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Old 05-27-2011, 09:28 PM
GameHat GameHat is offline
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How often should I wash my Brita filter pitcher?

I change out the filter every three months. But I'm at six months now with the pitcher.

I keep the thing in the fridge all the time, except when pouring water or filling the reservoir.

So basically the entire usage of the pitcher is this: Fridge -> remove to pour a glass of water -> refill reservoir -> back into fridge. Whole process is no more than two minutes.

I don't notice any funny smells or see any scumming or growth. And the water still tastes great.

How often should you wash these things?
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Old 05-27-2011, 10:59 PM
Peanuthead Peanuthead is offline
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I change the filter in mine every 90 days. At that time I run the pitcher, cover, and insert through the dishwasher. (top rack)
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Old 05-28-2011, 04:55 AM
Jormungandr Jormungandr is offline
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When I had one and forgot when I last replaced the filter, I did it when I started seeing those little black pellets.
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Old 05-28-2011, 12:37 PM
Yorikke Yorikke is offline
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Why not just do it when you change the filter?

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Old 05-28-2011, 03:00 PM
Hari Seldon Hari Seldon is offline
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I wait to change the filter till it seems to take too long to filter. Then I wash the reservoir and change the filter. Or in three months in any case.
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Old 05-28-2011, 09:09 PM
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After about two months, I change the filter. That's when I give it a good washing. I can see mold starting to develop in the upper chamber at times.
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Old 05-28-2011, 10:46 PM
AaronX AaronX is offline
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I wash it when I change the filter (8 weeks + procrastination). I keep it in the kitchen, where it develops a film of oil from cooking (hood doesn't work).
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Old 05-28-2011, 11:05 PM
Chimera Chimera is offline
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About every 3-5 months. I disassemble the entire thing and go over it good with a green scrubbing pad with Dawn to remove any calcium deposits and stuff like that, then a very thorough rinse before it gets put back together and refilled.
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Old 05-29-2011, 01:57 PM
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I was mine every time I change the filter. I notice that the inside of the pitcher feels slightly slimy after 3 months of filtering water.
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Old 06-02-2011, 01:39 PM
Lionne Lionne is offline
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Considering I've had mine for over a year and I've never washed it...seems about time now.
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