Skip to comments.My No-Soap, No-Shampoo, Bacteria-Rich Hygiene Experiment
Posted on 05/24/2014 10:34:51 AM PDT by UnwashedPeasant
Summary: The writer is one of several subjects who go 28 days using a probiotic spray instead of using soap, shampoo and deodorant. It is a slow-growing, ammonia-oxidizing bacteria that competes with other bacteria on the skin. The result is healthier skin, free of breakouts. It is longer-lasting than, but not as acutely effective as, a recent traditional cleaning with soap. The friendly bacteria is useful for wound-healing and skin ailments, such as eczema. It causes a hundred-fold reduction in Propionibacterium acnes, which are often blamed for acne breakouts.
The writer had improved skin health, some unpleasant body odor and greasy hair, but no foot odor. After the experiment, the healthy bacteria was killed off after 3 traditional showers with soap. The inventor of the spray (branded "AOBiome") is an MIT-trained chemical engineer who has not showered for the past 12 years. He came up with the idea while trying to determine why horses like to roll in dirt.
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In my opinion, this bacteria strain is not hardy enough to replace soap, but it would be worth trying for acne or other skin issues.
By the way, if you want an effective alternative to regular aluminum-based deodorants, you should check out a long-lasting zinc-based deodorant from Israel called "Lavilin." And if you have acne, you could experiment with Lavilin as a skin treatment.
“an MIT-trained chemical engineer who has not showered for the past 12 years.”
“The writer had improved skin health, some unpleasant body odor and greasy hair, but no foot odor.”
Ever seen or smelled a hippie?
There ya go!
Works better than anything I have ever used in the past. It took about two weeks for my body to adjust, during which time I had some odor, but it was nowhere near the stink that comes from not using anything.
He applied to Berkeley, but they require at least 13 years without a shower.
A NYTwit with b.o., who'dathunkit.
Whateva dude....smell ya later.
***Ever seen or smelled a hippie?***
I remember, back in 1971, seeing Hippies wearing flea collars.
The soap companies and deodorant companies are not going to like this ... :-) ...
btw, i could never give up taking showers... they are so refreshing...
that is disgusting!!!
Simply eliminating certain types of bacteria but leaving the substrate the bacteria grew on - the sweat, oil, dirt and other crud - is not an acceptable alternative for me. I’ll stick with the soap.
Hippies would literally get the mange.
I use coconut oil to pop my popcorn. It’s the best popcorn, ever!
Not sure how you’d rinse your mouth with it, though. Is it a different kind than out of the jar?
Eww. So I guess the ny slimes is advocating yet another devolution into feudalism. This time by encouraging people not to bathe. What’s next? Are they going to advocate bleedings and leeches to remove the evil humors?
We have bacteria on our inside (the digestive track) that Is necessary...so why not on the outside?
All animals have skin but none but us (and our pets) bath and used all the cleaning products we use..
Now we do wear clothing and shoes so that would tend interfere with a natural environment on our skin...
But just like killing off all bacteria in you digestive track is unhealthy. .so too on you skin?...could be
Really.....think about it
Your skin cover with some natural bacteria that been their from the dawn of Man ?....
Your skin covered with chemicals. .poison to kill bacteria ...that were invented in the last hundred years...
Which is healthier?
-— Your skin covered with chemicals. .poison to kill bacteria ...that were invented in the last hundred years...
Which is healthier? -—
There may be problens with chemicals, but it doesn’t make sense to reject modern methods of hygiene out of hand, considering its track record.
“The inventor of the spray (branded “AOBiome”) is an MIT-trained chemical engineer who has not showered for the past 12 years.”
How about good old fashioned “dirt” removal. This is disgusting.
right out of the jar... it is called oil pulling... i also, on occasion, brush my teeth with it and baking soda together...
A steaming hot shower for 5 minutes. Dove soap and shampoo products. Followed by a 1 minute ice cold shower.
A shpritz of Arrid under each put and I am ready to go.
Why change something that has worked for many years?
Which is healthier?"
Don't know, but I plan to continue embracing the "chemicals and poison." I like being clean.
My cat rolls in dirt.
Had a dog that rolled in dirt usually on something smelly.
Animals roll because they can and it's fun.
They also wear fur.
I quit washing my face and 30 years of acne cleared up. I mean that I went from constant acne treatments and flare-ups to zero zits. None.
Once a month I do have to exfoliate (gently) to clear dead skin. That’s it.
If only I’d know that it was so simple.
Got a recipe or link for that? They discontinued my ol’ reliable and I want to go natural.
Don’t be offended Johnny, ya’ know I love you, but when I saw this thread I thought of you in experimental mode.
Mind you, I didn't linger... standing on the porch pouring warm water over a naked body with temps at -18F will make one rush a bit, so that nothing important freezes off.
I used to stand on a farmhouse back porch and do the well pump cold gallon jug shower too. But not in those temps. Long luxurious hair??? Now we really need a picture, post it on the gardening thread. You have so many fans.
There is no need to reinvent the wheel with a new product.
I use baking soda wash for my hair, two or three times, and rinse really well, then use 1 tbls of apple cider vinegar in 1 qt water for rinse. Wonderful. PH balance is restored.
I still use deodorant, but looking for an alternative. I have sensitive skin. And I do agree hygeine is important.
Think about it...just what do you think your ancestors used 200 years ago....it wasn’t bottled shampoo from the grocery store. Homemade Lye soap was damaging to the skin...it would wash clothes, but I would not want to bathe in it.
Lavilin...deodorant...where do you buy that? I have used dead sea makeup before, very expensive. I don’t use much now.
I believe baking soda, apple cider vinegar, hydrogen peroxide (food grade),olive oil and coconut oil etc. are some of the most important ingredients in our houses.
Pigs like to roll in mud because as the water in the mud evaporates it cools them. Just as if they did sweat.
I brush with baking soda too. Our ancestors used baking soda for soap and there are hundreds of uses for it...as well as apple cider vinegar, or hydrogen peroxide.
I tried coconut oil (without corn starch, arrow root, etc.), and it worked great for a month or so. Then it stopped working completely. So you might have to use extra ingredients to keep it working.
Lavilin works great, but it is pricey. So it is worth trying coconut oil first.
i use these products as well! i actually add two tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar to black current juice every morning (M-F) and drink it... i also take a glass of water with juice from half a lemon every morning (again, M-F)... this has helped me with fighting off chronic sore throats and just about any illness that starts in the throat/nose...
i see no need to...
>> ...smell ya later.
LOL — that’s a classic one-liner.
This is an old idea. Note 1939 copyright:
Just in time for Occupy Wall Street’s reboot...
I quit washing my and my wife of 20 years left me - if only Id known it was so easy
For ear aches we use a few drops of hydrogen peroxide in the ear, and it kills all germs...no more earache....a staple for years in this family, saves Doctor visits. Do not swallow and rinse out mouth...of course ‘food grade’ hydrogen peroxide should be fine.
The great uses of Appple Cider Vinegar are really extensive. I use the white vinegar to clean coffee pot, and windows to keep streak free and no expensive window cleaners to buy.
WE do a parasite cleanse every year, using Dr. Clark’s (Clarkia)formula. I understand the main manufacturing plant closed, so it will be harder and more expensive to get now. That always helps with sinus and colds through out the year. The FDA is trying to get rid of alternatives to pharmaceuticals...more propaganda and costs to us.
i run white vinegar mixed with water through the coffee maker every so often... i have had the same coffee maker since 1995!
Makes sense doesn’t it? Glad to hear others realize that alternatives and natural substances aren’t a right or left issue, just common sense.