Can I hook up a washing machine to a kitchen sink?

Updated February 21, 2017

You can hook up a full-size washing machine to the faucet on most kitchen sinks using an adaptor for the water intake and drain hoses. This can be a temporary solution if you are having plumbing work done in the laundry room, or have moved into a home without standard washer connections. The faucet adaptor is available at hardware and plumbing supply stores. Hooking up the washing machine to the sink takes less than five minutes.

Position the washing machine so the back panel faces the kitchen sink.

Connect the cold-water supply hose on the back of the washing machine to the threaded inlet connection on the adaptor and tighten with pliers.

Loosen the screw on the clamp over the drain hose on the adaptor. Insert the end of the drain hose attached to the washing machine into the drain hose on the adaptor and tighten the screw in the clamp.

Remove the aerator on the end of the kitchen faucet. The aerator and screen unscrew from the tip of the faucet.

Connect the faucet adaptor to the end of the faucet, turning the threaded coupler clockwise to tighten.

Adjust the water temperature to the desired level using the kitchen faucet knob or knobs.

Set the temperature selector knob on the washing machine to "Cold" regardless of whether you are washing in hot or cold water. The washing machine must use the cold water hose since that is the only hose connected to the water supply in this set-up. You control water temperature at the faucet.

Plug in the power cord for the appliance. You are now ready to wash clothes.

Things You'll Need

  • Kitchen faucet washer adaptor
  • Pliers
  • Screwdriver
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James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.