How to use detergent in Samsung washing machine?

Last Update date : Jul 22. 2022

Doing your laundry is a simple task, but you need to make sure you're not accidentally making any mistakes that could damage your clothing or washer. If you’re using the incorrect amount of detergent, then your clothes may not be as clean as you expect. 

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We have some guidelines for you, so you'll know how to do everything right and your clothes always come out clean.

What kind of detergent should I use?

If you want to lengthen the life of your machine and your clothes, you should really take a look at the type of detergent that you use and see if there is a better option out there for you. 

You should always use HE detergent. Every Samsung washer requires it. Using anything other than HE, even once, will cause problems with your washer, and you'll have to run several empty cycles to clean it out again.

Powder or liquid? The cleaning performance between the two is basically the same. Powder can be a little cheaper, but harder to dissolve in cold water. Liquid can be used to pretreat stains, but is easier to over pour and use too much.

As for which brand to get, that's up to you. We recommend to shop smart, look at reviews, and try to find one that fits your needs. Your washer will be happy to work with whatever brand of HE detergent you pick. But if the cleaning performance isn't up to your standards, consider switching detergents.

How much detergent should I use?

You should always read the detergent manufacturer’s guidelines for the correct amount of detergent to use. Usually, the amount is based on the load size. Even if the manufacturer instructions say to put an amount that exceeds the Max Fill line, you should NOT exceed the line. You can switch to a more concentrated detergent or run a smaller load size, so you don't use too much.

Too much detergent can cause oversudsing which can lead to problems with your washer. It can also trap dirt and redeposit it on your clothes. On the contrary, putting too little detergent isn’t good either; your clothes may not get as clean.

You’ll want to try using the least amount of detergent possible to get your clothes clean. This will save money and prevent excess detergent from building up in your washer.

Note: Going over the MAX line in the detergent drawer will stain or damage your clothes or washer. Detergents come in different concentrations; if the amount you would need to add would exceed the MAX line, you should reduce the size of your load or use a more concentrated detergent.

How do I get my clothes cleaner?

Good question! There's more to getting cleaner clothes out of your washer than just the detergent you use.

  • Sorting

The first thing you'll need to do, and it's kind of a groaner, is sort your clothes. It really does make a difference. All clothes have those tags that we like to ignore that tell us exactly how to wash them. It's time for us to stop ignoring them! Following the fabric care instructions is the best way to clean our clothes and make them last longer.

By sorting your clothes based off their tag information, you can bundle them up and wash a batch of clothing that all need the same cycle and temperature setting. Then do another load, with its own cycle and temperature setting. Then the next, and the next. This way, all of your clothes come out looking their best. That's why your washer has so many cycle options!

  • Pre-soaking

Another thing that helps is pre-treating. Applying some detergent directly to the stain or even pre-soaking it with a little detergent can help get rid of tough stains. Oh, and make sure you're using something designed for stain removal that's colour safe. Many of Samsung models come with presoak options, and some top load models even have an Activewash sink to help with this.

  • Loading

Finally, make sure you're using a proper load size. Yeah, many of our models are huge and can take a lot of clothing, but every washer has a point where it's just too much to run in one cycle. Since you're sorting your clothes anyway (right?) this is easier to handle. Also, be sure that you're adjusting your detergent usage to the size of each load you run; if your load is a lot smaller than usual, your detergent amount should reflect that.

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