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How to Use a Danby Portable Dishwasher

Since 1947, Danby has designed a wide range of small and portable appliances for home and commercial use. Danby portable dishwashers—countertop and full console, 18-inch-wide castor models—follow this tradition by fitting well into tight or small spaces and providing easy faucet connection hookup for fast setup and cleaning of dishes, cookware and/or utensils. Except for portability and reduced rack space, Danby portable models differ little from non-portable models.

Step 1

Run the faucet hot water for a minute and then connect your Danby portable dishwasher to the faucet with the quick connect assembly and inlet and drain hoses. Tighten all connections on the assembly, faucet and back of the dishwasher and then slowly turn the hot water on to test for leaks. If you see leaks, turn off the water and re-tighten the connections and/or wrap leaking spots with Teflon tape.

Step 2

Open the dishwasher door, slide the rack (countertop model), or bottom or top rack (full console model) out of the interior and remove the silverware basket.

Step 3

Rinse the bulk of food, grease or liquids—especially dried on debris—from any silverware, plates, cups, glasses and cookware. If you plan to use the pre-wash cycle in your Danby dishwasher, skip this step.

Step 4

Place utensils, handles first, into the silverware basket. If dealing with sharp knives, place blade ends first making certain that sharp blade tips don’t stick out of the basket bottom. If dealing with long or large knives, set the knives aside to place in the racks.

Step 5

Load the dishwasher. If using a countertop model, load plates and cups only as you’ll need to repeat these steps to wash glasses separately after you’ve cleaned the plates and cups. If using a full console model, load the bottom rack with large, heavy cookware, dishes and/or long or large knives—sharp side of blades facing the sides of the rack and soiled surfaces facing center—and load the top rack with glassware, cups or other lightweight or delicate items.

Step 6

Return the silverware basket to the dishwasher and slide the rack(s) back into the interior.

Step 7

Fill the detergent and rinse aid dispensers—unless you only plan to use the pre-wash or rinse cycle—and shut the door. If the rinse aid dispenser has an indicator, fill until the indicator turns completely black.

Step 8

Plug in the dishwasher, set your desired cleaning cycle and push the “On/Off” power button to start the cycle. If you don’t know how to set the cleaning cycle for your specific model, refer to your owner’s manual as models differ slightly.

Step 9

Wait for the dishwasher to cool completely, open the door and remove your dishes. Repeat with additional dishes or glassware or disconnect and drain the hoses.

About the Author

Based in Southern Pennsylvania, Irene A. Blake has been writing on a wide range of topics for over a decade. Her work has appeared in projects by The National Network for Artist Placement, the-phone-book Limited and GateHouse Media. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Shippensburg University.