Show me the cause and effect; show me the science and I'll accept it. Until then, I'll happily lather up on a daily basis.
I don't think either way is the better way to go; to each his/her own.
It sounds like your regime is relatively non toxic, but many people use a battery of products every day each containing many chemicals with known toxic effects such as parabens, cocamide, sodium laureth sulphate, propylene glycol (antifreeze), pthalates etc. According to the Ecologist (a reputable UK 'Green' campaigning mag) on average Brits use 9 cosmetic products per day with 126 different chemical components between them. I find that an absolutely terrifying statistic. And those are the chemicals which are meant to be there! Many chemicals like these are difficult to make completely pure or can combine in the bottle in undesirable ways, thus consumer products are routinely found to be contaminated with dioxins and nitrosamines among others.
Here are a few articles to have a look at:
From the Ecologist Magazine:http://www.theecologist.org/green_green ... clean.htmlhttp://www.theecologist.org/green_green ... gents.htmlhttp://www.theecologist.org/green_green ... ances.html
There was also a TV programme about this issue a couple of years ago, looks like the video clips are gone but the website is still up, the full programme might be archived on Channel 4's site somewhere.http://www.channel4.com/health/microsit ... als_1.html
We in the 'developed' world have an epidemic of cancer and many other diseases both mental and physical for which the cocktail of mutagenic, allergy causing and otherwise biologically active chemicals might be responsible.
If we define 'dirt' as a substance that exists somewhere it shouldn't, then the products we use to remove our scent and the grime of day to day life are themselves 'dirty' as we don't really want them in our body fat and cached in our internal organs, exuded with our breast milk etc. Not only that but while cleaning products may make the inside of our houses appear clean they make the rest of the world outside our houses dirty. The waste water from our homes contains all sorts of nasties like phosphates which cause problems like eutrophication (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eutrophication
), gender altering chemicals which are causing problems for other species, and others like ammonia, soaps, surfactants, parabens, plasticisers, fire retardents, solvents, fungicides etc etc with unpredictable negative consequences.
That isn't even to touch on the issues connected with the production and transport of all this unnecessary stuff. Assuming we don't really want a world full of chemical plants (though obviously we will need some to produce necessary pharmaceuticals etc) we sure do use a lot of chemicals for no good reason...