Prevent Green Algae & Bacteria Buildup In Brita & PUR Filter Pitchers


Purchasing a Brita or PUR filtered pitcher, if bought on sale or filters in bulk, can be a frugal way to improve your health and save money on bottled water. Bottled water can be quite expensive, leads to major pollution if not recycled, and most can become contaminated with BPA. Last year I decided to start using a Brita filtered pitcher again after reading countless reports on contaminated town water nationwide / worldwide. I had previously used Brita or PUR filtered pitchers or faucet filters for a few months at a time before giving up on them. I know they don't solve all the issues with drinking water, but I figured it would be better than nothing and worth the minimal investment. 

But one day I woke up and saw a greenish yellow tint on the bottom of the pitcher. At first I thought it was just a reflection of the dirty bottom of the pitcher from being on our counter or fridge countless times. But unfortunately it was bacteria, algae, and sediment buildup. Needless to say I was a little disturbed and shocked. I did a little research and it turns out that this has been a common occurrence for many people over the last decade or more. So to help you avoid this strange and unhealthy situation, I've compiled a simple yet comprehensive list to help keep you healthy prevent this from happening to you:

Here are my suggestions to keep your Brita or PUR pitchers clean and healthy:

1) Wash each filter under cold water for 1 minute after opening and before adding it to the pitcher. The instructions say 15 seconds but I'd recommend going a little longer just to be on the safe side. And wash your hands prior to washing the filter so you don't get bacteria all over it prior to placing it in your pitcher! 

2) Make sure the top of the pitcher, including the cover of the spout, is closed and forms a tight seal with the rest of the pitcher. You don't want dust, food particles, or worse to get in to your water because of a loose top. 

3) Wash pitcher out at least every 30 days. You can use some dish soap or just throw it in the dish washer for even better results. Sometimes it takes weeks or months for any bacteria to accumulate to significant levels so washing it out consistently will keep it under control. If you have well water instead of town water then you should probably wash it out even more often. 

4) Keep the pitcher in the refrigerator when you're not using it. I've gotten lazy many times and kept the pitcher next to our sink instead of putting it back in the fridge, but keeping it cool helps to reduce or prevent bacterial buildup.  

5) Don't drink directly from the pitcher! This seems like common sense, and difficult to do with most of the pitchers, but there are still plenty of people that drink from the milk carton or reuse plastic water bottles for weeks on end. Never a good idea.

6) Change your filter as often or more often than the recommended amount. When filters get clogged with sediment and other particles then they can become breeding grounds for bacteria and algae, which will reduce the filtering abilities even further. When your filter sensor light gets to yellow it's time to swap in a new one. This will unfortunately end up costing you a few extra dollars but it's worth it and if you buy the filters in bulk you'll be fine. 

Follow these simple instructions and it will keep your pitchers clean and enhancing your health instead of becoming detrimental to it! Stay green with your recycling and waste reduction practices but don't drink the green!!

I hope you enjoyed this article about how to keep your water filtering pitchers safe and effective on a budget

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