Don’t shower every day? 49% actually agree with stinky bathing advice from celebrities

NEW YORK — Hollywood has gotten smelly – and half of America thinks it’s time for some celebs to take a shower.

A new poll of over 1,000 Americans, conducted by OnePoll on Aug. 9, finds 51 percent are not in favor of celebrities Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, and Jake Gyllenhaal’s bathing habits, saying it’s an absolute must to shower regularly.

How often should you be showering?

bathingMeanwhile, 31 percent argue it’s not necessary to shower daily. Conversely, 35 percent of those who think cleanliness is vital say they shower every day, while 15 percent do so every other day. Only eight percent of respondents take showers once a week and a mere four percent like to soap up more than twice a day.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is also a fan of taking multiple showers a day. The “Fast and Furious” star shared on Twitter on Aug. 6 that he bathes up three times a day.

“Nope, I’m the opposite of a ‘not washing themselves’ celeb. Shower (cold) when I roll outta bed to get my day rollin’. Shower (warm) after my workout before work. Shower (hot) after I get home from work. Face wash, body wash, exfoliate and I sing (off key) in the shower,” the star and pro wrestler wrote.

One in three respondents acknowledge that breaking a sweat is an indicator to hit the showers. Another third of the poll say they shower after noticing they have greasy hair and smelling unpleasant.

Stinky role models?

bathingMore than three in 10 claim they’re “too busy to take a shower,” while 53 percent say they always make room for good hygiene no matter what. When it comes to kids’ bathing habits, 84 percent of parents of children between zero and nine years-old in the survey believe bath time is a “crucial” part of their daily routine.

However, celebrity couple Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard have different perspectives on bathing their children. The couple recently made headlines when they revealed on ABC’s “The View” that they wait for the “stink” before bathing their kids.

“I’m a big fan of waiting for the stink,” Bell said. “Once you catch a whiff, that’s biology’s way of letting you know, you need to clean it up.”

The couple followed suit after Kutcher and Kunis went on Shepard’s podcast “Armchair Expert,” saying they only clean up their kids when “you can see dirt on them.”

“Otherwise, there’s no point,” Kutcher claims.

While 63 percent of parents actually agree with this celebrity approach toward bathing, one in four disagree. The poll also finds 35 percent of parents prioritize bath time for their young children by sticking them in the shower seven or more times a week, especially when they’re sweaty (37%) and smelly (32%).

Overall, 69 percent of parents think good hygiene is essential for their little ones, saying they bathe their children more than they do themselves.

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Chris Melore

Chris Melore has been a writer, researcher, editor, and producer in the New York-area since 2006. He won a local Emmy award for his work in sports television in 2011.

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