How to Remove the Cap on a Swiffer Wet-Jet Cleaner Bottle.

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Introduction: How to Remove the Cap on a Swiffer Wet-Jet Cleaner Bottle.

In this, my first instructable, I'll show you how to remove that pesky cap on your swiffer wet-jet bottle that makes it impossible to refill and causes you to buy their overpriced solution. All you'll need is a pair of fingernail/toenail clippers and a pot of boiling watter (and the bottle of course).

Step 1: Removing the Cap

In a small pot, bring just enough water to cover the cap to a boil. Once you've brought it to a boil, place the bottle, cap first, into the water. After about a minute and a half, remove the bottle from the water, and give the cap a good, hard twist. It should pop right off as the boiling water will have softened the plastic cap.

Step 2: Making the Cap PERMANENTLY Removeable.

When you get the cap off, you'll see that it has a number of prongs which cause it to catch on the bottle. With a pair of finger nail clippers, remove these prongs. You could also use an exacto knife, or even a razor blade, but I had a pair of clippers sitting around when I thought about doing this.

Step 3: Refill the Bottle

Now you're ready to refill the bottle with your cleaner of choice. Vinegar and Water, Pine-sol, or anything else you may want to clean your floors with. Place the cap back on the bottle firmly and you're good to go.

Hope this saves you some cash in the long run.

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I have tried the boiling water tip and still can't unscrew the top. Any other suggestions or am I just out of luck. Thanks.

I just managed to unscrew the lid by using those rubber coated gloves for the extra grip.

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I tried this works great and easy to do. will save a lot of money.

Thank you sooooo much.... U made my day. Lol i have arthritis in my hands. This worked perfect w no pain. Thanks

I don't know if anyone else has tried this, but there's a much easier method: use a pliers to just twist the cap off. I was able to apply enough force with a large pliers to just unscrew the cap, no boiling needed. And doing it this way deformed the little plastic tabs enough that I can just unscrew it by hand now.

after removing the cap can I refill the bottle with Bona laminate floor wax and use it with the spray function on my Swiffer Wet-Jet without harming the spray function? Does Swiffer offer a spray wax in a bottle that has the design to just slide into the Wet-Jet spray compartment ? that would make it soooo much easier. Thank you for any help in regards to this question. We purchased a new home 3 months ago and we LOVE all your products. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

Thanks! I'm going to refill the container with Bona cleaning solution.

Instead of nail clippers, I used cuticle nippers. Worked great!

Is this trick safe for bottles that are still fully filled with the solution? Of not, does anyone have any idea ad to how I open the dang cap off

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mine was full, and I did it. Probably leaked a little into the water. *shrug*

It worked perfectly. Now I can refill my bottle with vinegar and water! Thank you!

Thanks! I did this once ages ago, but forget how long to keep it in the water. It was a breeze! Thanks for the instructions.

I used a pair of pliers opened to the fuller position to removed the hot cap. Worked perfectly, then I clipped the little flanges. The bottle didn't leak either!

Once getting the cap off shave down the spikey things on the bottle with a box cutter (strait razor) so cap cant grip back. Plastic is really soft and easy to shave off!

Of course. Thanks so much.

You are great. Thank you!

Good God Sir!

You have saved my Fourth of July! (Unexpected visitors, abnormally sticky kitchen floor--new roommate spilled a porter last night and neglected to clean).

Fantastic.

Perfect. I used a heat gun for about 45 seconds on medium, plastic was just starting to get tacky to the touch. Put on an oven mitt and it twisted right off. Thanks for the tip!

Cudos to you!! I have tried unsuccessfully numerous times to get that dang cap off. Can't wait to finish existing solution and give this a try. Thanks you are a genius!

You just saved me HUNDREDS of dollars a year buying needless refills for our otherwise-great and much loved Shark Steam & Spray Mop. I've been looking for a way to refill the Shark Energized Cleaner bottle, as we go through them WAY too quickly, and they are expensive! (Even more expensive than Swiffer WetJet bottles.) The 90 seconds in very hot water advice did the deed, after weeks of me trying to figure out how to get that darn cap off! However, unlike Swiffer bottles the cap does not have a few prongs on it. Rather the entire rim of the cap itself is lined with ridges that catch into a locking ring where the cap end meets the bottle right after the screw threads. So I'll have to do this technique each time I want to refill the bottle … but that's no big deal compared to spending anywhere from $6 to $8 for a bottle that lasts at best for 3-4 cleanings!!

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I also have the Shark Steam and Spray mop and was so excited to be able to get the cap off. Although there are quite a few prongs under the cap I did tackle removing the very tip of them and succeeded. After doing all of that I noticed that there were fewer prongs on the bottle itself that grabbed onto the cap and experimented on removing them too. The ones on the bottle are much easier to remove you just have to be careful not to remove too much and put a hole in the bottle. With both of them removed I can definitely place and remove the cap with no problem. I do have another bottle that is not empty yet so I will try just removing the prongs from bottle on that one to see if it works. I'll let you know how it goes.

What do you use to refill with. I did not like the smell of the orginal cleaner?