Kristen Bell pointed out in a recent interview that because California is in a drought, there is a “responsibility for your environment” that comes into play when choosing how often to shower. Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are clarifying their stance on personal hygiene. The couple — who share daughters Lincoln, 8, and Delta, 6½ — made headlines recently when they revealed they bathed their kids less frequently as they got older, Bell even saying on The View last week that she’s “a big fan of waiting for the stink.”

On Monday, the pair further explained their philosophy, making it clear they weren’t joking around. “It’s not so much of a joke that I wait for the stink,” Bell, 41, said during an interview with Daily Blast Live. “That tells you when they need to bathe.” Shepard, 46, chimed in, adding that they didn’t always approach their kids’ hygiene that way.

“We had said, we did bathe them religiously for the first few years when the bedtime routine was so vital,” he said. “Once that wasn’t required to get them to go to sleep, yeah, we took our foot off the gas.” “I’m not in that stuff that often, so I only have to when either a smell is present or I’m in that stuff,” Shepard added of his own bathing habits, later admitting that they “could be better.”