Maintain Brita pitchers through regular cleaning of both the body and the cover of the pitcher. These pitchers are dishwasher-safe, but you can also clean them thoroughly by hand. For Brita pitcher filter maintenance, the filter must be kept sealed before use and then remain wet while in use.
- Remove the filter
Remove the existing filter from the pitcher to prepare the pitcher for cleaning. The filter cannot be cleaned and should be replaced after every 40 gallons of water filtered or after two months of use. Set the filter aside when cleaning the pitcher if the 40-gallon point or two-month period has not yet been reached.
- Wash the pitcher
Place the pitcher on the top rack of a dishwasher, and put it through a cycle using a mild detergent. The pitcher can also be washed by hand with a clean lint-free cloth. If washing by hand, be sure to rinse the pitcher inside and out with clean water.
- Replace the filter
Reinsert the filter you set aside if the filter had yet to reach its expiration date or usage limit. Wet the filter for 15 minutes prior to placement if it dries out during the pitcher-washing process. New filters should also be soaked for 15 minutes before being placed in the pitcher.