Jake Gyllenhaal: ‘More and more I find bathing to be less necessary, at times’

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I really don’t have any patience for this current gossip cycle of white people telling the world that they stink and they refuse to bathe because of “science.” Last week, Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher proudly spoke about how infrequently they bathe and shower, and how infrequently they bathe their children. Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell doubled down this week, with Kristen claiming that she doesn’t bathe her children “until they smell bad.” It’s this whole big thing which I did not know about until now: (overwhelmingly) white people proudly discussing how they can go days and weeks without cleaning themselves or their children. Well, guess who is also a stinkass? Jake Gyllenhaal. Jake is currently promoting his new ad campaign for Prada’s Luna Rossa Ocean, and he chatted with Vanity Fair about the cologne. Buried within the interview was this:

VF: Is there anything revelatory about your shower ritual?
I always am baffled that loofahs come from nature. They feel like they’ve been made in a factory but, in fact, it’s just not true. Since I was young, it’s amazed me. More and more I find bathing to be less necessary, at times. I do believe, because Elvis Costello is wonderful, that good manners and bad breath get you nowhere. So I do that. But I do also think that there’s a whole world of not bathing that is also really helpful for skin maintenance, and we naturally clean ourselves.

[From Vanity Fair]

We do not naturally clean ourselves. And you can achieve “skin maintenance” by showering and moisturizing daily. I only showered once yesterday, first thing in the morning, and I didn’t wash my hair yesterday at all (I barely left the house and I was too tired to shower last night). I woke up this morning a greasy, smelly mess from head to toe and I could not wait to get in the shower this morning. Are people really walking around constantly feeling like that and they’re like “yes, this feels great, this is how I should feel?” I’m not saying every person and every child needs to take three 20-minute hot showers every day. But do you honestly not see a benefit in just your baseline physical and mental health to clean yourself at least once a day? IN A PANDEMIC?

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  1. questions says:

    Does he live with anyone? I think she (or he) would want him to bathe.

    • LillyfromLillooet says:

      Yeah, my only interest here is wondering what’s up with his personal life (prurient and not what Jake wants, but this is a gossip site, so). Is he going to do a John Stamos and start a family at 50?

    • notasugarhere says:

      Dating a 25 year old French model, Jeanne Cadieu, been together since 2017/8.

      • LillyfromLillooet says:

        Thanks, friend. 🙂

      • AmelieOriginal says:

        Haha I was about to say I saw Jake with his French girlfriend Jeanne at the REI in Manhattan with my sister during the December holiday rush before Christmas a few years ago. I didn’t recognize him at all but I did notice his giant German Shepherd He brought into the store with him. Anyone with a giant dog in a crowded NYC store during the Christmas holiday rush is not a way to be incognito. So I noticed the dog and was rather offended about it, not because I hate dogs but because I found it grossly inappropriate for the owner to have dragged it along into such a crowded store. It was a super privileged thing to do and I was like who the heck does this guy think he is with his giant dog. Then my sister told me it was Jake Gyllenhaal so we spoke in French to be “undetected” because we both speak French fluently. I had no idea who his girlfriend was so I googled her later and loled when I realized she could have overheard us since she is French too. So yeah he went down a few notches for bringing his dog into a crowded store. There’s a time and place for that and it is NOT during the frenzy of the Christmas shopping rush.

      • nina says:

        @AmelieOriginal: Big dog during Christmas shopping, telling everyone he doesn’t bath anymore. I don’t mind the dog, but not bathing? Blech. Sounds like someone is craving attention. Me! Me! look at Me!
        Or maybe he just gave us the reason why Taylor Swift is never getting back together with him again. Tay Tay could’nt stand the funk?

    • BusyLizzy says:

      I mean I am French and I shower every day! Even twice a day if it’s very hot or I worked out during the day.

      I read that some dermatologists said that you skin doesn’t need to be washed if it’s not soiled and you only need to wash your intimate parts and the pits but I couldn’t not shower every day, I would feel so gross and stinky.

    • Jensies says:

      I feel really weird about these posts because I shower 2-3 times a week, wash my hair when I do that. I am a pretty clean person and don’t stink. It’s possible to not shower every day and let your hair and skim retain some of their natural oils. It doesn’t make you gross.

      • Steph says:

        I also only bathe twice a week and have since I was a kid. At first it’s because we were poor so We were saving on water.

        Now it’s bc I have curly hair and an autoimmune condition that causes my skin to be painfully sensitive. I pits, tits, holes, and soles and no one has ever told me (friend or family) that I smell.

      • Lex says:

        CAN SOMEONE EXPLAIN PLEASE… I need more info…

        When people here say they “dont bathe/shower” but clean their pits and arse…. how are you doing this? I need to know. Like in the sink? With a bucket? Aren’t you splashing water everywhere? How do you soap your arse without getting water and suds everywhere? I need to know.

      • Robin says:

        Lex. I believe it’s done at the sink with a face cloth. I had an RAF boyfriend who washed like this because of the limited time to get ready during active service. Something he’d got used to. And he never smelled.

      • Amy Too says:

        I’m taking it as those are the places they wash when they do take a shower 2-3 times a week. But there have been people who have commented to say that they shower once or twice a week but also wash their pits and crotch daily, so I’m assuming that’s with a washcloth at the sink? Or maybe they squat in an empty tub with the water running but not accumulating and do it there so any splashes are contained? I sit on the side of the tub to wash my feet before I go to bed if I’m not going to shower until the morning.

      • Anne says:

        @Lex: You might want to google “bidet”.

  2. Snuffles says:

    Are they rationing water in California these days?

    • Sankay says:

      This is my point when this issue comes up. It’s about a lack of water in the western U.S.

    • Lila says:

      Yeah, things aren’t that bad in Cali! More like limits on watering days and car washing. Showering is still a necessity!

    • Lionel says:

      Most dermatologists recommend against over-washing the skin, and the water situation in CA (particularly the north) is becoming dire again. If you work out daily, if you are naturally a greasier or more, er, fragrant person, then hells yes please shower! Nobody is advocating for filthiness or poor personal hygiene. But the insistence in these comments that everyone should bathe or shower daily is weird, it has no relevance to most of human history regardless of race or culture. Particularly in these times when people aren’t necessarily leaving the house every day. And again, modern dermatology for the most part agrees.

    • Reece says:

      He lives in NYC. We don’t claim hi and he doesn’t claim us.

  3. Becks1 says:

    White people just need to STOP. just STOP. Hop in the damn shower and scrub off.

    It doesn’t even sound like these people are going every other day – it sounds like they’re just….not cleaning themselves on any kind of regular basis. GET IN THE SHOWER and stop bragging about how dirty you are.

    • Lizzie Bathory says:

      Right?! I do not understand the desire to broadcast to the world that you don’t wash yourself. It’s bizarre. As a white person, I am so sorry to everyone else who has to hear about what my musty cousins are up to.

    • Imara219 says:

      It’s weird. It’s like they really want to tell us how dirty they are.

    • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

      It’s like one of those Tik Tok “challenges” : Who’s the Dirtiest Amongst Us? Post how infrequently YOU bathe, and see who tops you!!


    • Myra says:

      Why they feel the need to share this with us, I’ll never understand. Do they at least change their underwear/pants? You know what? I don’t wanna know.

      • Ang says:

        Someone on another site said it could be about class and hierarchy. In the past, the nobility/moneyed classes were able to bathe when the peasants weren’t able to as often, and that was a class distinction. This may be the same on reverse. The peasants can now readily access water to bathe every day and now the nobility (actors and wealthy in our society now) and the distinction is reversed. Like, “only peasants bathe daily, blah blah”
        I tend to agree on some level.

      • Darla says:

        that’s interesting ang.

    • BnlurNforever says:

      I used to think the movie scene where folks got up the next day and just start to throw on clothes and out the door was to save time, now I’m wondering if people really do this in the real world and those scenes where after a vigorous night of sex, it’s clothes on and out the door the next morning is to be taken as literally. I’ve never known anyone who behaved in this manner as far as I know the people I know hop in the shower at least once daily. Until recently, I thought this was a universal occurrence, at least in the western world. I’ve been to countries where people river bathe, or bucket bathe, but bathing often seems the norm in our modern world, am I wrong?

    • t fanty fan says:

      Amen! Can everyone just bathe regularly if you are going to be out with others? If you stay home alone, then do you boo, but the rest of us do not need to know you’re nasty.

    • Soapboxpudding says:

      Not everyone is the same. I shower every other day to every other two days and I don’t stink. To be fair, I have a disease that severely inhibits my ability to sweat so that’s an important factor. And having curly, dry hair, I only shampoo once a week but I do a hot rinse every few days. I’ve always been amazed at how sweaty most people get and I believe they do need to shower daily but that’s not my experience. If I did, my really dry skin that I slather with lotion often would be unbearable.

      • Becks1 says:

        So the thing is though, sweating and smelling aren’t the only indicators of not being clean. As we go through the world we just pick up germs and dirt and all that “good” stuff so we do need to bathe on a regular basis.

        That said, I’m putting the focus on my own words “bathe on a regular basis” which it sounds like you do. I’m not batting an eye at someone who showers every other day. You’re still clean. (I also put hairwashing in a completely different category.)

      • Pusspants says:

        @Soapboxpudding, Like you, I shower every other day or every 2 days, unless I work out, because I have extremely dry skin & hair. I don’t think I have BO, and have never been told I do by anyone but who knows 🤷‍♀️. I do change my underwear & put on deodorant daily. Is this gross? I’d like honest feedback that maybe people I know aren’t willing to give me, lol.

        ETA, I also have a high-tech Japanese bidet toilet so cleaning between the legs happens multiple times daily

      • Amy Too says:

        Puss pants, first of all, I think there’s a difference between showering regularly every other day (or every 2 days if your body is covered by clothes and you’re not doing anything to makes you sweat or get dirty), using soap or body wash to clean yourself with when you do shower, vs. what some of these celebs are saying about just not showering at all, or only showering when they can smell themselves like once a week, or only spot washing the stinky parts in the sink when they can smell them, or only using water to clean themselves and never using soap on their body. I think there are a lot of people who shower every other day and that’s fine. I don’t *always* shower every single day without fail. Sometimes, I skip a day.

        Secondly, while I don’t think it’s gross to shower every other day, especially if you’re still changing all your clothes and wearing deodorant and washing your face and hands (and feet if you’re walking around barefoot), I think we probably smell less “clean and fresh” on a day when we skip a shower. Like, not necessarily bad or stinky and smelly yet,, but we don’t smell like soap/body wash and shampoo—and those are smells that people associate with clean because they smell like showering. So I assume we smell more neutral and less obviously clean on those days.

        I guess a whole other conversation could be had about what smells Americans equate with being clean and fresh and whether or not those smells *actually* equal cleanliness (as in a 100% lack of dirt and germs) and whether the absence of a strong smell of soap/body wash/shampoo equals *actually* being covered in dirt and germs. Some people probably will think that if they can’t smell the soap and shampoo on you every day, then that’s gross, but honestly, I doubt that most of us who are commenting here about what’s gross and what’s acceptable, are, in their day to day life, sniffing at people so closely that they are able to pinpoint who exactly showers every single day with soap all over the body vs who showers every other day with soap all over the body vs who showers every single day using soap on half their body but are not actively soaping up their lower legs and forearms, for example. I think the people who really stand out in real life are the people who haven’t showered in days and don’t use deodorant and have greasy hair hanging in their face. And it also pings when someone smells extra good and soapy and fresh like they just got out off a long shower where they meticulously double washed everything. But most people fall in the middle and those sorts of smells are just coded as neutral and nothing to really pay special attention to.

    • Juju says:

      Am I the only one who thinks that his comments are getting blown out of proportion? Like I’m sure for the last 15 years he’s probably been someone who showers many times a day given that he’s probably doing multiple daily workouts, having a job that requires him to wear make up, etc. It may be that instead of showering three or four times a day he’s gone down to once or twice. I don’t see where he specifically says he’s not showering daily.

      People’s bodies (and cultural customs) are all very different and they change as we get older. Over washing is drying and can create as many issues as not washing enough. I think he’s just referencing that he’s adjusted his habits as his body’s needs have changed.

      • Becks1 says:

        He said that our bodies “clean themselves” so I don’t think he means he’s showering once or twice a day as opposed to three or four times. I think you are giving him the HUGE benefit of the doubt here.

      • Yikes says:

        Nah, you don’t say “we clean ourselves” if you are taking a daily shower.

    • Monica says:

      It’s a kind of privilege. “I’m famous, rich, and people grovel at my feet. I don’t have to smell good.”

    • Tim Peterson says:

      Becks, I’m sorry: I’m a white person, and it doesn’t scrub off. (If it did I’m sure there’d be something worse underneath)

  4. Darla says:

    KAISER you are doing this on purpose now! I can’t even read this! Not this again! OMG

    • Becks1 says:

      We just need to keep a running list pinned at the top of this site or something with all the dirty celebs. Maybe start a new category. “royals” “shop” “Dirty”

      • Darla says:

        Yes! I would prefer she entitle that section “famous stinkasses”

      • Myra says:

        That’ll help us to put a smell to a face. We’ll never have to wonder how celebrities smell, we can take a guess.

  5. Scorpion says:

    I’m sorry, but I hope this trend does Not catch on. I shower once a day, if its too hot, I shower twice. Teeth brushed twice a 2 day too and rinse my mouth with mouthwash. People are so musty nowadays 🤮

  6. Maria says:

    Ok now it’s just weird. Why are all these confessions rolling in about this? Why are they bragging?
    Look, I try to shower once a day, I may not always be up to that, and I may not be super on top of it if I’m depressed or not going anywhere or seeing anyone, but I’m not going to subject someone to it or pretend it’s a pattern other people should follow. Yeesh.

    • EveV says:

      Exactly @Maria. Everything you said

    • Ravensdaughter says:

      I’m with you Maria. I get depressed sometimes and then I find the whole shower/washing hair ritual exhausting. Then I at least take a bath. I find that if go for a day without bathing-I live alone so it’s when I won’t see anyone and I still change my underwear-I feel really itchy by the evening. Not a pleasant feeling.
      There is the whole if a tree falls in an abandoned forest does it make a sound? factor sometimes–if I’m not seeing anyone does it matter?–but that’s a slippery slope I want to be careful not to find myself on. Hygiene rituals are very important to keep up with if you’re prone to depression.

    • Sarah says:

      Basically the Mila and Ashton comments got so much attention that either outlets are specifically asking this question to capitalize (on the attention) or are running with this headline if stars mention it because they know it’ll get clicks right now.

      The other thing is that there truly has been research in the last few years saying that we actually do bathe too much and our skin, hair, and immune system would be healthier if we didn’t as often (But I’m not talking about hand washing for covid—sane people can agree that’s necessary).

      It may sound weird that these celebs are “bragging” that they subscribe to this theory, but it’s really the same as any other health or wellness trend—once something is touted as the newest and healthiest way to do something (or it’s old, but unearthed as a return to a forgotten wisdom), you’ll have people bragging that of course they’ve hopped on that train!

      People’s views change with the times/trends and what circles they run in. Mila has also talked about what a great cauliflower crust pizza she makes—to me it’s the same thing! Low carb/gluten free/no refined carbs has been the trend for a while now and cauliflower crust pizzas are “supposed” to be a healthier choice—if Mila were a star in the 80’s, she’d be talking about some low fat recipe she makes and certainly not how infrequently she bathes her kids.

      The thing is, it may not be a trend in your circle, but in theirs it is. 🤷🏻‍♀️

  7. LadyMTL says:

    I shower pretty much every day (I will admit to occasionally skipping it if I’m really tired or if it’s the weekend and I know that I’m staying home) because if I go more than a day without at least hopping in for a 5 minute ‘soap and rinse’ then I feel gross, especially in the summer.

    I also don’t understand how people can claim that they don’t smell if they haven’t showered in a while. A day or two? Sure, I can believe it, but longer than that? How? Do they not have sweat glands?

    • Becks1 says:

      I will say that my father does not smell when he sweats. He sweats a LOT (he is 71 and still runs 30 miles a week or more) so after a long run in the summer he comes home super sweaty, but he does not smell and he never has. My mom says its because he has never used deodorant of any kind, but IDK. But I swear he does not smell.

      I also swear he showers regularly regardless because he is an intelligent person who does not equate “not smelling” to “being clean” if he just ran 8 miles.

      • LadyMTL says:

        Oh I can for sure believe that his sweat doesn’t smell. My dad is also in his 70’s and does hard physical work 2-3 days a week, and I’ve never recoiled from him because of his stink lol. I am pretty sure it’s because he showers regularly, lol. Like you said, not being smelly doesn’t mean you’re clean.

      • Lionel says:

        It’s true, some people just don’t smell! Something to do with body chemistry, sometimes diet plays a role but it’s mostly just genetics. My husband doesn’t smell (yes, he showers and wears deodorant, but still he doesn’t smell after he works out.) I, sadly, do quickly start to smell pretty gross if I sweat. Our best couple friends are the same, it’s become a joke between us all. He can run around for days and not smell, whereas she, in her own words, “reeks!”

    • Amy Too says:

      Exactly about feeling gross. Don’t these people start to itch? Feel the creepy crawlies on their skin? Feel crusty in places? Get that weird film on your skin that consists of sweat mixed with dirt and dead skin cells? Doesn’t their head start to itch? Doesn’t the oil from their hair start to migrate down to their face and cause acne? I’m not even talking about the smell which they might be nose blind to. But just the feeling. Don’t their feet get dirty? I can’t get into bed with dirty feet, it’s gross. Doesn’t dirt start to build up under their nails and toenails and behind their ears? Part of washing your body and hair is that your hands and nails get an extra good cleaning at the same time. More than happens when you’re just rubbing your hands together to wash them in the bathroom. How do they shave? I can’t shave my legs unless I’ve washed them first to get off any of the lotion, dirt, sweat, or dead skin. Otherwise the razor just sort of skips around on top.

  8. Lili says:

    move over anti vaxers ! Anti bathers coming through !

  9. Amy Too says:

    What is this about loofahs coming from nature? Does he mean natural sponges? A loofah is that poof of plastic netting type stuff isn’t it? It always smells like factory when you first buy it.

    I just googled it and I guess yes, loofah can come from the dried fibrous pit of certain fruit. But are they all natural? Even the bright pink ones that smell like plastic at the grocery store?

    • MsIam says:

      Technically the plastic ones are not loofahs, they are “puffs”, lol. But everyone calls them loofahs too.

      • sa says:

        I tend to be pretty literal, and I remember as a teenager I made a conscious effort to start calling them “plastic loofahs”, because I couldn’t bring myself to just call them loofahs, even though everyone else did.

    • Karla says:

      Yes-my family had them growing in the garden (northern Africa). It‘s a squash like plant. You cut it, clean the pulp and let the fibers dry-then you use it for showering. It has an exfoliating effect on the skin. Sorry for my lack of English-not my first language.

      I didn’t even know that these exist in plastic -transatlantic gaps I guess.

    • clarabelle says:

      I grew the plant (a gourd) that becomes a loofah if you dry it out. It’s easy to grow and really fun especially for children to experience.

  10. Cava24 says:

    Are none of these people getting laid? Because usually bathing afterwards, at some point, is sort of a necessity. Or at least helpful. Kind of depends on how much you are really going for it, though.

    • Darla says:

      Well and subtly said Cava. I have the same questions.

    • Driver8 says:

      I’m not blowing anyone who doesn’t bathe on the regular.

    • Lowrider says:

      Getting laid, working out, being generally social, people shoud be bathing.

      Something tells me the anti-shower group don’t wash their hands after using the washrooms……. 🤢

    • Susan says:

      Great point. If I am going to “reward my husband for good behavior orally” he has to shower RIGHT before. It’s a requirement I will never drop.

  11. Darla says:

    “But I do also think that there’s a whole world of not bathing that is also really helpful for skin maintenance, and we naturally clean ourselves.”

    This ties it! For years I have been saying that this whole the vagina is self cleaning thing (whic is widely misunderstood) was going to lead to people claiming their asses are self-cleaning! I knew it! I swear to god.

    • Maria says:

      Yes, there’s also the fact that people don’t understand anatomy, calling the vulva the vagina etc.
      The vagina is self-cleaning. The vulva is not.

  12. Amy Bee says:

    As Roxane Gay said the other day, people who are fat, poor, black and other people of colour could never declare that they don’t bathe on a regular basis.

    • Darla says:

      That was a great thread, and really should be read by anyone here who is going to claim commenters like me are just privileged white people who are disgustingly judgmental. Nope! And as Roxane said when one of those @ her about people who don’t have access. “yes. this is not about those people. obviously”. I loved her for that.

    • Sigmund says:

      His comments (and the others by Kutcher and Bell) seem like some kind of weird, probably subconscious flex of privilege.

  13. Thirtynine says:

    Where is this coming from ? It’s baffling.

  14. Pilar says:

    I get that we as a society use too much water and perhaps we are in some sense overly obsessed with soap etc. But I am also weirded out by the need to share this in the midst of a pandemic. Gyllenhall and assorted rich celebs probably have private gyms/private trainers and big estates where they don’t come into contact with a bunch of random people daily. But as someone who just finished my masters degree and had to ride public transport to college ( when it was open) and also go to yoga classes/gym where I share equipment/ space with a bunch of sweaty people I am definitely going to need to continue bathing/ shower with soap. If I lived in the remote country side and wasn’t around a bunch of people every day I might feel different.

  15. Susan says:

    I’m terrified of what’s next from these people. If the body is “self cleaning,” does that include the teeth??

    • Darla says:

      No, these actors can’t let their teeth go. Well, other than Johnny Depp. Hey, maybe they can? But I don’t think that will become widespread with these asshats. They know where they make their money. The public would see the results of not cleaning their teeth and it would result in a loss of income. But until they come out with scratch and sniff film, the public doesn’t have to smell their stinkasses.

      • Becks1 says:

        I was on a message board years ago and there was a post about teeth brushing and how often you did it. I figured that most answers would be like most – twice a day at minimum (once in the AM, once in the PM) and then maybe other times depending on circumstances. Some people were more intense (brushing their teeth if they so much as drank water) but some people were….gross. Like, they brushed their teeth before bed and that was IT. They did not brush once they woke up (ew), they didn’t brush before going out with friends, nothing. And no flossing.

        The board was mostly all white women, I was so grossed out (I AM a white woman so my own were grossing me out.) The non-white women were even more disgusted lol.

      • Amy Too says:

        When I was growing up, my parents only taught us to brush our teeth in the morning after breakfast. That’s all they did too. In high school when I started drinking more soda or coffee when I was out with friends, and also just eating more crap food (Doritos, fast food, milkshakes, candy), I would come home and brush my teeth before bed because my mouth felt gross and my breath smelled bad, and my mom would get mad and suspicious and assumed that I had started smoking or drinking alcohol and was trying to hide it. If I wanted to brush my teeth at night, she would insist on smelling my breath first to make sure I hadn’t been smoking cigarettes, that’s how ingrained it was in her that you should only ever need to brush your teeth in the morning.

        She also got really weird when I would come home after a school dance or a wedding reception and want to shower before bed because I felt sweaty and gross from dancing in a room with a bunch of sweaty teenagers. She thought it must be because I was having sex. Hygiene=trying to hide something according to her. It was bizarre.

    • psl says:

      Jessica Simspon is quoted hating brushing her teeth and not doing it! She wipes them on a sweater or something….. just gross!

      • Robin says:

        I’d rather get my teeth done than anything else in the morning and at night. Clean teeth comes before taking off make up as a priority. I am always thinking about Jesssica Simpson when I do my teeth! I can’t unthink her. Like “how you say cucumber” has become the family go to phrase for making a salad, Jessica Simpson’s furry teeth is my go to thought for clean teeth.

  16. Rhoda Cowboy says:

    I live in South Carolina and maintain a home and yard. In the South, if you pull more than 3 weeds, you will need another shower. I would simply feel nasty without daily morning ablutions. Even as a child I remember parents and grandparents reminding me by saying “and don’t forget to wash between your legs.”

  17. Keri says:

    No. Just no. How is not bathing or showering something to brag about? I can smell the stench from here. How can you stomach getting intimate? Ew!

  18. Gobo says:

    People’s bodies are different, and people live in different climates. Not every white person is a stinky greasy mess if they go a couple of days without showering. It’s not like they are saying they don’t wash their face, teeth and hands on the reg.

    • Jane says:

      Stop being so rational.

    • Amy Too says:

      But it’s also not like he IS saying those things either. When you come out with just “I find bathing to be less necessary…There’s a whole world of not bathing that is helpful for skin maintenance. We naturally clean ourselves,” that sounds much more like “I do not take showers because my body is self-cleaning,” than “I get in the shower everyday to clean my teeth, hands, feet, crotch, and armpits with soap but do not use soap on the rest of my body everyday.” He literally said “not bathing is helpful….”

      • LP says:

        Exactly! I’ve heard that you shouldn’t wash your hair every day, and who among us hasn’t occasionally skipped a shower on a lazy day in, but aren’t these people…working out? Pooing?? Perhaps having s*x??? These things all require a person to BATHE!

  19. Splinter says:

    There is a big difference between a missed shower for people who shower several times a day and those who do it less frequently. The latter do not instantly become “a greasy, smelly mess from head to toe” because their bodies do not need to overcompensate for the frequent showering.
    Of course it depends on climate, training activities etc., but sometimes washing just the “hot spots” can be quite enough.

    • Darla says:

      No what has compensated for it is your sense of your own smell, which you’ve gotten used to.

      • BnlurNforever says:

        Yeah, some people aren’t aware of that musty scent they give off, which I now know comes from not bathing everyday. I can’t really describe the scent, it’s not exactly BO, it’s more a stale scent that you begin to associate with someone.

    • Kelly says:

      I completely agree with you!

  20. detritus says:

    Not showering or washing your hair also increases your symptoms if you have pollen allergies because the pollen just sticks around on your hair and skin.

    I shower/bathe twice a day usually which is probably a bit much, but I HATE being smelly anywhere. Or dirty.

    I also find not showering daily to be hugely unappealing in a partner. It reminds me of my brother when he decided that the rinse after swim training was enough. It was not.

    • Darla says:

      For me not showering daily is a deal breaker in a partner. And I’m not ashamed to draw that line. It’s not a problem for me and it’s not gonna be a problem for me. Although now that I’m not in a serious relationship, these posts have really made me consider adopting a strict “shower before sex” policy.

      • detritus says:

        I fully support the mandatory pre sex shower. Like where is the petition let’s put this into law.

        I just had a thought. Don’t men usually just do a shake off too?

        So dudes just literally shake their pee wet dick and put it back in their pants like cool beans and then not shower for days?!

        Nope. Nope. Nope.

  21. Lori says:

    These are the same people spending 100k on bathrooms and they arent using them. Its the newist version of the emperor’s new clothes. Gsus, squat over a pan of water and have a full scale wash you dirty so and sos.

  22. Jillian says:

    Weird flex, folks. “I’m so white and rich that I don’t have good hygiene!” Sounds like a close cousin of “I’m so white and rich that I don’t believe in established science anymore (ie vaccines)!” Privilege, and stupid people with too much money

  23. Merricat says:

    When my hair was shorter, I washed it daily. During the pandemic, I stopped going to the salon, and my hair got really long, so now I wash it every other day, and put it in a braid on the non-washing day. Still daily cleaning my bod, though! I do too much during the day to skip that.
    Maybe that’s the thing, these folks don’t actually do much physically, so they see no need for a wash. Lol.

  24. lemonylips says:

    I always had this idea in my head that bathing is having a bath, and I can’t remember the last time I had one. Buuuut having a shower once a day is a must for me. Are we going back to Louis XIV time? Just parfume me and put loads of powder on my face? And draw a mole on it please while at it.

    • Marion says:

      Love your comment! It always makes me think of Versailles times when I read these articles. Just gross

  25. Driver8 says:

    Elvis Costello IS wonderful. That’s the only nice thing I can say about his comments.

    • SomeChick says:

      sounds like Jake’s all covered up with whitewash and greasepaint.
      (I love Elvis too! got to see him live a few years back!)

  26. Lala11_7 says:


  27. rawiya says:

    What is the matter with these people? They buy these huge houses with multiple bathrooms, turn their noses down if said houses don’t have ensuite masters…and then don’t bathe. NASTY!!

    I on the other hand love showering. If I could take multiple showers a day, I would: but it’s bad for the environment. (Or maybe just like standing. under water????)

  28. Ana170 says:

    I don’t know why this trend is happening but it’s true that most of us don’t need to shower daily. The daily thing is mostly habit not an issue of hygiene. If you have oily skin then I see why’d you’d want to bathe regularly. My skin and hair are extremely dry and I’m not doing anything on a daily basis to get dirty. Stripping natural oils and protective bacteria off just to hold up someone else’s idea of what cleanliness is, would only result in me damaging my skin and hair.

    • Kay says:

      Yeah, I’m sort of surprised by how much blow back this gets. Those of us with eczema have been living this life for years, lol. I shower or bathe daily in the summer because I live in the south, and there’s not a moisturizer out there that can keep my skin from becoming furious with me over it. In the winter, I skip it on days that I’m sedentary and it’s nice to not scratch myself until I bleed in my sleep.

      • BnlurNforever says:

        What they are describing is not the same as what you’re saying here. You clean yourself the best your skin will allow and I bet you’re fine. There are people saying they don’t bathe for no other reason than they don’t want to bathe because it’s inconvenient to their time.

      • Kay says:

        @Bnlur, I mean, I don’t have magical anti-stink properties just because I have eczema. For the average person who works out a few days a week, nothing atrocious is going to happen if you don’t bathe every single day and there are some benefits, per plenty of dermatologists.

        Also, it seems weird to tie daily (or multi-time-a-day) showering (outside of exercise/peak gross summer) to hygiene/covid, much less some of the other comments about not washing hands/brushing teeth/being a gross person to have sex with. I shower 3-4 times a week most of the year, but I absolutely wash my hands per CDC guidance several times a day, brush my teeth 2-3 times a day, wear deodorant every day, and do a daily armpits/private bits clean with a fresh wash cloth and water. I highly doubt that I, or others in my boat, are offending the masses with our odor/germs and are just unaware that we’re foul creatures.

    • sa says:

      Right, I’m reading the comments about people’s multiple showers a day and I’m getting phantom itches, because my dry skin would just be a mess if I tried that. We all have different bodies, different skin, and different daily routines/levels of activeness.

    • Chaine says:

      Same here, Ana. Not everyone’s skin can tolerate soap or daily showering. I’m sitting here trying not to scratch my face and arms just thinking about it.

    • MF1 says:

      This is true. It depends on the chemistry of your skin, but for people with very dry skin, showering with hot water and soap on a daily basis can be actively harmful.

  29. Lightpurple says:

    Why did he invoke Elvis Costello as his reason for not cleaning himself?

  30. Dawn Donnelly says:

    this is why we have pandemics.

    • sa says:

      No it’s not.

      • Robin says:

        I’m with sa on this. Hand washing is the frontier for stopping infection but hasn’t it been shown that people who over clean generally compromise their body’s reaction to certain pathogens. I believe there are lung sensitivities and allergies that have been linked to the overuse of cleaning chemicals in homes etc. I know of friends who have upped the use of detergents and anti bac sprays in their homes as a reaction to the pandemic. I wonder what this will do in the long term and whether allergic responses will increase. But, yes, handwashing is critical, as is not playing with your nose, mouth etc.

        Don’t get me started on plug in air fresheners…

    • Jaded says:

      Pandemics like covid are airborne. They are NOT spread by lack of showering/bathing. We have pandemics because new viruses are being created all the time, some more dangerous than others, all mostly spread by sneezing and coughing without masks.

  31. Jess says:

    I see his point, my daughter developed eczema when she was 6 months old and we tried all kinds of creams and treatments, changed doctors and he said I was bathing her too much and stripping her body of natural oils then trying to replace it with synthetic material. He said some bodies can’t tolerate that, so I switched to every other day or every two days and used cetaphil lotion and it cleared up entirely, he also suggested putting her in the sun for 5 to 10 minutes a day before I put sunblock on. Even now at 13 she has one spot that flares up in the winter so I’ll have her lay in the sun for a few minutes a day and it clears up!

    So yeah, some people can’t shower every day, lol. I wouldn’t mind if I was close to Jake either way, he can stink it up all he wants. I like what he said about bad breath though, that is rank and unattractive to have plaque and bacteria all your mouth and bad breath, ugh.

  32. Darla says:

    Okay I need to get some work done, I have seen enough for one day.

  33. Yasmine says:

    LOLZ more of this?! Only rich white people can talk about hygiene this way and brag about not showering.

    I follow a dermatologist called Dr Dray and she commented on this weird celebrity flex and said that you absolutely can shower daily, that’s not the issue. The issue is whether you use soap on your entire body. She recommended using soap daily only on areas where there are folds in the skin, because it gets moist there and bacteria will grow (like underneath the breasts and arm pits).

    I use sunscreen daily on my face. How the F is that gonna clean itself off my face Mr. Gyllenhaal AKA Mr. Stinky Ass? EXPLAIN YOURSELF SIR!

    • Nicole r says:

      I love dr dray! I also have been hearing people brag about not washing for over 10 years now.. I think it’s white pseudo-hippie thing. Like if you aren’t bathing regularly you definitely have $1k crystal on your mantle…
      At least that’s based on the admittedly small sample size I experienced.

      • Yasmine says:

        @Nicole YAY! So glad you know her! It’s because of her that I use sunscreen so much now. You’re totally right on the white pseudo-hippie thing. It’s expanded into the yuppie ‘wellness’ healing crystals types like Goop. I’d bet a kidney that Goop doesn’t shower either.

        I’m making fun of these stinky ass people, but it does worry me that this is part of the growing attack on science and I guess in this case, the spread of fake news on bathing lol.

  34. Charfromdarock says:

    I don’t get it. Are they changing their underwear daily? I can’t put on clean clothes without at least a quick shower in the morning to wash the basics.

    At night, I like to wash the day off me – it just feels so good to be clean.

    These people are privileged (I am too), they never have to worry about access to clean water or to a bathroom.

    They most likely have someone cleaning their houses and laundry, and never have to think about running out of clean towels.

  35. Kalana says:

    You know how actors brag that they eat everything, don’t get plastic surgery, just run around after their kids to lose weight? Well now they don’t shower either. It’s a way for people who need to be obsessed with their appearance to pretend they’re not doing that or just really not do it.

    But I’ve seen pictures of Mila without the whole glam effect. She actually might really not shower.

    • Maria says:

      I remember years ago in Allure they asked Mila what her essential beauty tip was before going on a date and she said “I make sure to take a shower before a date”. I thought she was just kidding. I guess not, lol.

  36. Katiekate says:

    I don’t shower every day but it’s more of a ‘not doing anything that day / living alone / working from home / depression’ thing and not an aversion to bathing thing. The thing about depression and not showering is that taking a shower always makes me feel better and somehow I still sometimes forget that?

    • Maria says:

      I feel you. It’s the “spoons’ thing. I don’t always have the “spoons” to do it, because once I’m in there I feel obligated to do all the shaving, grooming, etc things that take up so much of my time because I have OCD (real OCD, not conversational – as in, I have to wash my hair several times before I’m convinced I’m not contaminated etc) and when I’m depressed it’s so hard to do that.

      But I can more or less handle it. And when I can’t, I’m certainly not bragging about it or convinced I’m being healthy.

  37. Lauren says:

    I’m one of those people that can’t shower every day as I have extremely dry, flaky skin, but when it’s hot out I have zero fcks to give about my skin I jump in the shower twice a day because I get all sweaty and gross. During the rest of the year it’s every other day, with a washing of the armpits daily. Jake I have loved you since I was a teen, don’t do this to me, don’t tell me you are okay with not washing your body for days.

  38. Nikomikaelx says:

    I mean, He only said bathe? does that include showering too, I’m not sure how it works in english language. I shower once a day, in the morning.
    Obviously if i do something physical, like running etc, i shower after that too. i Use to shower every morning and evening, but got told its really bad for the skin, so i stopped it.

    • projectmindy says:

      I think he and most people in the comments are using it interchangeably. I think showers are the default for adults in the West and baths are more a relaxing than getting clean thing.

  39. Lurker25 says:

    Two things are getting conflated a bit:
    Rich people + mid-century American marketing
    1)The rich can afford soaps, shampoos, deodorants that do the job without stripping your skin and hair. Cheap surfactants like sodium laurel sulfate create the lather most Americans associate with “clean” for a fraction of much gentler (but extremely effective) pricier ingredients. SLS and similar cheap compounds cause your body to overcompensate for the stripped acid mantle of your skin. (Sensitive skin is often result of a damaged acid mantle.)
    Result is oily, smelly (esp if using cheaper aluminum based deodorants), greasy, etc. So you wash more, get oily faster, wash it off… It’s a vicious cycle. If you can afford to get the nice products, your body shifts (can take months) and you do smell less, get less oily. “Self cleaning” is nonsense, we’re not ovens.

    2) postwar American marketing went into overdrive to push so the new cleaning products being created by large companies. It used to be vinegar and water to clean your house (cheap affordable) and other such home made cleansers for hair and body. Now came “better” and “scientific” products in gleaming packages, and Madison Avenue was eager to tell ppl ( esp women) that their friends and neighbors secretly thought they smelled – so use these products! Lysol actually sold a woman’s douche made with…Lysol. Now if that makes you cringe, you’ll understand the bit above about cheap compounds and corporate bottom line.

    I check chemicals against the http://www.ewg.org database. Hope this helps!

    (Sidenote: non-western cultures were routinely mocked, mercilessly, by western medical/scientific complex for using herbs and spices for their medicinal properties. This was well into the 1990s. Fenugreek for lactation, turmeric for antimicrobial, blood thinning, cinnamon for blood sugar lowering properties, moringa for.. you get the gist.)

    Oh! Also! Idk wtf is with white ppl who bandwagon jump and “renounce” their previous whatever to go all in on something. My family would reach for herbal remedies for xyz but we’d also take a damn Tylenol if needed. And I bet these same white ppl who proudly announce bathing let soles of shoes touch couches and bedding, don’t wash before bed, put shoes directly into purses (I just scream to see that) or luggage without bagging separately…I can go on. This isn’t OCD. This is just being aware of sanitary behavior. Which is ANOTHER thing: “sanitary” being viewed as the use of products, not thoughtful behavior. If you’ve done yardwork – shower! With soap!

  40. psl says:

    I just want to say he quoted one of my FAVORITE Elvis Costello lyrics!!!

    People, keep your hygiene habits to yourself, please.

  41. Veronika says:

    I don’t really get how this is a white people thing but, anyway….
    I shower once, if not twice a day. As a healthcare worker as soon as I walk into the house I strip & shower. This was my practice before COVID, so of course I’ve ramped it up even more.
    Because I have dry curly hair I do not shampoo every day. Unfortunately because I’ve worked in the COVID unit I would wash head to toe at the end of my shift & my hair has suffered for it. But it’s necessary.

  42. Lowrider says:

    I shower every morning and sometimes before bed. If I work out, or take the train into work then I’m showering before I hit my sheets. People come into contact with all kinds of germs every day, you should be cleaning yourself daily!

  43. Daphne says:

    It depends on your skin and can be different for each person. As an Irish person with bad genes and a multitude of skin issues, water is very drying and virtually any soap can irritate. My dermatologist has told me to try to skip daily showers. Or to rinse with water after the gym one day but to use soap every other day. We forget that water cleans the oils off our skin without soap. Soap kills bacteria but you may only need that when the “skin flaps” are dirty. I use a soap that I primarily made with olive oil. Of course, wash your hands with soaps always all day but when it comes to bathing, most of my family members have been told to do it every other day with lukewarm water.

  44. BnlurNforever says:

    Are these people trolling. They’re trolling, right? What’s up with this no bathing talk from famous people all of a sudden. Bathe, don’t bathe, do you and keep it to yourself, will ya?

  45. Katherine says:

    Just FYI not everybody wakes up a greasy, smelly mess if they showered the day before. I think people are entitled to pacing their own hygiene routine as they please as long as they don’t smell and look fine.

    • Veronika says:

      Right, that’s how it usually is for me. I shower before bed, we have air conditioning & a ceiling fan in our bedroom (we both prefer to sleep in a cool vs warm room) so I usually wake up still feeling fresh.

  46. swirlmamad says:

    These people just sound gross when they say this stuff and it’s not cute. Period. I’m in my 40s and have bathed daily/regularly my whole life, and have bathed my children daily since birth and they are just fine — no skin problems or anything like that. If they’ve got eczema use some Cetaphil for a quick washdown. Kids especially are germy as hell — always digging in crap, spilling on themselves, rolling on the dirty ground etc. You can’t trust them to even wipe properly after they use the bathroom. They may not sweat like we adults do but kids get dirty, EVERY DAY. Wash yourselves and your offspring and stop revealing to the world that you are a stinkbutt that I’m going to ensure I stay 6 feet from at all times even once the pandemic has ended.

  47. projectmindy says:

    I think other cultures and religions take bathing more seriously. Islam has strict rules about cleaning certain areas before praying and Hindus also wash before praying. These people also tend to be from warmer areas in the world where going outside means you get sweaty. So for some non-white people, saying you don’t bathe is shocking because it’s tied to more than just appearance.

  48. teehee says:

    I never realized this was such a thing for so many people.
    I thought it was usual that people have the choice to bathe as often as their bodies make it necessary, and not as often as everyone ELSES bodies make it necessary.

    I do honestly think it is overdone- like washing hair is overdone. And I do know by experience, some products make you more stinky and less clean than just leaving it alone.
    Everyone could stand to benefit to identify how much is too little but also how much is too much.

  49. Sigmund says:

    This whole thing is weird. Part of me feels like they’re trolling us, part of me wonders if this is some strange symptom of privilege, to openly brag that you choose not to bathe every day, even as it’s implicitly understood that you have the resources and money to do so.

  50. Kristi Marvin says:

    I haven’t used deodorant in 13 years and I smell and sweat less. Best decision I ever made.

  51. ugh says:

    Well the waking up greasy thing is precisely because you shower every day! It increases oil production in the scalp. If you can get through the gross adjustment period, it’s possible to go a week without washing your hair without it getting greasy.
    Confused by the smelling thing. I only smell if I sweat.

  52. Barbie1 says:

    I can’t believe yet another actor is spewing this nonsense. I understand if you have a difficult skin condition. Everyone else get your ass in a shower. Skin does not clean itself … damn.

  53. Lizzbert says:

    Oh for heaven’s sakes! I bathe my kid twice a week, and since the pandemic, I also bathe about twice a week. It’s fine. We’re fine! Let’s stop shower policing people unless they’re in front of our faces stinkin’ up the joint, please! Also: my hair and skin are fantastic now. 🙂

    • whynot says:

      Thank you. I live in a cold, dry climate (except this summer), don’t have sex daily and I can’t do vigorous workouts. I turn beat red but have never produced a lot of sweat. I used to shower daily just because it was what I thought I HAD to do. Now I’m much happier with 2 or 3 showers a week, and my skin and hair are much better. The nurses told us the baby doesn’t need a bath every day, so years later, she also showers or bathes every few days. I don’t like the judgment here that if you don’t shower every day, you’re dirty and stinky. Not every person is exactly the same. This one guy I know showers twice a day is actually usually kind of stinky whereas my husband can go a few days and nada. Everyone’s body chemistry and odour is different.

    • Robin says:

      Lizzbert. I am with you on the kids thing. All the toddler parents we knew would put their kids in a bubble bath before sleep. All that soap. Isn’t there a case for immunity through exposure to a certain level of dirt. Some weeks the only washing our kids got was at the gym showers after a swim.

  54. Sofia says:

    What is it with people announcing they don’t like to bathe all of the sudden? Did Mila and Ashton start something?

  55. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I’m guessing these celebrities have pools lol. And I understand the west is rationing water. Plus this has long been a discussion stemming from hippie defiance in the 60s to the current anti-vaxers as well as naturalists, vegans, etc. I have a friend who only cleans with vinegar, makes her family eat vegan, they’re against vaccinations, and if I brought up cleaning rituals, I’m quite certain skipping baths and showers makes the list. To each their own I suppose, but I think it’s weird how this is currently popping up in all the interviews. It’s not really a noteworthy confession, and it tends to categorize into not so universally palatable categories. If they’re trying to conserve, they should say that. But to ignore environmental impact on bodies isn’t a good look. Some germs and bacteria actually need removal.

  56. olliesmom says:

    What is the deal with all of these privileged celebrities telling us that they don’t wash on a regular basis? They don’t have to worry about paying the water bill and they can afford the best toiletries that money can buy.

  57. Emily says:

    As a kids, my parents bathed me once a week. The bathwater would be filthy and I do think it wasn’t enough because we played outside and got dirty.

    As an adult, I wash my hair once or twice a week (it’s curly and dry). I have dry skin, so I only use water to clean my face to avoid drying it out. I shower daily because I exercise daily. If I sat on the couch at home all day, I wouldn’t feel the need to waste the water or use soaps that contain a bunch of chemicals in the ingredients on my skin.

    I’m finding the middle ground here between an obsession with cleanliness and a fetish for dirt.

    • projectmindy says:

      Hair and face are totally different imo. I’ve now realized I can go a week without washing my hair after I stuck it through the very oily phase and a lot of people are following that trend. Even Mila Kunis said she washes her face twice a day so she clearly understands face oils are different.

  58. AD says:

    These people must not be serious. They are pranking us. No way!

  59. questions says:

    Celebrities work out a lot. For that reason alone, I figure they’d need to bathe or shower. Not for an insanely long time, but some washing in that instance wouldn’t hurt, I don’t think.

  60. mander says:

    Wow, this is a long thread. People have a lot of opinions. Now this is just me, and most of my family, but between being home for almost 1 1/2 years, and CA extreme drought, showers and baths have been cut back. I used to shower every morning, including washing my hair, then a bath most evenings…THAT is not happening anymore. Along with rinsing dishes off less carefully, making sure dishwashers and washing machines are very full before use, watering sparingly with a watering can and not the hose, etc. I am sure everyone will smell just fine with substituting showers with sponge baths occasionally. We do over clean ourselves, stripping oils from our bodies and hair. It’s an American, late 20th century? thing.

  61. Jen says:

    I’ve really slowed down my showering over the course of the pandemic. According to this thread, I’m privileged on that basis, greasy, dirty, musty, disgusting, don’t change my underwear, wash my hands after using the toilet, nor brush my teeth regularly. And I’m parallel to antivaxxers. You all saying those things are getting rather vicious. I’ve gone through extreme and low level depression for months at a time, am at home much more than I used to be, my skin and hair is accustomed to my routine now and doesn’t need it unless I do something to rev up circulation through my pores. I take good care of all of those other aspects of hygiene and at least clean private parts once or twice a day. Use deodorant. I’m not making it other peoples business on purpose, but the reactions here weren’t just about that. Also I love vaccines, don’t call cops or ask to speak to managers, don’t worship crystals. Ease up from the pile on people.

    • questions says:

      To be honest, I think a privileged person can publicly admit they don’t shower and people will be more accepting of it. Jake Gyllenhaal is not going to face stigma because he’s wealthy.

  62. BBG says:

    philosopher king George Carlin said, “All you really need to clean are teeth, pits, crotch, ass, feet

  63. Tiffany says:

    He said this, while promoting a perfume.

    If I was Prada, I would cut ties with him like he was a female spokesperson who said this.

    • projectmindy says:

      This! If he was promoting a new soap, he would be talking about how great showering is

  64. Susan says:

    As someone that works in healthcare, I also need to add that one of the major causes of yeast infections and UTIs in the eldery (male and female) is poor grooming habits. There is no more hospitable environment to germs than moisture, yeast, sugar (from the urine, sorry!) and…folds. sorry for that visual but it is something we see in health care all the time.

  65. Heather H says:

    To be fair not everyone gets oily or sweaty and maybe (I don’t really know) that is a factor for these folks. I live in an arid climate and my skin and hair is super super dry. I can go days without washing my hair with shampoo and you’d never know because my scalp doesn’t get oily for a long time. I barely sweat even in our 100+ degree temps. Is it because I am white, or over 50, or not much for working out or some other reason, I don’t really know. My husband thinks I am a freak of nature, LOL. I’d like to think saying what my body does or does not produce doesn’t make me some awful white person to be shunned. It just is what it is. None of this is commentary on my actual bathing habits, just that our bodies don’t all work the same way and I’m finding the hate fest feeling more like body function shaming.

    • projectmindy says:

      Yes, I was shocked when I traveled to Southern California and could go for a long walk and not sweat at all versus a humid climate.

  66. HK9 says:

    Do whatever you want, but I will say this, most people who declare they don’t smell never actually asked anyone.

  67. Steph says:

    Eeewwww! Am I the only one doubly grossed out by this being press for cologne? Are we going to start getting a shit ton of interviews about ppl using fragrance in place of showering?

  68. Chris says:

    What kind of lunatic feels dirty if they ‘only’ shower once a day? What the hell are you doing that makes you need a shower more than once a day? I agree going ‘days or weeks’ without washing is just daft but come on, one shower a day is absolutely enough if you don’t shower then do a load of exercise.

    • projectmindy says:

      Depends on climate for me! It’s super hot and muggy in the northeast so I get sweaty even if I just walk to the store. Also depends on if you go via air-conditioned car or sidewalks and public transport.

  69. Meg says:

    Thank God for dry shampoo or id have to wash my hair too often and it would dry it out but my hair is so thin the roots look oily pretty fast. Wash twice a week for me

  70. projectmindy says:

    I think this might be true for some people depending on diet? My friend who is vegan says her sweat doesn’t smell since she stopped eating meat/diary and more whole foods (I’ve smelled her so I know it’s true!) I just know I eat everything and my sweat definitely smells.

    • Jaded says:

      I’ve known some vegans who eschewed deodorant for armpit sweat stones or some such thing and didn’t shower regularly and yes, they did have a serious funky pong.

  71. Mcmmom says:

    My sons are Korean and their sweat doesn’t smell. I know that sounds crazy, but look it up – most Koreans do not produce the bacteria that makes sweat smelly. That being said, they are young men and I insist they shower daily because their skin needs it (acne, dandruff, etc).

    I shower if I exercise (which is almost daily) and daily when I’m going to the office. If I’m just home on a Saturday, I might skip a day. My skin and hair have become so much drier as I’ve aged.

  72. Shanaynay says:

    Just curious why celebrities bathing or not bathing is gossip worthy????

  73. emu says:

    omg you do adjust to be less greasy if you don’t shower every day.

    Just because a Pantene commercial in the 70s told people to shower every day people think that they have to. I am shocked at how vicious people are being just at those who say they don’t shower every day. That doesn’t mean they never shower or clean themselves! Holy moly.

    It’s like this lady’s comments who said she showers three times a day and finds everyone else disgusting – https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2969141/As-revealed-80-cent-women-dont-shower-day-guess-women-showers-just-week.html

    There is actually such a thing as being TOO clean, y’all.

    • emu says:

      ‘[Health experts’] worries center on the human microbiome — the trillions of bacteria that live on and inside our bodies. They say that excessive hygiene practices, inappropriate antibiotic use and lifestyle changes such as distancing may weaken those communities going forward in ways that promote sickness and imperil our immune systems. By sterilizing our bodies and spaces, they argue, we may be doing more harm than good.”


    • Robin says:

      This is like the eight glasses of water mantra, which I believe was a marketing ploy invented by a mineral water company rather than a genuine health policy. My mum worked in the chemical industry and became allergic to certain components found in soap and perfume. She didn’t shower as much as most but never smelled. Again, some people just naturally sweat less than others.

  74. Johnny Ohl says:

    There is a reason the scent of humans can make animals stampede. Humans smell like hell & an unbathed human is vomit inducing.

  75. Liz says:

    1. People of European descent have been saying since the Dark Ages that bathing is wrong. Lbh this is a cultural thing.
    2. Everyone talks about how bathing dried their skin out and its like…. that is what lotion and moisterizer (for your face) is for.

    3. If you have eczema (which I do) its even more important to use an eczema lotion AND use soaps that are sensitive for your skin type.
    4. Tbh this really is just white culture. I only hear (here and on twitter) white people talking about how much they dont bathe and which parts of their body they dont clean. Both of my cultures (East Asian and African) do not have this mindset.

  76. Ry says:

    After reading an abundance of these types of articles, I’m beginning to think no one showers anymore. See the thing is, at what point do you just keep that shit to yourself.

  77. Basi says:

    Different thought….maybe this code for being anti vax without saying it? “Hey look at me. I’m all natural”

  78. Robin says:

    I’ve found myself washing less. I used to shower every morning. Then I found that showering at night made more sense. I am on my feet all day and walking the dogs then cooking for the kids; it started to make more sense to wash the grime off quickly at the end of the day. We get the kids to bath/shower only when they have been out exercising or home from school covered dirt. We didn’t overwash them even when they were toddlers. However, I’ve since heard that hot water before bed is a useful thing because a raised temperature helps you sleep. We were always thinking that the bath before bed mantra for kids would revive them! Thing is, I used to go to the gym most mornings, so the need for a good shower has gone along with gym closures. Factor in some people just don’t sweat as much as others. My sister barely sweats, but I do. I had to have a really long hot shower after a proper workout.

  79. Robin says:


    Apologies if this has been posted upthread, but it’s an interesting read about over washing.

  80. I am on the less popular side of this… says:

    Wow! Reading these comments….as a society we have a real issue with our own personal smells. I was raised by vegan “hippie” (eco-conscious) parents. We never used antiperspirant/deodorant, only used olive or coconut oil unscented bar soaps for our skin and hair. Never used shampoo or conditioner, only bars. We have bidets and bathed as needed. We all have long curly hair which for me, maybe gets washed once a week, maybe 10 days. I can tell when it needs it. I use a swim cap when I swim! We all use coconut oil on our hair. We have pleasant smells. We really limit the processed sugar we use in anything we make at home. I brush my teeth twice a day and have white teeth and no cavities since I don’t drink coffee, cow milk, black teas or soda. Sure, work out hard you might smell, you wash off then. Eat raw red onions or too much garlic? Sure it changes the way you smell! Everyone smells different, but that is the musk we have and find attractive in others and ourselves. Personally after a long bike ride in the summer, I enjoy how I smell. Will I rinse off, yes. Will I use soap? Maybe.

  81. Sofia in TX says:

    My calves and tops of my feet get dirty after being outside. I live in an urban area and the most “rugged” thing I do is walk my dogs on the sidewalk. Those who don’t shower daily should take a closer look at their lower legs or wipe them with a white cloth. If anything, look at the lower half of your bedsheets. 🤢

  82. Val says:

    I’m a COO for an indoor running studio chain in NYC. White people, some of you stink to high heaven, especially the women. They stink up the locker rooms, shed everywhere and don’t pick up after themselves. We’re a boutique fitness studio and 95% of our clientele are white women. You may not be able to smell yourselves, but others smell you and it’s bad! Oh and Jake used to attend under the cutest name lol. He was a regular until a girl filmed him in class one day. He used to go to prep for the Boston bombing movie he was working on. He’s a very down to earth guy and we had some good banter. I never caught if wiff of his scent.

  83. Kaykay says:

    The dermatologist Dr Dray has a great video commenting Kunis-Kutcher on this on youtube.

  84. Mel says:

    How are people not showering in the SUMMER??!!! Especially if you’re working out and I know he is, plus Covid, plus its one thousand degrees outside and humid.. How is this a thing??!! Gross, keep your nastiness to yourself.