**UPDATE: This did help the first time this happened but then it was clogged again and I just could not unclog it. I think pouring water over mine rusted the batteries. Definitely take out the batter portion before trying this but just know this did ruin my Swiffer**
A few months ago I made a post on how I made my Swiffer zero-waste. However, my Swiffer suddenly stopped working a few weeks ago. When I pressed down on the button nothing would happen, there wasn't even a sound. Naturally I assumed my batteries ran out so I changed them, still nothing. I took everything apart and put it back together again and couldn't figure out what was wrong with it. I honestly think before going zero waste I would have just assumed it was dead and thrown it out. But before I resorted to sending my Swiffer to the trash I wanted to see if I could fix it.
I looked it up and found this article online about how the cause may be due to the Swiffer being clogged. I decided I would follow the steps and give it a try.
First it said to take an 8 ounce glass and fill it 1/4 the way with white vinegar, and then fill the other 3/4 with warm water. Once you have that mixture, take the bottle out of the Swiffer and with a dish brush and your diluted vinegar wash the top of the bottle. Then I put my Swiffer in the sink and took the remaining liquid and poured it into the Swiffer where the bottle goes to help clear out any clogs. While I did this I pressed the button down for a few seconds at a time. After a few tries my Swiffer started working again! I was amazed that it was really that simple! I'm so glad that at the end of the day I took the 10 minutes needed to look up and try out a solution and was able to save myself $40 on a Swiffer! Plus repairing what we have is so much better for the environment than buying something new.
Have you fixed anything instead of buying a replacement? Let me know your experience in the comments below.
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