Downy’s 1985 Hello Mother, Hello Father Commercial


A camper at Camp Hiawatha writes home to his mom and tells her in his letter that he misses the fresh smell of laundry washed with Downy in this commercial I’m old enough to remember seeing on TV in 1985. The letter is set to the tune of Allan Sherman’s “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh,” but the child sings “Hello Mother, Hello Father” along with other laundry detergent-appropriate lyrics.

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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