Kristen Bell says she doesn’t bathe her children until they smell bad

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Not sure why Bathing Confessionals are in vogue right now, but I’ll be happy when that topic of conversation goes away. After Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher felt compelled to share their views on personal hygiene, it seems like everyone wants in on the polarizing topic. Unfortunately, these hip celebs aren’t just putting their own take on dirt under the scope, they’re subjecting their kids to scrutiny as well. The latest famous parents offering their children’s bathing up for the public discourse are the most famous oversharers out there, Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell. While calling into The View to promote their new game show, Family Game Fight, they also admitted their kids don’t go under the tap until they stink.

After the internet went wild over Mila Kunis, 37, and Ashton Kutcher’s, 43, lax bathing policy with their kids, Dax Shepard, 46, and Kristen Bell, 41, confessed that they have also let their kids go a few days without bathing. The pair discussed how sometimes their kids take control of their own bedtime routines during a Tuesday August 3 episode of The View. With the kids acting more independently, Dax and Kristen said sometimes they lose track of whether or not the kids bathed.

During Tuesday’s View, Meghan McCain said that the podcast made her think she might be bathing her kids too much and asked if Dax and Kristen took on the same habits with their little ones Delta, 6, and Lincoln, 8. Dax said that sometimes it just slips their mind. “We bathe our children every single night. Prior to bed, it’s like the routine, and then somehow, they just started going to sleep on their own without the routine, and by George, we had to start saying, ‘Hey, when’s the last time you bathed them?’” he explained, as his wife chimed in that they “forget.”

Dax continued and said there might be something to the the letting their kids go days without bathing. “They don’t smell,” he said. Kristen hopped in to explain that they usually gauge whether or not it’s bath time in a slightly different way than the That ’70s Show stars. “I’m a big fan of waiting for the stink. Once we catch a whiff, that’s biology’s way of letting you know you need to clean it up. There’s a red flag. Honestly, it’s just bacteria. Once you get the bacteria, you gotta be like, ‘Get in the tub or the shower.’ So I don’t hate what they’re doing,” The Good Place actress said.

[From Hollywood Life]

To be fair, Dax and Kristen were asked and did not, for once, offer up information without prompting. I feel like Dax thought he needed to defend Mila and Ashton more than anything. At the same time, he was pretty ready to maintain their kids were regularly cleansed. Kristen kind of plowed ahead. Maybe she wanted the laugh or maybe she’s read some new bacteria theory. Not sure what her “smell” enthusiasm is about.

However, if I’m being fair, I remember a time when bathing got a little away from us as well. It was exactly as Dax described it: bath night had been a regular part of our routine. As the kids got older, the routine changed and bath night became something we didn’t have to supervise so closely. So did bedtime, when they could manage a few stories on their own and we only had to handle the last one. The option to zone out on the couch led to memory loss on certain things. The kids never went long, though, because it doesn’t take long for a kid to smell or show dirt. However, we saw the issue and had to assign bath night, regardless of how tempting it was to skip yet another task at the end of a very long day. And my advice – stick to that schedule while you can because when they become teens, they will stink all the time. A regular shower routine will be their – and your – best friend.

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  1. Shanaynay says:

    I just can’t with this woman!!!!

    • wow says:

      yeah, that’s not okay to refrain bathing kiddos. Kids LOVE water. My kiddos bathed daily & they have lovely skin & balanced hygiene- not paranoid & know the diff between toxic & good quality toiletries

  2. SH says:

    I thought it was pretty obvious Dax and Kristen were joking to avoid throwing Ashton and Mila under the the bus.

  3. Chelsea says:

    I blame that one white woman who tweeted about not washing her legs last year for all of this. It’s been a diluge of facts i didnt want to know about people’s hygiene ever since.

    • Imara219 says:

      Ha! Straight facts

    • Yup, Me says:

      Yep.

      But also – is anyone surprised that someone who lets their dog lick their lips is also casual about bathing their kids regularly? I feel like those tend to go hand in hand (along with lack of wash cloth usage and letting one’s cats walk on the surfaces where food is prepared and served).

      • Darla says:

        OMG those are all things that I hate, and a lot of what you mention is why I rarely eat food made by others. Only my mom. Who is an amazing cook and doesn’t have pets or lick her fingers. She just made me my favorite, broccoli rabe this week.

      • ME says:

        LOL I 100% agree. I feel disgusted when I see someone literally making out with their dog. It’s beyond gross or allowing their cat to walk all over the kitchen counters and lick whatever it wants. Yuck !

      • Ursaline says:

        My cats refuse to stay off my dining room table. And since it’s next to the front door, it also catches clutter. So I Do Not set the table or even change the tablecloth until right before we eat. It’s easier to just let everyone see that everything is clean and sanitized to avoid any doubts. (And with covid, we haven’t had guests over anyway!)

      • Truthiness says:

        When we had cats, a full dispenser of clorox clean ups was the first step to any cooking, doesn’t matter how clean it looked. Plus squirt bottles to discourage them from getting close to food prep. Not hard!

      • Anna says:

        Agreed x 100000 This epidemic has shown all of the white folks now coming forward openly to talk about their poor hygiene. Wow. So, if I understand this right, let the dog kiss you with full tongue (after it gnaws at its ass a while), don’t wash small children until you see the dirt (?!) and so on. How can people be proud of this?

  4. Sigmund says:

    I think they’re joking. Let’s be honest, there’s no way these people (and I include Mila and Ashton in this statement) don’t have a ton of paid help around the house. I very much doubt they’re the ones managing the day to day details of their kids’ lives.

  5. Darla says:

    I blame her (girl who went viral for tweeting about not washing her legs) too. It’s been a thing ever since. Though I think the pandemic and working from home contributed a lot. That’s when all different media even the NYT started running articles like it was a competition to find the biggest stinkass of them all. It’s quite something.

  6. Becks1 says:

    We definitely lose track – that’s the problem with not doing it every night as a matter of course, sometimes it just slips our minds – when they have sports its easy, you get home from soccer, you shower – EXCEPT that my 9 year old comes home tired and my husband says “well he can shower in the morning.” sleep all night with the sweat and grime? no, its shower time. (I do let him shower in the AM if he comes home late from something like scouts or play practice.) It’s easier to just say “hop in every night for a few minutes.”

    • Meghan says:

      My son just turned 5 and I’ve been doing every other day for bath/wash hair in the hopes that when he is 7 or 8 he is not screaming and pitching a fit about bath time. Sometimes on “not” bath night he asks for one so I throw him in but don’t wash his hair.

      I do remember when I was like 9 or 10 and during the summer I decided to see how long I could go without a bath. I want to say it was 7 days but it was more like 5 days. Now I feel gross by 4pm if I haven’t showered yet.

    • liz says:

      It also depended on the time of year. Between the ages of 5 and 10, during the summer, when Kiddo was outside a lot and just getting dirty, a bath before bed was a necessity (there were days that it had to be done before dinner – that grimy little body wasn’t getting near my kitchen until they were cleaned up). During the winter, when they weren’t outside as much and their skin was so dry, we skipped a lot of nights.

      • LittlePenguin says:

        @liz, YES! my boys are 5 & 7 and we are outside all the time in the summer months, so we (because somehow I get just as dirty being with them!) are covered in dirt, sunscreen and bug spray by dinnertime. Daily evening showers/hose downs are a must. In the winter, when they are covered from head to toe and the air is dry, we are much more likely to skip the bath!

  7. Merricat says:

    Kind of addendum: fresh (clean) baby is one of the sweetest scents of all time.

    • goofpuff says:

      oh yes :) I miss fresh clean baby smell. Now I just get the stinky boys smell. My kids have to bathe every day because they always STINK at the end of the day with the stuff they get into in addition to being just dirty from play.

  8. August Rain says:

    It’s important for the planet – and our immune system – to stop this obsession with cleaning and daily baths and showers. My mum and dad always taught me to wash armpits and genitals if needed and take a shower every other day or more if i don’t leave the house and don’t do strenuous activities. Of course after sex it’s good to give your parts a wash but this obsession – and blame thrown around – is harmful and unsustainable.

    • reef says:

      If conservation is the issue, you can wash yourself thoroughly everyday using 1 5 gallon bucket of water (as millions of people do around the globe not in the first world), as opposed to taking daily showers which at min use 120 gallons of water. But conservation isn’t an issue is it. lol.

      • Darla says:

        No, it is not. Also the “danger” of washing every day is you may get dry skin. That whole thing is also overblown.

      • Sam the Pink says:

        Darla, dry skin can actually be dangerous – dry skin is more prone to cracking and breaking, which substantially raises the risk infections because broken skin gives bacteria a greater chance to permeate the top layer. It is actually not a minor concern. And from a vanity perspective, dry skin actually ages quicker. Overbathing can actually, in the long term, pose a danger to the body.

      • August Rain says:

        @Reef Why so pressed? And why assume that “conservation is not the issue lol”. I honestly don’t understand your sarcasm and I really think you should try to check why you are projecting a fictional stance on my part.
        I don’t speak in terms of gallons but I also said that you can wash daily just not using as much water as a shower or a bath.

      • Darla says:

        Bathing daily is not overbathing and I use this thing called lotion! I have never had a problem, so I’ll stick with it. So far no ER trips because I took one too many showers.

      • reef says:

        @Sam the Pink Have you considered lotion or not taking scalding hot showers?
        @ August Rain When it rains the effectiveness of your suggestion goes out the window and it smells like Puppy Pound on the metro. That’s why I’m pressed.
        I don’t understand how so many people can understand the benefit of washing their hands but not their bodies.
        It’s such a first world conceit to proudly state you don’t bathe regularly. It irks my nerves and my nose.

      • August Rain says:

        @reef You sound super angry with a person you haven’t met. I wash regularly, how presumptuous of you to say I don’t. Also, what a terrible mistake you make by thinking that the 1rst world, as you call it, isn’t suffering from water management issues. Here in the UK, we just had terrible flooding, however we are at risk of water shortage in a few decades, so we have to think about water management, accessibility and pollution. Using less water is one of the solutions, changing behaviour and appreciating what we have, which is closer to lots of indigenous thinking rather than your 1rst world problems where water comes out of the tap and we take it for granted. It’s so awkward that you think about people saying they are concerned about water as performative. Why do you dismiss real concern? Based on a few lines written by a person whom you had never spoken with before?

      • reef says:

        @August Rain (I just for real cackled at this name as I typed it considering) I’m not angry. I’m disgusted. You can conserve water and wash your body everyday not just the hot spots. Ask me how I know? Water conservation and strengthening one’s immune systems are ridiculous excuses for being musty.
        This current spate of celebrities and average people especially being proudly musty is too much. I wouldn’t care if I were always up wind from you all, but alas I’m not so lucky.

      • Sam the Pink says:

        @Darla @reef: But you shouldn’t need lotion, generally speaking. Lotion was created because soap is drying. If you aren’t using soap in excess, you generally would find no need to use lotion. Your body produces a potent natural moisturizer – it’s called sebum. But if you shower with soap each day, you’re stripping it away. I know so many people who say “well, I don’t have dry skin because I use lotion!” You should not need lotion in the first place in most cases (yes, there are people who just, genetically, have very dry skin types that this does not apply to). But in general, lotion should not be needed on healthy, balanced skin.

      • August Rain says:

        @reef Oh I get it, you get the prize to be the cleanest and the most disingenuous commenter on the planet. Zing zing, we have a winner.

        Where I come from, we have the most delightful August Rains, heavy and warm. It’s so nice when you’re swimming in the ocean and they arrive. I bet you’d be under your shower, frantically washing and cackling for hours while we’d be swimming and feeling the raindrops on our faces. To each their own pleasures. Yours is undoubtedly assuming people stink and you don’t.

    • Cava24 says:

      You can also turn the water off in the shower while you are soaping yourself or if you are letting your conditioner sit for awhile, that’s sort of an easy, intermediate change.

      • Darla says:

        Yeah, you could, but what I have started doing is leaving my conditioner in for the morning. I do work from home so I realize not everyone can do that. Then I do a quick rinse in the sink and blow it out around lunch or sometimes closer to dinner if I am going out. I like to rinse with cold water for shine so it really works out great that way. One thing about me is I’ve never really matured I guess. I always have something going on. I always had something going on in my offices, and now that I work from home I have something going on with a maintenance guy in my complex. So I am all about looking and smelling fresh and clean, I never got into the pandemic 20 or the pandemic stink and all those other fads.

      • August Rain says:

        Yes, I do that because I have long, thick hair that I have to brush. I don’t know why people are reacting as if water wasn’t a big upcoming environmental issue, especially with the big factories and mono-culture literally draining the water from large areas, as well as climate change. Here we are given these little tips by the government and water companies.
        Of course that some people need to clean every day and a quick shower, like you say, is the option. Taking the subway or tube is definitely a big reason to wash daily – but finding ways of not overusing water is key, and no joke.
        @Darla That’s a really good method. Will give it a try as my hair is quite dry.

      • Darla says:

        August, I do most of the things I am supposed to do, like recycle, rarely use single-use plastic water bottles (only if I am out and desperate), I have a hybrid. I came to the conclusion pretty recently that my individual actions mean squat and never will. We’re doomed because of half of our country who will actually spite-use extra just to piss off the libs. We see this all playing out over covid. It’s the same problem. And I’m just not willing to give up my daily showers. It would be a meaningless gesture IMO.

      • August Rain says:

        @Darla
        I understand your frustration for sure, especially because what we think is good for the environment, for example recycling, that you mention, is not always ideal, as well as cotton over plastic etc. It is confusing and the powers that be should be doing all the work that so far individual citizens are doing which is annoying (and others aren’t at all).
        I just find it weird that you’re the only one who addresses the issue of climate change and environmental concerns at the core of my concern with water shortage (a very real possibility in the UK where I live): you clearly have given it some thought and decided, like I did for others things such as trying to buy stuff not wrapped in plastic to be very honest, a big sigh and determined that that is your limit. Which I get.

    • Robyn says:

      I agree, August Rain.

      The judgements that fly around these threads is difficult to digest. Each to their own.

    • Steph says:

      While conservation is a very important issue this isn’t why these celebs are not bathing themselves or their kids. They aren’t doing it bc they don’t think it’s necessary.

      • August Rain says:

        But thinking it’s not necessary is a first step to change our behaviours to consider what is being clean and what is being aseptic. TBH could not care less about celebs, it’s just an excuse here to discuss topics that we take at heart.
        *I find them both a bit annoying but this matter interests me*

    • Silent Star says:

      I find it funny that people get so bent out of shape about this topic! It’s simple: wash the parts that are dirty, germy, or smelly, and don’t worry about it if they’re not. I agree that too many people bathe unnecessarily. But I do understand that it is a soothing habit so I understand why. As long as people are being hygienic, I don’t care and don’t judge.

    • Grant says:

      It’s important for our immune systems NOT to bathe everyday? Please cite a source for this ludicrous comment. Some of us absolutely need to bathe every day, especially if you have oily hair/skin. Too much oil is NOT good for your skin or your hair. I myself am a daily bather and rarely get sick; I know that’s anecdotal but it’s enough for me to scoff at your comment about compromising our immune systems by bathing regularly.

  9. Neners says:

    This is just so foreign to me. I love bathing! I always have, even as a little kid. It’s how I unwind at the end of the day and wake up in the morning.

  10. Jax says:

    She’s trolling. Don’t fall for it.

  11. Brooke says:

    I don’t really think she needs to still bathe her kids, right? I could be wrong but by 6 I could take a bath on my own and then definitely by 8 I was in charge of my own showering. I did not need my parents to tell me I smelled bad.

    Also, what is the point of covering their faces if you are just going to give every embarrassing detail of their lives? That is just as, if not more, traumatizing than having their picture taken.

    • leskat says:

      I agree about the covering their faces. It’s weird to me that they’ll tell us all the gory details of potty training and bathing and whatever else and put it out on the internet for all eternity but their faces are where they draw the line?! If they really wanted privacy for those girls, they’d never even discuss them AT ALL, especially not in these embarrassing contexts.

      • Robyn says:

        I struggle to comprehend this as well! It makes zero sense to cover their faces but then give us intimate details about their behaviours and bodily functions. Like…WUT?

  12. SKE says:

    My kids only take a bath a couple of times a week- as my oldest approaches teen years we make him shower more frequently. But yeah they are wearing clean clothes and changing underwear and they don’t smell. My pediatrician said it’s bad for their skin to get washed every day. And it does conserve water!

    • August Rain says:

      The voice of reason! Same in my house.

    • Nicole says:

      Same here! My oldest will likely have to bathe daily once school starts bc those hormones are coming in fast and strong, but I’ll worry about it then. Right now, only a couple of times a week with daily clothes changing.

    • Robyn says:

      Same here, for them and for myself. It’s fine.

    • Arpeggi says:

      Yup! That’s a very reasonable take. And in summer, if kids spend the day in the pool, there’s no need for an additional shower on top of it.
      Same for adults: I’ll shower daily/more in the summer when I do a lot of stuff outside that get me dirty and sweaty, but I don’t need to wash as often comes winter when I don’t sweat as much outside of the days where I work out and most of my skin is covered by clothes so it doesn’t get dirty anyway.

      • ama1977 says:

        You don’t have them shower when they come in from swimming? Chlorine is awful for you skin and hair, and sunscreen needs to be washed off, too. I wouldn’t send my kid to bed with chlorine and sunscreen all over.

        My teen showers daily because woof, those pits!! :’-) My elementary schooler still likes a bath or shower as part of her wind-down routine and sleeps much better if she has one, so we do unless it’s ridiculously late. Even then, just a couple of minutes in the water really helps her get ready to sleep. We wash hair every other day (unless it needs it or she was swimming, chlorine/beach hair always gets washed.)

      • Arpeggi says:

        You can hose it off, no need for a full soap/shower, and a backyard pool won’t have the same amount of chlorine than a public one (cuz yeah, those give you a chlorine stench but it’s needed: keep the water chlorinated!). As an adult, the chlorine on my skin bothers me but as a kid, it didn’t and if the kids aren’t bothered and all they do is wake up, get in the pool, sleep and repeat the next day, bathing is not a battle I want to fight; a “real” shower every other day or so will be fine.

      • Grant says:

        You absolutely cannot hose off chlorine, especially not from your hair, and definitely not if kids have been in a chlorinated pool for extended periods at a time.

      • ElleV says:

        I learned recently the “chlorine” smell we all associate with public pools isn’t actually the smell of chlorine – it’s noxious chloramine fumes produced by the interaction of chlorine with pee (think mixing ammonia and bleach)

        the stronger the pool smell, the more pee and sweat in the water – so backyard pool water you probably can hose off (unless you’re peeing in your own pool lol)

    • emu says:

      YES! I do not shower everyday. My hair is healthy and not greasy. Sometimes give my pits and parts a once-over with soap. People just get in their heads what is right and normal and any deviation from that seems to be such a shock to their sensibilities. Over-smelling like “clean linen”.
      Like you said, better for hair and skin.

    • ToLiveLikeWeRDying says:

      Guess you never heard of quicker showers, natural soap, coconut oil or Shea butter. I suppose you’re all just making excuses for lazy parenting/self care and wrapped it into save the planet and not good for skin. Majority of people can’t wash their hands properly! Wonder why germs spread the way they do! Because people are lazy and gross and go out into the world not caring at all about their smell or germs!

  13. Asking for a friend says:

    Remember the Febreze commercials about going nose blind? Yeah, you can’t always smell what others may, so it shouldn’t be the litmus test.

    • SKE says:

      @asking for a friend- I do trust my nose because they are bathed regularly and freshly bathed smells different than neutral smells different than sweaty and gross. But honestly if I have to smell everyone else’s Axe body spray and disgusting perfume, then they can deal with a whiff of sweaty little boy.

      • Robyn says:

        That part. All the lotions and potions (organic or not) are a LOT for folks with sensitivities. We aren’t supposed to smell like meadows or whatever.

  14. Margot says:

    I’m a little surprised they’re pushing this. Don’t they sell soap and shampoo with their Hello Bello brand?

  15. Case says:

    Not a parent so I can’t weigh in on the child bathing debate, but personally, if I start skipping showers it means I’m depressed, so…I try to stay on top of that.

    • MarcelMarcel says:

      Me too. It’s comforting to know someone else has to stay on top of daily showers because slipping them is a sign of depression.
      Plus, I have a full thickness burn scar. So I always feels better when I moisturise with homemade body butter after a shower.

  16. leskat says:

    I, as a naturally sweaty adult, need to shower once a day. I know my body and my own biology and if I don’t shower once a day, I’m definitely, uh, scented. My showers are always really short, between 5-10 minutes. My kids have a bath or shower probably once every 2 days. Sometimes it’s every night, sometimes it’s 3 days between bathing. I definitely don’t wait until they stink and I don’t insist on it every night. But for the love of sweet baby jebus in a canoe, can people back the fuck off what is “gross” or “too much” when it comes to bathing? What’s right for my body and my kid’s bodies might not be the right amount for you. I have to bathe every day, I’m too sweaty (even in winter!) to not do so. My kids can go a day or 2, provided they weren’t running around, getting dirty or sweaty. Mind the stink and mind your business.

  17. Krystina says:

    It’s a battle to get my tween to shower at all. After a while you just kind of give up and hope at some point they realize that being smelly isn’t cool, lol.
    I’m not going to judge them on this kind of thing.

  18. Krystina says:

    Also, watching you all fight over who gets to gatekeep bathing schedules is interesting, lol.
    Some people shower/bathe every day. Some don’t. Some have skin conditions that make it difficult to shower often.
    How about just not shaming people who don’t bathe *exactly* the way you do?

  19. molly says:

    I think it’s also a boy/girl and play style issue. I have twin boys. They “show dirt” and “smell” every single day of their lives. My sister’s kids, on the other hand, their play style wouldn’t meet those criteria every day.

    • ama1977 says:

      Not boy/girl, but definitely outdoor play vs. indoor play. My daughter is outside as much as she can be and loves running races, catching frogs, and climbing trees, so she gets pretty scruffy most days unless it’s rainy. On the other hand, I know boys who are more into creating/crafting, computer stuff, and other indoor pursuits who probably don’t get “dirty.” I will say that if your kid stinks, it’s past time for a bath, IMO…

  20. Eh says:

    When kids get older and start bathing themselves, if they don’t have a good foundation of tending to their personal hygiene from when their parents did it for them, they’ll let themselves get nasty, particular in that preteen phase. Bath time should be a part of a nightly routine for kids, stability and routine are important and so is hygiene. This f*ckery has got to stop.

  21. Truthiness says:

    We have allergies in my family so we fell into an easy rhythm of daily baths with my son, it really was a happy ritual. One time though we were in the midst of a hurricane, no power, damage all around us, the bath was impossible. Now I’m paranoid about water leaks and mold so when we woke up, I asked my son “do you smell anything” (meaning mold) and my 4 year old replied “I smell my shorts.” So yeah, daily is good.

  22. EveV says:

    @Brooke
    Exactly- why do they cover their kids’ faces and then tell the whole world every single embarrassing detail about their lives?! I still can’t believe she told everyone her 5 yo is in diapers!! Listen, everybody progresses at their own rate, nothing wrong with that, but I seriously doubt her daughter is going to be ok with that info out there, once she’s old enough to realize what’s what. Kristen and Dax are such hypocrites! I used to like them both but the oversharing killed any positive feelings I held towards them.

  23. EduBois says:

    This is wiypipo nonsense. The global majority is NOT all about this no bathing. Interestingly one of the racist jibes yt folks use is that being non-yt you’re dirty – segregated facilitates anyone?

    Irony of ironies these people are really dirty. Kissing their dogs and not washing themselves. Only yt celebrities think this is amusing or some kind of subject of discourse.

  24. Southern Fried says:

    I’ve been wondering if most women shave their private parts these days, I know, odd question. Also do many people have bidets now? I want to get one.

    • Darla says:

      So many people have bidets! I was thinking of getting one, but honestly and I know this enrages people, I prefer to shower. I don’t think the full Brazilian is as popular as it used to be, but I always refused to do it so I cannot say for sure. I trim and shape, but i don’t like the hairless thing.

  25. Steph says:

    What Dax said was…reasonable? I still think they should try to be on it more to help establish what will eventually be their kids individual routines.

    I still think ppl defending those who don’t think bathing is essential are just nasty.

  26. Majesty says:

    Something very disturbing how 1st world white ppl love to lecture, brag, etc people on their lax hygiene habits, and the amount of white women in these comments willing to defend it

    You guys have a LOOOONG way to go.

    • EduBois says:

      Word!

    • Darla says:

      Actually, if Twitter is any indication, it is black people who do that way more. To the point that it has become a HUGE meme on black twitter that white people don’t wash their legs and have dusty, nasty asses. But that was a nice try.

      I personally find it embarrassing that white people have become known for not washing and further, bragging about it, but that’s what is happening, the exact opposite of what you’re claiming. Don’t get twisted.

    • Anna says:

      Agreed @Majesty x 100000

  27. TeeMajor says:

    I have always taken a bath or shower once a day and used lotion afterwards and I continue to do so.

    never had any problems with cracked skin, LOL!

  28. Mia says:

    I feel like these comments bragging about lack of hygiene are tone-deaf and nothing to flex about. Especially when one considers how cleanliness was and is still to this day linked to morality and ‘character’ for those who are of the lower class/homeless and don’t always have access to things that can provide an opportunity to be clean. Even look at disgusting ads from soap companies in the USA and Britain for a very long time wrongly and disgustingly linking cleanliness to whiteness and lack of it as blackness. I dare people to look up Pears Soap ads from the 19th and early 20th century and look at the connotations.

    It is also funny how some are so judged in the cases where it can’t be helped but in cases where you have the access/ all resources and therefore should be instilled as a good habit in your children (such habits can be hard to reverse later in life), it is lauded as a ‘brave choice’ or something quirky. The ways in which privilege presents itself never fails to amaze me. And even funnier is how the people who instill/upheld these narratives for centuries can now dismiss and walk away from that long legacy of harmfulness and feign ignorance.

  29. J ferber says:

    This is all so gross. Mila and Ashton are the worst. Just the worst. And yes, it is about privilege, as twisted as it all sounds. I don’t have either the heart or stomach to analyze it. But Mia, you do a very good job of it. Now I’m going off to wash my hands. Oh, I agree that you don’t have to bathe 6 and 8 year olds, but I’d be there supervising them as they bathe. Accidents in the bathroom are all too common and 6 and 8 are pretty young.

  30. Dawn says:

    My mother used to beat me for taking showers as a pre-teen. The others kids made my life a living hell for being and looking dirty. Just wash your children, just keep them clean.

  31. Ange says:

    Growing up in a year round sporty family the idea of not showering every day is just weird to me.

  32. Barbie1 says:

    Not this again lol. One should bathe everyday. There are plenty of quality soaps in the “clean beauty” section.

  33. Kfg says:

    Use soap and lotion. Bathe daily! Seriously this is how diseases spread. Just nasty!!!

  34. Janiel says:

    Lol. Everytime a celebrity says something out there the rest follow like a flock. I hope the kids don’t get bullied for their parents remarks.

  35. Amando says:

    Personal hygiene is very important to me and I will continue to bathe every day. And to the people who don’t…I’m glad I don’t live with you LOL