How To Clean LG Top Load Washing Machine Filter? (Easy Instructions)

If your LG washing machine is performing below par, or if you have noticed that it is taking longer than usual for your clothes to get clean, it might be a good idea to clean the filter.

A dirty filter can lead to a number of problems in your washing machine, including reduced efficiency and even damage.

In this article, we will show you how to clean the filter on an LG washing machine in just a few simple steps.

how to clean lg top load washing machine filter

Here’s what this article covers:

  • How to locate the filter?
  • How to clean the filter?
  • Commonly asked questions.
  • And More…

Let’s get started.

Items required to Clean LG top load washing machine filter

The only things that you will need in order to clean the filter on your LG washing machine are:

  • A bowl
  • Warm water
  • White vinegar OR baking soda
  • A toothbrush or paper towel

Prepare the cleaning solution

To clean the filter, you will need to prepare a cleaning solution.

You can do this by mixing equal parts of warm water and white vinegar or baking soda in a bowl.

If you are using white vinegar, make sure that it is diluted before using it to clean the filter.

Once you have the solution ready, keep it aside in a bowl.

Note: Either use Baking Soda OR Vinegar OR Washing Machine Cleaners and DO NOT USE ALL at the same time. So only use one cleaning agent and avoid mixing them as that can be fatal.

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Locate the Filter

The next step is to locate the filter on your LG washing machine.

To locate the filter, open the main lid from where you load the laundry, and search for a round or a rectangular attachment inside the drum.

Then press the lock and detach the filter.

If there is no such attachment inside in that case look at the bottom backside of the machine OR front side. If you are still not able to locate it, refer to your user manual. Once you have found the filter, unscrew it and take it out.

Note: Some washing machines use Non-Removable filters, in that case, you simply need to use a toothbrush or scrubber to clean the lint.

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Clean the filter

Now that you have located and removed the filter, it is time to clean it.

Start by cleaning the filter using hot water and remove the lint and debris with a toothbrush OR paper towel.

Once the hot water wash is done, dip the filter in the prepared solution for approx. 20 minutes.

See if you can find any remaining lint or debris, if yes proceed with cleaning them by using a toothbrush or paper towel.

Once you are done scrubbing, rinse the filter with clean water and let it air dry.

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Attach the filter

Once the filter is dry, reattach it to the washing machine and screw it tight.

After attaching the filter run an empty cycle to test if your machine is working properly.

Note: If your laundry machine is a brand new variant, there are chances that it may have a self-cleaning filter instead of traditional lint filters. If that’s the case simply run the clean function at least once a month.

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Final Thoughts

Cleaning the filter on a regular basis (approx. once a month) will help prolong the life of your washing machine and keep it running smoothly for years to come.

If you are a beginner, locating and detaching the filter may sound overwhelming, but once you are able to locate and detach the filter, the remaining steps are super simple.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I clean my washing machine filter?

For optimal results, we recommend that you clean your washing machine filter at least once a month.

Where is the filter located on a top load LG washer?

For top-loaders, the filter is usually located inside. You simply need to open the main lid from where you load the laundry and search for a round shape attachment. Some models may have rectangular attachments inside the drum. If you are unable to locate the filter, refer to your user manual.

What should I use to clean the filter?

You can use a bowl of warm water and white vinegar or baking soda to clean the filter. If you are using white vinegar, make sure that it is diluted before using it to clean the filter. You can also use washing machine cleaners easily available at an online store OR local hardware shops.

Can you use bleach to clean your LG washer?

Yes, you can use bleach to clean your washer but we recommend that you use a washing machine cleaner as it is specifically designed to clean your machine and will not damage the parts. Alternatively, using vinegar is also a safe idea. Using bleach frequently can damage your machine in the long run.

Do High-Efficiency LG Top-Load washers have a filter?

No, they do not have a removable lint trap like traditional top-load washers. Instead, they have pump filters that should be cleaned at least once a month.

How do I know if my washing machine has a self-cleaning filter?

If your laundry machine is a brand new variant, there are chances that it may have a self-cleaning filter instead of traditional lint filters. If that’s the case you simply need to look for the Self-Cleaning button on the panel. If you are unable to find it, there should be a dedicated section in the instruction manual that shows how you can self-clean the filter. Having said that, the self-clean function is only available in the latest HE variants.