As long as you don't stick them way in there , it's fine to use them to clean your ears ! Even better if you use some of the cleaning solutions they have at drugstores ! Just clean the outer part and use wax softener and get the rest ! Just be careful is all !
Mamma cleaned ours with baby oil on cutips and built up enough wax in my ears that I had to have it flushed out in first grade because I couldn't hear well. I gritted my teeth and sat thru it like a trooper. It hurt SO badly. When the doc complimented me for being brave, I was proud. But when he said, "Ok now for the other one!", it took my dad and the nurse to hold me down. I almost got away! That is one of the reasons. Moms have to be especially careful about using them in the ears and nose on infants. A nurse advised me once not to stick anything smaller than a banana in their nose or ears, lol.