A properly designed washing machine should have a soap dispenser drawer that comes out very easily, and obviously. But many people struggle to work out how to take out the drawer to clean it. This article gives tips and advice on how to remove one if you can’t work out how to do it.
Your first port of call should be the instruction manual. It’s almost certain to describe how to do it there. But in the absence of the manual you should be able to work it out.
Most soap dispenser drawers are designed to come completely out. There will be some sort of stopper, or latch mechanism at the back that stops it falling out when you open it.
With the drawer fully extended out there should be something obvious at the back that you need to press down on in order to release the drawer so it pulls all the way out. Some (especially the cheaper) washing machines don’t have anything to press down. If not try looking underneath the drawer to see if there is anything to push up which will allow the drawer to come out.
With some drawers there is nothing obvious at all. Some have even been designed (especially older ones) to just be pulled out with enough force to override a small stop at the bottom. The important thing to remember is that there will be some type of stop sticking out at the bottom or top and right at the back which prevents the drawer just falling out onto the floor when pulled out. Some used to need pulling out whilst lifting at the same time to ride over the stop, and others just needed a firm pull.
If you do decide to firmly pull it though, make sure you don’t hold the drawer by the drawer front, which will most likely break off. Hold the drawer by the sides close to the back. You need to be very careful before just trying to yank the drawer out. You could of course damage it. The best way to get one out is to follow the instructions. If you don’t have the instructions try to find one here instruction books and user manuals
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