Ashton Kutcher and wife Mila Kunis have re-entered the controversial debate they started about celebrities and their hygiene practices.
Kutcher posted a video of himself and Kunis bathing their children on Instagram on Wednesday, with the caption, “This bathing thing is out of hand. #KutcherBathroomTalks.” It appeared that both of them were making fun of their own comments that were made earlier this month when they admitted to only washing their children when “they see dirt on them.”
“You’re putting water on the children! Are you trying to melt them?” Kutcher said in the video, laughing. “This is ridiculous! What’s going on?” Kunis sarcastically responded: “We’re bathing our children.”
“That’s like the fourth time this week,” Kutcher said. “It’s too much,” Kunis agreed; Kutcher responded: “Their body oils are gonna be destroyed! What are you trying to do?”
It was initially revealed that Kutcher and Kunis didn’t bathe their children every day on Dax Shepard’s “Armchair Expert” podcast. While appearing on the show, 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 responded and 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.”
A slew of celebrities have revealed their not-so-hygienic bathing habits since that podcast episode hit the headlines.
Kristen Bell, star of “The Good Place,” said on The View with her husband Dax Shepard that she is “a big fan of waiting for the stink” when it comes to washing her kids.
“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.”
Soon after, Jake Gyllenhaal admitted to Vanity Fair that showering has become increasingly frustrating and that he believes that not bathing could help him maintain his skin.
The 40-year-old actor told the publication that he is finding bathing less and less necessary as time goes on.
In an interview with Kelly Burch for Insider, Daniel Ganjian, a pediatrician at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California, said that celebrities who have talked about not bathing their children every day might be onto something.
“Our body makes natural oils to protect our hair and skin,” he said. “It’s good to keep those natural oils going.”
According to the current American Academy of Dermatology guidelines, children aged 6 to 11 should bathe at least once or twice a week. On the other hand, teens should wash or bathe every day, according to the academy’s rules.