How To Clean A Brita Water Pitcher (Step by Step)

Last Updated on October 11, 2021 by Michael

You need to take some time, every once in a while, to clean your Brita water pitcher. Otherwise (if you don’t take the trouble of cleaning it), it could become unhygienic, and potentially a health hazard.

The conditions under which the Brita water pitcher is used are particularly conducive for the growth of mold and mildew.

Yet the last thing you want is a situation where the pitcher from which you draw your drinking water is full of mold and mildew.

That is why regular cleaning of the pitcher is essential.

Besides the mold and mildew, you also want to rid the pitcher of other forms of dirt, which could lead to the growth of pathogens.

Thankfully, the task of cleaning a Brita water pitcher is fairly easy. Below are the simple steps you need to follow when cleaning the pitcher.


Read: How Does Brita Filter Indicator Work?


How To Clean Brita Water Pitcher

How To Clean A Brita Water Pitcher (In 11 Simple Steps)

  1. Pour out any water that may be in the pitcher

This has to be the starting point in the cleaning exercise. You obviously can’t clean the pitcher while it has water inside it. Therefore you have to start by pouring out any water that may be inside it.

Pouring out the water also prepares you mentally for the task.

For instance, if you have been procrastinating on this task, your mind will know that it is finally time for it once you pour out the water in the pitcher.


  1. Unlock the pitcher’s lid

Before you can clean the Brita water pitcher, you need to dismantle it. And the first task in the process of dismantling the pitcher is that of unlocking the lid.

Unlocking the pitcher’s lid is a three-step procedure. Firstly, you place your finger in the weighted lid. Then you get your thumb on the handle.

Thereafter, you just pull the lid up. This should get it to dislodge immediately.


  1. Unlock the pitcher’s filter

The next aspect of dismantling the Brita water pitcher for cleaning purposes is that of removing the filter. Opening the pitcher’s lid should have exposed the reservoir.

It is in the reservoir assembly that the filter is to be found. Yours is to simply twist it out (the way you normally do when you wish to replace it).

The most important thing is to ensure that you handle it with care, lest you contaminate it in the process.


  1. Unlock the pitcher’s reservoir

The final aspect of dismantling the Brita water pitcher for cleaning purposes is that of removing the reservoir.

After having removed the lid and filter, the reservoir is really all that will be remaining.

All you need to do is get your hand into the pitcher and gently pull out the reservoir.


  1. Wash the lid and reservoir using mild detergent and a soft cloth

Now that you are through with the task of dismantling the Brita water pitcher, you now enter into the actual washing phase.

You can start with the lid.

What you need to do is to first warm some water. The objective is to get it to be warm, but not too hot.

Once you have warmed the water, you need to put some mild detergent in it. There are two precautions to observe here. First is with regard to water temperature: where you need to ensure that it is warm, but not too hot.

The second is with regard to the detergent: where you need to ensure that it is mild, and not too abrasive.

Now that you have put the mild detergent into the warm water, the next step is to dip a soft piece of cloth into that solution. So you put a soft piece of cloth into the warm water which has mild detergent in it.

Thereafter, you use the said piece of cloth to gently scour both the Brita water pitcher lid and reservoir.

The most important thing here is to ensure that you are gentle, yet also thorough in scouring the pitcher’s lid and reservoir.

The lid deserves some special attention, as it has crevices that are easy to miss. You need to ensure that the soft piece of cloth you are using for cleaning actually gets into those crevices.

With regard to the reservoir, the area that deserves special attention (and which is otherwise very easy to miss) is the base where the filter sits.

You need to ensure that the soft piece of cloth you are using for cleaning actually gets to this base, and removes any dirt that may be stuck there.

Pay attention, to ensure that both the inside and the outside of the reservoir actually get cleaned. It is easy to focus too much on cleaning the reservoir’s exterior and end up forgetting its interior.

Conversely, you could focus too much on the reservoir’s interior and completely forget the exterior.

Take precautions

Avoid those pitfalls, by seeing to it that all parts of the reservoir’s interior and exterior are cleaned. Remember, this is a thorough, once-in-a-while cleaning you are doing, and you can’t afford to ignore any part.

One may pose the question as to why we need to go through all this trouble when dishwashers exist. But as it turns out, the Brita water pitcher’s lid and reservoir are not dishwasher safe.

Therefore the option of just putting them inside the dishwasher and letting the machine do the rest is really not there. The pitcher’s lid and reservoir have to be cleaned by hand.

Another temptation that may arise is that of using steel wool or a scrubbing pad to wash the pitcher (rather than a soft cloth).

But that is a temptation you need to resist because if you decide to wash the pitcher using steel wool or a scrubbing pad, you will only end up ruining it.

It is important to appreciate just how delicate the Brita water pitcher’s inner components are. Then you can appreciate how much damage a scouring pad or steel wool would do to them.

Granted, the soft cloth may not come across as being the most efficient tool for this purpose. That is especially the case if there are stubborn spots with mold/mildew as well as accumulated dirt to be removed.

But you ultimately need to remember that the objective is to ensure that you don’t ruin the pitcher in the process of cleaning it.

The last thing you want is to end up with a pitcher that is thoroughly clean, but ruined! And the way to avoid this is by seeing to it that you use a soft piece of cloth (and not a scrubbing pad or steel wood) to clean the pitcher.

Ultimately though, for the dirt or mildew in the lid crevices, you may be forced to use a very soft brush: one that is designed like a toothbrush.

That is if you discover that the soft cloth is unable to remove all of it. So you first try to remove all of it using the soft cloth. It is only when you discover that the soft cloth can’t that you try the soft brush.


  1. Rinse the pitcher’s lid and reservoir

After having washed the Brita water pitcher lid and reservoir with a soft cloth dipped in warm water which has mild detergent, the next step is to rinse.

You need to rinse the pitcher thoroughly. Remember, if you leave any soap in it, that soap could find its way into the water you will be filtering through the pitcher, thus ruining it.

Therefore you need to get plenty of water for the purpose of rinsing. Then ensure that all parts of the pitcher that got into contact with the soap are rinsed.

Once again, there are specific spots that are very easy to miss (and which you, therefore, need to pay special attention to).

One is the crevices that are to be found on the pitcher’s lid. And second is the base, on the pitcher’s reservoir, where the filter sits.

Ensure that you don’t end up leaving soap in those areas. Go out of your way to ensure that the rinsing water actually gets to those spots.


  1. Rinse the pitcher’s filter

Unlike the pitcher’s lid and reservoir, the filter doesn’t require washing with a soft piece of cloth dipped in water with mild detergent. What the pitcher’s filter requires instead is simply rinsing over running water.

Therefore cleaning it will be a matter of just putting it in a sink (under a faucet), opening the water, and letting the water run into/through the filter.

The key thing here is to ensure that you handle the filter in a hygienic manner so that you don’t end up contaminating it in the name of cleaning it.

You need to remember that when all is said and done, this is the filter through which all your drinking water will be passing later.

You therefore better ensure that you don’t contaminate it.

Of course, if you realize that the filter’s ability to remove contaminants from water is depleted, you may decide to replace it, rather than rinsing it and reinserting it in the pitcher.

Still, even if it is a new filter you are installing, you may be better off putting it in a sink under a faucet and allowing water to run through it.


  1. Dry the pitcher’s lid and reservoir

After washing the Brita water pitcher (lid and reservoir), the next step is to allow it to dry properly, before reassembling it.

This aspect of drying the pitcher is just a matter of placing it on a drying rack in your kitchen.

Then allow it to dry naturally. It may take some time, but by the end of it all, the pitcher will have dried properly.

At this stage, the temptation to dry the Brita water pitcher by way of wiping (rather than setting it up on a drying rack) may be very strong.

After all, setting it up on a drying rack entails having to wait for quite a bit of time till the water drips off naturally. On the other hand, wiping is instantaneous.

So why not just dry the pitcher by wiping it? Well, the problem with wiping is the fact that the particles of whatever you are wiping with are likely to remain on the pitcher.

Those could in turn find their way into the water you will be purifying using the pitcher. That would beat the very purpose of using the pitcher, really.

This is why you need to be patient enough to allow the pitcher to dry naturally on a drying rack.

You can leave the pitcher there, and attend to other tasks as you wait for it to dry. Just ensure that it dries properly, before reassembly.


  1. Reassemble the pitcher

In reassembling the pitcher, you will need to start by getting the filter into the reservoir first. So you just locate the base, on the reservoir, where the filter is supposed to rest.

Thereafter, you place the filter there, then twist it to get it to lock onto place.

After placing the filter on the reservoir, you can proceed to replace the pitcher’s lid. So you place it on the location where it is supposed to lie.

Then you press it gently until it clicks into place.


  1. Run water through the pitcher

After reassembling the pitcher, it is a good idea to run water through it (then discard it) several times – like three times.

This is particularly important if, in the course of the cleaning exercise, you have decided to change the filter [rather than returning the old filter].

But even if you didn’t change the filter, you can still do this: and regard it as a final rinsing round.


  1. Take note of the date when you have cleaned the Brita water pitcher

This is just a question of taking cognizance of the fact that you have cleaned the pitcher on such and such a date.

You then need to make a firm commitment on when the next cleaning date for the Brita water pitcher is.

You may note that down somewhere. This is better than cleaning the pitcher on an ad hoc basis/whenever you find time for the task.

Adopting the latter approach could see you going for very long durations of time before washing the pitcher. To avoid that, you should take note of the date when you clean the pitcher.

Then make a firm commitment on when you are to clean the Brita water pitcher again.

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