written by Nil Harris
part of Robot Vacuums
created on March 23, 2022
updated on May 8, 2022

Best iRobot Braava Cleaning Solution Alternatives

You arrived in the right place if you are looking to learn more about the best available iRobot Braava Cleaning Solution alternatives for hard floor  that you can use with iRobot Braava Jet M6. You would want to choose the right cleaning solution alternative which will get your iRobot Braava Jet M6 to deliver the best results and also keep a check on your costs. We are here to make your iRobot hard floor cleaning journey an even better experience for you.

We have you covered in case you are looking for the best iRobot cleaning solution alternatives based on cost, performance or according to your particular usage. 

What cleaner can I use in iRobot Braava?

#1 Using plain or distilled water as a iRobot Braava cleaning solution alternative

Plain water, or distilled version in case you have mineralized water, works just as well as a cleaning solution alternative for the iRobot Braava Jet M6. With water you do not need to worry about refilling your cleaning solution every now and then or be stressed about it going temporarily out of stock. Plain water is also the cheapest option among the Braava Jet M6 cleaning solutions.

It is worth mentioning though that while you’ll be saving money by using water in your machine, you simply are going to miss out on the shiny look and nice scent that the other commercial Braava cleaning solutions leave behind. So keep that in mind as you decide whether plain water is the best iRobot hard floor cleaning solution alternative for you.

#2 Bona Hard Floor Cleaner as Braava Jet M6 cleaning solution

bona hard floor cleaner - iRobot braava cleaning solution alternativeCheck out Bona Hardwood Floor cleaner for your iRobot Braava jet M6

If you think that water won’t work quite as well as you’d like as a cleaning solution alternative, then you have the option of the Bona hard floor cleaner for your iRobot Braava. 

I would like to mention though that the Bona hard floor cleaner isn’t iRobot certified. That’s why to be on the safe side, you shouldn’t be using the solution directly in the tank of your iRobot Braava M6. Rather, you should soak your reusable mop cloths into a solution of the Bona hard floor cleaner. Get at least three mop cloths so that you can swap out mid-session to avoid redistribution of dirt, particularly if you have a big space > 2500 sq ft. Alternatively, you could spray the floor with the Bona hard floor cleaner prior to using your IRobot Braava. Bona also has its own spray bottle that you can use for spraying. 

For the Bona hard floor cleaner, there is one known as Refill (already diluted and ready for use) and it’s the one featured in this post. If you got the Concentrate one, it’s two parts water to one part Bona. If it’s the Professional Concentrate, then it’s seven parts water to one part Bona.

Bona hard floor cleaner is scent-free, leaves no residue and is safe for all unwaxed, unoiled, polyurethane finished wood floors. It will work well as a cleaning solution for iRobot Braava M6 when you use it as described.

#3 Using iRobot’s own Cleaning Solution for Braava Jet M6

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Check out iRobot’s own Cleaning Solution for Braava Jet M6

We will conclude this list with the iRobot Cleaning Solution for Braava Jet M6. 

As far as the cleaning solutions for iRobot Braava Jet M6 go, there is currently no approved substitute. The reason being that other floor cleaners may contain chemicals that can clog the spray nozzle or break down the materials inside the robot, potentially causing mobility challenges. Should this be the case, you’ll have an expensive device you can’t use or return. For this reason, if price isn’t a factor then I suggest sticking to the iRobot Braava liquid. 

While it doesn’t disinfect, it definitely cleans better than plain water (contains Dimethyldecylamine N-oxide–a cleaning agent) and is compatible with the Braava 240 Jet, Braava 380t, and the Scooba models. Plus you still get eight cleaning sessions per the 16 Oz content of the bottle, so it’s not quite as expensive as it appears to be.

The iRobot Cleaning Solution adds long lasting, fresh scent, is ideal for finished hard floors and is compatible with all Braava Robot Mops. As the authentic product from iRobot itself, the iRobot Cleaning Solution is a good option as a cleaning solution for Braava Jet M6.

Summary of the best cleaning solution alternatives for iRobot Braava Jet M6

We have noted down the best cleaning solution alternatives for iRobot Braava Jet M6 in this post. Some of these are better from the cost angle and some are better based on if you are looking for scented, iRobot approved options etc. 

To give you wider options, I have mentioned water which is by far the safest for your robot plus it doesn’t do badly either. And the Bona hard floor cleaner, which I recommend to be applied on the reusable pads (two or more, each for not more than three rooms at a time) or directly on floor surfaces–as AGAINST inside the tank of the Braava Jet M6 mopping robot. 

I have also named iRobot’s own Cleaning Solution for Braava Jet M6. At the time of writing, this is the ONLY one iRobot approves for use in their machine. Plus, considering the iRobot Braava Jet m6 is typically selling for $500, is it worth taking a chance on? The iRobot Braava Jet hard floor cleaner also smells pretty good.

These iRobot Braava Jet M6 floor cleaners are ideal for most sealed hard floorings, including hardwood, tile, marble, and laminate. Consult the manufacturer or installer if you’re ever in doubt about the safety of the Braava and Bona liquids for your floors.

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