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 cleaning solution and disposable cleaning pads. Read on for everything you need to know about Swiffer WetJet refills.

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.

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. And those refill bottles can be as much as $7.50 each. And the disposable pads? At least 50 cents 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 (and ensuring it won’t leak), and I’ve learned how to save money making my own Swiffer solution and reusable cleaning pads, too.


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.

Carefully hold your empty Swiffer WetJet bottle upside down, and dunk it into the water until the whole cap and just a little bit of the bottle are submerged.

Hold it there for up to 90 seconds.

Using a hot pad holder, grip and twist the lid, and it will come right off.


1 part alcohol (isopropyl, denatured, plain vodka, gin)

4 parts distilled water

Few drops Blue Dawn

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 bucket or other container. Mix thoroughly, and using a funnel, pour the mixture into the recycled Swiffer WetJet container.


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.


You easily can make your own reusable WetJet pads.

Just 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 is to 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.

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