Kutcher and Kunis poke fun at the bath time controversy

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Actors Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher, seen here in 2017, had previously said that they only bathe their children when they see dirt on them. (Stringer / AFP via Getty Images)

(NEXSTAR) – After Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis hit the headlines in July claiming there was “no point” bathing their children unless they were visibly dirty, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis hit the streets social media make fun of yourself – and the controversy in general -.

On Wednesday, Kutcher shared a video clip of Kunis bathing her children in which he jokingly pretended to be concerned about their motives and methods.

“You pour water on the children? Are you trying to melt them ?! ” he asked Kunis.

“Are you trying to hurt her with water? It’s ridiculous, ”he added. “This is the fourth time this week. Four times this week! … your body oils will be destroyed! “

Kutcher’s Instagram post came just weeks after the actors admitted on the Armchair Expert podcast by Dax Shepard and Monica Padman that they rarely bathed their children. The topic arose after Kutcher and Kunis Shepard agreed that daily use of soap would harm the body’s natural oils.

“As a kid, I didn’t have hot water, so I didn’t shower much anyway,” says Kunis. “But when I had children, I didn’t wash them every day either. I wasn’t the mother who bathed my newborns – never. “

Days later, Dax Shepard and his wife Kristen Bell added during an appearance on “The View” that they too often let their children go without baths for “five or six days”.

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

According to the Cleveland Clinic’s bathing policy, children under the age of 6 should have “quality time in the tub” two to three times a week or more if necessary. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 need at least two or three baths or more when they get “muddy, sweaty, or smelly”. Daily showering is recommended for older children.

The American Academy of Dermatology Association, meanwhile, recommends bathing children ages 6-11 at least once or twice a week.

“How often your child needs a bath depends on the age and activities of your child,” explained the AADA.

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