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





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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126 Discussions


20 days ago

So, for any of you that no longer use your Wet Jet, because you can't refill the container with non-toxic cleaner. I just tried this, and it worked like a charm! I refilled mine with 2 capfulls of Thieves Household Cleaner, 1 cup of white distilled vinegar, 15 drops of Lemon essential oil, I also added about 1 tsp of Sals Suds, then filled with water. It works great!

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.

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

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).


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!