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Swiffer Smarts: Refill those Bottles with Your Own Solution


For the past few years I’ve had a love/hate relationship with my Swiffer. I love the ease of use and the elimination of that nasty bucket of water. However, I cringed every time I had to buy a refill bottle for it. I already made my own Swiffer pads using Terry cloth, batting and Velcro eliminating the need to buy those. (If you are sewing challenged, you can purchase these at Even though the reusable pads had saved me a lot of money, I was still spending a ridiculous amount on the refill bottles. I dreamed of finding a better solution (and by better I meant cheaper!)

Eureka! I finally found a way to remove those pesky lids so I could reuse the Swiffer bottle using my own choice of cleaner!


An empty Swiffer bottle
A small pot
A dish towel
Fingernail clippers


1. Fill the pot with about 2 inches of water, just enough to cover the lid on the Swiffer bottle.
2. Bring the water to a boil. Once the water has reached a boil turn off the heat and hold the Swiffer bottle upside down for 90 seconds.
3. After 90 seconds remove the bottle from the water and use a towel to twist off the lid.
4. Now that you have the lid off, notice the little teeth inside the lid. Simply take your fingernail clippers and cut them off. Voila, now you can remove the lid from your Swiffer anytime you need a refill! No more tossing those bottles in the garbage and harming our environment. You can be green while saving lots of green!


  • For wood floors, I use 1 part white vinegar and 1 part vegetable oil.
  • For my linoleum and tile, I use 1/4 Cup white vinegar, 3-4 drops of lemon essential oil (optional) and fill the bottle with warm water.
  • Of course, if you have a store bought floor cleaner you’re in love with (or got super cheap with coupons) just follow the directions on the bottle for the ratio of cleaner to water. Pour the floor cleaner in the Swiffer bottle and fill the bottle with warm water.

This has been a guest post by Kelly from Uniontown, PA
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