I have this love-hate relationship with my Brita pitcher. On the one hand, the jug of refreshing cold water straight from the fridge totally reminds me of my grandparents' house. The only catch is that I can never remember to fill the stupid thing. I need to paste a friendly reminder to the fridge: Refill every time you pour a glass!
When you have a freshly-filled water-filtering pitcher, the world is your oyster. It gives you glass after glass of cool, fresh water without any of your city's water build-up inside. Then, suddenly, the magic comes to an end when you're faced with thirst and an empty pitcher — and waiting for the water to trickle back through the filter.
So this is just a friendly reminder to refill your pitcher before you even take it out of the fridge — fill your glass with tap water, and pour it into the pitcher. Only then pour cold, filtered water into your glass.
Yes, you will have to pay attention so you don't mix the filtered and unfiltered water when you pour, but it means that you'll always have a full pitcher and the previously cold water will quickly chill down the water you're adding back in. Never wait for cold water again!
It might sound like a simple tip, but as the days get longer and things heat up, it's a good idea to keep your cold water always topped up.
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