How to clean Samsung washing machine top load filter? (Easy Method)

Has your washer become inefficient? OR has it started to leave water spots on your clothes? If so there are chances that the filter is begging to be cleaned.

You may even want to clean your Samsung top-loading washing machine’s filter if it is not draining properly or takes a long time to complete the wash cycle.

It is also a good idea to clean the filter regularly to maintain the optimal performance of your machine.

In this article you will learn:

  • How to locate the filter in Samsung top load washer?
  • How to clean Samsung washing machine top load filter?
  • Commonly Asked Questions.
  • And More…

Let’s get started.

What you will need

To clean the filter of your Samsung washing machine, you will need:

  • Cleaning gloves
  • A small bowl or cup
  • White vinegar or bleach
  • Washing machine cleaner (optional)
  • Toothbrush OR Paper Towel

Once you have the above ingredients ready, it’s time to prepare the cleansing solution.

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Prepare the cleaning solution

Wear the safety gloves first and then mix one part of white vinegar or bleach with three parts of water in a small bowl or cup and keep it aside in a bowl.

If you don’t like to use vinegar or bleach simply get one washing machine cleaner from an online OR local retail store.


Now that you have the cleaning solution ready it’s time to locate the filter.

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Locate the filter

The filter is located right inside the washing machine and it is a small to medium, rectangular, or circular shape fine Mesh plastic attachment that is visible once you open the lid of your washing machine.

All you need to do is press the lock button that holds the filter and pull it out to detach it.

Note: Some High-Efficiency top load washers don’t have a detachable filter unit, in that case, you simply need to use a toothbrush or paper towel to remove lint and stuck debris.

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How to clean the Samsung Washing Machine Filter?

Once you have located and separated the filter, it’s time to give it a thorough wash.

There are two ways to effectively clean your Samsung washing machine filter:

  • By using a washing machine cleaner
  • By using a DIY homemade washing machine cleanser

In order to clean the filter simply follow the below steps.

1. Pour the washing machine cleaner OR homemade cleaning solution (made using vinegar or Bleach) into the small bowl or cup that you prepared earlier.

2. Now, soak the filter in the solution.

3. Using a toothbrush or paper towel, scrub the filter until all the dirt and debris are gone.

4. Once done, rinse the filter off with water and reattach it to the washing machine.

5. Run a wash cycle with hot water to clean the inside of your washing machine as well.

TIP: If you are regularly cleaning the filter, you may not need to use any cleaning solution. By simply using water and a toothbrush you should be able to remove the lint and debris.

If it’s hard to follow the above steps, here’s a nice video that shows how to clean the filter from a Samsung top load washer.

Note: Not all models are the same, some may have a rectangular filter and some may have a round-shaped filter and some may be detachable whereas some may not have a detachable unit. In fact, high-efficiency top-loaders don’t have a detachable filter, instead, they use a pump filter and rely on self-cleaning technology to keep the lint away.

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Final Thoughts

Always use safety gloves and eyeglasses when you are dealing with any kind of cleaning solution.

If your washing machine doesn’t have a detachable filter, don’t force it out as it may break the unit.

Clean the filter regularly to ensure optimal performance of your washing machine.

We hope you found this article helpful. If you have any questions please feel free to check out our dedicated FAQ section.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the filter in a Samsung top loader washing machine?

The filter is located right inside the washing machine. It is usually a medium-sized rectangular, or circular shape fine Mesh plastic attachment that is visible once you open the lid from where you load the laundry.

How often should I clean my washing machine filter?

You should clean the filter after every few washes. If you notice that your clothes are not getting clean even after multiple washes, then it is an indication that the filter needs to be cleaned OR replaced.

Can I use vinegar to clean my Samsung washing machine filter?

Yes, you can use vinegar to clean your washing machine. Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and will help remove any build-up of lint, dirt, OR debris.

Can I use bleach to clean my Samsung washing machine filter?

Yes, you can use bleach to clean your washing machine filter. Bleach is a strong disinfectant and will help remove any build-up of lint.

Disclaimer: Using Vinegar, Bleach or after-market cleaners may void the warranty, therefore it’s important you check with the seller before using any of the above-mentioned cleansing techniques.

Hemant Sarkar is a seasoned techie with a diploma in computer science and an impressive track record of over 15 years in dealing with speakers, kitchen appliances, and various home appliance-related issues. He is widely recognized for his exceptional expertise in repairing dryers and washing machines from all major brands. In addition to his appliance repair prowess, Hemant maintains engaging blogs on topics related to music and speakers. For any inquiries or assistance regarding appliances or tech-related matters, you can reach out to him at: hemant (at)