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.
<p>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 &quot;special bottle that fit&quot;. 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 &quot;Thank you!&quot;</p>
<p>Glad to be of help! I can also recommend using these: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Swiffer-Sweeper-Microfiber-Reusable-Earthmop/dp/B00X93IJFS/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1443319856&sr=8-9&keywords=reusable+spray+mop+pads." rel="nofollow"> http://www.amazon.com/Swiffer-Sweeper-Microfiber-...</a> reusable pads. They're easily washable, and having a few is nice.</p>
<p>Amazing!!!! Worked SOOOO Easy!!!</p>
<p>Awesome! Thanks for the tip!! :)</p>
Works perfectly!! Thank you!!
<p>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 :)</p>
Glad to hear it! We've been using the same bottle for years! Many happy refills to you!
THANK YOU!!!!! This worked and will save my family SO much money!!!
Thank you! I hate the swiffer solution as it leaves my floors really dull. I can now replace it with Pledge Floor Care Finish :)
<p>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.</p>
<p>you might try 2 drops of Murphy's Oil Soap in water. </p>
<p>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. </p>
<p>vinegar &amp; water work best for hardwood.</p>
<p>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!</p>
<p>Thank you for this!!! I had a bissell flip-it that I loved but it died, so the swiffer was the only replacement I could find at the time. I've tried using a turkey injector to refill them, a tedious process! This is a much better hack!!!! thanks!</p>
<p>has anyone used the vinegar and water on pergo flooring?</p>
NowI can make my own cleaning concoction!
<p>Thanks a million!</p>
<p>it worked like a charm. a little time-consuming but it's worth it. i also rinse out the pads and reuse them a few times. thank you so, so, so much. i love you.</p>
Yay! Thank you so much!
<p>whoo hoo.. thanks .. wonderful...I am so happy that I can do this now.. made it reuseable!!!</p>
<p>AWESOME!!! just used hot water from faucet and a handy tool that opens any bottle of any size. :) BOOYAH!</p>
<p>Ijust did this only I boiled water dipped in cover and took off filled and moped away lol to funny.</p>
<p>Ijust did this only I boiled water dipped in cover and took off filled and moped away lol to funny.</p>
<p>This is a really helpful instructable. Because we had them, and because my husband looks for the easier, faster way to do things, he tried channellock pliers as the water was coming to a boil. He then opened and closed the bottle a few times without snipping off the ribs inside the lid. All told this method, while far less elegant then the one outlined in cpd-trigger's post, took about thirty seconds.</p>
<p>Thanks. This helped me out this morning. Now I can mop :D</p>
I was able to use this technique for the Shark Steam Energized cleanser bottle! Thank you sooooo much!
<p>You just saved me <strong>HUNDREDS</strong> of dollars a year buying needless refills for our otherwise-great and much loved Shark Steam &amp; 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 &hellip; 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!!</p>
<p>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</p>
<p>just use a pair of channel locks</p>
The water worked great to get it off; but instead of toenail clippers i used my dremel ( little rotary sander!) and it came off perfectly.
<p>Just what I was looking to do! Very cool and easily done! I did the hot water in the microwave instead of boiling. I wasn't dipping it long enough the first few times, so the 4th time I reheated the water and held the top of the bottle in there until air bubbles started to come out and it came off slick as a whistle! Toenail clippers to get the plastic &quot;hangnails&quot; and I am now enjoying my geranium scented, way cheaper, cleaner! Oh, and there are no leaks either (just in case you're wondering)!</p><p>P.S. I did try one of those razor blade type carpet knives, but the tabs are so tiny I was more likely to slip and slice my fingers, so I went back to the clippers. I figure if it gets kind of stuck because I didn't get them all off enough, I can reheat again and reclip! Happy swiffering!</p>
<p>Thank you so much for posting this! Along side with the homemade solution i am looking forward to saving buckets of money!</p>
<p>OMG. Can't wait to get home to try this. I sometimes use my mop, like when I was a child, because I don't want to use all the solution up because I don't have the money to buy more at that time lol. Thanks!!!!!!!!</p>
<p>thank you .....worked like a charm :)</p>
<p>i just put some water in a cup and put it in the microwave like ur making tea and then dunked the bottle in it its much quicker than boiling water on the stove and it worked</p>
<p>Wow, thanks this will save me a ton of money!!! :)</p>
<p>Worked great on the Shark bottle too. .</p><p>Used vice grips. </p><p>KISS method is always the best.</p><p>Thanks!</p>
I skipped the boiling water. just grabbed my vice-grips and it came right off. Don't grab it too tightly, you may damage the lid. I trimmed the prongs with nail clippers and it works like a charm. picture is trimmed cap.
I've developed a one step version where you take a pair of vice grips, and just use those instead of wasting time waiting for water to boil.
<p>Thank you for sharing this information on how to remove a liquid waste. My wife uses this stuff all the time to clean our floors so this information was very helpful.</p><p>Wayne Deer | &lt;a href='http://www.knoxpumpingservice.com/en/services.html' &gt;</p>
<p>This was so helpful! My daughter bought me one of these and while I really liked it - that dinky bottle of stuff was made to be replaced by only another bottle of cleaner that for the size and price was really stupid. I am super frugal/cheap and this was not going to work for me. Even buying batteries for a cleaning appliance was pushing it for me as was buying 'new' wipes after throwing dirty ones away. </p><p>While removing the lid was easy after the 'bath' in boiling water - hint - the lid turns clockwise, the little nubs that lock the bottle to the device were already kind of flattened out, but I clipped into to rim before the twist part and that keeps the lid from locking onto to base. It's not loose, it's just easier to remove.</p><p>I added my dollar store cleaner and some water, put a dollar store, washable 'microfiber' towel on the bottom where the velcro is and cleaned away.</p>
Thanks for this !
Got it off and snip snip snip - easy as pie! The mister is headed to the store to get me some Pine Sol. Let's hope the sprayer works without a hassle!
I just did that and after some trying got off the lid, clipped the inside pieces- but alas, when i refilled it and put it back on, no liquid came out.. Any idea why this could be? I'm trying to understand the mechanics of it, but im not even sure through which hole the liquid is supposed to go out..
I couldn't get the sprayer to work after I hacked it and replaced it with my own cleaner either. I have found the Clorox mop doesn't have a welded on lid though and can be easily removed to refill.
just get a pair of channel lock pliers. I've been refilling for years that way.It twists right off. Forget the hot water.
T his is great! Now I don't have to spend all my money on refills. Thanks for this instructables.

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