How To Wash Water Filter Pitchers?

Water pitcher filters are a convenient and effective way to improve the quality of your drinking water. They remove impurities from tap water and reduce chlorine odor and taste, making it much more refreshing to drink. These pitchers need to be regularly washed in order to keep them functioning correctly. The best way to clean water filter pitchers is to soak them in warm, soapy water for 2-5 minutes. Then rinse them with tap water. It is recommended that you clean and rinses it after each use.

Cleaning Water Filter Pitcher

Cleaning Water Filter Pitcher
Cleaning Water Filter Pitcher

You Will Need

You Will Need
You Will Need for cleaning
  • A Soft-Bristled Brush
  • Mild Dishwashing Soap
  • Lemon Juice Or Vinegar
  • Water


Empty The Water Reservoir
Empty The Water Reservoir

Empty The Water Reservoir: Empty all of the water out of the reservoir and discard it. This will help to ensure that you are not introducing any additional impurities into the filter. Adding a few drops of lemon juice or vinegar to the pitcher before the deep cleaning. It can also help to remove any lingering odors. 

Disassemble all parts

Disassemble: Take apart the filter from your pitcher and carefully detach the individual components, including the lid, filter body, and cartridge.

Clean Pitcher Filter Body
Clean Pitcher Filter Body with brush

Clean Pitcher Filter Body: Use a soft-bristled brush or sponge with some mild dishwashing soap to gently clean the filter pitcher body. Make sure you rinse off any soap residue. Make sure you get into all of the nooks and crannies, paying special attention to the areas around the lid and spout.

Clean Filter Cartridge
Cleaning Filter Cartridge

Clean Filter Cartridge: Wash the filter cartridge under tap water. Replace the cartridge if it is needed.

Priming new filter
Priming new filter under water

Priming new filter: Once you get a new filter, it needs to be primed before use. This helps ensure that any dust or debris present in the filter is removed and that your water pitcher is providing clean, filtered water. It also activates carbon particles in the filter.

Put the filter in a cup of clean tap water and let it soak for 10 to 15 minutes. Then remove the filter from the cup, rinse for an extended 10 seconds under tap water.

Reassemble Pitcher Filter
Reassemble Pitcher Filter

Reassemble Pitcher Filter: Start by inserting the filter cartridge into its housing, place the pour tray back in the pitcher then attach the lid and tighten it securely. Make sure to place them correctly and securely for a tight fit.

Test for Leaks: After everything is put back together, test the filter for any leaks or defects. Fill the reservoir with water and check for any drips coming from the filter. If there are no leaks, then your filter is ready to use.

Why Should I Clean A Water Pitcher Filter?

  • To reduce the buildup of contaminants and pollutants in your drinking water.
  • Keep your filter working efficiently so it can do its job and remove impurities from your water supply.
  • To minimize the likelihood of bacteria and mold growth that can cause bad tastes, smells, and other health issues if ingested.
  • To make sure your drinking water is safe and clean.


  • Regularly inspect the filter for any physical damage or discoloration, which may indicate that it needs to be replaced.
  • Change the filter as often as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Store your pitcher in a cool, dry place away from sources of direct sunlight.
  • Avoid submerging the filter in water as this can cause it to break down over time.
  • Avoid leaving water in your pitcher for extended periods of time.


Can Water Filters Be Cleaned And Reused?

Can Water Filters Be Cleaned And Reused
Water Filters Be Reused

Yes, water filters can be washed and reused. Depending on the type of filter, cleaning instructions may vary.

How Often Should I Clean A Water Pitcher Filter?

Your filter should be cleaned at least every 40 gallons or about two months for optimal performance, depending on water quality and usage.

Can I Use Bleach To Clean A Water Filter Pitcher?

Can I Use Bleach To Clean A Water Filter Pitcher
Avoid using Bleach

No, using bleach is not recommended and can damage the filter. Instead, you should use a gentle detergent or white vinegar to clean your water pitcher filter.


Cleaning a water pitcher filter is an easy task and can be done using just a few household items. Taking the time to do this simple maintenance routine can save you money in the long run by extending the life of your filter.

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