DIY Floor Cleaners for Wood, Laminate, Luxury Vinyl, Tile, Swiffer Refill

If you own a Swiffer WetJet Spray Mop, chances are you absolutely love it. But let me guess: You’re not wild about those expensive refills—the bottles of cleaning solution and disposable cleaning pads. Read on for everything you need to know about Swiffer Wetjet refills!

Psst! Even if you don’t use a Swiffer, you’re going to love these recipes to clean wood, laminate, luxury vinyl, and tile floors.

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Even more annoying, WetJet solution “refill” means throwing out the empty dispenser bottle entirely and having to purchase the refill liquid in a new bottle. Know what I mean?

And just try to pry the lid off an empty bottle to refill it yourself. That thing is impossible to get off without destroying it and yes, I speak from experience. WetJet refill bottles can be as much as $10 each. And the disposable pads? At least $.75 each and that’s on a good (sale) day.

Well, you can forget all that bad news because I’ve learned how to get that bottle open, making it totally reusable (it won’t leak!), and how we can save money making our own Swiffer floor cleaner solutions solution and reusable cleaning pads, too.

How to Open the Swiffer WetJet bottle

First, let’s get that empty WetJet solution bottle open in order to refill and recycle it.

  1. Set a pan of water on the stove and bring it to a boil. Leave the pan on the stove, but turn off the burner.
  2. Carefully hold your empty Swiffer Wet Jet bottle upside down and dunk it into the water until the whole cap and just a little bit of the bottle are submerged.
  3. Hold it there for up to 90 seconds.
  4. Using a hot pad holder, grip and twist the lid and it will come right off.

The hot water softens the tiny plastic nubs that hold that lid on for dear life, and just enough to let you twist it off without damage.

CAUTION: Don’t try to cut those nubs off to make it easier next time—that will make it leak like a sieve!

Using a funnel, pour your homemade refill solution (below) into the bottle, re-apply the lid, and you’re good to go. Here is a quick video demonstration.

DIY Wood and Laminate Floor Cleaner

Examples: 1/4 cup alcohol, 1 cup distilled water, 2 drops Blue Dawn OR 1 cup alcohol, 4 cups distilled water, 8 drops Blue Dawn. See how that works?

Pour all ingredients into a small bucket or container. Mix thoroughly and using a funnel, pour the mixture into the recycled Swiffer WetJet container.

Alcohol is a fantastic cleaning product—rubbing alcohol (70% is most common, but 91% works well, too), denatured alcohol, even gin, or plain vodka. Alcohol is also a disinfectant, as you know from visiting a doctor’s office or hospital.

The great thing about alcohol as a cleaning agent is that like water, it has a nearly neutral ph—neither acidic nor alkaline. And it helps to dry the floor quickly. This makes alcohol the perfect ingredient in your homemade cleaner to not only clean but also protect and preserve beautifully finished wood and laminate floors.

DIY Luxury Vinyl and Tile Floor Cleaner

  • 4 cups hot water
  • 3 tablespoons citric acid OR 1 cup lemon juice
  • 3 cups white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Blue Dawn dishwashing liquid

Pour all ingredients into a bucket, bottle, or another container. Mix thoroughly and using a funnel, pour the mixture into the recycled Swiffer WetJet container. (If you have used the lemon juice option, you may need to rinse, as some lemons i.e. Meyer lemons, have a high sugar content and may leave behind a sticky residue. Citric acid is the preferred option)

NOTE: Do not use this solution on wood or laminate floors. The vinegar and citric acid are too harsh and will soften and dull the finish.

 

Swiffer WetJet Refill Cleaning Pads

You can easily make your own reusable WetJet cleaning pads.

Cut a microfiber cloth or bath towel into rectangles. Use the Swiffer mop head as a guide to gauge the correct size. Give it about 1 1/2 inches of overlap on the long sides so you can tuck the ends of the cloth into the Swiffer mop cloth holder.

Another idea? Use a fuzzy sock. Stretch it over the mop head as if it were a big foot. Works like a charm.

After using the cloth (or sock), just throw it in the washing machine with your other cleaning rags.

Photo credit: The Spruce

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Swiffer WetJet Wood and Laminate Refill Solution

If you own a Swiffer WetJet Spray Mop, chances are you absolutely love it. But let me guess: You're not wild about how expensive it is to buy the refills—the bottles of cleaning solution and disposable cleaning pads. Read on for everything you need to know about Swiffer Wetjet refills!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: DIY Household Cleaners, Housekeeping
Cuisine: Household Cleaning Tips

Ingredients

  • 1 part alcohol isopropyl rubbing, denatured, plain vodka, gin
  • 4 parts distilled water or tap water however distilled water will not leave errant watermarks or create a mineral buildup on the floors when used over time.
  • few drops Blue Dawn dishwashing liquid

Instructions

  • Pour all ingredients into a small bucket or container. Mix thoroughly.
  • Using a funnel, pour the mixture into the recycled Swiffer WetJet container.

Notes

  1. How to measure in "parts." Examples: 1/4 cup alcohol, 1 cup distilled water, 2 drops Blue Dawn; OR 1 cup alcohol, 4 cups distilled water, 8 drops Blue Dawn. See how that works?
  2. Alcohol is a fantastic cleaning product—rubbing alcohol (70% is most common, but 91% works well, too), denatured alcohol, even gin, or plain vodka. Alcohol is also a disinfectant, as you know from visiting a doctor’s office or hospital.
  3. The great thing about alcohol as a cleaning agent is that like water, it has a nearly neutral ph—neither acidic nor alkaline. And it helps to dry the floor quickly. This makes alcohol the perfect ingredient in your homemade cleaner to not only clean but also protect and preserve beautifully finished wood and laminate floors.
 

How to Open the Swiffer WetJet Bottle

 
  1. Set a pan of water on the stove and bring it to a boil. Leave the pan on the stove, but turn off the burner.
  2. Carefully hold your empty Swiffer Wet Jet bottle upside down and dunk it into the water until the whole cap and just a little bit of the bottle are submerged.
  3. Hold it there for up to 90 seconds.
  4. Using a hot pad holder, grip and twist the lid and it will come right off.
The hot water softens the tiny plastic nubs that hold that lid on for dear life, and just enough to let you twist it off without damage.
CAUTION: Don't try to cut those nubs off to make it easier next time—that will make it leak like a sieve!
wetjet solution bottle
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Swiffer WetJet Tile and Vinyl Refill Solution

If you own a Swiffer WetJet Spray Mop, chances are you absolutely love it. But let me guess: You're not wild about how expensive it is to buy the refills—the bottles of cleaning solution and disposable cleaning pads. Read on for everything you need to know about Swiffer Wetjet refills!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: DIY Household Cleaners
Cuisine: Cleaning, Housekeeping

Ingredients

  • 4 cups hot water
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 3 cups plain white vinegar
  • 1 tspn Blue Dawn dishwashing liquidPour all ingredients into a bucket or other large container. Mix thoroughly and using a funnel, pour the mixture into the recycled Swiffer WetJet container.

Instructions

  • Pour all ingredients into a bucket or other large container.
  • Mix thoroughly and using a funnel, pour the mixture into the recycled Swiffer WetJet container.

Notes

Do not use this solution on wood or laminate floors. The vinegar is too harsh and will soften and dull the finish.
 

How to Open the Swiffer WetJet Bottle

 
  1. Set a pan of water on the stove and bring it to a boil. Leave the pan on the stove, but turn off the burner.
  2. Carefully hold your empty Swiffer Wet Jet bottle upside down and dunk it into the water until the whole cap and just a little bit of the bottle are submerged.
  3. Hold it there for up to 90 seconds.
  4. Using a hot pad holder, grip and twist the lid and it will come right off.
The hot water softens the tiny plastic nubs that hold that lid on for dear life, and just enough to let you twist it off without damage.
CAUTION: Don't try to cut those nubs off to make it easier next time—that will make it leak like a sieve!

 

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Swiffer WetJet Refill Cleaning Pads

If you own a Swiffer WetJet Spray Mop, chances are you absolutely love it. But let me guess: You're not wild about how expensive it is to buy the refills—the bottles of cleaning solution and disposable cleaning pads. Read on for everything you need to know about Swiffer Wetjet refills!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: DIY Household Cleaners
Cuisine: Housekeeping

Ingredients

  • 1 microfiber cloth, bath towel or a fuzzy sock

Instructions

  • Cut a microfiber cloth or bath towel into rectangles.
  • Use the Swiffer mop head as a guide to gauge the correct size. Give it about 1 1/2 inches of overlap on the long sides so you can tuck the ends of the cloth into the Swiffer mop cloth holder.
  • If using a fuzzy sock, stretch it over the mop head as if it were a big foot. Works like a charm

Notes

No fuzzy socks in your rag bag? No worries. You can purchase them on Amazon, at Walmart or Target for about $1.50 a pair (that's two cleaning pads!). After using the cloth (or sock), just throw it in the washing machine with your other cleaning rags.

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9 replies
  1. Ann says:

    5 stars
    Read all your solutions and thanking you for your time. I already wrote to you today via The Epoch Times where I found a comment on how to clean floors. I have a stone tile floor and have never used a Swifter Wet Jet because of their cost. Do you have a recommendation for a cleaner using a plain simple mop? I have tried to clean my floor using warm water, 3/4 cup of vinegar and about 3 drops of Dawn in half a bucket. This solution has not worked out at all. Can I use any of your suggestions but NOT use the Swifter WetJet?

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  2. Marsha says:

    Hi Mary. I have been looking all over for distilled water to find out it is another one of those things in short supply. Is there any substitute for the distilled water in the cleaning solution?
    Thanks so much for all your help.
    Marsha

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  3. Jo says:

    I use old wash clothes on my swiffer. They work well to ‘dust’ the floor, are great at collecting dog hair and can be moistened for mopping. Shake them out and in the washer they go.

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  4. Wendy Tucker (Tockman) says:

    5 stars
    Really good information. Here is one more way to cover the mop. If you have children (or elderly adults) who use pull up diapers, do NOT throw out the waistbands (unless they are gross!!). Carefully cut off the complete waistband — it may be as wide as 3″. You will have a strip and the material is usually identical to the fuzzy coverings on the wet mop pads. Wrap it around the base. It will stick. I’ve also wrapped it around a broom from the dollar store. Mop away. You can even rinse it out and reuse. It works very very well and captures all the particles on the floor. You can also use it dry for basic dust collecting from floor or anywhere.
    In other words, don’t dump out what can be used again and again and again.

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