How To Make The Swiffer Wet Jet More Eco Friendly

Is the Swiffer Wet Jet “cruelty free” and is there a way to make it more eco friendly if you already own one?  The answer is no, and yes. Procter and Gamble, the maker of the Swiffer Wet Jet mop and cleaning solutions, according to their website, states that “sometimes to ensure that materials are safe and effective, we must conduct research that involves animals”.  They go on to say that they are working to reduce the number of these tests and eliminate them completely. The fact is, the Swiffer Wet Jet mop is not cruelty free, given that it is designed to use only cleaning solutions made by P&G. The design of this wet  mop encourages you to keep buying a  supply of their cleaning pads, plus non cruelty free Swiffer Wet jet solution to put in it.  You don’t have to fall into that trap. There are eco friendly and cruelty free alternatives to Swiffer Wet Jet floor cleaner and pads, even if the mop itself is made by a company that tests on animals.  (Note: I don’t endorse this mop but simply want to help people who may already own one quit using animal tested products in it.)

Below is a photo of a Swiffer Wet Jet mop with an alternative cleaning pad.

eco friendly alternative for Wet Jet mop pad

Alternatives To Swiffer Wet Jet Cleaning Solutions, Pad and Batteries

I was given one of the Swiffer Wet Jet mops as a gift but was horrified to learn that it was made by a company that still tests cleaning chemicals on animals. Why should you or I care if they do test on animals, you may ask? Imagine a living, feeling creature, such as a rabbit, chimpanzee, pig, dog, cat or other species,  living every moment of its entire life caged up in a laboratory somewhere. The fact is that there are hundreds of these facilities all across the world, full of animals which are suffering on a daily basis.  From the time the animal is taken from its mother, who most likely has never lived outside a cage, it is subjected to all kinds of pain and cruel treatment on a daily basis. For example, imagine rows of rabbits held in harnesses so that they cannot move, with their eyes propped open all day long so that harsh chemicals can be sprayed into them. That’s exactly the way some labs test a product to see if it is an “eye irritant”.  It’s unbelievable that such barbaric practices exist in our modern world, but they do, and many consumers unfortunately don’t care.  Pain, that is all these creatures know, not how the sun feels on their fur or what is like to run and play with others of their species. Why is this necessary? The truth is, it is not necessary, no matter what P&G, or any of the other companies that conduct cruel animal tests will tell you. Almost every chemical known to man, including the ones used in Swiffer Wet Jet cleaners, has already been tested on animals years ago, and the data from those tests put into computer modeling programs. Computer models and non – animal – based tests can be used to analyze the effects of all of these chemicals on humans and pets, without the need for more cruel animal testing.

Cruelty Free Alternatives To Swiffer Wet Jet Cleaning Solution

Given the fact that I already owned a Swifer Wet Jet and didn’t want to just throw it away, I began to search for alternative Swiffer Wet Jet cleaning solutions that were eco friendly. Thus far you can still unscrew the cap off a used bottle and refill it with your choice of eco friendly and cruelty free cleaning products.  P&G doesn’t make this easy, you will need a pair of pliers to do so.  (Search your local recycling center for used Wet Jet bottles, don’t buy a full one). Look for products that feature the “Leaping Bunny” label and use these as an alternative to Wet Jet cleaning solution. Any product made for cleaning vinyl or other floors can be used as a replacement. A simple solution of water and vinegar works very well.

Eco Friendly Alternatives To Swiffer Wet Jet Cleaning Pads

I hated the fact that the Swiffer Wet Jet mop required so many disposable pads.  Since the bottom of the Swiffer Wet Jet mop has a hook and loop (Velcro) type fastener, you can use any microfiber cloth and stick it to the bottom of the mop. For example, I bought a 50 pack of these at a discount store for about ten bucks. You simply peel the washable cloth off and turn it over when one side gets dirty and keep on going. When it’s dirty, you just wash in the laundry.  There is also a washable microfiber cloth replacement for Swiffer Wet Jet’s and other wet mops that can be seen below on Amazon.

eco friendly wet jet pad

Wet Jet eco friendly alternative pad. Click On Photo For Details

Alternative To Swiffer Wet Jet Batteries

Another feature of the Swiffer Wet Jet mop that I hated was the fact that it uses disposable batteries. I solved this problem with a set of four rechargeable batteries that I got from Home Depot. A single charge can last for over a month and they can be recharged over a hundred times. This solves the problem of putting all those disposable AA batteries in the waste stream

Note: This article is not an endorsement for the Swiffer Wet Jet mop. It is not a “cruelty free product” since it is made by Procter and Gamble, a company which still conducts cruel animal testing. The purpose of this article is to provide you with cruelty free alternatives to use as replacements for the cleaning products, pad and batteries that the Wet Jet mop uses. There are better wet mops on the market, which do not use batteries, animal tested cleaners  or disposable pads.