I am in love with my Swiffer Wet Jet. With 4 kids I end up using my Wet Jet at least every day, if not multiple times a day. I’m okay with purchasing the pads (I buy the off-brand and they work great, although you can make them if you really want to with old socks) but I don’t want to spend the money on the cleaning solution.
Not only does the solution have a ton of chemicals that I’d prefer not to walk on (we take our shoes off at the front door to help keep the carpets clean), the solution bottles are EXPENSIVE. And when the 5 year old gets ahold of the Wet Jet and decides to spray out the entire bottle on the kitchen floor to “help”… an inexpensive bottle of cleaner is definitely a plus. 🙂
The Swiffer Wet Jet cleaning solution bottle seems impossible to open if you try it with your hands, but I was able to get it off really easily with a large set of pliers (I had to put some force into turning it, but I was able to do it without Ryan’s help.) 🙂
Some people have said that you need to soak the cap in hot/boiling water first to get it off, but mine didn’t need that step.
Then, once the cap is off you can fill it with whatever cleaning solution you want to fill it with! Once it’s filled just screw the cap back on tightly and it should work just as well as before (at least it did for me).
Here are some homemade cleaning solution options:
1/2 white distilled vinegar
a few drop of your favorite essential oil (lavender and lemon together smells great!)
1/2 white distilled vinegar
a few DROPS of dish soap
1/4 favorite floor cleaning solution
Fill up with water
Add 2 capfulls of Thieves concentrated cleaner
I’ve also read some reviews that recommended the Libman Spray mop over the Swiffer Wet Jet. It’s a little more expensive, but doesn’t use batteries (the Swiffer uses batteries, but you can use reusable batteries), and you can use your own solution with the Libman as well. Check out the reviews on all of the spray mop options below (who knew there were so many??):
- Libman Freedom Spray Mop
- Swiffer WetJet Spray, Mop Floor Cleaner Starter Kit
- Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop Kit
- BonaKemi WM710013348 Hardwood-Floor Spray Mop with Replaceable Cleaner Cartridge
- Leifheit 56590 Pico Spray Mop
- Superior Microfiber Spray Mop Set with Mop Pad
- ProMist Microfiber Spray Mop
Please let us know which mop you would recommend and feel free to share any other homemade floor cleaner recipes in the comments!
Debi Bieringer says
I like the O Cedar Spray mist microfiber mop. You can reuse the microfiber by throwing it in the wash or you can use the disposable ones too. Also, no batteries are required and the pump is a trigger and very easy to use.
Becky Campbell Collins says
I have a Libman sorry mop…it cost around $20 and you can use your own cleaner of choice and wash the pads and reuse them. Better on my pocketbook and the environment.
Beware– Vinegar rusts out any metal parts.
I love the idea of refilling these, and will give it a try, but i just learned from a flooring store the vinegar is an acid and can ruin most finishes on floor including vinyl. So i think a wise idea is whatever formula is tried a professional should be consuled.
I was told to use vinegar on my hardwood floors…By the professionals that installed them
What cleaners you can use on “real” hardwood floors (not laminates) is a function of what sealer they are finished with. Water-based: over time, vinegar can cloud sealer. Solvent based: much tougher & longer lasting. Vinegar is okay to use. Always remove as much of any liquid or cleaner as you can.
I also was told by the ppl who sold me my hardwood, that vinegar would strip the finish over time.
Rebecca Reardon says
I LOVE my Libman spray mop! Will have to try the Thieves in it!
Marsha Crom says
I did the vinegar one with dish soap, and although it cleans OK, I hate that everything smells like vinegar for about three days. I am going to try something else.
Janice Bolick says
Use the cheapest vodka you can buy. i don’t know about hardwood floors, but on linoleum, it disinfects, cleans, and dries with no smell
Shannon H says
My newer bottle of cleaner had to be boiled slightly to get top off. They must have fixed the pliers working! I put a wooden spoon in to keep bottle off the pan. Been refilling over a year or two.
I use a vise to open my refill. I’ve been doing it for years. I use 3 parts water to one part spic and span cleaner.
Thanks for your Comment Carol. I think I’ll give your’s a try!