Why you never need to wash again

Comment on this story
iol scitech june 3 washing hands INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS File photo: He washes his hands with soap before touching food and after going to the toilet. Picture: Matthews Baloyi

London - Most of us spend lots of time and money washing germs off our skin and hair. But, according to one scientist, we should be spraying them on.

American David Whitlock hasn’t showered for 12 years, but spritzes himself with micro-organisms from soil found in a pigsty, cowshed and chicken coop.

These ammonia-oxidising bacteria (AOB) neutralise the smell in human sweat.

He got the idea after watching horses roll in the dirt and realised that bacteria in the soil stopped their sweat from putrefying.

The problem is that, due to modern hygiene, most of us no longer have any of these good bacteria on our bodies.

Whitlock, though, boasts billions.

He washes his hands with soap before touching food and after going to the toilet, but relies on an occasional wipe with a sponge — and a regular spray of his Refreshing Cosmetic Mist, which is on sale.

With the slogan “Bacteria is the new black, wear it every day”, demand is so high the mist is out of stock (email [email protected] with inquiries.) - Daily Mail

Hungry for more scitech news? Sign up for our daily newsletter



sign up
 
 

Comment Guidelines



  1. Please read our comment guidelines.
  2. Login and register, if you haven’ t already.
  3. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As)
  4. Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.