How to clean a brita water bottle

How to clean a brita water bottle

Increasing the amount of water we drink each day is good for our bodies and health. Drinking the right amount of water intake daily might seem like a breeze but some may find it tough to do. However, Brita filtered water bottles can make it easier to fill-up and drink clean water.

Not only is it simple to get clean, but it is also one of the best choices for filtered water bottles.

How to Clean Mold From Brita Water Bottles

Ideally, Brita Water Bottle should be cleaned after each use. Micro-organisms and mold may be hiding in there and should be washed daily even if they are used for plain water.

Things you’ll need:

  • Hot water
  • Mild Dish Soap
  • Borax
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Bottle Brush

How to Clean Brita Water Bottles and Brita Water Bottle Rubber Mouthpiece

Although your main use of the Brita water bottle is water, the oxygen and moisture left behind help the growth of mold and bacteria. It is recommended to clean Brita water bottles thoroughly after each use.

  1. In a bowl, mix hot water, borax, dish soap, and white vinegar. Stir ingredients until components dissolved completely.
  2. Wash the brita water bottle with the solution by using a bottle brush. Make sure to get the neck area and the creases of the Brita water bottle rubber mouthpiece.
  3. Rinse twice thoroughly and allow them to air-dry completely.
  4. Disinfect the Brita water bottle using this solution to remove any mold or bacteria.

Helpful tip!

Make enough of the solution to fill up the Brita water bottle and the Brita water bottle mouthpiece. Let the water bottle and mouthpiece sit in the solution for about 10 minutes.

How to clean a brita water bottle

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All of our products are built to last a long time. With a little care and attention along the way you can help ensure your Brita® product lives up to its full potential. We’ve also included details on when to replace your filter, how to read your filter change indicators, and details about your product warranty.

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Soaking & Flushing Filters

For pitchers, you should soak your filter before inserting it:

  • Wash hands with soap and water, then remove filter from filter bag.
  • Soak the filter upright in cold water for 15 minutes.
  • Hold filter upright under cold, running tap water for a few seconds.

Faucet Filters
Faucet filters don’t require soaking, however, the system does need to be flushed for five minutes to activate the filter media and remove any carbon dust. The 378-litre filter life begins AFTER flushing for five minutes so you are not wasting filter life by the flushing process.

Brita® Bottles
Bottle filters don’t require soaking. Squeeze one full bottle of water through the filter before use to activate. It’s normal for black carbon dust to appear.


Brita ® Pitchers and Dispensers are very low maintenance when it comes to upkeep and care. You can simply hand wash the lid and reservoir with a mild detergent.

If you have a Brita ® Chrome Pitcher lid, wipe with a soft sponge soaked in a solution of one teaspoon of white vinegar in a cup of water.

Brita ® Bottle: The bottle, the small push-pull cap, large screw-on cap and the finger loop are dishwasher safe (top shelf only). Or like pitchers and dispensers, you can hand wash the Brita ® bottle with a mild detergent.

Pitcher filters should be kept in the sealed Brita ® bag and stored in a cool, dry place until you’re ready to use them. Remember to soak the filter for 15 minutes prior to using.

If your Brita ® Faucet Filter has not been used for several days, you should let water run through the filter for 30 seconds before use, in order to wet and reactivate the system’s filter.

For your Brita ® bottle, squeeze one full bottle of water through the filter before use to activate. It’s normal for black carbon dust to appear

Things to avoid

  • Hot water : Don’t filter water that is over 38°C/100°F. Hot water may release some contaminants that could be found in your tap water. Also, running hot water through the unit can severely diminish the system’s filtration abilities. If this happens, you should replace your Brita ® faucet filter to ensure you enjoy all of the benefits of Brita filtration.
  • Well water : Don’t use water filtration systems with well water that isn’t regularly tested to be microbiologically safe. This filter is intended to be used only with municipally treated tap water or well water that is regularly tested.
Replacing Your Filter

For optimum performance, it’s important to change your Brita® filter on a regular basis. Fortunately, Brita® replacement filters are inexpensive.

Pitchers and Dispensers: Replace filters every 151 litres or every two months for the average family.

Basic Brita® Faucet Filtration System: Replace filters every 378 litres.

Complete Chrome Faucet Filtration System: Replace filters every 378 litres or every four months, whichever comes first.

Brita® Bottles: Replace filter every 256 servings, 151 litres or roughly every two months. Brita sells filters in grocery, drug, discount, specialty, hardware and warehouse club stores. To find a local retailer, please visit our Where To Buy page.

Attaching Your Brita® Faucet Filtration System

Determine if your faucet has threads on the outside or inside. If on the outside, you probably do not need to use an adapter. The base system can most likely be attached directly to the faucet (consult your Users’ Guide). Pick up the base unit, align with the faucet threads and carefully attempt to connect the system to the faucet. If the threads are on the outside, but you can’t get the collar onto the faucet, you may need a special adapter. To receive a special adapter free of charge, call 1-800-387-6940.

If the faucet has inside threads, try using one of the two adapters that come with the system, and attach the base system to the adapter. If neither one of the adapters provided will attach to the faucet, you may need a special adapter. To receive a special adapter free of charge, call 1-800-387-6940.

Setting up Your Indicator

Setting up an Electronic Filter Change Indicator (Complete Pitchers only)

  • If you’ve purchased one of our Brita® Smart Pitchers, the electronic indicator will tell you when to change your filter. To get the indicator light working, follow these easy steps:
  • Press firmly and hold start button for 5 to 10 seconds.
  • Four bars will appear in the display, one after the other, and flash.
  • Do not release the start button until the 4 bars appear and start to flash. If you have difficulty pressing the start button, a capped ballpoint pen may be used to press the button down.
  • A small flashing dot in the lower right corner shows the indicator is working.
  • Every 2 weeks a bar automatically disappears. When only 1 bar remains make sure you have a new filter on hand.
  • After 2 months, when all bars have disappeared, an arrow will flash at the top of the display reminding you to change your filter.

Setting up Calendar Minder ® (Space Saver only)

The Calendar Minder ® is a simple dial calendar with the month and date to remind you when to replace your filter. Use it to make remembering easier.

  • Insert a new filter.
  • Set filter indicator to closest date 2 months from now.

On the date indicated, remove your filter and repeat steps 1 and 2.

Reading Your Indicator

Basic Brita® & Complete Chrome Faucet Filtration Systems:

  • Green: Your filter is working.
  • Half Red and Green: Replace filter soon. Your filter cartridge has two weeks or approximately 75 litres of life left.
  • Red: Your filter cartridge has reached the end of its life and needs to be replaced now.

Complete White Faucet Filtration System:

  • Flashing Green: Filter is working.
  • Flashing Amber: Replace filter soon.
  • Flashing Red: Replace filter now.

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Rinse filter under running water for 15 seconds prior to first use. Getting started. 1. Hand-wash bottle and cap with mild soap. Rinse well. 2. Important: rinse filter under running water for 15 seconds. 3. Drop in filter and press down firmly until filter is flush with straw. 4. Align lid and straw in unlocked position, and rotate straw to lock. 5. Fill bottle with water, screw on lid firmly, then sip and enjoy. Replace filter every 2 months or 40 gallons. Cleaning instructions: Remove the filter before cleaning your Brita Bottle™ water filtration system. All plastic components (bottle, cap, straw and mouthpiece) can be washed in the dishwasher (top rack only) or by hand with a mild soap. For best results: hand wash cap and mouthpiece periodically with a mild detergent. Rinse well. Storage instructions: Empty water from your Brita Bottle™ water filtration system before storing, and loosen large cap from the bottle to prevent odors. After periods of nonuse or as required, wash bottle and caps with warm water and mild soap, then rinse thoroughly. Do not wash filter. Fresh filter = fresher water. Change your filter every 2 months for great-tasting water!* The Brita Bottle™ filter processes up to 40 gallons of water and is intended to be used with a Brita Bottle™ filter inside. Do not use hot water (max. temp. 85 degrees F/29 degrees C min. temp. 34 degrees F/1 degrees C). Do not freeze bottle or filter. *Filter replacement is essential for product to perform as represented. Rinse filter under running water for 15 seconds to activate. Insert filter into straw then fill, sip and enjoy.


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As the warm weather finally starts to kick in, it’s important to keep hydrated. I’ve had moments when standing in line in the summer heat has ended with me hitting the pavement (fainting is never as romantic or funny in real life as it is in the movies). A reusable water bottle is a great way to prevent run-ins with dehydration. Just find a clean water source, fill up, and you’re on your way. One possible impediment can come once it’s time to figure out how to clean said water bottle. This can become increasingly frustrating if you’re extra fancy and have a straw attachment in the bottle. However, this step by step guide will make learning how to clean a water bottle super easy.

Step 1: Assemble Your Supplies

Think of this as if it is the Avengers and you need to assemble your team to defeat Thanos (NO SPOILERS—don’t worry, I just couldn’t resist one quick reference). This step may not seem necessary, but running back and forth from your room and rummaging through your desks for items can make things more hectic than it needs to be.

The items needed are:

– Bristle bottlebrush (black brush pictured above) – Small tube brush aka straw cleaning brush (white brush pictured above)

– The reusable bottle (of course)

The two brushes are inexpensive and can be purchased on eBay, Amazon, or in the local Walmart.

Step 2: Disassemble the Water Bottle

Taking the water bottle apart makes cleaning all the nooks and crannies a lot easier, and it’s far simpler than it sounds. Start by unscrewing the lid of the bottle. Now you have access to the straw. Some straws are rigid and stand straight in the bottle, while other straws are rubbery and flexible. The rigid straws might take a bit more strength to detach from the nozzle.

#SpoonTip: Turning the straw while tugging it off seems to be the easiest way to pull it loose.

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Step 3: Use the Bottlebrush

This step is pretty self-explanatory. Simply clean the inside of the bottle with the larger brush. A sponge won’t be able to get down to the base of the bottle and scrub away any residue.

Step 4: Scrub with Tube Brush

Take the smaller brush and plunge it halfway through the straw. Then turn the straw to the other side and repeat. The nozzle will also have to be cleaned. Try to place it in the position it needs to be in for water to fully flow through. Space in the nozzle may be a little tight, so use a twisting motion similar to the one used to detach the straw.

#SpoonTip: Do not overdo it with the detergent. Using any more than a pea-sized amount will only make it more difficult to get rid of the bubbles.

Step 5: Rinse Well

Turn on the faucet and use warm water to rinse off the detergent. The brushes can be used for this step as well if you want to be thorough. Be sure to clean the brushes of the detergent beforehand.

Optional Step for a Stronger Clean

Maybe you’ve waited for a little too long between cleanings. Maybe someone drank from your cup accidentally. Perhaps you just get paranoid about bacteria creeping up in your drinking bottles. Take 1-2 teaspoons of baking soda, place it in warm water, and allow the solution to sit in the bottle for a few hours. Rinse thoroughly after. Bleach can be used as well, but baking soda is perfectly suitable.

With these few easy steps, figuring out how to clean a water bottle is no longer an intimidating task. Stay hydrated this summer, and remember to clean your reusable water bottles well before they get grimy inside.

When you’re cleaning up in the kitchen after a meal, it’s pretty obvious to see which dishes need to be washed and which do not.

Generally, anything that has been used gets loaded into the sink or dishwasher for cleaning after that one meal, but what about your reusable water bottle?

You know… the one you bring to work every day, or the one that sits in your gym bag waiting for your next workout; how often are you cleaning those?

Reusable water bottles can fall in a grey area in terms of needing to be washed after use. We say to ourselves, it’s only water , and we use the same bottle for an entire week without thinking to clean it.

Without staining or leftovers, water bottles make the decision to wash them a bit more unclear. Some coloured or patterned water bottles can make it difficult to see what the inside of the bottle looks like, but if you only knew what could be dwelling in there.

Enter, Black Mold

Black mold is a type of fungus, a class of microorganisms that are neither plant nor animal. More than 100,000 unique types of mold exist; some are harmless, and others are toxic.

Stachybotrys chartarum , or black mold, is one of the most toxic mold species. And, if you aren’t cleaning your reusable water bottle properly, it is one of the culprits who might be living in there.

Black mold is greenish-black in colour and is usually accompanied by a musty and earthy odour, described to smell like rotting leaves or dirt.

Water spout with mold growth – Original photo by Thomson Research Associates, Inc.

Mold grows best in dark, damp environments, exactly like the environment your water bottle provides. Even though individual mold spores are microscopic (meaning they are so small they cannot be seen with the human eye), if enough mold spores grow in one place, they can become visible.

So, by the time you might notice a thin black film forming on your mouthpiece, there are already a large amount of spores present.

How to clean a brita water bottle

Black mold growing on the underside of lid of a children’s water bottle – Original photo by Thomson Research Associates, Inc.

Is Black Mold in a Water Bottle Dangerous?

There is a good chance the mold spores growing on your reusable water bottle aren’t harmful, but why take the chance?

It doesn’t take much work to keep your bottle from growing mold, although you’ll have to start cleaning it on a more regular basis.

Importance of Proper Cleaning

To prevent mold spores from making a home in your water bottle, we recommend cleaning your reusable after every couple uses (if you can’t clean it every single time).

This is a good practice to employ even if you aren’t seeing visible mold because mold isn’t your only concern. Each time you use your water bottle, you introduce bacteria to the mouthpiece. You can also transfer viruses through your mouthpiece into your water bottle.

All these microscopic pests thrive in wet environments, so proper cleaning of your water bottle will help prevent unwanted party guests in your water.

How to Clean a Reusable Water Bottle

Using a Bottle Brush to Scrub the Inside

Fill your sink with hot water and dish soap. Leave your water bottle to soak in the soapy water for some time and then use a bottle brush to reach the bottom and edges of your bottle and scrub thoroughly. Rinse the water bottle with hot water, before allowing it to air dry. This method works well for plastic water bottles.

Grab some Vinegar

Studies have shown that white vinegar can effectively kill 82% of mold spores, in addition to viruses and bacteria species. Add a mixture of white vinegar and water to fill up your bottle. Let the solution soak inside your bottle overnight. In the morning, wash your water bottle vigorously with soap and warm water. Rinse thoroughly to ensure you get rid of the taste of vinegar.

Boiling Water for Metal Water Bottles

Metal water bottles require special attention. To clean properly, fill your metal water bottle with boiling water. This will help eliminate any odour or worse, mold, that is growing within the bottle. After allowing the water to sit for several hours or overnight, wash the inside of the bottle out thoroughly with hot, soapy water.

Consistency is Key

Now that you know how to clean your reusable water bottle properly and how to spot when you really need to, the most important thing to remember is to be consistent. We recommend cleaning after every few uses, but the more frequent you can make the effort to do so, the safer your water bottle will be from black mold and other unwanted microorganisms.

How Antimicrobial Technology Can Help

By adding a safe and effective antimicrobial technology to reusable water bottle parts during the manufacturing process, the growth of odour and stain causing bacteria, mold and mildew are prevented.

Adding an antimicrobial isn’t a substitute for regular cleaning and it does not protect users or others against bacterial, viruses, germs or other disease-causing organisms. However, it does provide piece of mind confidence in knowing your item will stay cleaner and fresher in between regular cleanings.

Our Antimicrobial Expertise

Thomson Research Associates (TRA) is a global leader in the field of antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial, and anti-dust mite treatments (see regulatory information), providing antimicrobial protection to finished products for over 60 years.

We are committed to helping our clients deliver fresh, durable and innovative products by providing antimicrobial additives and treatments for fabrics, polymers, foams, coatings and more.

Our ultimate goal is to satisfy our clients’ specific needs through excellence in service, science, and support. Find out how we work with you through our scientific testing laboratory, highly-qualified technical and regulatory specialists.

We offer a selection of products, including options that are US EPA registered, BPR compliant and OEKO-TEX® listed. Please refer to product label or contact us directly for region-specific approved end-uses.

Furthermore, acknowledging our social responsibility, we have partnered with bluesign® in our joint initiative for the removal of harmful substances and practices from the manufacturing process.

Learn more about us or contact us for more information.

How to clean a brita water bottle

It is erratic to think that you don’t have to clean your Brita pitcher. After all, it holds nice clean water in the bacteria-free environment of the refrigerator. However, anything that is uninterruptedly exposed to water and human usage, it would get dirty. You will notice smudges, yes! Shocking mold! It is effortless to overlook this device when cleaning our refrigerator or kitchen. Hence the Brita pitcher doesn’t get the hygienic attention for it to do what it does best. The Brita is something we use every day, so it must be cleaned from time to time.

There are apparent choices below, easy and quick. Cleaning the Brita shouldn’t be too much problem. Once you know and get used to the various ways to clean a Brita pitcher, you will not overthink about it during the next cleaning day.

Note that these options can be applied cleaning any other water filter pitcher and water coolers, so, it’s not necessarily only for the Brita pitcher.

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How To Clean A Brita Pitcher

Much is not required cleaning a Brita pitcher; it is easy as washing any other kitchen dish, all you need is the share force of will, the awesome power of determination, and the chilling desire to take hygiene to the next level

Things You Will Need

  1. Sponge
  2. White vinegar
  3. Water
  4. Measuring cups
  5. Drying rack or a dish towel
  6. New filter

Steps for Cleaning a Brita pitcher.

  • Disassemble the Pitcher: pour any water remaining inside the pitcher and disassemble the pitcher. You have to separate the special tank in the Brita filter. If you haven’t changed the screen before, you have to do that. It is only proper hygiene to throw away the filter from time to time, because the filter could just be keeping the bacteria for you and other harmful substances, if you insist on keeping the screen, it is not imperative to wash the screen all you have to do is. Rinse with warm water and place it on a clean surface to prevent it from being contaminated.

Disassembling a Brita filter might be a bit tricky when you want to clean the inside. It is crucial to fill the bottom with water so that the base is heavy, keep it inverted. The weight of the water should pop the plastic inserted pop out.

The type of water filter you buy is going to determine how easy disassembling is going to be. For example, the zero water pitcher is quite popular because of the ease it takes washing them.

  • Wash: you have put the pitcher apart to clean them. Pour out some dish soap in warm water to produce a cleaning solution. Drench the lid and the reservoir for between thirty minutes to one hour. Then scrub each of the independent pieces until you are satisfied that they are clean, and you hear the squeak.
  • Note: that you can as well choose to wash the reservoir with a mild detergent and warm water ending with a gentle dry with a soft towel.
  • Scrape the Mildew: after cleaning the pieces, it is virtually impossible for the mildew to be felt, especially when you clean them thoroughly. If you still there might be mold left, mix white vinegar (a teaspoon) with water (a cup) in a bowl then place the pieces in this solution and scrub.
  • Rinse and Dry: when you have felt for no mildew, and you can hear it squeak. Rinse both the reservoir and the lid in water; do this thoroughly. Place alternatively in lukewarm water. Then keep them to air dry; you have to make sure every part is thoroughly dry before you place them back together, to avoid mildew growing in the pitcher. It is recommended you keep the pieces on the rack. You can also set the part upturned on the dishtowel.
  • Preparing the new Filter: as the pitcher is left in the open to dry, it is time to prepare the new screen for now. Based on the brand of the Brita pitcher you are using, there might be no need to soak the Brita filter before washing. The newer versions of Brita filter do not require for you to soak before wash like the older version. So before washing, you have to check the instructions that come with your particular brand of Brita filter.
  • Putting the Pitcher Together: the pitcher is dry, and the screen is ready, this is the time to reassemble the pitcher back together. Pour water to the brim of the pitcher and disperse after to get rid of any remaining carbon dust. This should be repeated twice at least. Make sure you see that the water is clear before you stop this means that the water is carbon-free. The brand of Brita pitcher you are using determines if you have to go through any additional steps reassembling the pitcher together.

How to clean a brita water bottle

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Reducing the amount of disposable plastic we use each day is good for the environment and can be helpful for our budgets. Reusable water bottles have become a nearly must-have accessory and reusable straws are gaining in popularity. The one thing they don’t offer is the convenience of use and toss disposable plastics.

Reusable straws are made from glass, stainless steel, silicone, bamboo, or reed. The straws come in various sizes to accommodate chunky smoothies to clear liquids; some are straight, some collapse, and others have a bend that can be more troublesome to keep clean. Most come in cases or pouches to tuck in a purse or backpack. Many water bottles can go right into the dishwasher (always check manufacturer’s instructions). Even if the bottle is only used for water, it can still harbor dangerous bacteria in trapped moisture if not cleaned.

How Often to Clean Reusable Bottles and Straws

Optimally, reusable bottles and straws should be washed after every use, even those like the Monos Kiyo UVC Bottle that purifies water. If not daily, bottles should be washed every couple of days, but at the very least, take the lid off between uses so the bottle can breathe and dry out. Water bottles and straws should be sanitized weekly.   The straw’s pouch or case should be cleaned at least weekly.

Posted by Alkaline Water Plus on 6th Jan 2015

How to clean a brita water bottle

When you have a water ionizer you may find that you occasionally need to clean hard water calcium off of your glasses, bottles and pitchers. The reason is that ionized water has a greater concentration of calcium than whatever is in your source water.

Calcium and Your Health

Calcium is a fantastically healthy, alkaline mineral. Ionizing water makes the calcium in it even healthier for your cells. Ionization not only increases the concentration of calcium, but it also gives it a negative charge, which makes it bio-available for your cells.

Calcium and Scaling

On the down-side of calcium, it is crystalline-shaped and tends to stick to the surfaces of containers it is stored in. What this does is it leaves a whitish film on the containers you use, which is typically very hard to clean [especially if you don’t know the trick I’m about to teach you].

Here’s an example. I have a couple of pitchers that had quite a bit of scaling on them. I use these pitchers to pour ionized water into, like an intermediate vessel to pour ionized water into prior to filling up my bottles. I do this as a time-saving measure. The problem is that they get scaling on them regularly.

Trick to Clean Hard Water Calcium off of Glasses, Bottles & Pitchers

There is a simple trick that I use to clean hard water calcium. The way I do it is also very cost-effective. I use a gallon jug of vinegar that I dedicate as my “soaking vinegar”. I’ll fill glasses, bottles and/or pitchers with vinegar and in about 2 hours or so I’ll pour the vinegar back into the jug [for later re-use]. The calcium is now softened up and the glass, bottle or pitcher is ready to clean hard water calcium off of it.

Here’s a video that I made to demonstrate cleaning calcium off of my pitchers.

Why Does Vinegar Work to Clean Hard Water Calcium Scaling?

Vinegar works because it’s very, very acidic. The acidity literally breaks up and dissolves the calcium film. It’s not so acidic as to harm the container [plastic, glass, etc.] though, so all it does is loosen up the calcium so it can be easily washed off.

The gallon jug of vinegar I use cost me less than $5.00 and I will be able to use and re-use it for a long time [at least many months] before I would need to replace it. Bacteria won’t grow in vinegar, so it’s safe for re-use, and can be usually just stored in room temperature.

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Cathleen Lograsso

My background is in physiology, teaching, nutrition and weight loss. I have raised 5 children who are all grown now. I have a masters degree in education and was a teacher/principal for 24 years. I created Alkaline Water Plus in 2009 to educate people about the benefits of ionized water.

The very best thing I have ever purchased is a WATER IONIZER, and I’ve been in perfect health ever since I started drinking ionized water 25 years ago!