How to use detergent in your Samsung washing machine

A laundry detergent aisle filled with different kinds of detergent

What's the best kind of laundry detergent? How much do I use? And where on earth do pods go? If these are the questions tumbling around your mind, be at ease because we've got you covered. Here you'll find everything you need to know about using detergent in your Samsung front load or top load washer.

What kind of detergent should I use?

Caution: For best results, use HE detergents only. Do not use regular detergent, organic detergent, natural detergent or HE detergents with natural ingredients (such as vinegar, baking soda).

You should always use HE (High Efficiency) 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.

For the next question: 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 it's easy to accidentally use too much. Whichever you choose, you need to include the liquid detergent insert in the detergent drawer when using liquid detergent, and remove it when using powdered detergent.

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 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?

The answer is enough to get the job done and not a drop more. Finding the best amount is going to require a bit of trial and error. Always measure out exactly how much you're putting in; never "eyeball it." Most detergents come with a cup, or the cap of the bottle can be used to measure. (Sometimes you can even toss the cap in with your clothes to wash away any residue.)

Detergent manufacturers give you a recommended amount to use for the size of the load you're washing, and that's a great starting point. But then you'll want to try using less and less until you reach the minimum amount necessary for your clothes to come out clean. Not only will this save money, it prevents all that extra detergent from building up in your washer and causing issues.

Hopefully this shows that "less is more." Throwing more detergent at your clothes won't actually get them any cleaner. It's just a waste that can potentially cause problems with your washer and result in more stains on your clothes. If you can't seem to find the right amount with the detergent you're using, and clothes just won't come out as clean as you like, try switching detergents instead of using more.

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 need to add exceeds the MAX line, you should reduce the size of your load or use a more concentrated detergent.

How do I use detergent pods?

For the most part, we don't recommend detergent pods for two main reasons. One, you don't get the precision of measuring out exactly how much detergent you're using. And two, they can be a safety hazard for homes with young children or adults with dementia.

If you do use pods though, just toss them in the tub. Do NOT put them in the detergent drawer. Also, for top loaders, you'll want to toss them in before the laundry so the pods are on the bottom under the clothes.

How do I get my clothes cleaner?

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


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 our clothes have those tags 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.

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


Another thing that helps is pretreating. Applying some detergent directly to the stain. Even presoaking 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 color safe. Many of our models come with presoak options, and some top load models even have an Activewash sink to help with this.


Finally, make sure you're using a proper load size. Yes, 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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