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Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have re-entered the controversial debate they started surrounding celebrity hygiene.
On Wednesday, Kutcher posted a clip on Instagram of himself and Kunis during bath time with their children alongside the caption, “This bathing thing is out of hand. #KutcherBathroomTalks.” And in the video, the pair appeared to mock the ongoing debate that was started by their admission earlier this month that they only wash their children when they “see the dirt on them.”
“You’re putting water on the children! Are you trying to melt them?” Kutcher said in the video as he laughed along with Kunis. “This is ridiculous! What’s going on?”
Kunis satirically responded: “We’re bathing our children.”
“That’s like the fourth time this week,” Kutcher said in response.
“It’s too much,” Kunis agreed, to which Kutcher concluded: “Their body oils are gonna be destroyed! What are you trying to do?”
Kutcher and Kunis initially revealed that they do not bathe their children every day, and limit soap for themselves during an episode of Dax Shepard’s “Armchair Expert” podcast. During the episode, Kutcher said: “Now, here’s the thing: If you can see the dirt on them, clean them. Otherwise, there’s no point.”
Kunis added: “I don’t wash my body with soap every day. But I wash pits and tits and holes and soles.”
Kutcher said he washed only his “armpits and crotch daily and nothing else ever.”
“I have a tendency to throw some water on my face after a workout just to get all the salts and the whatever out,” he said, adding: “I got a bar of Lever 2000 that just delivers every time. Nothing else.”
Ever since that podcast episode made headlines, a host of celebrities have voluntarily shared their own bathing habits.
During an appearance on The View with her husband Dax Shepard, “The Good Place” actor Kristen Bell said that she is a “big fan of waiting for the stink” when it comes to washing her children.
“Once you catch a whiff, that’s biology’s way of letting you know you need to clean it up. There’s a red flag,” she said. “Honestly, it’s just bacteria; once you get bacteria you gotta be like: ‘Get in the tub or the shower.’ So I don’t hate what [Kutcher and Kunis] are doing. I wait for the stink.”
The pair continued to say “Sometimes five, six days go along” where they “forget” to wash their children.
A few days later, actor Jake Gyllenhaal told Vanity Fair that he has become increasingly disillusioned with showering and he believes not bathing could help with “skin maintenance.”
“More and more I find bathing to be less necessary, at times,” the 40-year-old actor told the publication.
“There’s a whole world of not bathing that is also really helpful for skin maintenance, and we naturally clean ourselves,” he continued.
Daniel Ganjian, a pediatrician at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California, recently told Kelly Burch for Insider that celebrities who have spoken about not bathing their kids every day could be on to something.
“Our body makes natural oils to protect our hair and skin,” he said. “It’s good to keep those natural oils going.”
The American Academy of Dermatology’s guidelines currently recommends that children aged 6 to 11 should bathe at least once or twice a week. Some geneticists have also said young children require some exposure to dirt and small doses of infections to develop their immune systems.
The academy’s guidelines say that teens, however, should shower or bathe daily.