Brita pitchers come in a range of colors, designs and sizes. The devices do not purify water; rather, they reduce the taste and odor of chlorine and reduce the presence of impurities and contaminants such as copper, cadmium and mercury in your water. Contaminants can enter your water by means of discharge and runoff that make their way into the water supply or through your plumbing itself.
Brita water filter pitchers and their parts should not go in the dishwasher. Brita filter pitchers are not considered dishwasher-safe. When placed in the dishwasher, Brita pitchers and parts could potentially become scratched, melted or scored by the effects of the heated air, hot water, strong detergent and churning water. Improper care could reduce the ability of the devices to properly filter water.
The Brita User's Guide suggests you hand-wash all three main parts of the device, including the pitcher, the lid and water reservoir. Avoid the use of scouring pads and abrasive cleaning products that may scratch the surfaces of the pitcher. Clean the device using a soft cloth or sponge, a mild dish soap and water. Thoroughly rinse all of the parts. Certain Brita pitchers include chrome pitcher lids. The company's website suggests cleaning these lids with a solution of 1 tsp. of vinegar and 1 cup water.
To clean the filter, rinse it under a stream of plain water. You do not need to wash the filter portion of a Brita pitcher. When changing the filter, the Brita User's Guide suggests you soak a new filter in cold water in an upright position for 15 minutes, then rinse the filter in cold tap water. Align the groove on the filter with the corresponding notch on the reservoir, and press to seat it firmly in place. By adding water alongside the filter, fill the pitcher twice. Discard these initial batches of water because they may contain carbon dust. The user guide suggests the discarded water may be used for plants.
Use and Care
The Brita User's Guide suggests the following steps for keeping your pitcher and water at their best. Always refill your pitcher with cool water. Never use hot water. Fill your pitcher with water at a temperature between 85 and 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Store the pitcher either inside the refrigerator or in a cool place, out of direct sunlight. Empty any water that has been left standing for several days and filter a fresh batch of water for use.