How to clean the detergent drawer on a washing machine

Read on to find out how to clean the detergent drawer on your Samsung washing machine. For help deciding where to put detergent or fabric softener, find out how to use the detergent drawer compartments.

Manual dispenserClick to Expand
1 Open the detergent drawer.
Open detergent drawer on washing machine

1. Softener compartment

2. Detergent drawer

2 Press the release lever (1) on the inside of the detergent drawer and pull the detergent drawer out at the same time.
Press the release lever and pull detergent drawer out from washing machine
3 Lift the softener compartment and the liquid detergent guide (optional) to remove from the detergent drawer.
Lift softener compartment and liquid detergent drawer to remove detergent drawer
4 Rinse all parts under running water.
Rinse detergent drawer compartments in running water
5 Clean the detergent drawer recess with an old toothbrush.
Clean detergent drawer with soft brush
6 Replace the softener compartment and the liquid detergent guide (optional) by pushing them firmly into the detergent drawer.
Replace compartments in detergent drawer
7 Push the detergent drawer back into place.

Please note: To remove any remaining detergent, perform a rinse cycle without any laundry in the drum.

Replace detergent drawer in washing machine
Auto-dispenserClick to Expand

Follow the instructions below if your washer has an automatic detergent dispenser.

1 Open the detergent drawer.
Open detergent drawer on washing machine
2 Press the release lever (1) on the inside of the detergent drawer and pull the detergent drawer out at the same time.
Press release lever and pull detergent drawer out
3 Remove both the detergent compartment and the softener compartment.
Remove detergent and softener compartments from detergent drawer
4 Open the lids of both compartments, then fill with water and shake.
Open compartment lids, fill with water and shake
5 Use an old toothbrush or a soft brush to clean the cap valves of both compartments.
Clean the cap valves with a soft brush
6 Rinse all parts under running water.
Rinse all parts under running water
7 Clean the detergent drawer recess with an old toothbrush. Make sure to clean the cap valves to prevent clogging.
Clean the detergent drawer with a soft brush
8 Replace the detergent compartment and the softener compartment by pushing them firmly into the detergent drawer.
9 Push the detergent drawer back into place.

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