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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).
 
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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.
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AaronD124 days ago
CathieN17 days ago

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)  CathieN17 days ago
Glad to hear it! We've been using the same bottle for years! Many happy refills to you!
Lisa_Coram1 month ago
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 :)

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.

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.

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!

mommydono3 months ago

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!

Mark1123 months ago

has anyone used the vinegar and water on pergo flooring?

oatesfive3 months ago
NowI can make my own cleaning concoction!
OwenL24 months ago

Thanks a million!

snackcake14 months ago

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.

prusheed5 months ago
Yay! Thank you so much!
cylverdust5 months ago

whoo hoo.. thanks .. wonderful...I am so happy that I can do this now.. made it reuseable!!!

AWESOME!!! just used hot water from faucet and a handy tool that opens any bottle of any size. :) BOOYAH!

vickie.roskom7 months ago

Ijust did this only I boiled water dipped in cover and took off filled and moped away lol to funny.

vickie.roskom7 months ago

Ijust did this only I boiled water dipped in cover and took off filled and moped away lol to funny.

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.

Thanks. This helped me out this morning. Now I can mop :D

michelled138 months ago
I was able to use this technique for the Shark Steam Energized cleanser bottle! Thank you sooooo much!
gruberman1 year ago

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!!

joann49 gruberman8 months ago

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

just use a pair of channel locks

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.
KickChick9 months ago

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 "hangnails" 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.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!

Thank you so much for posting this! Along side with the homemade solution i am looking forward to saving buckets of money!

NicoleC29 months ago

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!!!!!!!!

emcd10 months ago

thank you .....worked like a charm :)

barkerk110 months ago

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

Wow, thanks this will save me a ton of money!!! :)

harrisw12 months ago

Worked great on the Shark bottle too. .

Used vice grips.

KISS method is always the best.

Thanks!

mkessler11 year ago
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.
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jkumin11 year ago
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.
sallynilly1 year ago

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.

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.

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.

nbattaglia1 year ago
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!
zuckerrr2 years ago
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..
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