Michaela Strachan has confessed she only showers once every three days, and isn’t ‘fastidious’ about washing hands.
The Springwatch presenter, 57, moved out to South Africa in 2002, and in an appearance on Loose Women has admitted that living in a country in drought meant showering wasn’t a daily occurence.
The former Countryfile star appeared on Friday’s edition of the ITV daytime programme, alongside Kaye Adams and Nadia Sawalha.
Kaye began: ‘I’m presuming as a nature girl, you like a bit of dirt.’
Michaela replied: ‘I think, if you’ve got kids, if they come home really dirty, you know they’ve had a good day.
‘I’m not the sort of mother that looks at a child and thinks, “Oh get them washed.”
The Springwatch presenter isn’t ‘fastidious about washing hands and things’ (Picture: Karwai Tang/WireImage)
‘It’s like no, you’ve had a great day, you’ve got down, you’ve got dirty, brilliant.’
Michaela then admitted that she doesn’t ‘get herself washed’ everyday either.
She said: ‘I’m not fastidious about washing hands and things, I think we’re way too clean all of us.
‘I went through a country with major, major droughts, and we so we learnt to only have a shower every three days.’
She then laughed to the panel: ‘Sorry girls, that kind of stuck!’
She elsewhere addressed the Autumnwatch axe (Picture: BBC/Jo Charlesworth)
‘But I was filming in a zoo and I didn’t wash my hands properly, before I ate a sandwich – this was quite a while ago – and I ended up with a worm under my skin.’
Unfortunately though, the story was left on a cliff-hanger as Loose Women quickly came to an end before Michaela could reveal what happened afterwards.
Elsewhere, the Springwatch presenter addressed the Autumnwatch axe, saying she think the production team ‘made the right decision’ in light of budgeting issues.
This comes after the BBC announced the seasonal programme will be cancelled after 17 years on screens, and money will instead be invested into its sister programmes, although Winterwatch will be back next year for only one week, reduced from two.
Loose Women airs weekdays from 12.30pm on ITV1.
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