About six years ago I was sick of paying $4.99 for the Swiffer Wet Jet Refills and wanted a cheaper solution. I could have gone with the classical mop and bucket route, but I liked the design and functionality of the Swiffer Wet Jets. So I started playing around with refill bottles and started looking how I could create my own Swiffer Wet Jet refill hack. After working with the cap for about 10 minutes in the garage and gathering some cleaning fluid I came up with the following process to remove my Swiffer wet jet bottle and refill it for about $.10/bottle. Here are the steps I use to refill my wet jet bottles and save me and my family a ton of money!
- Supplies needed – Your favorite floor cleaner such as Pledge floor cleaner, 1.47L of water, 1 tablespoon, vise grip, and an empty Swiffer wet jet bottle
- Remove wet jet cap – use the vice grip to take it off counterclockwise
- Add floor cleaner – add 2 tablespoons to the empty Swiffer bottle
- Add Water – add warm water to the Swiffer bottle
- Gently swirl the bottle to mix – I found swirling to be better than shaking to avoid bubbles
- Screw on the cap – by hand clockwise
- Secure cap with wrench – this ensures you won't have leakage when you turn the bottle over
- Insert full bottle into Swiffer Wet Jet – enjoy your new refilled wet jet bottle that only cost you $0.10
I'd say in the past six years that this homemade Swiffer solution refill alone has saved my family $300-$500!
Now to compound your savings, even more, look at making your own wet jet pads. Here is a great tutorial blog on how to make your own wet jet pads that are reusable and environmentally friendly (washable).
Happy cleaning and saving money!
Awesome! I tried to pry the caps off of the bottles before so I could refill them, but I always broke them and then had to buy the refills. Glad I saw this, so now I know that it can be done!
Darcy – Ya I didn’t know it was that easy until I tried this method! Hope it works well for you. Let us know!
Did it really work? Easy?
You can also remove the cap of the empty bottle by hand after holding the cap under the surface of a saucepan of boiling for about 30 seconds.
I’m so going to try that. I have tile floors though