Speaking of guys my sister would probably date, meet Dave Whitlock - a chemical engineer who claims he hasn't bathed or taken a shower in over 12 years. (For reference, this is quite a contrast from the typical engineer, who showers an average of once per presidential term.)
His reason? Well, he aims to revolutionize the way that people keep themselves clean. How? With live bacteria. Allegedly, in a world addicted to all things antibacterial, it seems we need some bacteria after all.
Katniss has the right idea.
This is Mother Dirt, a specially formulated mist of live bacteria that Dave developed alongside company AOBiome.
To use the product, you simply pump the probiotic mist into wet hands, work it into a lather, and massage it into your hair and all over your body.
The product website says: "In this move towards DIY remedies and supplements to help rebalance health, we seem to have overlooked the very important ecosystem of the skin microbiome. Much like our gut relies on active probiotics and other gut bacteria to restore health, the biome of the skin needs to maintain certain bacteria on the skin for health."
Essentially, Dave believes that instead of eradicating bacteria from our bodies, we should focus on neutralizing our body's 'microbiome'.
Dave was inspired to create such a product when he realized that showers potentially weren't the 'cleanest' solution at all. He observed that people have taken showers for centuries with not much question as to why.
“No one did clinical trials on people taking showers every day, so what's the basis for assuming that that is a healthy practice?"
Now, I don't know if I would necessarily commit to a whole lifetime of using Mother Dirt to clean myself, but for $15 a bottle, there's not much risk in giving it a test run.