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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The Rubber Egg

I know that I’ve done a lot of recipes because, well, I like food and I like to cook so naturally that’s what I gravitate to.  But this blog is supposed to be about more than just that.  I want to try anything that catches my eye and looks cool.  This is one that I’ve been wanted to try for a while and I’m not sure why I put it off so long because it is very simple and you only need a couple of things to do it.  A bowl, an egg, and some white vinegar.  You can hard boil the egg first, which is a little less messy (believe me). 

Put the egg in the bowl and cover it with vinegar.

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It’s going to take a couple of days for the vinegar to work it’s magic but you will be able to see it as it happens.

This is 24 hours.

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This is 48 hours.

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After the 48 hours, I took the egg out of the vinegar and rinsed it off.  And I had a rubber egg (sort of). 

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If you gently squeeze it, it feels like rubber.  It will even bounce if you drop it a few inches above the counter! However, only attempt to pinch it if you’ve hard boiled it first, which I didn’t, and mine busted all over the counter top. 🙂  

My kids did this one with me and they thought it was really cool.  You also get to teach them a few things about science.  From my research online, this is how it works.  The egg shell is made up of calcium carbonate.  The vinegar is an acetic acid.  When these two are combines a chemical reaction happens and gas is released. The gas is carbon dioxide, which you can see is the bubbles floating in the vinegar. The chemical reaction keeps up until all of the carbon in the egg is used up. Now, I didn’t get to do this with mine because it popped, but if your egg was hard boiled and you leave the egg sitting on the counter for about another day, it will get hard! Why? Because it absorbs the carbon dioxide in the air.  If it was still a raw egg, you can put it into a bowl with water and it will absorb the water and swell up until it bursts.  

This experiment reminded me how much I used to like science in school.  Isn’t science amazing?!?

Stinky Towels!

So for my first post, I wanted to tell you about how I fixed my stinky towel situation.  You know how after you have a towel for so long it starts to smell.  No matter what detergent or fabric softener I used, they still smelled of mildew with a faint whiff of dog pee. Nobody wants to smell that as you are drying your face or wrapping your hair turban style in a towel.  I was almost to the point where I was going to toss them all and go splurge on all new towels.  Then I saw a post and figured I would give it a try.  It was a cheap fix and if it worked it would save  me tons of cash on buying new towels.  I’ve learned that the cleaning possibilities of two ingredients are limitless.
By now, I shouldn’t doubt, yet I did.  So I tossed all my towels into the washer and added 1 cup of  distilled white vinegar.  You have to run it with HOT water.  After that cycle completes, add in 1/2 cup of baking soda and run it again with HOT water.  Then dry them.  They will come out smelling fresh and clean.  No more stinky towels! It’s only been about a week since I did them so I’m not sure how often you should repeat the process.  Maybe every couple of months or whenever you notice that they are starting to smell again.  Happy washing!

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