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

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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134 Discussions

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cygnett

9 days ago

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

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BobS352

5 weeks 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

2 months ago on Introduction

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

3 months 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

11 months 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.


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Betari RizqikaR

3 years ago

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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JennieVBetari RizqikaR

Reply 2 years ago

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

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LorieS13

Question 1 year ago on Introduction

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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MarkoNordskiLorieS13

Answer 1 year ago

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

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PamthefrugalMarkoNordski

Reply 11 months ago

Dec, 23 2018 Hi, This is what I did for this very same problem. Use a pair of pliers, adjust to fit the cap. Squeeze the pliers just hard enough to grip the cap firmly and turn. If you squeeze the pliers too hard, the cap will get mis-shapened and will no longer seal the bottle. This means it will leak. I trimmed away the tiny notches on the inside of the cap. Perfection!

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sandeo

1 year 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!

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MichelleG207

1 year ago

I tried this works great and easy to do. will save a lot of money.

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MarisaM24

1 year ago

Thank you sooooo much.... U made my day. Lol i have arthritis in my hands. This worked perfect w no pain. Thanks

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JimmyH82

2 years ago

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.

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steve cobb

2 years ago

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.

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JennieV

2 years ago

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

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

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JenniferD250

2 years ago

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

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Datwinksta

2 years ago

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.