How To Clean an LG Top Load Washer

October 3, 2022
Washer Repair

No one enjoys cleaning their washing machine, but doing so on a regular basis helps prevent the accumulation of mold, mildew, dust, dirt, and soap deposits This ensures that your clothes are cleaned properly, your machine stays smelling fresh, and your washing machine is working at optimal performance. 

Our guide refers to all main models of LG top load washers, including:






















Run the tub clean cycle

The first step to take in cleaning your LG top load washer is to run the machine on the Tub Clean cycle. For best results, this can be done using a specially purchased tub cleaner, but you can also just use your regular laundry detergent. 

In order to clean the tub:

  • Make sure the tub is empty of clothes.
  • If you are using a cleaning tablet, place it directly in the drum of your washer. If you are using detergent liquid or powder, place it in the detergent dispenser.
  • Select “Tub Clean” and start the cycle. 
  • After the cycle has finished, wait for the washer to cool down, and then wipe down the interior and around the lid with a clean towel. 

Clean the tub with bleach

Sometimes if wet clothes are left in the machine for too long or if water pools at the bottom of your washer, it can develop an unpleasant smell that persists through multiple washes. In this case, you need to clean the machine with bleach in order to kill any odor-causing bacteria.

To run a bleach cycle:

  • Ensure the tub is empty of clothes.
  • Ensure that the detergent dispenser is completely empty. Unwanted chemical interactions can occur if bleach is mixed with other cleaning products. 
  • Open a window or ensure the area is well-ventilated as the smell of bleach can be strong.
  • Pour one quart (four cups) of liquid bleach into the tub of the machine. 
  • Select “Tub Clean” and start the cycle. 
  • Once the cycle is finished, run the machine again on a rinse cycle to make absolutely sure no bleach remains in the machine to damage your clothes.

After completing the above steps, you should find that any unpleasant smells are gone. 

Clean the detergent dispenser

The detergent dispenser is often overlooked when cleaning the washing machine, but it is an essential step. 

  1. First, take out the detergent dispenser. Pull the dispenser towards you until it comes to a stop. Locate the tab between the bleach and softener compartments. Pull the detergent tray out of the washer while pushing down on the tab.
  2. Look inside the compartment after removing the dispenser tray to see if anything is obstructing the flow of water into the drum.
  3. Dismantle the tray’s attachments and clean each one individually using warm water and a soft-bristled brush. An old toothbrush is perfect for this job. Clean the tray, making sure to get underneath it as well.
  4. While the tray is still removed, clean the slot where the tray goes.
  5. Put the tray back together and return it to the washer.

Clean the inlet filters

Inlet filters for your washer might clog with time, especially if you live in a region with hard water. An error warning may appear if your washer notices that the water is not correctly entering the dispenser due to clogged filters. 

The water inlet filters are easily cleaned and doing so improves the smooth operation of your washer and prolongs its life. Here is how to do it:

  • Before cleaning, turn off your washer by pressing the POWER button and unplugging it from the power source. Completely close both water faucets.
  • The washer’s hot and cold water lines can be removed by unscrewing them. Some water will still be in the hoses after the water is switched off. You can drain the water into a bucket that you place underneath the hoses.
  • Pull the filters out of the inlet valves using needle-nose pliers or another tool with a small point for grasping.
  • Put the filters in a sink full of white vinegar or limescale remover. Be gentle with the filters as they are easily damaged. Wash in warm water until all traces of buildup are gone.
  • Before reinstalling, thoroughly rinse the filters. Reattach the water lines after pressing the filters back into position.

Clean the exterior

Your LG top load washer can look brand new with a little exterior cleaning. Warm water and a moderate strength, nonabrasive household detergent can be used to clean it. Any spills should be removed with a soft wet cloth.

Avoid using steel wool, solvents or other similar products, as well as abrasive cleansers and methylated spirits. They might harm your machine’s surface.

Ensure your washer remains clean

Here’s how to maintain your washer functioning flawlessly in between cleanings:

  • When the washer is not in use, keep the lid open to allow it to dry completely.
  • Run a cycle with warm or hot water every now and then if you typically wash with cold water. This helps prevent dirt and detergent accumulation.
  • Avoid overloading or underfilling the washer with laundry. Too many clothes in a load might leave the washer with too much moisture, and too few will leave detergent residue behind.

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