A Frugal Alternative to the Swiffer WetJet

Of all the things I buy on a regular basis, refills for my Swiffer WetJet were, until two months ago, my most lavish indulgence. In fact, my Swiffer habit was costing me about $10 per month. The problem is, the WetJet is just so darn convenient. Pop on a new mop pad, squeeze the trigger, mop the floor, then toss the pad. Easy peasy. No buckets of mop water, no wringing out mop heads.

A couple of months ago, however, I got a Rubbermaid Reveal mop. It works a lot like the Swiffer but it has reusable pads and you can use your own cleaning solution in the refillable cleaner bottle. The only big difference between the Reveal and the WetJet is that the WetJet has a battery powered trigger action–you squeeze the trigger and a steady stream of cleaner squirts out until you release the trigger. The Reveal has a manual trigger–you pump the trigger once for each squirt, just like a spray bottle. That’s a small difference I can live with, especially considering how frugal it is to use.

But I’m not writing about this mop today just to let you know how great and frugal it is. I also want to sing the praises of the Rubbermaid company. You see, the trigger mechanism on my mop began to stick recently. I would squeeze the trigger and it would squirt but then it wouldn’t immediately return to it’s original position. This made for a frustrating mopping experience.

So I wrote to Rubbermaid to let them know. And you know what? They replaced my mop, just like that. I really appreciate a company that stands by its product that way. That’s an ethical way to do business and I have the utmost respect for them now. So if you love your Swiffer WetJet but hate paying for the costly refills, give the Rubbermaid Reveal a spin. You’ll be getting a good mop and supporting  a company that stands by its product.

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  1. Tamara Davis says:

    Oooh nice. I have been considering requesting a mop for some holiday or whatever as I have no mop presently, but the Swiffer is just ridiculously costly to own. I have the rubbermaid dustmop that looks a lot like this, actually. And I love that the cleansing agent options are endless–I love Murphy’s and that’s not an option in Swiffer. The wood Swiffer juice is OK–but it’s no Murphy’s Oil Soap, ya know?

    Do they ever coupon this or do you ever see it on sale? I really think this is my next addition to my house!

  2. thefrugalbaby says:

    I actually have seen coupons for these. And of course, if you buy one online you may be able to find a coupon code. You can get the mop with one bottle and one pad for about $25 at Target so it’s not too bad. The kit with the extra bottles and pads are higher.

  3. Tamara Davis says:

    I don’t shop at Target anymore because of their return policy, but if it’s $25.00 on target, I’ve got to find it somewhere else cheaper.

    Are you an Amazon affiliate? You could consider doing affiliate links to all the products you recommend… just a thought. Every penny counts and all.

  4. thefrugalbaby says:

    Walmart is usually cheaper than Target but I couldn’t find this mop at Walmart. But yeah, I’m sure you can find it elsewhere. I actually am an Amazon affiliate and the Rubbermaid Reveal text link in my post will actually take you to the product at Amazon :-)

    Thanks for the suggestion, though. Do you blog anywhere?

  5. Tamara Davis says:

    Actually, I do, but it’s honestly just me complaining about some of the BS of law school. Specifically my classmates. It’s not exactly a feel-good thing, presently. I wanted to do an advice column thing with a friend of mine, but it never got off the ground. :(

  6. Beth says:

    Hi ladies,
    I was just telling my friend that there’s an alternate to the swiffer. So I Googled it and you’re review came up. I’d like to say thanks it was a great review with pictures was a big plus! I’m going to forward to my neighbor this frugal site, (shes got a new baby) so she should find it helpful. Thanks again!
    Beth, Hawley, Pa

  7. tess says:

    Thank you for this great post. I’ve got a question that NONE of the Internets will answer for me. 😉 I’d REALLY appreciate some info if you don’t mind and if you get a chance. :)

    How long is the handle from mopping-pad to trigger? I have a pretty bad back and this is an essential metric for me that even the Rubbermaid website does not list.

    Thanks again and happy frugal cleaning!!

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