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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27 thoughts on “Swiffer Smarts: Refill those Bottles with Your Own Solution”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Wow!!! This is genius!!!! Doing this right now!!!

  2. Sharon Alger says:

    Love love love you for figuring this out!!!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Love love love you for figuring this out!!!!

  4. Dianne Buquet says:

    Speaking of floors, does anyone know of something to clean cark colored porcelan tile floors with? I’ve tried so many mops and products and after it dries I can see a film, I can almost see my cleaning strokes. I’ve tried lots of mops so it must be the solution. Mostly use vinegar and water as was recommended. I’d like shinier floors for all the work that I put into them.

    • Jadda says:

      It definitely sounds like the solution, yes, and not the mop that you are using. Whatever you are using is leaving a film, and if that wasn’t there your floor would look cleaner, although porcelan tiles are not ever particularily “shiny” but I do know what you’re saying : )

      Sometimes I will just use a little soap and water, my husband uses a degreaser diluted in water in the kitchen, and we have never had a problem with film. If nothing else, I know there are products specifically marketed for porcelan floors, but probably come with a higher price tag- and no coupon!!! gasp; )

  5. margaret jablonska says:

    wow !Krazy coupon lady You r a genious…i was wondering so many times how to refill that botlle…couldnt figure out anything ….lol…
    awesome !! that is a money saver…..
    even dilluted pinasol will do it now…..

  6. Melody says:

    I also heat the bottles and solution up in the mirco thus cleaning w/ very hot water/cleaner! Works like a charm!

  7. Melissa says:

    I started doing this about 6 months ago. I thought it was crazy that I had to pay so much for refills when I could get other cleaners for so much less with coupons. So I used a butter knife and wedged the top off. I fill it with my solution, pop the top back on and swiffer away. It’s great!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for this post! I cringed when my husband insisted on buying a swiffer mop – I hate them! Knowing that I can refill the bottle makes it better :)

  9. Anonymous says:

    OMG Thank You! I hated that the cap wouldn’t come off! Genius! Definately going to try this.

  10. Catherine Bearden says:

    Thank you!!! I have been wondering how to get that lid off!!!! I just tried it and it worked great! No more swiffer refill solution for me.
    I also found out if you just drill a hole in the top of the lysol automatic soap dispenser bottle you can add your own soap like the cheap softsoap this past week.

  11. Dang! I find this AFTER I buy the Rubbermaid reusable mop

  12. Megan says:

    I got one of those Rubbermaid mops and I love it! The pad is washable and you can put whatever cleaner you want in the bottle. Green and less money!

  13. That sounds like a great plan! Gonna try it and hope I can make it work! Thanks for the tips!

  14. femmbot . says:

    hackers! lol thanks

  15. Jenn Parsons says:

    Great thanks! Can you share how you made the terry cloth pads too? I would love to try that.

  16. YAY! I’ve been wanting to figure this out. Mostly for the environmental impact of both the plastic waste and the chemical cleaner. THANKS!

  17. Jadda says:

    I love the idea of refilling these containers, however you have to be careful that the products you are refilling them with aren’t going to damage your floors overtime and end up actually costing you money in the long run.

    My husband’s family owns a wood flooring company and have seen what vinegar does to wood floors over time- it will dry them out, wear at the finish etc. (real wood floors, you are probably fine using it on laminate)

    We use the Bona brand wood floor cleaner, which is now readily avaiable through retailers (even Walmart!). You can purchase the large “refill” concentrate and mix with water, which seems to last forever!!

  18. Christi Hughes says:

    That’s great! Now if you could only figure out how to refill those Lysol no touch soap refills ;-)

    • all you have to use to get the lid off the no touch system refills is a butter knife, wedge it under on side and unhook it then do the same for the other side, the other side is a little harder to get up and under the lid but you can….the lid may go flying but it works! :0)

      • Deborah Flores says:

        I had such a hard time doing this everytime, my husband drilled a hole on the top of the bottle, and everytime it is low we just refill it from the top :)

    • Sonja Brown says:

      Well Christi I did I just took a rounded butter knife and placed it under the opening of the soap and gently applied pressure, and it came off…yaaaayy you’ll have to go back in fourth on all sides, but it works…good luck

    • Kim Bell says:

      You can refill them check out youtube for a demo it is really easy :)

      • femmbot . says:

        thanks for that!!! I forgot about utube. that thing has saved me so many times. it’s especially great when you want to understand car stuff and what’s wrong w your car and how EASY it is to fix stuff when they’re trying to charge you a million dollars to like change a belt or something!

      • Anonymous says:

        I just did, after watching the video it took me all of 2 minutes to refill my Lysol no touch and I just used it…easy peasy! Thanks for the tip!

    • femmbot . says:

      I actually cut into the thing and then just taped it up w clear tape when i was done refilling. I LOVE using it w my own soap – that i couponed for ofcourse!!!