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Hate showering? Just spray this live bacteria on your skin

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Man says he hasn't showered for 12 years, thanks to his product

I'm not going to lie: Some days I'd rather just pile on some extra deodorant than go through the whole shower process.

Now, I don't typically do that, since I respect the noses of the people who have to be close to me, but it turns out we don't need to shower to be clean… at least according to one Massachusetts chemical engineer.

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“I have not taken a shower in over 12 years,” Dave Whitlock, an MIT graduate, told Fox 6 Now. Instead, he sprays a concoction formulated with live bacteria onto his skin, which, he says, does a better job than water.

“No one did clinical trials on people taking showers every day. So what’s the basis for assuming that that is a healthy practice?” Whitlock told the news station, adding that our desire to be clean is stripping bacteria off our skin — bacteria we need to fight off disease.

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The engineer just launched Aobiome, a company that sells the formula for $49. You just spray the water-like Mother Dirt spray on your skin twice a day.

So, how exactly does it help? Whitlock isn't making any scientific claims about it yet — that'll have to wait for clinical trials. However, one of his partners says it helps people cut down on their use of traditional body-cleaning products.

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"Examples include cutting out or cutting down on deodorant, cutting out or cutting down on moisturizers,” Jasmina Aganovic said.

The lingering question: What do those close to Whitlock think about his water-avoiding ways? That's the real way to tell if this product has any potential. In the meantime, I'll stick to my time-sucking showers.

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