Asian thing.

    7 years ago