Unclogging a Swiffer Wet Jet

February 10, 2013

Two Wet Jet mops.Thanks 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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May 20, 2011

I have a Swiffer that is about 6 months old, but one sprayer does not work. Nothing comes out of the spray hole. What can be done? Is there a way to clean the spray nozzles?



June 1, 20111 found this helpful

You could carefully soak that part of the swiffer in hot water (with bottle unattached) and that might dissolve the buildup inside the sprayer. Another idea is to carefully take a needle to try and clean out the sprayer hole.

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May 7, 20166 found this helpful

change the batteries. Mine sprayed out of one hole until I changed the batteries

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November 28, 20162 found this helpful

change the batteries I had low battery volt out of the four. Changed it for a fresh one and BINGO made me a believer good luck Steve

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October 19, 20181 found this helpful

Absolutely nothing worked on the right side sprayer that was just barely "dribbling"...Not even after soaking and again using a pin in the hole numerous times. Finally just took the (all still good) batteries out. And using a Q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol, I gently cleaned/wiped all the contacts with the rubbing alcohol dipped Q-tip including the spring contacts, AND each end of each battery.


Then, put it all back together. And presto! It now works just like new, spraying like it should from each side!!

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November 13, 20181 found this helpful

Remove the spray bottle. The battery panel is behind the location of the spray bottle. There is a thumb-shaped notch in the middle of the panel. Slide the battery panel upward toward where you normally hold the handle. It might take some force to move the panel if it has not been previously performed. The Swiffer requires 4 AA batteries.

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July 29, 20191 found this helpful

Thanks for the instructions it works
Thanks again

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October 4, 20190 found this helpful

I did all of this and it still won't spray. It's not the motor or batteries help

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November 27, 20190 found this helpful

did everything suggested is there other mechanical part i need to know of

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March 28, 20200 found this helpful

I didn't think I needed new batteries because each tested at 1.49 but sure enough put in new ones and voila both sprays worked again!!

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August 23, 20200 found this helpful

I tried all the solutions posted and nothing worked. I considered buying a new Swiffer but I saw that recent reviews posted seemed to indicate that the mop is not being made as well as in the past. Finally, I made my own low-tech solution. I removed the bottle of cleaner and unscrewed the top (you might need to use a pliers for this step).


Then I removed the batteries. I replaced the bottle top with a manual trigger sprayer. Now I spray the floor and then I use the mop. And no batteries to replace. When I use up the Swiffer brand of cleaner I just might make my own-even more savings.

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May 17, 20210 found this helpful

I put in new batteries, and remember there are "lights", if the lights are working then the batteries are good and working, but still I can't get SPRAY from either side. If the battery connectors were dirty the lights would not go on. So what now?

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August 20, 2009

How do I clean a plugged nozzle on a Clorox Ready/Swiffer mop?

By delmus lech from Chicago, IL


August 20, 20090 found this helpful

I suggest soaking it in hot water. It pops out easily enough and let it sit in the warm/hot water for a bit, take it out, wipe it down, you maybe have to put a toothpick in there to get out the loosened up crud but it's easy.


Good luck

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February 14, 20160 found this helpful

thanks so much...this was very helpful. I took a straight pin and cleaned out the blocked nozzle then took an old toothbrush and scrubbed it all about.......and it is working..again thanks...

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