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

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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

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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.

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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.


JimmyH82 (author)2017-11-15

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.

steve cobb (author)2017-10-25

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.

JennieV (author)2017-10-01

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

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

Betari RizqikaR (author)2016-08-03

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

JennieV (author)Betari RizqikaR2017-10-01

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

JenniferD250 (author)2017-09-08

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

Datwinksta (author)2017-06-12

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.

Flo26Grands (author)2017-05-13

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!

Elspeth_Moonwind (author)2017-02-25

Woo-hooooooooo! THANKS SO MUCH!!!!!!

Amilaskowski217 (author)2016-10-22

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!

HelloKitty3636 made it! (author)2016-09-01

OMG! It worked!! Thank you so so so much for posting this. It's gonna save my family so much money and time.

AND....then you can use a washable cloth dust mop type thing - the kind that comes on the newer dust mops. I use the floor pad from my Dirt Devil cordless vac. Then you just slip it off when ur done, rinse it out in the sink and wallah.

sray-von (author)2016-08-06

Of course. Thanks so much.

bspagel (author)2016-08-03

You are great. Thank you!

ChrisR301 (author)2016-07-04

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).


avidday04 (author)2016-05-13

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!

julietT6 (author)2016-04-02

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!

gruberman (author)2014-02-14

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!!

DeirdreP1 (author)gruberman2016-03-30

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.

LizS40 (author)gruberman2016-03-25

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

joann49 (author)gruberman2014-10-25

Not to worry just did the hint and already had to refill the bottle and did not have to put in boiling water again. Loved this tip

RichP19 (author)2016-02-16

OK. Let's make it simple. Grab a drill. Buy a 50 cent cork. Drill a hole in the top. Fill, put the cork in... Done... forever.

lululaurie (author)2016-02-09

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I didn't see all the steps at first and wondered what the hell I needed the nail clippers for. I did have to use a plier to get the cap off (I am not very strong), but the clipping part was pretty easy, I am thrilled because I can save a lot of $$$$$ this way!

AngieG15 (author)2016-01-10

Awesome!thanks! !

EstherE2 (author)2015-12-31

I use young living essentials, so I put Theives cleaning solution and filled rest with water. Kills germs and smells

awesome. Also safe if you have pets or crawling babies.

Dederamon (author)EstherE22016-01-03

How much thieves cleaner do you use for a swiffer refill, EstherE2?

EstherE2 (author)Dederamon2016-01-05

I used about 1/4 cup

Dederamon (author)EstherE22016-01-05

Did you use straight thieves or to that quarter cup fill the rest with water? What ratio of thieves to water is that?

kimi2oy (author)2015-09-26

Stupendous! I had resisted buying a Swiffer for so long, simply because of having to purchase not only the pads but the cleaner... just for the "special bottle that fit". My boyfriend purchased one for me and yep, I've been using the heck out of it. Then it became empty all too quickly. I threw the bottle away with the comment that it'd be nice if you could refil these puppies! Got online and found this hack. All I can say is "Thank you!"

cpd_trigger (author)kimi2oy2015-09-26

Glad to be of help! I can also recommend using these: reusable pads. They're easily washable, and having a few is nice.

drapeta (author)cpd_trigger2015-12-18

I picked this up from cleaning ladies. Get a ten pack of bar mop rags throw them down doubled and start cleaning. They stick to the velcro on the mop

SharonN12 (author)2015-10-18

thanks for the info, I was trying to figure out get the top off to refill the bottle. I have also made my own pads with Velcro that I can throw in the washer.

deborah.furletti (author)2015-10-16

Plastic disposable bottles like this are practically a sin environmentally...thanks for this Eco friendly money saving hack! ?


So has anyone come up with a good cleaning formula in leu of the Swiffer wood cleaning formula? I'm allergic to it, and it's expensive too.

Equal parts rubbing alcohol, vinegar and hot water plus a drop of dish liquid works well on hardwood. Smells funky because of the vinegar, but that dissipates.

you might try 2 drops of Murphy's Oil Soap in water.

hydrogen peroxide straight from the bottle, or dilute if you like. I sometimes add a drop of lavender essential oil, or use whatever you enjoy if you want a scent. I've been using it a multisurface cleaner for several years now as I have problems with other cleaners too.

vinegar & water work best for hardwood.

GinnyM4 (author)2015-10-16

Seriously? I thought this was a scam until I tried it out of desperation. I needed to mop my dirty kitchen floor before company arrived with no time left to run to the store for the EXPENSIVE refill bottle. It took me 30 SECONDS to dip and twist! I had to dip a couple of times to get it hot enough to soften the plastic. Don't hurry the process. Dip a good 10 seconds and then try. I couldn't be happier! What a SAVINGS!

AleksandraO (author)2015-10-04

Works great, thank you for the tip!

Luvcwdanzn (author)2015-08-26

Amazing!!!! Worked SOOOO Easy!!!

Tamrala77 (author)2015-07-12

Awesome! Thanks for the tip!! :)

KimJ11 (author)2015-07-10

Jvp0002 (author)2015-07-07

Works perfectly!! Thank you!!

AaronD12 (author)2015-07-02

CathieN1 (author)2015-06-29

Just tried this on the Shark hard wood floor cleaner bottle and it worked!!. Then I discovered the notches that were on the cap of the swiffer cleaner are on the bottle of the Shark cleaner. No problem my husband used a metal file to smooth down the notches and I can now refill the bottle with cleaner of my choice. This was perfect timing. I can't find the cleaner any where in my local stores and Shark customer service was willing to sell me a bottle @ $6.99 with $5.39 shipping fee. I am a hoppy lady :)

cpd_trigger (author)CathieN12015-06-29

Glad to hear it! We've been using the same bottle for years! Many happy refills to you!

Lisa_Coram (author)2015-05-20

THANK YOU!!!!! This worked and will save my family SO much money!!!

stacey.s.freitas (author)2015-05-01

Thank you! I hate the swiffer solution as it leaves my floors really dull. I can now replace it with Pledge Floor Care Finish :)

Country Refuge (author)2015-04-08

Fantastic!! This was the first item on my google search and I had my Swifter refilled in just a few minutes. What I use for a solution is water and 2 drops of Murphy's Oil Soap. It makes both vinyl and wood shine!

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