Mopping Solution 101

Though I love my Swiffer Wet Jet for its convenience and easy-to-change cleaning pads, I do not like the cleaning solution that’s meant to be used with this system.  It’s bad for kitties, I don’t care for the lingering Febreze scent, and I don’t feel that it kills germs efficiently.  Instead of wasting money on the expensive refill bottles, I make a simple solution that cleans well, is safe for kitties and babies alike, and disinfects the old fashioned way.

To “jail break” a Swiffer Wet Jet refill container, you’ll need a small saucepan of boiling water and a thick dish cloth.  To begin, place the refill container twist-top side down into the boiling water for 1 1/2 — 2 minutes.  Remove and use the dishtowel to carefully twist the lid off.  You’ll hear a suction sound–that’s just the seal breaking.  You may have to repeat this step once or twice before the lid comes off completely.

Once the lid is off, combine four cups of hot water with 1/2 a cup of white vinegar.  I also added a few teaspoons of dish soap {I like this brand} to cut the vinegar smell.

To use your new cheap & chic mopping solution, simply twist the cap back onto the container and attach to your Swiffer Wet Jet.  It cleans like a dream and according to Good Housekeeping, white vinegar is 90% effective against mold and 99.9% effective against bacteria.


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