11.9.11

DIY: Swiffer Solution Refill

Look at this cool idea I found on Pinterest! I just had to try it out and see if it worked.


You can fill it with any cleaning solution you want.

This goes along perfectly with my tutorial on how to make a reusable swifter wet jet pad.

You know what this means people? It means no more buying swifter refills ever again! Let's hear it for saving money!

Just boil some water and hold the lid in the hot water for about 10-20 seconds. Careful, it gets hot! Hold it sideways to avoid the steam. Use a dish rag to twist off the cap.

Refill with whatever you want. Pinesol with a bit of water, or vinegar and ammonia with a bit of water, whatever you want. Twist the cap back on tightly and your done! Easy hu.
So, it really worked well! Hope this makes cleaning a little better :)





Stephanie

22 comments:

  1. Fantastic idea! I'm giving this a try when mine runs out. Thank you!

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  2. FYI, you can also just use those goose necked pliers {don't remember what they are called} or just regular pliers, to twist the cap off! I've been refilling mine for a long time now. Everyone should do this. It saves so much money!

    Kiki

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  3. I've been wondering how to do this for a long time. Thank you I will definiely try this and the DIY mop head too.

    Lida

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  4. This is awesome!! Saw this on Pinterest and am definatly going to do it. Swiffer solution is so expensive and we seem to go through so much. Thank you!

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  5. Saw this on pinterest and would love to repost on my blog - with complete credit and linkbacks to you, of course. Please advise if this is OK. Thanks!

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  6. i tried this once before with just water and it cloged the swiffer jets. I had to buy a new swiffer, im sure it is becaues i used water and not cleaning products. Just curious if that has ever happened to any of you cause i dont want to end up buying a new swiffer again ha.

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  7. I have never had that happen. How strange. Maybe other people out there can help you out with a better answer.

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  8. In response to Anonymous who asked about the clogged swiffer jets, are you sure they were truly clogged? My husband and I both thought our wet jet was clogged or broken once, only to realize.... it just needed new batteries. Maybe I am clueless, but I hadn't realized until that point that the wet jet even used batteries! LOL. Anyway, just a hint if anyone has one that seems to suddenly slow down and stop working. It might be something obvious like batteries and not an actual broken mop. :-)

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  9. It may also be the water you used. Hard water can cause clogged jets. It's best to use filtered water if your tap water tends to be hard. Even buying water, it's still cheaper to make your own!

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  10. Wow!! I am so very happy to have discovered your blog. I personally have never liked the swiffer solution, my floors always felt sticky...now I can use good old vinegar w/ water :)

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  11. Just curious...does/will the bottle leak since you're breaking the seal? I'm sooo game for this as long as it doesn't cause a big mess with a leaky bottle! Thanks for posting!

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  12. I found it leaked even with their solution. So now I try to remember to remove the bottle each time and store it upright.

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  13. I punched a hole in the bottom of the bottle and used a funnel to fill it with diluted Mr. Clean floor cleaner! Works like a charm! Just be sure to hang the mop it and not lay it down or it will leak.

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  14. What type of cleaner can you refill it with and safely use on Pergo flooring? Thanks!

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  15. So what would the general ratio be of regular floor cleaner and water for making the solution? We use a Ready Mop and they seemed to have discontinued their refills, not to mention such a simple solution is right there, so why not? I came hear because we bought a Swiffer WetJet refill bottle and realized it had that funky lid. I'm ready to move on to making my own.

    So, again, what ratio of cleaner to water do folks recommend?

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  16. I have the Clorox brand of floor mop: the bottle has a regular screw top so is easy to open and refill. I use 1 part white vinegar, 1 part ammonia and 6 parts water plus a few drops of peppermint or lavendar oil to make it smell less medicinal. Works like a charm! I also use microfiber cloths instead of the disposable ones: just toss in the wash and use over and over.

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  17. This works!!!!! I have refilled my bottle at least 5 times, with no problems what so ever. Love knowing how much I am saving and can use whatever product I want :)

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  18. Would it be possible to leave the original bottle as is (upside down in the machine) and cut a small hole at the top of the container, but use a cork to seal it (measure the cork and cut the hole accordingly)?
    Then to refill, just uncork it, add your ingredients with a funnel and make sure to hang the mop so it doesn't fall over and leak? Has anyone tried that method? That way you don't have to mess with the original seal?

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  19. I am amazed that a person can google anything and find an answer! I googled this question and lo! I tried it an it works perfectly!!!! Thank you!!!

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  20. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! I just felt my purse get heavy with all the money that I'm saving. I've been meaning to do this for a while and finally did it this morning.

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  21. I just got my lid off by putting it in boiling water and than twisting it off. It worked really well. However, now if I turn the bottle upside down, water comes out one of the small holes in it, in a steady stream. Did I do something wrong? Didn't put it back on the swifter. Don't know if it would keep coming out once attached or not.

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