Mom Hack Monday: Non-toxic Swiffer Wet Jet Refills

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I’m so happy to share this mom hack with you all because I love the convenience of using my Swiffer Wet Jet, but I hate using the toxic chemical cleaning solution that comes with it. Many conventional cleaning solutions contain dozens of lung-harming ingredients, carcinogens, formaldehyde, chloroform, and other hormone disrupting and cancer causing chemicals and fragrances. And there’s no sure fire way to know exactly which chemicals these household cleaners contain because according to the Environmental Working Group, only 7% of cleaning products adequately disclose their contents!


These chemicals enter the blood stream once absorbed by the skin and inhaled through the lungs.

If you have kids, you know they basically live on the floor for the first 5 years of their lives. And they have a tendency to get into E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G. That’s why I like to make sure that whatever we use to clean the entire house (floors included) is safe enough to put on your skin or ingest.

Here’s Rue with the rag I was using to wipe down the counters. Good thing it’s just vingear and water on that rag!

While there are several healthier options on the market, I have found that homemade is safer, cheaper, and creates less waste. So we use our homemade vinegar all purpose cleaner for everything.

The cap on these Wet Jet cleaning solution bottles DO NOT twist off. I even tried using a screw driver to pry it off and it just wouldn’t come off. So I came up with an easy way to remove the cleaning solution that comes with the Wet Jet and replace it with my homemade vinegar all purpose cleaning solution.

I just cut a slit into the rubber cap on top using a serrated steak knife and pour my homemade all purpose cleaner in through a funnel.

It works like magic.

Sorry Swiffer, you can’t make me buy another bottle of this crap ever again! We’re cutting down our exposure to toxic chemicals and cutting down our waste. Yay for a happy, healthy family and planet!!!

If you’re not familiar with the effects conventional household cleaners can have on your health, please read this post by the Organic Consumers Association.


Have you made the switch to all natural cleaners yet? Why or why not?

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Huff Post’s EWG’s List of Most Harmful Cleaning Products for Your Home

The American Lung Association on Cleaning Supplies and Household Chemicals

EWG’s Cleaning Supplies and Your Health