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How to Make Swiffer WetJet Refills—Cleaning Solution and Pads, Too

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!

swiffer wetjet job on wood floor

 

Even more annoying, to the WetJet manufacturer, “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. A single WetJet refill bottle can be as much as $7.50 each. And the disposable pads? At least $.50 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 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.

Swiffer WetJet Wood and Laminate Refill Solution

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.

Swiffer WetJet Tile and Vinyl Refill Solution

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

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.

NOTE: Do not use this solution on wood or laminate floors. The vinegar is 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

wetjet solution bottle

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!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: DIY Household Cleaners, Housekeeping
Cuisine: Household Cleaning Tips
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Cost: $.50

Equipment

  • An empty Swiffer Wetjet bottle (See NOTES)

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!
Tried this recipe?Mention @EverydayCheapskate or tag #EverydayCheapskate!

 

wetjet solution bottle

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!
5 from 2 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: DIY Household Cleaners
Cuisine: Cleaning, Housekeeping
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Cost: $.50

Equipment

  • Bucket or other such container

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!
Tried this recipe?Mention @EverydayCheapskate or tag #EverydayCheapskate!

 

wetjet cleaning cloth on mop

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!
5 from 2 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: DIY Household Cleaners
Cuisine: Housekeeping
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Cost: $.01

Equipment

  • Microfiber cloth, bath towel, or fuzzy sock

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

After using the cloth (or sock), just throw it in the washing machine with your other cleaning rags.
Tried this recipe?Mention @EverydayCheapskate or tag #EverydayCheapskate!

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7 replies
  1. Barb says:

    5 stars
    I love this idea! How can I cut/leave openings for the solution to squirt through the sock, microfiber, bath towel, etc. without the holes unraveling?

    Reply
  2. Mary J says:

    Dollar General makes a spray mop that is several dollars cheaper than the Wet Jet and it has a refillable bottle. Works great with your formula!

    Reply
    • Mary Hunt says:

      Just checked and the Print option for each of the “recipes” is working well, as is that great big Orange PRINT button at the very end of the post. So, this must be an internal setting on our device or desktop?

      Reply
  3. Elizabeth Ferguson says:

    I don’t have a Swifter. I do have a motorhome with a central vac and lots of tile which I vaccme frequently and the floor always looks good. I have noticed dirt when I wipe something spilled and wanted a cleaner floor. I mixed up 1/4 of your tile solutuon, sprayed a couple of microfiber cloths well, then used my vac floor head and wand (without the hose or suction) to “Swifter” my tile floor. Worked great without having to store any additional equipment. Thank you for yet another great post.

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