You may have noticed a blinking light on the front of your Samsung washing machine when you went to wash out the drum, indicating that it was time to use the machine’s Self Clean function.
Cleaning the drums inside of Samsung washing machines is simple and requires no chemicals, nor does it necessitate the use of a service technician.
This feature is beneficial because it requires little effort to ensure that the machine that cleans your clothes is completely clean itself, eliminating the risk of residual chemicals and eliminating unpleasant odors.
Please continue reading for information on how to use the Self-Clean feature of your washing machine, or if you simply want to incorporate self-cleaning into your regular machine maintenance.
What is causing the bad smell coming from my Samsung front-load washer?
While the majority of dirt, hair, and soapsuds are drained away by your washer, some of these particles will inevitably remain behind.
A greater likelihood of this occurring is if you use an excessive amount of detergent with each wash load, resulting in an excess of suds.
Mold and mildew can quickly develop on these remaining particles in the washer’s warm, moist environment, resulting in an unpleasant odor as the mold and mildew grow and multiply.
When your Samsung front load washer starts to smell bad and isn’t cleaned on a regular basis, the interior walls, gasket, and filter become popular hiding places for bacteria.
Signs that your washing machine needs to be cleaned
Despite the fact that your washer cleans your clothes, the process of washing can be a filthy enterprise.
In the warm, moist environment of the washer, leftover dirt and suds can serve as a breeding ground for mold and mildew to thrive.
These signs of mold or mildew, as well as the need for cleaning, may indicate the presence of the organisms:
- The washer has a foul odor.
- Mold is clearly visible in the washing machine.
- The smell of mold or the appearance of dinginess is present on freshly laundered clothes.
- The Self-Cleaning Reminder light is illuminated on the washer’s control panel.
Guide on How To Clean your Samsung Washing Machine
Step 1: Thoroughly clean the seal
Checking the seal around the door of your washer is the first step in decontaminating the machine.
Lint, coins, paperclips, and all manner of other pocket clutter are caught by the seal.
Because if you don’t clean it out regularly, the junk can begin to mold or, even worse, make its way down to the trap.
Simply swipe your hand around the seal to get rid of any unwanted material.
Then, using a damp cloth, wipe it down again.
Step 2: Empty and clean the trap
When items do not get caught in the washer door seal, they are directed to a location inside the washer that is ominously referred to as “the trap.” (It is also referred to as a filter.)
These items will continue to rot and mildew until either you remove them or the washer stops draining water from the tub.
I had to wait until my washer stopped draining water before I realized that there was such a thing as a trap.
I watched as my husband deftly disassembled the washer and discovered that our washer trap was stuffed with Legos and about $5 in change.
Listed below are instructions on how to clean your own trap.
1. Unplug the washer from the wall outlet.
2. There should be a small door on either the front or back of the washing machine.
3. Place a small bowl near the small door to catch any drips that may occur.
4. Using a flathead screwdriver or a coin, pry open the door from the inside.
5. Inside the door will be a black tube with a number on it. Gently pull the top end of the hose out and remove the plastic cap from the top end of the hose.
6. The hose should be drained into the bowl.
7. Place a towel in front of the door to serve as a barrier.
8. The trap cap, also known as the filter cap, will be located next to the black hose. Twist it to the left and pull it forward to complete the motion.
9. Replace the trap and hose after they have been thoroughly cleaned.
10. You’re finished when you close the small door.
According to the year and model of your washer, the following instructions may differ. Before attempting to clean your washer’s trap, consult your owner’s manual for specific instructions.
Step 3: Instructions for Self-Cleaning (With Bleach)
This is my number one recommendation for getting rid of foul odors. It is effective every time.
You should run the Self Clean cycle with liquid chlorine bleach loaded into the detergent container to the max line (not the bleach container) and wait until the Self Clean cycle is complete before checking to see if the problem has been resolved.
If the problem persists, you should contact your local service center.
Follow these simple instructions:
1. Check to see that the machine is properly connected.
2. Check to see that the machine is completely empty.
3. Power up your computer.
4. Fill the detergent container in the washing machine with liquid bleach until it reaches the maximum fill line.
5. Press with Self-Cleaning Mechanism Start
6. Wait one hour for the cycle to complete (or four hours if you have a front-load machine)
7. Clean the inside of the washing machine tub.
8. Run a rinse and spin cycle on your washing machine.
9. Allow the unit to air dry by removing the lid and detergent container from the unit.
10. The pump filter should be cleaned (front load models only)
If your machine is still not operating at its maximum capacity, contact customer service.
Our Team Tips and Tricks in Cleaning your Washing Machine
How to Clean the Filter on the Washer Pump
The pump filter on a front-load washer screens out debris in order to prevent it from clogging the drainage system.
When your Samsung front load washer emits a foul odor, cleaning the filter can help to alleviate the problem:
1. Located at the bottom of the washer in the front, right corner, you can access the pump filter through a small access panel. To open the panel, press the cover down.
2. Place a towel and a shallow drain pain under the drain hose to prevent it from clogging.
3. Remove the drain hose cap by twisting it off and allowing any remaining water to drain.
4. Remove the pump filter by twisting it in the opposite direction of the clock.
5. After gently brushing away debris from the filter with a toothbrush and rinsing it under warm running water,
6. Re-insert the filter by twisting it in the clockwise direction.
7. Close the access panel and replace the drain hose cap.
How to Clean the Gasket on a Front-Load Washer
The rubber gasket that surrounds the door of a front-load washer creates a seal that prevents leaks.
However, if your washing machine is smelling mildewy, the gasket can also serve as a catchall for any debris that has been collected. Listed below is a quick and simple method for cleaning the gasket:
1. Open the washer door and peel back the gasket so that the interior can be seen.
2. Remove any objects that are visible, such as paper clips, nails, or coins.
3. Remove any visible dust or hair by wiping it away.
4. Remove mildew from the gasket by saturating it with warm, soapy water or a mildew cleaner of your choosing. Using a clean cloth, wipe down the surface.
5. Gently scrub stubborn mildew stains with a toothbrush dipped in a 10 percent bleach solution until they disappear.
How to Maintain Your Samsung Washing Machine
Samsung divides maintenance requirements into categories based on how frequently they should be performed. Some jobs are done on a regular basis, while others are done on a monthly basis.
Maintenance Requirements on a Regular Basis
Samsung recommends the following maintenance procedures for routine (regular) use.
- The exterior of the building should be cleaned.
- You may notice blemishes on the exterior of your washer from time to time.
- Generally, damp cloth and a mild detergent will suffice to remove them.
If you’re having trouble getting rid of blemishes, Samsung recommends the following procedures:
1. Make a decision on a cooktop cleaner.
2. Using a damp, clean microfiber cloth, apply the product.
3. Gently rub the affected area in a circular motion until the residue is lifted off the surface of the skin.
4. Using a fresh, damp microfiber cloth, wipe away any remaining cleaning product from the affected area.
5. Using a dry microfiber cloth, dry the affected area.
In between cycles, leave the Detergent Drawer and the Door open.
Between cycles, Samsung recommends that washing machine owners leave the detergent drawer and main door slightly ajar to prevent mold from growing.
If mold has already formed in the machine, you can run it through a regular spin cycle (without washing it) and add chlorine bleach to the detergent compartment before running it through again.
Run a Hot-Water-Only cycle every now and then.
If you normally use a cold cycle, you can keep your machine smelling clean and fresh by using a hot water cycle without any detergent instead of the usual cold cycle.
This setting aids in the removal of soil and detergent residue accumulation.
Maintenance tasks to be completed on a monthly basis
Samsung also provides a comprehensive list of monthly maintenance tasks to ensure that the washer remains in peak operating condition.
When Should You Use Self-Clean? How Often Should You Use Self-Clean?
If you own a Samsung washing machine, it’s likely that you already have routine maintenance and cleaning habits in place to keep your machine in top-notch condition all of the time.
Nonetheless, the factory-installed Self Clean feature is something you can incorporate into your daily routine to ensure that your machine is as clean as possible in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.
In the event that you don’t already have a cleaning and maintenance schedule in place for your machine, the Self Clean feature was created specifically for you.
You can keep the washing machine drum and other interior components as clean as possible with the utmost efficiency and minimal effort. This also contributes to the overall longevity of your unit.
When should you use the Self Clean cycle on your Samsung washing machine, and how often should you use it?
In order to get the most out of the Self Clean feature, Samsung recommends that you use it on a monthly basis.
Of course, this is only applicable to individuals who use their machines every other day or less frequently.
If you use your machine on a daily or multiple times per day basis, you should be using Self Clean after a specified number of loads.
If you do not use Self-Clean, you should consider purchasing one.
Our Final Thoughts
Maintaining the cleanliness of your Samsung washer is important because it prevents odors or mold from accumulating and ensures that your washer continues to perform as intended.
Frequently Ask Questions
In the event that Self-Clean does not work, what should I do?
Maintaining the cleanliness of your Samsung washing machine is essential in order to prevent mold, mildew, and odors from accumulating inside the machine.
It is also critical to ensure that the machine is capable of performing its functions to its fullest potential when necessary.
How long does it take for the Samsung washing machine to self-clean?
The length of a Self Clean cycle varies depending on the model of washer you are using.
Self-Clean cycles for front-loading Samsung washers last 4 hours, whereas the cycle for top-loading Samsung washers lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes, respectively
How Frequently Should You Use the Self-Cleaning Feature on Your Samsung Washing Machine?
You should run the Samsung Self Clean setting at least once a month to avoid an overgrowth of mold and mildew in your home.
The Self Clean indicator, on the other hand, will illuminate sooner if the device is used more frequently.
After 40 washes in a front-loading machine, the Self Clean indicator light will illuminate.
Once the top-loading machine has been washed 20 times, the Self Clean reminder will illuminate.