I can hardly believe I did this, but I did and now I need all the help I can get. In the frenzy of throwing things away and ferociously cleaning whatever's left, I decided that my white teapot needed to be soaked in bleach water to remove the tea stains from the inside. I'm happy to report that the inside of my teapot is sparkly white again. But then...I noticed that the spout also had stains inside. So I took some absorbent cotton and soaked it in the bleach water and started poking it around the inside of the spout. And. the. cotton. fell. in. And now there is a wad of cotton stuck in the spout, which is all classically curvy, and it blocks any possibility of pouring liquid through the spout, in either direction.
Any ideas for how to fish this wad of wet cotton out? I think I have to use something kind of rigid, but also bendy and also grippy. (Please avoid scathing comments on my idiocy. I already know what you're thinking.)