How to clean a waterpik

How to Clean a Waterpik

Like your teeth, your Waterpik needs cleaning too. Whether you’re looking to figure out how to quickly or deep clean your Waterpik, here are step-by-step quick weekly and deep clean routines for both your handheld and countertop flosser models. 

A Quick Weekly Routine

Handheld Model

Hand holding portable cordless Waterpik water flosser
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  1. Clean the water reservoir
    • Take out the water reservoir from the unit.
    • Place the reservoir on the top rack in your dishwasher or you may also hand wash your reservoir in warm soapy water.
    • Air dry your reservoir.
  2. Clean the internal parts
    • Remove the flosser tip from the handle by pressing the eject button.
    • Rinse the tip and handle under warm water.
  3. Clean the outside of the unit
    • Wipe the surface of your Waterpik with a damp cloth.
    • Let all the parts air dry.
  4. Reassemble your Waterpik
    • Place the valve back in by having the dome side up and pushing it in till you see four prongs are seen at the bottom of the reservoir.
    • Put the tip and handle back together.

Countertop Model

a white waterpik
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  1. Clean the internal parts & handle
    • Remove the flosser tip from the handle by pressing the eject button.
    • Rinse the tip and handle under warm water.
    • Place the tip back in the handle.
    • Turn on the flosser to dry out the tube for about 30 seconds.
  2. Clean the outside of the unit
    • Wipe the surface of your Waterpik with a damp cloth.
    • Let all the parts air dry.
  3. Reassemble your Waterpik
    • Place the valve back in by having the dome side up and pushing it in till you see four prongs are seen at the bottom of the reservoir.
    • Put the tip and handle back together.

A Deep Cleaning Routine

Handheld Model

  1. Clean the internal parts & handle
    • Prepare 2 tablespoons of white vinegar, 16 ounces of warm water, mix, and fill the reservoir.
    • Turn on the flosser until the reservoir is empty.
    • Fill the reservoir with clean warm water and rinse it out again. 
    • Remove the flosser tip by pressing the eject button.
    • Soak the tip in a solution of 2 part water and 1 part vinegar.
    • Place the tip back in the unit.
    • Turn on the flosser to dry out the tube for about 30 seconds.
  2. Clean the water reservoir
    • Take out the water reservoir from the unit.
    • Place the reservoir on the top rack in your dishwasher or you may also hand wash your reservoir in warm soapy water.
    • Air dry your reservoir.
  3. Clean the outside of the unit
    • Wipe the surface of your Waterpik with a damp cloth.
    • Let all parts air dry.
  4. Reassemble your Waterpik
    • Once all the parts are completely dry, insert the reservoir back on the mount.
    • Put the tip and handle back together.

Countertop Model

  1. Clean the internal parts & handle
    • Prepare 2 tablespoons of white vinegar, 16 ounces of warm water, mix, and fill the reservoir.
    • Turn on the flosser until the reservoir is empty.
    • Fill the reservoir with clean warm water and rinse it out again. 
    • Remove the flosser tip from the handle by pressing the eject button.
    • Soak the tip and handle in a solution of 2 part water and 1 part vinegar.
    • Place the tip back in the handle.
    • Turn on the flosser to dry out the tube for about 30 seconds.
  2. Clean the water reservoir
    • Take out the water reservoir from the unit.
    • Remove the small black valve of the valve by pushing it from the bottom and hand wash it under warm water and set it aside to dry.
    • Place the reservoir on the top rack in your dishwasher or you may. Also, handwash your reservoir in warm soapy water.
    • Air dry your reservoir.
  3. Clean the outside of the unit
    • Wipe the surface of your Waterpik with a damp cloth.
    • Let all parts air dry.
  4. Reassemble your Waterpik
    • Once all the parts are completely dry, place the valve back in by having the dome side up and pushing it in till you see four prongs are seen at the bottom of the reservoir.
    • Insert the reservoir back on the mount.
    • Put the tip and handle back together.

How Often Should You Deep Clean Your Waterpik

a set of water flossers
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There are many parts to the Waterpik unit, and you wouldn’t want to wait till any of the parts clog up, resulting in an ineffective Waterpik. It is highly recommended to deep clean your Waterpik every 1-2 months. However, after every 3-5 months, the flosser tip should be replaced because, after three months, the vinegar will not be as effective in cleaning it anymore. As the vinegar wouldn’t be able to do its job, the tip must be replaced.

Things to Avoid

  • Submerging the main unit in water can cause the electronic components to short circuit.
  • Using chemicals that are not recommended (i.e.bleach, iodine, baking soda, essential oils, salt, etc.)
  • Rough cloth or pad to wipe the surface or clean the reservoir
  • Waiting to clean it till it loses pressure or effectiveness. Cleaning your Waterpik should be done religiously.

How to Clean a Waterpik: Conclusion

Like needing to brush your teeth every day and going to the dentist every once in a while, don’t forget to do a quick weekly clean and deep monthly clean on your Waterpik. Prevent any bacterial build-up from forming, and enjoy water flossing till you have pearly white teeth!

Written by: Savanna Sudwikatmono

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