Refill a Swiffer Wet-Jet Bottle

With three kids and two dogs always running in and out and a husband who is always tracking in dirt and grease from the garage, I love my Swiffer Wet-Jet.  But, I don’t like paying almost $6 every time I need a refill.  I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to remove the lid, but it seems like it can’t be done. I did some searching and I found a way to refill my bottle and save a little money. 

You need an empty bottle to start with.

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Fill a small pot with water, just enough to cover the lid of the bottle.  Bring it to a boil. Dip the lid into the water.  Let it sit for about 30-60 seconds. 

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The lid will come right off!

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I’m not sure if you can see in the picture, but the lid has tiny plastic pieces that keep you from just taking it off.  So grab a small pair of scissors or nail clippers and remove them.

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Now you will be able to refill it with whatever you like! An all purpose cleaner and water, or even better vinegar and water! Now that you’ve “fixed” it, you will never have to buy another refill again.

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Dye Hair with Food Coloring

My daughter is almost 12 years old.  She is just beginning to get interested in things like make-up and clothes.  She has been begging me for months to dye her hair pink and I can’t bring myself to let her do an all over semi-permanent dye job.  So I did some research online and this is our first experiment.

To do this you need foil, food coloring, hair gel or white/clear shampoo/conditioner, an old toothbrush, and a shirt you don’t mind ruining.

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Mix a glob (that’s a technical term) of gel with food coloring to get the color you want.  We were trying for purple. Using the foil and toothbrush, brush the dye onto the hair kind of like they do in a salon with highlights.  We just went for the bottom few inches of her hair.

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Fold the foil up and over so that it stays in the hair and covers the dye.

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We left hers in for about 3 hours.  It was our first time and we wanted to see how it worked.  You can leave it in longer (even overnight) if you want a deeper color. Remove the foil from the hair and rinse our the dye. No shampoo!

Hers turned more pink than purple but we got the result we were looking for.  

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This stayed in until she shampooed her hair.  I’m sure if you get a deeper color it will stay longer. We both got what we wanted.  She got pink hair and I was happy that it washed out quickly 😉

Homemade Wipes

Being the mom of an 18 month old, I go through a ton of baby wipes.  And I don’t just use them for him, either.  I use them for the older kids, I use them to remove make-up, wipe toys down….The cost of them can add up.  I recently saw a tutorial online for creating your own wipes at home so I wanted to give it a try and see if it could save me some money.  Not only did I make baby wipes, but I made bleach wipes as well, to use on counter tops, to clean the bathroom, to disinfect toys, or just whatever.

First for the bleach wipes. You will need an airtight container (I got a pack of 2 at Walmart for about $2.50), bleach, and water.  Oh and paper towels to make the wipes.  Don’t skimp on the brand of paper towels.  The cheap ones will disintegrate   I used Viva brand because they are really strong.

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You need to cut the roll of paper towels in half.  Try to use a knife that is not serrated.  It will just eat the paper towels.

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Put one half in the container.

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Mix 2 1/2 cups of water and 1/2 cup of bleach in a bowl.

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Now pour the mixture over the top of the paper towels.

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The mixture should be soaked right into the paper towels.  Now that the cardboard core is wet, it will be easier to remove.  You might meet a little resistance from the glue they use but it shouldn’t be too hard to just pull it out.

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Now you will be able to pull from the middle when you need a wipe.  Easy, right?  Just cover with the lid.  You can put a hole in the lid to pull the wipes through but I chose not to do this.

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Now, for the baby wipes.  You will need the container, the other half of the paper towel roll, baby wash, baby oil, and water.

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The same as before, put the half of the paper towel roll into the container.

In a bowl, mix 2 1/4 cups water, 2 tablespoons of baby wash, and 1 tbsp of baby oil.  Mix it well.

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Then pour the mixture over the paper towels.  If you use the thicker baby wash, it might look gooey but it will dissolve in.

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Again, now that the cardboard center is wet, it can be easily removed.

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Now, you have baby wipes! Hopefully this will save me some money, and you too.

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