Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis' take on bathing: Less is more

Robin Opsahl
Des Moines Register

Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis may be wealthy from their acting careers, but they aren't spending their extra dough on soap. 

The discussion of their family's bathing practices came up during the couple's appearance on "Armchair Expert," a podcast hosted by Dax Shepard and Monica Padman. Shepard is also in the "no soap" camp, and said on the show that using soap on your entire body interferes with the body's natural oil production.

Kutcher, an Iowa native, agreed. He said he washes his "armpits and my crotch daily and nothing else ever," though he does wash off his face with water after a workout. Kunis follows the same regimen, but also cleans her face twice a day.

The couple, who originally met as costars on "That 70's Show," cleans their children with the same ethos.

"If you can see the dirt on them, clean them," Kutcher said on the podcast. "Otherwise, there's no point."

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Some pediatricians say the Kutcher-Kunis family has it right, according to an Insider article. Bathing your children daily is fine, Dr. Daniel Ganjian said in the report — but don't use soap every day.

The American Academy of Dermatology Association recommends bathing newborns two to three times a week, and bathing children at least once a week — more if they're messy. 

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Padman, Shepard's co-host, was the only one on the podcast who raised concerns about the bathing practices. "Who taught you not to wash?" she asked.

Robin Opsahl covers trending news for the Register. Reach them at ropsahl@registermedia.com or 515-284-8051.