When I was a little kid I was always underfoot while Mama was doing chores. When washing the dishes she had a really peculiar (to me) habit. This was eons before dishwashers became commonplace. She always ran her hand over a dish before putting it to rinse. Of course I asked her about it and she explained that sometimes folks her age didn't see close things very well and she was making sure all the food was gone from her dishes. I always have to let my dishwasher wait all day before running it so I remove the food particles before loading them into the machine. I employ this little gesture before loading each dish. It takes only seconds and is well worth that bit of time.
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