I love having a Swiffer WetJet, but I hate how much the refill solution costs (about $6 at my local store). Fortunately, I learned how to save money making my own Swiffer solution. In fact, I've got three tried-and-true recipes!
DIY Homemade Swiffer WetJet Solution #1
1. Fill a bucket or large pitcher with 2 quarts of water.
2. Add 2 tablespoons of Murphy Oil Soap to the water and stir to combine.
3. Insert a funnel into an empty Swiffer Solution bottle and pour in your homemade solution. Or you can dip the Swiffer mop head directly into the solution and mop your floor as normal.
DIY Homemade Swiffer WetJet Solution #2
1. Pour 4 cups of hot water into a bucket or pitcher.
2. Add 1 cup of lemon juice.
3. Measure out 3 cups of vinegar and add it to the bucket.
4. Drizzle in 1/4 cup of liquid dish soap.
5. Mix thoroughly and pour mixture into a recycled Swiffer container.
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DIY Homemade Swiffer WetJet Solution #3
1. Mix equal parts hot water and vinegar in a bucket or pitcher (a cup or two of each will work.)
2. Dump in a splash of alcohol to keep anything gross from growing in the Swiffer refill container.
3. Add a couple of drops of an essential oil. I like to use lemon or orange scents because they also work as degreasers.
How to Get the Cap Off a Swiffer Bottle
It can be tricky to get the cap off the Swiffer refill bottle. But I discovered an easy way to do it!
1. Boil a few inches of water in a pot.
2. Turn off the heat and dip the end of the Swiffer bottle, lid-side down, into the water. Dunk it until the whole cap and just a little bit of the bottle are submerged.
3. Wait 20 to 30 seconds and then remove the bottle from the water.
4. Put a kitchen towel over the lid so you don't scald yourself and twist the cap. It should come right off!
How to Make Homemade Swiffer Pads
Cut a microfiber cloth or bath towel into rectangles, use the Swiffer mop head as a guide to gauge the correct size. Give it about 1 1/2 inches of overlap on the longer sides so you can tuck the ends of the cloth into the Swiffer mop cloth holder—or, attach velcro strips to the top of the mop head to help keep the microfiber towel attached. After using the cloth, just throw it in the washing machine with your other rags.