How to Clean Brita Pitcher?

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How to Clean Brita Pitcher?

Brita pitcher is a great way of purifying your drinking water. It comes with a filtering unit inside and a reservoir outside, where the filtered water gets stored.

A Brita pitcher makes your tap water as pure as bottled water and is ideal for use at home.

Step 1: Disassemble the Brita Pitcher

The first thing to do is to take apart the pitcher. Most Brita filters have a locking switch that allows them to be dismantled. Rotate the filter housing in order to release the internal parts. Feel around the filter housing until you feel a small lock. Press it, followed by pulling the filter out. Continue removing filters until they are all out.

Step 2: Clean the Lid

Turn the Brita Pitcher over and remove the lid. If you are cleaning a hard-sided Pitcher, you will have to remove the filter first. Wash the lid with water and soap, rinse and allow it to air dry.

If possible, fill the Pitcher with water before removing the lid and pouring it out. Then you can pour the leftover water through the filter onto a plant or into a pot or bucket of soil. Remember to change the water in your Pitcher at least every two to four months, depending on how much water you use daily.

Once you are done washing and cleaning the Brita Pitcher, you can place it back on your refrigerator. It is always a good idea to allow the pitcher to air dry for a while.

Step 3: Remove the Filter

To remove the filter, pull the lever at the top of the filter and slowly lift the filter up from the pitcher.

Then take the pitcher under running water and rinse it thoroughly until no more mineral deposits are found floating inside or on the sides of the pitcher.

Also check the water level inside the pitcher and fill it up again with fresh water to promote clean flow of water.

That’s it! You are ready to use your pitcher again.

It is recommended that you replace the filter every 2 months.

Step 4: Remove and Clean the Reservoir

To remove the reservoir from the pitcher, unplug the pitcher and unscrew the lid. Pour about half a pitcher of plain hot water into the reservoir. Then, remove the filter and rinse it in the hot water. Soak the reservoir in a 50-50 solution of white vinegar and water for about an hour. Clean the reservoir with hot, soapy water before rinsing well. Shake off any excess water and leave the reservoir out to dry completely.

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Step 5: Clean the Pitcher

When you have finished cleaning your bottles, you can dispose of the used solution by flushing it down the toilet.

The Brita Pitcher should be washed at least once a week. Use the Brita pitchers’ filter as a handle when placing it on the top shelf of the dishwasher. If you don’t have a whole-house dishwasher or don’t want to use your dishwasher to clean your pitcher, you can use your sink or a tub to manually wash your Brita pitcher. Washing your pitcher manually will cause you to cut down on your usage of water, and you can also reduce the amount of soap you use by hand washing.

Only fill the Brita Pitcher half full of water. All of the water that goes into the pitcher should be poured out; you should only use half of the water to fill the pitcher by hand.

Fill 1/4 of the pitcher with mild soap. Make sure to use a mild soap to avoid any buildup or residue on the filters inside the pitcher. Fill any remaining space in the pitcher with hot water.

Place the lid on the pitcher and remove the filter. Carefully clean the filter and the pitcher with a sponge or wash cloth. Make sure you remove any coffee or tea stains and especially stubborn stains.

Step 6: Reassemble the Pitcher

Now that your pitcher is nice and clean, you can put it all back together.

The first step is to put the lid in the place it goes. Be sure the arrows are pointing down towards the reservoir. Then you can put the upper part of the pitcher back on the reservoir, so that the back part of the lid snaps into place. Be sure that all the pieces are snapped into place.

Set a pitcher underneath the faucet and run the cold water. This will fill it with fresh, clean water and it is ready for the next use.

Things to Know:

It is recommended that you use filtered water, one to two times per week to flush the internal filter.

How Often to Change the Brita Pitcher Filter?

The Brita filters are designed for a certain lifetime and then need to be replaced. This filter lifetime depends on the Brita Pitcher model.

One of the most popular Brita Pitcher models is the 5-cup, which is recommended for use by 2 people each day. This filter is designed for use up to 150 gallon or about 2 months.

The 3-cup BPA free model is recommended for use by 1-2 people with 1 pitcher per person. This filter is designed for use up to 93 gallon or about 7 months.

The filters need to be replaced when you start to notice the difference in the taste of the filtered water or after the filters are used up.

These Brita Pitcher models come with a filter alert system for this purpose. There is a light indicator which alerts you that the filter needs to be replaced.

Also, Brita Pitcher filters are used for filtering out the chlorine, odor, and sediments in the water. Hence, they shouldn’t be reused. The best way to reuse this a Brita Pitcher filter is to recycle it.

You may just need to take out the filter from the pitcher and clean it properly before recycling it.


To clean Brita Pitcher, you can follow the steps we described above and have a fresh and clean pitcher. Your family and friends will have better water taste. They will also be impressed with your cleaning skills!

About the Author: Anastasia Smith

Anastasia Smith is a long time resident of Sebastian, FL. She has more than 20 years’ of experience, serving children and adults. When she isn’t busy working with children, she loves reading. And when she isn’t reading, she loves baking. And when she isn’t baking, she loves blogging.

She has an accurate and analytical mind. Her interest is to study and share the people psychology and needs.