Swiffer WetJet Isn't Working

June 12, 2015

After trying all of the other suggestions to get my Swiffer Wet Jet working again, i.e.: change batteries, make sure batteries are in properly with the door closed all the way, clean spray openings, clean off battery acid if batteries were corroded, etc., I watched a YouTube video. It said to take acetone based nail polish remover to the battery connectors inside the casing and let dry completely.


Re-install the batteries. This worked for me! I can't believe it was just that after trying everything else! So hopefully this helps you.


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April 13, 2015

I noticed some people find that Swiffer WetJet won't spray. There are a few reasons this might be but one of them is to check the batteries.

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January 8, 2009

I have a Swiffer Wet Jet and love it. I have been using vinegar and water in the bottle. It just stopped one day, so I bought another one, and the same thing happened. Has anyone had the same problem? Do you think it is the vinegar and water?

Sue from New York


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January 14, 20091 found this helpful

I sure hope someone posts an answer, because I just bought one and plan on doing this too. I'd like to head any problems off before they happen.

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By Mary (Guest Post)
January 15, 20091 found this helpful

My wetjet did this too after about six months of regular use. I did two things. First I cleaned the end where the cleaner squirts out (it was slightly clogged) and then I changed the batteries.


Worked like a charm after that. Hope this helps.

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By April (Guest Post)
January 19, 20091 found this helpful

I had one stop working on me too. I went and bought another one. It wouldn't work either. Had my "My Blonde Moment". Check the batteries! Now they BOTH work Great!

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February 9, 20133 found this helpful

Thank you thriftyfun! I have mastered the art of unclogging swiffer wet jets. First, rise off the jets with hot water and stick a pin up into each jet. I used a quilting pin because they are thin and about 1.5 inches long and have a nice round head so it's easy to pull it in and out.


Then I replaced all four AA batteries. The swiffer wet jet requires fresh batteries. (Still cheaper than paying someone else to mop my floor.) Now both of my wet jets work like new. I had bought the second one before accepting that this problem required some research.

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April 30, 20131 found this helpful

The idea of changing the batteries is essential. Your WetJet may sound like the batteries are good yet not work. Changing the batteries magically brings it back to life!

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October 8, 20141 found this helpful

I think I may have figured out the solution. Yes, make sure your batteries aren't dead, but you might try pushing the liquid dispenser while moving the mop back and forth. I find that when I want a ton of liquid in one area I'll stop to squeeze squeeze squeeze, and that's when it stops working, but if I am continuously moving the mop then the liquid will dispense.


Hope this helps and hopefully it's the solution.

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March 5, 20156 found this helpful

I was so very frustrated by this, then I found out what was wrong. I tried new batteries. Still nothing. The thing is new so I was pretty sure it wasn't clogged jets, but I cleaned them anyway. I took the batteries out and out them back in.

Then I discovered the miracle cure. Take a look at that little door on the newer models behind which you place the batteries. After you put in the new batteries, make sure you slide the door all the way down. You will hear a click. If the door is only being held closed by the bottle, it will not work.

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March 3, 20161 found this helpful

Thank you! Only one 'sprayer' was working - I tried this and both are working!

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April 18, 2018

I followed all of the directions and the bottle came with the WetJet kit. I got it to click in, but it immediately pops back out. Is there any way to fix this?


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April 18, 20180 found this helpful
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You probably got a bad one. Return it, but also tell Swiffer. 1-866-411-1753

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April 24, 2016

I have changed the batteries and took them out and re-inserted them, cleaned the spray valves and poked with a pin, all of this and it still doesn't work. When I push the button there is no sound or spray. Does anyone have any other suggestions?

P.S. I have pushed that button 50 times

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February 14, 2022

My swiffer Wet jet lights come on but motor will not, batteries are fine!


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February 15, 20220 found this helpful
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You could check for build up around the hole of the sprayer nozzle. Often cleaner can dry over the cover , making it not functional to use.


Also check placement, to make sure it is fully inserted to reach the power to your mop.

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September 21, 2020

My Swiffer WetJet is not working! I just bought it and it appears the jets don't work! I don't see any solution coming out to clean! What can I do?


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September 21, 20200 found this helpful
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The solution is not passing through the nozzle and this means that the nozzle is not open so the solution can pass through it when you hit the button. Try using a pin to check the nozzle to make sure it is open so the liquids can pass through.


Also check to make sure you have your batteries installed correctly. This is another reason the sprayer won't work.

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May 19, 2013

Where are the batteries located? I just purchased the Swiffer. I never realized that the handle was already extended. I secured solution, pressed the trigger, and nothing happened. Is there anything else aside from lack of batteries? What size battery and how many?

By Rose


January 25, 20142 found this helpful

The new Swiffer Wetjet batteries are in a different place from the old Swiffer Wetjet. It takes 4 AA batteries. The battery compartment is behind the bottle. Take the bottle out and you'll see a place that says OPEN. place your thumb on this place and slide down. The compartment will open. I replaced my batteries today and it still didn't work for a minute and then all of a sudden when I kept pressing the spray button, it started spraying. Then I checked the old batteries and they were fine. So I guess for some reason sometimes for it to work, you have to take the batteries out and put them back in. And then you have to press the spray button about 20 times. Strange...

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March 5, 2017

I just unboxed and put it together, it won't spray the solution. I changed the batteries and tried it before putting the solution back in and the motor seems to work, however when I put the solution in it doesn't clip and will fall out if I try to make the sweeping motion.

I can't seem to get the solution to click into place. I of course can't find the receipt to return it. Any ideas?

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April 10, 2020

I'm trying to open up the battery case because my Swiffer WetJet isn't working, but the battery case won't open. I've taken out the screw and stuff, so I know that that's not the problem.

I'm trying my hardest without being forceful. I don't want to break it. What should I do to open it?

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December 2, 2014

I have put a new bottle of solution in the mop, but nothing will spray out. Suggestions?

By Jane


December 3, 20140 found this helpful

You can go to ehow website or youtube for tutorials on troubleshooting swiffer wetjets.

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July 4, 2019

I have had my Swiffer Wet Jet for 2 months and it is not working. I cleaned the nozzles with a toothbrush and used a toothpick inserted into the nozzles, ran vinegar through it to clean the system, changed the batteries and cleaned the contacts on the batteries.

I have done all of the suggestions and it still doesn't work, it is totally dead. Any suggestions?

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May 9, 2019

I just received my Swifter Wet Jet through Amazon. It was brand new in the box. I put it together & it's not working. We tried everything, but nothing worked.

Now I am wondering if the handle all the way down has to be put in a certain way for it to work? I hate to return it if maybe I can get it to work. Any ideas?

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September 1, 2014

I have a Swiffer Wet Jet CE. The batteries are fine, but when the switch on the handle is pressed the motor does not run to release the spray. Do you have a solution for this? Thank you.

By Richard from Stanardsville, VA

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April 17, 2015

My machine is new, it is the first time I'm using it and it is only squirting out of one side. I guess it is clogged.

By Debbie

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March 7, 2015

What happens when a sprayer on a Swifter WetJet does not spray and how do you fix it?

By Jok F.

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