Filtered water is a delicious luxury that’s been made easily assessable in nearly every home and kitchen. Long gone are the days where you needed a built in fridge or sink attachment, and water pitchers companies like Brita and Clearly Filtered consistently exceed the high standards we have all come to be expect when enjoying these filtered water pitchers. Thanks to these water pitchers, getting a fresh drink has never been easier. But we’ve noticed that there is some confusion around the sanitary “to dos” needed for filters. Water pitchers tend to get used. A lot. But the idea that the water is filtered, and thus clean, stops a lot of people from giving their pitchers a regular wash down.

Don’t fall into that trap. Not to get too philosophical here, but water is the basis of most forms of life. And while that’s probably the last thought on someone’s mind as they pour a cold glass of water, the truth is that wet environments can be hotbeds for mold, mildew and bacteria. Even refilling a pitcher consistently isn’t enough. If you’re not washing it regularly, you may be shocked at how quickly the grime can pile up.

Strange smells and an off flavor can be an indicator that it’s time for a clean. But once it gets to that point, chances are that it’s already long overdue for a cleaning. You can usually take apart the filter pieces and cycle everything through the dishwasher, but for a product that dirties quickly and is used often, it’s always a great idea to do a more detailed washing by hand. It’s quick, simple, and very effective.

A lot of people ask just how to clean a filtered water pitcher. We recommend washing the pitcher at least every 2 weeks. For water pitchers with disposable carbon based filters, try to change and replace every 2 to 3 months. While different brands might have different parts and pieces, the general rule of thumb for cleaning tends to be similar. While we used a Soma, our process is easily repeatable for a Brita or similar filtered water pitcher. Here’s everything you need to know about how to clean a filtered water pitcher.

Items Needed

  • Sponge
  • Paper Towels
  • Dish Soap
  • Dish Towel
  • *If extremely dirty, white vinegar
  • Access to a sink

Step 1: Take Apart the Pieces

How to Clean a filtered water pitcher
Disassemble in the Sink

This process is simple enough. In order to keep the mess and all around cleaning easy, we like to use the sink. Generally there will be a lid, a pitcher reservoir where the filtered water collects, and a filtering chamber or compartment. While we don’t have refillable filters, it was extra important to get a good cleaning in all of the nooks and crannies.

Clean a filtered water pitcher
Make sure to clean the lid and other nooks

Some pitchers, like Brita, have removable filter inserts that you’ll want to change from time to time. If so, take out and discard, but don’t replace yet. Be sure to dump out any sitting water.

Step 2: Scrub Down Each Part

Scrubbing water pitcher
Scrub thoroughly with dish soap

Take a generous amount of dish soap (or in extremely dirty situations, white vinegar solution), and use a sponge or paper towels to intimately get every inch of each of the parts. We like to start off with paper towels before we move to a more thorough cleaning with a sponge, if only to see just how dirty we’ve let our pitcher become. The scum on the paper towel can be shocking.

Clean a filtered water pitcher
Grime builds quickly

Pretty nasty, right? And we just cleaned this 2 weeks ago!

Step 3: Allow to Soak for 10 – 15 Minutes

Warm water pitcher wash
The hotter the water, the deeper the clean

We like to add some dish soap, or white vinegar solution to hot water. Once filled to the top, we let sit for about 10 minutes.

Step 4: Rinse and Repeat

A Thorough Wash

Simple enough, we refill and rinse until there are no bubbles left and the water runs clear. Then we dry, either with a kitchen towel or paper towels.

Step 5: Add the Filter

If applicable, ready your new filter, and add once dry.

Step 6: Put the Pitcher Back Together

cleaned filtered water pitcher
Clean and ready to dry

Beautiful and clean.

Step 7: Refill and Enjoy

Filtering Water
Pitcher busy filtering fresh water

Busy churning out delicious water!