A while ago a friend sent me a hack for the Swiffer Wet Jet so you can get your own natural cleaner into the bottle. I have been wanting to do this since then and I finally did today. This is so easy and you will save a ton by not having to buy the Swiffer replacements all the time. Plus all those chemicals can’t be good for you or a little toddler running around.
What you need:
- Swiffer container, of course
- Pot of water
- Oven mitt
- Utility knife
- White vinegar (preferably from non-GMO corn, I don’t eat corn, but if I have to but something corny I won’t support big agra who makes it)
- Funnel (optional)
Bring a small pot of water to a rolling boil then hold the bottle in the water, just far enough so the entire cap is submerged, for 1-2 minutes. Keep your oven mitt handy. Test the cap to see if it twists off easily after about 1 minute. If not, put it back in the water for another 30 seconds or so, or until the cap twists right off.
Using a utility knife, shave off the ridges, not the thread, inside the top of the cap. I tried using a wire cutter first. Duh. The utility knife works much better.
Fill the bottle half with white vinegar and half with water. Shake it. Twist the cap back on and place back in your Swiffer.
I don’t remember how much the bottle of vinegar was at Whole Foods, but I think it was around $3. Two containers of cleaner from Swiffer for this size are $10 on Amazon. I think I can fill the container at least 10 times with a vinegar solution. That’s like a $47 savings. Not too shabby.
For wood floors you can add 2-3 TBS of vegetable oil (since you’re not eating it) to the 50/50 white vinegar and water mixture.
Also, check out these fun facts about vinegar.