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I'm quite taken up with your site as I found out I don't need to replace refills for Wet Jet, but can do recipes. What is 2 parts to 1 part mean?
Example:1 cup vinegar to 2 cups water... Hope this helps.
I much prefer making my own cleaning products.
Remove top by submerging top of empty Bottle into coffee cup of boiling water with a towel. Tip: microwave water 1-1.5 minutes.
Fill Bottle with Hot Water & 2 Tablespoons White Vinegar & 1 teaspoon PineSol or other preferred cleaner. TILE Floors SPOTLESS!
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Use old washcloths on your Swiffer. Instead of buying a refill for the cleaning solution, use soapy water instead.
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By duckie-do from Cortez, CO
I use half white vinegar and half water. Begged a huge syringe from my vet and fill it by pouring vinegar solution in the end, replacing the plunger, and "injecting" Wet Jet container. You might be able to use a meat basting injector. (09/14/2010)
What is the recipe for vinegar and water solution (how much vinegar to water) to use in the Swiffer Wet Jet? Thank you.
By Michelle Krum from Spring Grove, IL
I would try 1 cup of vinegar and the rest water and maybe a couple of drops of Dawn dishwashing liquid. I've also started using the Lysol concentrated using 1/8 cup and the rest water and it works well also. Good luck! (07/11/2009)
I had laminate floors in my old house. The key is mopping a section and then drying. Ours would streak with just plain water if we didn't dry it. We had Quick-Step Laminate, so we used the cleaner made by Quick-Step, but we always had to dry it or it would streak. It has something in it that helps to repel dirt. I don't really know how to explain it, but it kind of moisturizes it without leaving it oily. Then all you have to do is use a dry Swiffer or dust mop. I kept a spray bottle of water and vinegar handy for high traffic areas and just used a sponge mop and dried with a microfiber mop or towel, depending on how large the area was. The Quick-Step cleaner also helps prevent scratching. (07/17/2009)
I don't know about it being toxic to animals. My dog seemed OK, as does my parakeet, the few times I need to use the actual Swiffer solution. I just hate the smell of Swiffer's solution; too sweet smelling. Unfortunately, the plastic bottles end up cracking right where the holder, on the side of the bottle, goes. So, I end up having to purchase a new bottle about every six months. My favorite refill, because it's the most economical and hard working, is Pinesol. Put about an inch or two, depending on the dirt factor, in the bottle and fill with water; dissolves grime and gets all the dirt out of the crevices. Just don't use much more in the bottle or your floor will have a sticky feel. I love walking barefoot in the house and can't stand sticky floors. Also, I've never noticed any streaks on my tile or wood floors. (08/10/2009)
Just wanted to let everyone know that the info about the cleaning solution hurting pets is false. It is a rumor. You can check it on snopes.com. It is a great spot to check all kinds of rumors you hear about viruses. I have a waxed wood floor so I don't know what kind of cleaner I could use in the Swiffer. Maybe a diluted Murphy's oil soap? Any ideas? (03/30/2010)
I have a Swiffer Wet Jet. I don't like the way it leaves streaks on my laminate floors no matter how much or little I use of the liquid. I would like to fill the bottle with something else a little more effective (vinegar solution?). Has anyone tried this? Any ideas?
Jen from Shellsburg, IA
Thanks to all that posted their feedback concerning my question. I was asking for a Swiffer solution alternative not a preaching on the Swiffer solution and pets. I have two extremely healthy dogs and have used the Swiffer solution for years without a problem. One grew an extra head and the other now has six feet. :)
Again, thank you to all that responded with a helpful answer to my question. (12/30/2008)
I did the taking off of the cap but found it soon started to leak. I drilled a half-inch hole in the top, pour my solution in with a funnel and put a cork in it. I've been using the same Swiffer bottle for over a year. (01/22/2009)
I cut the neck off another plastic bottle, cut a hole in the bottom of the Swiffer bottle and hot glued the other neck onto it. Now I just unscrew the cap and I buy the 409 copy cat cleaner at the dollar store, and just remove the new cap and pour it in. I don't like the Swiffer cleaner. It leaves a funky residue on the ceramic tile floor. (02/04/2009)
By McGiver guy
Thank you so much for the info of how to remove the lid of the Wet Jet solution. There are asthmatics in my home, and the solution has a very strong scent that my family member's lungs can't tolerate. Now I can refill an empty bottle with an odorless cleaner of my choice!
Thanks Again! Gramma :) (02/20/2009)
I am so happy with the refill suggestion. Cutting a hole in the bottle & adding a cap is pure genius! Thanks so much for this idea. I just wanted to add to this money saving idea. I just purchased two washable fabric pads from a seller on e-bay - wiljer71 for $11. They fit great, are quite heavy & very well made. A great idea. Try them. (02/25/2009)
I bought a Wet Jet for my sister as a house gift, and it made dull streaks all over her laminate floor. I bought one for myself also, and I just spent all night cleaning a linoleum floor 3 times, trying to get the sticky streaks off. What a mess. I now need to re-wash it with my regular mop and cleaner. I am very sorry I bought two of these things. Also embarrassed that the 'gift' I bought my sister to make her life a little easier has actually caused her more effort. Is it me, or the cleaner, or the pads? (07/02/2009)
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.