3 of the Best iRobot Jet M6 Cleaning Solution Alternatives

written by Sam Harris
part of Robot Vacuums
created on January 14, 2021
updated on April 29, 2021

At around $10, the bottle of the Braava Jet m6 cleaning solution only holds 16 Oz (or 473 ml) of liquid. By following the 6 caps-full recommendation, and with 2 to 4 weekly uses, that’s approximately one bottle every month or ~$100 on a floor cleaner in one year.

It turns out you’re in the right place if you have some ground to cover and are looking for something that lasts longer. Or maybe you don’t have enough cash to spare or don’t want to spend as much on a floor cleaner.

Without further ado, here are three of the best Braava Jet m6 cleaning solution alternatives.

Water/distilled water 

If you’re tired of buying the cleaning solution or maybe it’s temporarily out of stock, well, plain water (distilled if you have mineralized water) works just as well for getting clean floors. 

It’s worth mentioning 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 cleaning solution of the Braava leaves behind, so you want to keep that in mind. 

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Bona hard floor cleaner

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bona hard floor cleaner

Think water won’t work quite as well as you’d like? You got the option of the Bona hard floor cleaner. 

I should mention though that the Bona hard floor cleaner isn’t iRobot certified. This is why to be on the safe side, you won’t be using the solution directly in the tank of your M6. Rather, you’d be soaking your reusable mop cloths (get at least three that you can swap out mid-session to avoid redistribution of the dirt) into a solution of the Bona, particularly if you have a huge space (anything more than 2500 sq ft). Alternatively, you could spray the floor with Bona’s liquid if you live in, say, an apartment. 

Braava Jet m6 cleaning solution

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braava jet hard floor cleaning solution

At number #3, and to conclude this list, is the Braava Jet m6 cleaning solution. Sounds counterintuitive, doesn’t it? 

The thing is, as far as the Braava Jet solution, there’s currently no APPROVED substitute. The reason being that other floor cleaners may contain chemicals that can clog the spray nozzle, 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, I suggest sticking to the iRobot Braava liquid if its price isn’t a factor. 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, 2 Oz to 13 Oz of warm water should still give eight cleaning sessions per the 16 Oz content of the bottle, so it’s not quite as expensive as it appears to be.

Conclusion

The iRobot Braava Jet hard floor cleaner smells so good, keeps the floor shining and the machine running smoothly BUT cost can quickly accumulate, or it could be unavailable in your part of the world. Hence, the above-mentioned alternatives.

Talking of the Braava Jet m6 alternatives as mentioned above, you may notice I named the Braava m6 cleaning solution as an alternative of itself. Doesn’t make sense, yes. Except, as of the time of writing, this is the ONLY one iRobot approves for use in their machine. Plus, considering the Braava Jet m6 is typically selling for $500, is it worth taking a chance on?

To give you wider options, I also 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 should 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. 

As for the Bona liquid, there’s 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.

Lastly, 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.

Further reading

Full review (include pros and cons) of the Braava Jet m6 smart mopping robot