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1970 downy commercial
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Post# 956279   9/5/2017 at 14:02 by pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        

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hello to all aw members here is a 1970 downy liquid fabric sofner can any members notice in the commercial the westinghouse washer dryer set?

Post# 956713 , Reply# 1   9/9/2017 at 00:59 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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Watching these older tv commercials. Some I don't remember seeing, some I so remember, and others are faint hazy impressions that get jolted in my mind.

Post# 956719 , Reply# 2   9/9/2017 at 04:07 by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        
Me too Christina

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I am only a year older than you and I can't believe how many I still remember seeing from way back when!

Post# 956740 , Reply# 3   9/9/2017 at 08:29 by lesto (Atlanta)        

Check out the boy's hair. How 70's!

Post# 956748 , Reply# 4   9/9/2017 at 09:43 by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Oh, Christina and Greg; you are but babes in the woods. Not only do I remember that commercial, I was roughly that kid's age in 1970, LOL!

God, those short-shorts and that tennis sweater are too much. So 1970.

Post# 956769 , Reply# 5   9/9/2017 at 13:36 by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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those short-shorts


No idea what people wear playing tennis these days. My preferred form of exercise is a good, brisk sit. But I will say I honestly thought for a moment those shorts might be underwear...


Not only do I remember that commercial, I was roughly that kid's age in 1970, LOL!


So are there any photos of a younger Frigilux proudly wearing his static free tennis sweater? (For that matter, maybe this ad was memorable because it was filmed at Frigilux's house. LOL)

Post# 956771 , Reply# 6   9/9/2017 at 13:39 by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        
Remembering old ads

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I'm actually surprised at how many old ads/ad themes I can remember from when I was growing up in the 70s/80s. What makes it seem strange, I guess, is that we were not a huge TV watching family.


Post# 956814 , Reply# 7   9/9/2017 at 18:27 by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Lord K-- No photos of a young Frigilux in his tennis sweater are extant. Dress and/or athletic shorts of all kinds were quite revealing by today's below-the-knee standards. The two most obvious giveaways the commercial wasn't filmed at my house: 1) Every item therein was not purchased at Sears; 2) No halo of pot smoke surrounds our tennis-sweatered teen.

And now, I'll join you for a nice brisk sit.

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Post# 957256 , Reply# 8   9/12/2017 at 14:39 by variflexpghpa (Pittsburgh, PA)        
The guy

kinda looks like Michael Okeefe

Danny Noonan - Caddie Shack
Fred - the boyfriend - Roseanne

Post# 957370 , Reply# 9   9/13/2017 at 08:41 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
The one commercial i remember seeing...

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When I was really little, was that early 70's whirlpool portable washer commercial, where the wife kept rolling it around and making the husband have accidents. I don't think I knew what it was about but I seem to remember thinking the man accidentally threw his pizza in the garbage. And I thought that was so funny back then. It works always make me laugh. And also the light bulb falling to the floor. I remember that part too...

Post# 957379 , Reply# 10   9/13/2017 at 10:50 by pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        

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hippiedoll was it this commercial that you remember of the whirpool portable washer ?

Post# 957382 , Reply# 11   9/13/2017 at 11:28 by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
"Aaannnddd it rolls on CASTERS!" Yrs. ago, at AW.ORG

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I think I remember seeing that commercial HERE!!!!

-- Dave

Post# 957415 , Reply# 12   9/13/2017 at 16:47 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Ok, now officially feel "old".

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Remember that Downy commercial as well from childhood/early teens.

More is the pity P&G changed the smell of Downy from the original 1970's scent.

Mother Dear wasn't big on FS, but when she did splurge it was Downy. On occasion she also picked up Final Touch (with bluing for extra whiteness), and or the "pink stuff". Think the latter was Bonnie or something Scottish. IIRC it came in huge gallon or so jugs and was much more fluid than Downy.

Oh wait, I told a lie; the other "pink stuff" FS was Sta-Puff which confusingly came in blue as well.

Also remember when Bounce and Cling Free came out. Mother Dear wasn't having any of that though.... *LOL*

Post# 957437 , Reply# 13   9/13/2017 at 21:01 by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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Anyone remember free and soft that stuck to the inside of the dryer?  My mother used to buy it.  I thought it was neat because it was kind of hard and crunchy until the dryer got hot, then it softened like gum inside it's protective package but the softener would come through the pack and onto the clothes.

Launderess, I remember the "pink stuff" it was usually a store brand.  We always shopped at Food World/Brunos and their house brand was "Staff".  Mother would buy that gallon of pink stuff to use on my dad's and my new blue jeans because we could dump in quite a bit without breaking the bank.  She didn't care for Downy because it makes the towels so fluffy they just smear water.  My grandmother, on the other hand, would practically drop the bottle in the washer.  Her towels were so soft they would not dry up the water!  I tend to lean the my mother does.  I use Suavitel or something for towels and reserve Downy or Gain or Snuggle for regular clothes.

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Post# 957461 , Reply# 14   9/13/2017 at 23:12 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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Haha haha haha...

That is the commercial I remember seeing on tv when I was really little. And getting such a good laugh at the man dropping his pizza in the "garbage"!

Post# 957462 , Reply# 15   9/13/2017 at 23:33 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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it is such a shame that the DOWNY doesn't smell like the original 70's "APRIL FRESH" scent anymore!
I actually sent an email to the company asking them if they would bring back the ORIGINAL scent of DOWNY. I got a reply from them sadly, saying that there were no plans of doing that at the moment.

Hell, even if they brought back the ORIGINAL scent for a limited time offer, I personally would buy cases of the stuff, to have it on hand when I did laundry!
And I wouldn't have to hunt for the old bottles of the stuff on ebay at outrages prices. And I wouldn't feel guilty using the vintage DOWNY that I do have!

Only if they would bring back the original 70's "APRIL FRESH" DOWNY scent...

Post# 957489 , Reply# 16   9/14/2017 at 07:47 by pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        
saddly its the same with snuggle fabric sofner

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sadly its also the same why did they have to change form the original sent i use to love snuggle fabric sofner for the reason that the sent was not to strong, now because the sent is to strong i have stop using that brand

Post# 957496 , Reply# 17   9/14/2017 at 08:10 by extmaxspin (St Charles MI)        
Final Touch

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Laundress mentioned Final Touch, and that's the scent from childhood I remember best, and would be in heaven to have a fabric softener with that scent again. I do still use the current version of Final Touch, because I like the scent and performance better than anything else of current vintage I've tried. But every time I open a new bottle, I still keep hoping for the original scent!

Post# 957505 , Reply# 18   9/14/2017 at 09:43 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Well, as we're reminiscing about fabric softeners, remember Rain Barrel?  I'll bet a turquoise mixer that THIS is the residue that clings to agitators of 70s machines... LOL 


Video quality is not great, but that's the commercial I remember seeing.  And it must have been convincing.. my mother (who believed it was 'Downy or die' when it came to fabric softeners) switched to this and used it religiously until we got a fabric softener dispenser for the ol' Viking washer!


Post# 957608 , Reply# 19   9/15/2017 at 03:47 by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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I remember Rain added it to the wash water at the beginning.

Post# 957616 , Reply# 20   9/15/2017 at 04:56 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Rain Barrel

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Yes, that takes me back!

"No bothering with the rinse, Rain Barrel goes in the wash cycle....)

Sadly cationic and nonionic with or anionic surfactants don't play well together. Even Consumer Reports stated fabric softener was best in the rinse. RB didn't last very long IIRC, likely because of such related issues.

What does work well enough as a fabric softener in wash is clay (bentonite).

Colgate-Palmolive used in their Fabric Softener Fab powder detergent, and Fab "One Shot" detergent packets.

Today of course clay as fabric softener is everywhere. Those crystals by Purex and others for a start.

Post# 957621 , Reply# 21   9/15/2017 at 05:33 by earthling177 (Boston, MA)        

Yup, the Purex Crystals used to do a decent job as softener, I bought some a few years ago to try out.

Thing is, last time I took a look at them at the local supermarket, they seem to have stopped advertising softening as one of the advantages and only say it boosts scents -- the list of ingredients do not list anything like bentonite anymore either, they used to.

Who the heck knows what's going on in those CEO's minds?

Post# 957645 , Reply# 22   9/15/2017 at 10:27 by programcomputer (Ann Arbor Michigan, USA)        
That most certainly is.....

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Michael O'Keefe...

A few years later Michael, a still very boyish, and during the movie, scantily clad, in his tightey whities Danny Noonan character, graced the big screen in Caddyshack. One believes he eventually he married Bonnie Raitt? I remember Cling Free static softener product. Came in a box with a almost very thin foam sheets type of thing. They were almost tinted a light blue, and when they were used turned to kinda a grey color. That was maternal grandmothers choice for her washing. We used Downey.

Nice clips!!


Post# 957673 , Reply# 23   9/15/2017 at 15:22 by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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IIRC there was Rain Barrel commercial with a Maytag washer ... that has a rinse softener dispenser right in the top of the agitator.  Of course, the typical consumer had no clue about all that, LOL.

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