How do I use the detergent drawer compartments in my washing machine?

Your washing machine has different compartments for different washing aids (for example detergents, washing powders, bleaches and fabric softeners). Make sure you add the correct type of detergent to the correct compartment when operating the washing machine. There are also several different types of detergent drawer, depending on your washing machine. Read on to find out which compartment to use for different types of washing aid.

 

You can also find out how to clean the detergent drawer or see the bottom of this article for a list of related content.

Detergent drawer (Type I)Click to Expand
Detergent drawer compartments in washing machine
1 Main wash compartment: Detergent for the main wash, water softener, pre-soaking agent, bleach and stain remover.
2 Softener compartment: Fabric softener (do not fill higher than the line indicated by MAX).
3 Prewash compartment: Detergent for prewash or starch.

We do not recommend using tablet or capsule type detergents, or detergents using a ball or net, when washing large items.

Detergent drawer (Type II)Click to Expand
Detergent drawer compartments in washing machine
1 Main wash compartment: Detergent for the main wash, water softener, pre-soaking agent, bleach and stain remover.
2 Softener compartment: Fabric softener (do not fill higher than the line indicated by MAX).
3 Prewash compartment: Detergent for prewash or starch.

We do not recommend using tablet or capsule type detergents, or ball or net types. Dilute highly-enriched or concentrated agents before applying.

Auto-Dispenser (Type I)Click to Expand

Models with an automatic dispenser have three compartments: two compartments for auto dispensing and another part for manual input. If the Auto Detergent and Auto Softener settings are enabled, the washing machine dispenses an appropriate amount of detergent or fabric softener into the drum according to the cycle.

Please note: To use the manual dispenser, make sure the auto dispenser is switched off. Press "Dose per Wash" until the Auto dispense indicators are off.

Auto-dispensing detergent drawer on washing machine
1 Auto Softener compartment: Fabric softener only.
2 Auto Detergent compartment: Liquid detergent only.
3 Detergent compartment: If necessary, add manually as instructed by the detergent manufacturer.

The refill indicator will light up on the Auto Dispenser section when you need to refill the compartment.

1 Slide open the detergent drawer.
2 Remove the detergent and/or fabric softener compartment and top up.
3 Replace the compartment in the detergent drawer, then slide the detergent drawer back into place.
4 Press the Start/Pause (Hold to Start) button. Wait 10 seconds for the indicator to detect the replenished supply of detergent / fabric softener. The indicator will then switch off.

If the auto dispenser indicator is flashing, check that the detergent drawer is closed properly. Open the drawer and close it again. If it is still flashing, you may need to clean the detergent compartment to remove any hardened liquid detergent.

Auto-Dispenser (Type II)Click to Expand

The auto-dispensers in some washing machines can be found inside the door to the drum.

 

Find out more about the Auto Dispenser or watch the video guide below.

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