How to reuse your swiffer wetjet bottle

How to refill a Swiffer WetJet bottle

The makers of the Swiffer WetJet were clever when developing their design. The cap of the cleaner reservoir is self locking and not easy to remove by pure force, but because it’s made from plastic, it can be softened in hot water then twisted off. I loosely followed instructions from this Instructables article to refill my WetJet.

  1. Soften the cap in very hot water for 1-2 minutes
  2. Using a towel to add resistance, firmly twist off the cap
  3. Clip off the locking tabs from inside of the cap with nail clippers or strong, sharp scissors
  4. Re-fill the container with your own non-toxic DIY floor cleaner
  5. Replace the cap and re-attach the reservoir to your Swiffer WetJet

Reusable Swiffer Sweeper Pad Alternative

Instead of using disposable sweeper pads, try using a fuzzy sock. It will grab onto dust just like the sweeper pads do but you can toss the sock into the wash once you’re finished and use it again the next time you want to dust your floors.

Another option is to use a microfiber cloth made for dusting and attach it the same way you would attach a sweeper pad.


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.

How do you clean Swiffer?

To clean Swiffer dusters, which I really like, simply swish the dirty duster in a sinkful of sudsy, warm water, rinse, and roll in a paper towel to blot out excess moisture. Reattach to handle, fluff, and allow to air dry. These are expensive refills to buy and you can use each one many times this way!

Do you sweep before you Swiffer?

When you‘re done cleaning with your Swiffer sweeper (or when the first side is no longer collecting dust), flip over the sweeping cloth. Even though they‘re slightly different textures, both sides clean equally well!

How to Refill Swiffer Wet Jet? ‎

Although the cleaner Swiffer Wet Jet uses, comes in a sealed plastic bottle that cannot be opened. ‎Whenever the bottle runs out of liquid, you have to get a new bottle of the cleaner as no other ‎bottle gets fit in the Swiffer. ‎

If you don’t want to buy a new bottle of the cleaning solution, we can teach you a simple way to ‎refill this bottle with your own cleaning solution. ‎

It is important to mention that this refilling method requires a stopper like a cork or another type of plug, a drill, and a drill bit. ‎

The first step is to drill a hole of the same size as your plug. During the drilling, there are chances ‎that bits of plastic may fall inside the bottle. After that, shake this bottle to make sure no bits remain inside. ‎

The second step is to fill in the container with your favorite cleaner and plug the hole with cork ‎or another stopper. Congrats, you have built a refillable cleaner container. You can use it for a ‎long time but you have to change the cork or stopper from time to time. ‎Although you can keep it a long time, I would suggest buy a fresh bottle every 6-month or every year. You can also opt to purchase the refill pack.

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Another refilling method ‎

Another way to refill the Swiffer is to fix the sealed cap of the container. You’ll no tool or ‎additional material except a pair of nail clippers. ‎

Basically you need to dunk the sealed cap in boiling water to soften the plastic. When you notice that it ‎got enough soft, twist the cap off, and clip off the locking tab with nail clippers. The cap is now ‎open which was previously sealed. In this way, the plastic bottle has become a plain ‎refillable container. Now you can use it to refill with any cleaning solution of your choice. ‎


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Open the Battery Compartment and Load Batteries

Place the Wetjet’s cleaning pad against the floor. Look towards the top of the unit. You should see a plastic piece on the top of the unit which has a semi-circular curve to it, with two lines and an arrow.

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Press down on the lines, and slide the piece upwards, towards the top of the device’s handle. The entire battery compartment will separate from the Wetjet’s handle. Flip it over, and you’ll see a compartment with space for four batteries — two on each side.

Insert your AA batteries into the holder. Make sure that that flat part of the batteries (the negative side) is pressed into the spring on each side of the compartment. Again, each side of the compartment will hold two of the AA batteries.

About This Article

Co-authored by: Ahmed Mezil Cleaning Specialist This article was co-authored by Ahmed Mezil. Ahmed Mezil is a Cleaning Specialist and the CEO of Hellamaid, a cleaning service operating out of Southern Ontario, Canada. With over four years of cleaning experience, Ahmed and his insured and bonded Hellamaid cleaning staff specialize in house cleaning, post-construction cleaning, commercial cleaning, deep cleaning, and disinfection cleaning on various home/building surfaces. Ahmed holds a BASc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, a MASc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto, and holds a Professional Engineering license in Ontario, Canada. This article has been viewed 18,821 times. 4 votes – 50% Co-authors: 3 Updated: April 22, 2021 Views: 18,821 Categories: Cleaning Floors

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