Run the dishwasher so its sanitary. Then I set the carboy on the counter and run the siphon to the bottling wand. Set the bottle on the dishwasher so that if you spill it, you just lift the lid and dump it into the dishwasher. Not the best photo, grabbed it with a cell phone. I was in a hurry between hunting on saturday and wanted to get this off the oak. The dishes were clean and you can bet I heard about bottling wine with them still in there. Note where I had some overflow. I then take them off, sit them on paper towels for a final dry and sanitize caps/corks to finish.