How to refill a 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


Does Swiffer Wet Jet leave residue?

Swiffer Wet Jet is a very poor choice,” says Dean Davies, cleaning and maintenance supervisor for U.K. home service company Fantastic Services. “And the floor can end up sticky and even dirtier because their cleaning solvent tends to dry very fast, leaving a sticky residue if not cleaned fast and well.”

How long does a Swiffer WetJet last?

We are glad that you liked the WetJet while it was working. We would certainly expect it to last much longer than 2 months and so should you!

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.

Related Articles

How to Clean Different Types of Floors: (Wood, Laminate, Tile)

How to Clean Hardwood Floors

Why Swiffer WetJet Refills Are Better Than Store Brand