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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
Cost: $.50


  • An empty Swiffer Wetjet bottle (See NOTES)


  • 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


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


  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!