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How To Clean Samsung Washing Machine Top Loader

Every time the washing machine runs, it accumulates dirt that can affect its performance and become a perfect place for bacterial growth. Keeping the washing machine clean is the key to maintaining it. Luckily, cleaning a Samsung top loader is easy. We researched this topic and put together all the necessary information in this post.

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To keep your Samsung top loader washing machine clean and ensure normal function, do the following regularly.

  • Scrub the machine's surface.
  • Wash the Magic Filter.
  • Soak the inlet filters in water.
  • Rinse the detergent dispensers with warm water.
  • Clean the washer's interior.

Cleaning a Samsung washing machine top loader is simple.  If this is your first time, don't worry; read more as we walk you through the steps. But, note that the location of parts may differ depending on the model of your washing machine. So, if you can't find the part at the location stated, you may refer to your model's manual. 

Top load washing machine - How To Clean Samsung Washing Machine Top Loader

Cleaning The Machine's Surface

Laundry hangs out of washing machine (top loader). The washing machine is in a tiled bathroom.

Detergent residue may be deposited on the surface while doing the laundry. When these dry out, the surface of the machine will look spotted. Although this does not affect the machine's overall performance, you don't want your washer to look gross or get sticky.

To remove the spots, get a clean damp cloth and apply a small amount of detergent or a cooktop cleaner. Scrub the surface gently in a circular motion. Then, wipe off the scrubbed area with another clean and dry damp cloth. Finally, use a clean microfiber cloth to dry the surface completely.

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Washing The Magic Filter

Dust and dirt trapped by the washing machine filter

While the machine is running, the magic filter collects particulates such as lint and hair to prevent the washer drain from clogging and ensure lint-free clothes. As dirt accumulates in the filter, the filter's ability to trap more dirt weakens.

Over time, this will effect the machine's cleaning performance and slow down the draining process, hence the importance of cleaning the filter regularly.

You should find the magic filter inside the washing machine. Press down the lock button at the top and pull out the whole filter cover. Take the filter out. Then, rinse it with water. A soft bristled brush can also help speed up the removal of particulates. Brush gently to avoid damage to the filter.

After cleaning the magic filter, place it back properly by inserting the lower portion first, then pushing in the rest of the filter until you hear a click.

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Soaking The Inlet Filters In Water

The debris filter in the washing machine is clogged with limescale and debris.

The inlet filters block rust and other objects from the water lines so only clean water can get inside the washing machine. These filters should be cleaned regularly to ensure water quality and an unobstructed water flow.

Unplug the washing machine from the power outlet and turn off the faucet. Go to the back of the washer and disconnect the water hoses. The inlet filters should be inside the valve.

Soak the inlet filters and the connectors in water. When dirt is completely removed, let the inlet filter dry. Then, insert it back into the valve. Securely reinstall the hoses. Finally, turn the faucet on and check for leaks.

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Rinsing The Detergent Dispenser

Interior view of a new european top loading washing machine.

Laundry detergent builds up and get stuck inside the dispenser, so every time you use the washer, the amount of detergent that reaches the tub is significantly reduced. Wiping the detergent dispenser dry after every wash is best. 

However, if there is thick residue, you may need to remove the dispenser from the detergent drawer and rinse it with warm water to soften. Then, wipe it with a dry microfiber cloth until the dispenser is completely clean.

Cleaning The Washing Machine's Interior

Top loader washing machine close-up. Steel inner drum

It is vital to keep the washer clean to prevent the growth of bacteria inside. To avoid this, you must clean your washer's tub. But, if you haven't washed it in a while, you'll want to remove the mildew and other odors.

Clean The Washer's Tub Regularly

It's important to clean your washer's tub. If you don't know how to do it, follow these simple steps: 

  1. Empty the tub and drain all the water by running it in a Spin-Only cycle.
  2. Open the detergent dispenser and fill it with chlorine bleach to the maximum indicator.
  3. Run the washer in a Self Clean cycle immediately. Do not let the chlorine bleach sit at the detergent dispenser. After about 1 hour, the washer should stop automatically.
  4. When the Self Clean cycle is finished, wipe the tub with a clean cloth.

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Remove Mildew and Odors

When the inside of the washing machine has not been cleaned for a while, mildew may form and develop an unpleasant odor.

In addition to the steps above, run a Rinse+Spin cycle until the inside is completely clean and free of any unpleasant odor. Then, open the washer's lid for a few hours to let the interior components dry. Call a licensed technician or visit Samsung's support service if the bad odor persists.

How Often Do You Use Self Clean On Samsung Washer?

For a Samsung Top Loader, Self Clean Indicator illuminates after 20 washes. However, it may take long before you can reach 20 washes. In this case, you can opt to run a Self Clean cycle at least once a month or as needed. Run a Self Clean cycle on the washer immediately if you notice a bad smell or when mildew starts to appear.

What To Do If Your Samsung Top Loader Stinks?

To address the foul odor in your washing machine, identify the kind of odor you smell.

Burnt Smell

It is normal for a new washing machine to smell like burnt plastic. The smell should go away after a few washes. However, if your washing machine isn't new and the smell just appeared, contact Samsung support service as it may be due to serious hardware damage.

Sewer Odor

Check on the washer drain hose if your washing machine smells like sewage.  This can happen if you inserted it into the drainage pipe too much. If so, the water goes back up to the hose and releases a disgusting odor.

To eliminate the sewer odor, ensure that the drain hose is connected to the standpipe at a maximum of 8 inches and secure the connection so the hose won'tt go too far down. Then, run a Self Clean cycle followed by a Rinse+Spin.

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Musty Smell

Molds and mildew commonly cause a musty smell inside the washing machine. The washing machine is an enclosed and humid space, so bacteria can easily form inside if not regularly cleaned.

Get rid of the musty smell by running a Self Clean cycle first. But, instead of detergent, use chlorine bleach. Then, finish it with a Rinse+Spin cycle.

To prevent reoccurrence, rinse the washer's interior after every wash. Ensure no detergent is left inside and let the tub dry before closing the lid.

How To Clean Your Top Loader With Vinegar?

Toploader washing machine with clipping path on white background

According to Samsung, white vinegar is not only a safe alternative to fabric conditioners, but it also has a cleaning effect on the washing machine. Contrary to what people think, vinegar does not leave your washer with a strong odor. 

White vinegar is excellent at killing bacteria that reside inside your washing machine. It also softens stuck on dirt and minerals. If you opt to clean with vinegar, the washer should be at the highest temperature setting and the longest cycle. 

Pour the white vinegar inside and let the washer run for several minutes. Open the lid and leave it for at least an hour to let the vinegar sit. Then, close the lid so the cycle continues. You can repeat the cycle until the washer is completely clean. 

Drain out the water and wipe the inside of the washer. Let it dry completely by leaving the lid open for a few hours.

In Closing

Cleaning the washing machine regularly is critical to maintain its regular function. A Samsung washing machine top loader is easy to clean. The steps include scrubbing its surface, washing the magic filter, soaking the inlet filters in water, rinsing the detergent dispenser with water and lastly, cleaning the washer's interior to remove mildew and odors.

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