5 Common Misconceptions About Kitchen Appliances

People say a whole lot of out-there things when it comes to kitchen appliances and decor. From absurd pricing to odd cleaning techniques, we’ve truly heard it all here at First Coast Supply. While some of these tall tales ring true, many are just that — tall tales. We’re here to clear up any confusion you may have.

1. If you use the appliance less frequently, it’ll last longer.

We get the logic here, but it’s just not true. Appliances like dishwashers are meant for frequent use. The seals around a dishwasher’s door are built for damp conditions, so lack of use can result in a cracked, damaged seal.

2. It’s always important to rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher.

This one seems a bit counterintuitive in our opinion. Why even have a dishwasher if you’re going to clean the dishes by hand first? Not only is it not necessary (especially with modern, heavy-duty dishwashers), but it’s also wasteful. Pre-rinsing can waste over 6,000 gallons of water each year.

3. Baking soda is the best tool for absorbing fridge odors.

Maybe 20 years ago, but we have better options these days. Our favorite all-natural option for eliminating rank refrigerator smells is activated charcoal. You can find super affordable options on Amazon.

4. It doesn’t matter how I load the dishwasher, everything will get equally clean. 

Dishwashers are designed a certain way for a reason. The top rack is best for cups, glasses and dishwasher safe plastic. The bottom rack is for larger items like pans and plates. If you have a slim third rack, use it for cooking utensils (otherwise, put spatulas and tongs on the top rack).

5. Finally, a set of expensive knives that are ALSO dishwasher safe! 

Not so fast. If you splurged on a knife set, do yourself a favor and wash them by hand. The best way to extend the lifespan of cutlery, fine china, wood cutting boards and ceramic cookware is to delicately wash them in your sink.

Updated Your Appliances after a Visit to the First Coast Supply Showroom

If your appliances are over eight-years-old, there’s a good chance you’re in the market for updated versions. Stop by the First Coast Supply showroom in Jacksonville to see your options at every price point. We can’t wait to work with you!