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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148 Discussions

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shaunadx3
shaunadx3

Question 4 weeks ago

Refilled bottle but nothing is coming out. What am I doing wrong?

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Boobear51
Boobear51

8 weeks ago on Step 2

Soaked lid in boiling water for 2 mins. Used pliers to unscrew, no luck. I guess I'll have to buy a new bottle.

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dondonoldc
dondonoldc

2 months ago

Thanks, is there a way to remove it while it's full of the swiffer liquid? I don't have a swiffer mop but want to use it elsewhere

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IrinaYaz
IrinaYaz

4 months ago

Hi! Thanks so much for this! Everything worked great until I inserted the bottle back and I’m not sure what wrong, but the new solution is just coming out from somewhere. Any ideas?? Thank you!!

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Pookalooky
Pookalooky

5 months ago

You sweet sweet beautiful angel you.....😭❤🙏🏻

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aslblue42
aslblue42

5 months ago

This is brilliant! I almost threw away the last bottle and was like let me try.... then searched online and found this. Worked perfectly and now I can make my own safe cleaner!

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acfrancobecerra
acfrancobecerra

7 months ago

I was hoping someone had an answer for this! Thanks it worked! I’m going to be saving some $$$!!

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growithme7
growithme7

8 months ago

I purchased the Swiffer wet jet kit hoping that I could refill the bottle with my own (cheaper and better) solution. Of course the company would make the bottle un-openable so they could get people to continue buying more of their expensive refill bottles. I’m so glad I found your tutorial! I used some nail clippers and it worked perfectly! Thanks! 😊👍 #winning

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berylpa
berylpa

9 months ago on Introduction

Great job! We had to use a pliers, but with that, it came off easily after heating. Thank you for saving everyone $ and helping us to recycle. I know why Swiffer locks it, but does greed have to run the world?

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HJFrisbie
HJFrisbie

Tip 9 months ago

A channel lock wrench also works really well to remove the cap. A good adjustable wrench would probably work as well, as long as it locks. Now to make the solution, I'm thinking I want to do bleach (as grandma would say..."if it don't smell like bleach it ain't clean")

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HeidiW24
HeidiW24

10 months ago

This was a great instructable! Easy peasy to follow and it actually works!

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av3371981
av3371981

11 months ago

Thank you! Thank you! So much for this. I have been steam moping for floor for years, which has always been great. Great for the floors, my kids and the dog. My steamer broke. I didn’t have $200 dollars at the moment to buy a new one, so I bought the swifter wet jet at CVS with all my coupons for $10. I thought great. It says that it not harmful to animals and kids, just to keep them away while it’s still wet. Well my dog has the worst allergies, he’s on a special diet, the vet has had him a periodic allergy medicine when it gets really bad. He’s been fine for a couple of years now. After using this he got really bad and chewed his feet and his back. We couldn’t figure out what was going on with him and then I realized the it was the swifter wet jet cleaner that was doing it. So I saw this post and got rid of cleaner and now I’m using water and vinegar to clean my floors. Within 2 days he stop chewing on himself. He has gotten so much better now. Now we are just waiting for the hair to grow back. Thank you.

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cygnett
cygnett

1 year ago

Thanks! Also, the Walmart brand of refill pads are much much cheaper and work just as well.

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BobS352
BobS352

1 year ago on Step 3

THANK YOU!!!! Your technique worked perfectly. (If you happen to have a Dremel, a sanding cylinder works well to quickly remove the little plastic teeth. They fly off, so wear eye protection!) Thanks so much for figuring this out and posting it!

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KathleenS112

Haven't tried this yet but will! Have just used another spray bottle then used the swiffer pads. But here is my HACK - the ProMist microfiber spray mop refill pads fit the wetjet perfectly and they are washable. Also suggest removing your solution bottle from the wetjet for storage. Mine had started leaking and this avoids the problem.

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klove55
klove55

1 year ago

This is AWESOME! I just finally gave in and bought one of these planet killing machines and was discussed to learn that the bottle wasn't even refillable. I was kicking myself for even buying it, but at least now I can save that teeny bit of plastic. Thanks a Bunch!

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Pamthefrugal
Pamthefrugal

2 years ago on Step 3

Thank you, thank you and thank you!!! you have just saved me $19.56 a month plus 4% tax, which comes out to be $234.72 a year. Now I can spend about $00.75 per month using my own cleaning solution. Oh and speaking of saving money. Let me share my personal cleaning solution with everyone. It is a simple mixture of 91% alcohol and whatever super cheap, multi-purpose liquid cleaner that is available. I usually use Fabulosa or Pine-Sol multi surface. The price here in Hawaii for a large bottle of either cleaner at Walmart is usually around $2. A large bottle of 91% alcohol is about $1.50. I use these solutions to clean everything except plants, dishes, toilet bowl and laundry.
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For the heavy duty version; Replace 1/2 of a bottle of your favorite multi surface liquid cleaner with 91% alcohol. Do not dilute as it is ready to use. I ran out of cleaner and saved the bottle. Now I have 2 bottles to mix and store this cleaner. I use this on tough dirt, non wood or vinyl floors. Normally it does not require rinsing.

I use this degresser/streak free version, to clean my greasy stove top and my phones, keyboards, computer mice, computer screen, door knobs, light switches etc. Mix 3 parts alcohol and 1 part multi-surface cleaner. Store it in a spray bottle.

For wood or vinyl floors, use 3 parts cleaner and 1 part water. It is ready to use.