Swiffer Bottle Hack





Introduction: Swiffer Bottle Hack

Quick and simple.
Drill a 5/16" hole in the top (when upside down) of the bottle.
Hot glue a 5/16" nut around the hole you just drilled.
Once cool, insert your 5/16" bolt into the hole.
We refilled ours with half Mr. Clean, half water.


Step 1: Glue 5/16" Nut to the Swiffer Bottle

Drill a 5/16 hole in the bottle.
Glue (we used hot glue) nut over the hole.

Step 2: Fill

Use a funnel to fill your bottle. We used half Mr. Clean and half water.

The small funnel from a set of Walmart funnels fit perfectly.

Step 3:

Plug with the shortest 5/16" bolt you can find.




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    Mine didn't spray like it should. That was ok on lino but not fake hardwood. I just put solution in a spray bottle, misted the floor and used the Swiffer to wipe it up. Works fine for me.

    I haven't tried using the swifter bottle yet, as I just got my swifter and still have plenty of solution so far.  But I have made my own cleaning pads.

    I just took some cloth diapers I had around the house from my kids, and I added velcro (trimmed the diapers down to size).

    It works great.  My floors are all quite clean! 

    Will have to try and reuse the bottle, and use my own cleaner that way! Sounds SO MUCH CHEAPER! 

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    Awesome idea!! I have a whole box of these and I hate the cost of the refil pads. Thanks, I can't wait to try it.

    I like this idea better than unscrewing the cap. because you dont even have to take the bottle off and i bet if you put some tea tree oil or some natural antibacterial that would work just fine. I like the drilling a hole and using a rubber stopper idea too! nice job =)

    Hubby drilled a hole in the 'bottom' of the bottle, just the size of a wine cork. Now we fill with vinegar and water and plug the hole with the cork. Works well.

    This is interesting, but completely unnecessary. I refill my swiffer mop all the time with much less work by doing this:

    1. Get a pair of channel-lock pliers.
    2. Adjust the pliers to the width of the bottle cap so that you won't crush it when you apply pressure.
    3. Twist off the cap.
    4. Fill the bottle with floor cleaner.
    5. Replace the cap.

    The cap will screw back on without a problem and you won't need the pliers to remove it the next time.

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    This is great, especially for those of us who end up with breathing problems from the perfumes that Swiffer uses, among others! Thank you!

    I totally agree. I've been doing the same thing for years. There's always an extra bottle filled.

     I went to buy a swiffer wet mop today after reading this instructable.  When I arrived at the store they had a clorox brand product called the ready mop that is the same thing pretty much....only difference is that the refills for the ready mop have a screw cap for super mega easy refilling action!! woo hoo


    My pappy did a very similar trick with his auto-shower cleaner.  But he glued the whole top of a gatorade bottle on, so he didn't need a funnel to fill it. 

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    You just made me think....I can use my wet pad swiffer on the shower walls!  wow!  Thank you pappy for me!! :0)

    yeah just take channel locks and unscrew the top. No need to drill a hole. It just has a child safety latch on the top.......squeeze, then turn and the lid will come right off.

    Correct on the screw off cap-did it for years-one good thing about this Instructable is filling it *might* be done without removal.Great Idea, friend!

    The problem with off-on repeats(taking the bottle completely off to fill thru the screw top)-the repeated piercings break down the rubber seal and it begins to leak at the seal.
    Trust me-I know..:-) I have, however re-used a few times with success.

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    wow if that is your real name, that is REALLY REALLY unfortunate :/ (no offense - I am sure you know who i am talking about)

     been hacking my swiffer since the day my son brought it home 3 yers ago...i use a food injector to refill the original bottle with my own stuff,  and i made cloths from cheap terry washcloths from wally world!  wprks for me...and i pop em into the washing machine!

    haven't been called macguyver for years for nuttin!

    I was going to do something like this but when My wife got tired of buying the stuff, she just got rid of the swiffer. Saved me the trouble. she did make her own pads though. I think she actually sewed strips of velcro on them.