A great floor cleaner is half Heinz vinegar and half water plus some essential oil to your liking. Tea tree will disinfect and others just smell great. This will work with the spray and mop style of cleaning. (08/09/2004)
I searched for an answer. The one I found says to use a solution of vinegar and water.
I found it here:
I used Orange Pine Sol and Murphy's Oil Soap with a little water for mine. I have all hardwood floors and it works excellent. (10/19/2004)
When using a Swiffer Wet Jet, the replacement bottles can get pretty expensive. I discovered that you can take the cap off the bottle (I used a strap wrench which you can find in the tool department at Sears (and it's great for opening all sorts of bottles, so it would be a worthwhile investment, but soaking the top in hot water also helps,) and refill it with your own cleaning solution. I diluted it so that it wouldn't get too soapy.
To pour your cleaning solution into the bottle, simply place a funnel over the bottle. I personally like Amway LOC, but I also really like Fabuloso. You can use any cleaner, but diluting it stretches the cleaning solution substantially. Once you have managed to get the top off of the bottle, you can refill it whenever it gets empty, without having to spring for a whole new bottle. It's also better for the environment. By Susan K. Beal (08/31/2005)
Take the cap off with some pliers and then fill with Windex. (10/12/2005)
To refill your swiffer wet jet bottle, simply soak the top of the bottle in very hot water to soften the plastic. Twist off the cap - you may need to use a pair of pliers, fill ( I used plain vinegar & some water - 2 parts vinegar 1 part water - this prevents floor from becoming sticky). It smells for a little while, but goes away. Twist top back on and you are good to go! (04/15/2007)
Refill with a little dish soap and a few drops of Lysol disinfectant. (07/29/2007)
Thanks for the info, re swiffer wet jet. The recipes sound great. Ones that I will try. Just wanted to know if the Swiffer Wet Jet was really meant to be used on laminate flooring or not. Any suggestions? I haven't been able to find any recommendations for or against. Thanks from Canada. (07/30/2007)
Through all of the pet enthusiast/chemical battling posts I was able to find some answers to the real question at hand. Don't get me wrong, I Love my pets just as much as the next guy, I just don't let them lick the floor. Anyway, here's what you do:
1. Soften lid with hot water - 30 to 45 seconds
2. Use pliers to lightly squeeze the base of the lid (not the upper part) as you twist it off. You will then see the teeth on the inside that "prevent" you from refilling it yourself.
3. Add 1 part white vinegar to 1 part water. I like to add a couple of drops of essential oil to freshen it up. Vinegar is to be increased with heavily soiled floors (pet stuff).
4. Screw cap back on and voila! You just refilled your Swiffer and prevented the disposal of one more evil container that leeches its nasty contaminants into our drinking water and poisons those craw fish that we adore so much.
Long live the Crustaceans! (03/08/2008)
You can use the regular dry cloth of microfiber cloth on the Wet Jet instead of the Wet Jet pads. I think they work better and they are cheaper. Just throw in the washer and it's reusable. (09/08/2008)
We recently stopped using swiffer and bought the "Shark" Steamer Mop. I never did like the way the floor looked after the swiffer. It always had a film.
The Shark cleans it so well and uses no chemicals. The floors look and FEEL much cleaner. After the initial outlay of $79.99 all you need is water. I highly recommend the Shark. Also, no more having to buy or make refills.
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