How to Use a Portable Dishwasher
Kitchens don’t always have room for an under-the-counter dishwasher, especially in smaller homes and apartments. It’s these kinds of situations where a portable dishwasher can be particularly convenient. A portable dishwasher doesn’t have to be permanently installed in your kitchen and can simply be rolled in and attached to your sink when you need to use it. Whether it’s a countertop dishwasher or a freestanding unit, having one greatly simplifies your kitchen cleanup. These appliances are pretty simple to set up and use, but if you’re a first timer or just need some specific direction, our step-by-step guide will tell you what you need to know.
Prepare Your Sink
If you want the best performance from your dishwasher and wish to avoid any problems during the process, it’s a good idea to get your sink ready. Begin by turning on the hot water and letting it run until it has warmed up. This will ensure that you have nothing but hot water coming into your dishwasher, which helps it do its job correctly. Also, make sure to run your disposal if you have one and clear any blocked drains. This will keep your sink from overflowing when the dishwasher drains.
Attach the Dishwasher to the Faucet
Place your portable dishwasher near the sink and close enough to an electrical outlet that you’ll be able to plug it in. If your faucet has a screen filter, you’ll need to carefully remove it. Use a wrench or pliers to loosen it and then twist it off. Take the intake hose from the back of the dishwasher and attach it to your faucet. If it doesn’t connect securely, then you’ll need to buy a faucet adapter. Place the second hose in the sink in a way that will allow it to drain properly.
Load the Dishwasher
Sure, you’d rather not – but at least you don’t have to wash every dish by hand. Load vertical items like plates, cookie sheets, and lids on the bottom rack along with your silverware. Use the top rack for cups, bowls, and other containers. When it’s full, place your dish detergent in the dispenser and shut the door until it clicks. Now you’re ready to get things moving.
Start the Dishwasher
Dry your hands and then plug your dishwasher into an electrical outlet. Turn the hot water on all the way. Now all that’s left is to start your dishwashing cycle. If you like, you can listen to the rhythmic churning of the dishwasher while you savor the novelty of a machine cleaning your dishes. Or, you can fill your time with something else while it does its thing.
Put the Dishwasher Away
Once your dishwasher has finished and you’ve put your dishes away, unplug the dishwasher from the outlet, disconnect it from the faucet, and wheel it back to where you usually keep it. That’s it, you’re done! Repeat as needed to stay on top of your dirty dishes. For more useful information on kitchen appliances, check out the Large Kitchen Appliances Buying Guide.