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By Linda Martin Community Blogger
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Posted: November 10th, 2010

I followed the instructions on the video I posted in my previous post and it really was that simple to remove that cap from the Swiffer WetJet bottle.  I didn’t need to break off the little prongs that stick out (recommended on a link I gave in my previous post) because when it was heated and I turned  the cap it bent them down enough that I can screw the lid back on and remove it without having to reheat it in boiling water.

So, now I need to make the solution that is recommended on the Waterlox website (Waterlox is an tung oil-based floor finish.) I’m using the vinegar and water so I don’t have to over pay for their pricey cleaner.  The instructions said: “A damp mop with a maximum mixture of 1 – 2 oz. of white vinegar to 2 gallons of warm water”

The WetJet bottle looks to be close to a quart. I’ll use the 2 ounces per 2 gallon suggestion and reduce it down to quart size.  One ounce per one gallon.  One fluid ounce is 6 teaspoons.   So that is 6 tsp per gallon.  Divide by 4 (qts per gallon) and you get 1 1/2 teaspoons of vinegar per quart of water (the max amount of vinegar they say to use or less.)  Vinegar is one of the cheapest things to buy and you use so little you can imagine how much money you will save not buying the Swiffer WetJet bottles.

Waterlox says you can use Murphy’s Oil Soap but says it leaves a residue that dulls the finish somewhat and that would have to be removed whenever you want to recoat the floor with more Waterlox in the future.  That might be a good way to dull a finish down that you think is too shiny.  Just a thought.

I’m glad to be able to refill the bottles.  Now if there was a cheaper pad that goes with the Swiffer WetJet.

Posted: November 6th, 2010

I have the Swiffer WetJet floor cleaner that sprays out a jet of cleaner from an attached bottle.  I have the hardwood floor product but according to Waterlox we are suppose to clean our floor with only vinegar and water or their product.  Well, of course I’ll use vinegar and water because their product costs too much (plus shipping because who sells it in our area?)  I love the WetJet, though, and want to just put the vinegar and water into the bottle and dump the hardwood cleaner that is in there.  I tried and tried with pliers and channel locks and couldn’t get that cap off.  Of course it would be hard or we’d all be making our own solutions to refill them.  But I found a website that tells you how to get that lid off to refill it.  I’m going to give it a try.  If you want to try it here is the website: Normally I don’t like the ehow website for their advice but perhaps this will work.  Try it for yourself or check back and I’ll let you know if their instructions work for me. It certainly sounds simple enough.  I just found this site with photos, and here is a YouTube video about it.