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To be honest, I had no idea that this was still around - whenever I think of this I just remember the 80's advert with the cheesy theme tune - but I found this is the cleaning aisle in Tesco when we were trying to sell our house and decided to give it a go. Our carpets were only three or four years old so they were in quite good condition but anything that can add freshness and appeal was definitely worth a try.
Shake n Vac is packaged in a green plastic tube - a similar shape to the containers that table salt comes in. I purchased a citrus blossom variety but there are other fragrances such as lily of the valley or magnolia and vanilla. This cost me £1.65 for 500g. The idea of the product is that it breathes life and freshness into old carpets, without having them cleaned. To apply, you shake the powder liberally over the carpet and then vacuum as you would usually. This is quick and easy to apply and does not add much time on to my household chores - which is always a massive plus point for me.
The powder forms a layer on the carpet - similar to talcum powder and is quite visible. The scent is immediately evident as soon as you shake. In my case, this was a lovely, fresh, clean citrus smell. When vacuumed over, the scent remains but all the powder residue is removed. It is easily sucked up by the vacuum so none remains on the carpet. The room smells fresh and the carpet lightly scented. The scent doesn't last indefinitely though and is gone within a day or so. Therefore this is good to apply before expecting guests as it leaves you rooms feeling fresh and clean.
Overall, a pretty decent temporary solution to tired carpets. Our house was largely tiled or laminate flooring so I only really applied this is the bedrooms and stairway so a bottle of this would last me several weeks, which is good value. We have just had new carpets laid in our new house but, when they start looking a bit tired, I will definitely reach for a bottle of this.
I like to freshen up my carpets once in a while just to try and keep them in a good condition and the product I normally use to do this is this Glade shake and vac. There are a couple of different fragrances available to purchase, I'll be reviewing the citrus blossom.
The product comes in a long, thin, green coloured plastic tub. The product name, information and how to use it can be found on the large label around the tub. The top of the tub features a lift up flap that is quick and easy to open to use the powder inside. The shake and vac is only suitable to use on carpets and claims that it eliminates lingering smells like pet, tobacco, and cooking odours that can get trapped in carpets.
To use the shake and vac you simply open up the flap on the packaging, tilt it, and then shake the powder out of the tub. The powder comes out in a misty type fashion; it reminds me a bit of talcum powder. I give my carpet a good, even covering of the white powder then leave it to get to work. I wouldn't say the scent is particularly powerful after sprinkling it over the carpet, there is definitely a citrus scent present but it isn't in your face and very subtle.
The powder needs to left on the carpet for a few minutes to get it to work, I usually leave it for a good 10, 15 minutes so that it has plenty of time to get to work. Once the time is up you simply vacuum the powder up like you would normally vacuum the carpet. The powder is easy to vacuum up and it doesn't leave any residue in the carpet. Once every last trace has gone I find the carpet does have a nice scent to it and for some reason, I find it more powerful once the powder has gone. The citrus type scent is more evident. The overall look of the carpet after using this isn't really much better but as this is a product I use for a quick freshen up, it doesn't bother me.
The tub holds 500 grams of the product, I usually only use it in my lounge and find it will do 4 or 5 uses before running out. I paid £1 for mine in my local Poundland but it is available to buy from supermarkets too for slightly a bit more money. For 5 uses, I think this represents good value for money and would definitely recommend it to get rid of unwanted odours. It isn't something I need to use as part of an everyday housework routine but it is nice to use once in a while for a spruce up.
I really cannot believe how long good old Shake and Vac has been about for. I remember as a teenager watching the adverts on the TV and my mother used to swear by this. Now, as a married mum of one, I buy this myself after all these years. I certainly don't use it every time I vacuum my floor, maybe only once or twice a week, but I like to use it when I feel my carpets need a bit of a freshen up and as it's so simple and easy to use, it isn't a chore to use it.
I buy my Shake and Vac from any supermarket I happen to be in - Tesco's usually. The last time I bought a bottle of this was about three weeks ago and I go through a bottle every few months or so, so it doesn't wok out very expensive as it only costs about £1.50 (or £1 as I've recently discovered, in my local Pound shop).
There are a few different fragrances to choose from in the Shake and Vac range but the one I use mostly is the Citrus Blossom one. I love this fragrance as it's not as strong as the others and it leaves a gorgeous light floral and delicate smell over all of my carpets which lasts for ages after I've vacuumed.
Using Shake and Vac is simple. I just pull back the lid and literally shake it about all over the floor. My daughter laughs at me when I do this and she likes to help me by giving the tub a shake herself. We literally cover the floor in it. Perhaps I use a little too much as I always seem to get carried away with it.
Afterwards, I just vacuum the floor as I normally would and the result is a lovely fresh clean smelling carpet. Obviously, it doesn't remove stains or marks, that's not what it's designed for. However, it does fantastic job at just generally freshening up the living are and the hallway.
I think I shall probably always buy Shake and Vac, so long as they keep on making it. It's probably considered to be an old fashioned method of freshening your carpets nowadays, but you can't deny - it's also a lot of fun.
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I remember the adverts for shake and vac from when I was a little girl but had never actually used it, I started working in a care home just over a year ago and they used the product there, feeling it freshened the carpets really well I decided I would give it a go at home.
You can buy the product in hardwear stores, supermarkets and discount stores, I found it in our local poundshop and therefore it cost me £1! The product comes packaged in a green plastic cylindrical tub with a flip top lid to allow you to use the product and a label around the centre half of the tub with the details and usual warnings that come with a cleaning product.
To use the product you simply do what is in the title, flip the lid open and shake the product from side to side over your carpet walking backwards as you do so to give a good overall coverage. It is easy to see where you have sprinkled the powder as it is white in colour unless of course you have a white carpet. I tend to leave the product on the carpet for about 30 minutes of so while as I work my way around the carpets in the house and then using a normal hoover just vac the powder back up again.
The product smells really nice fruity and fresh is how I would describe it, the idea of the product isn't so much to clean your carpets but to simply freshen them up and it does this really well. I tend to only use the product once every couple of weeks when I feel my carpets are flat and lifeless, this does seem to help lift the pile a little and my carpets smell lovely after use.
I don't think you need to use this product in your cleaning routine but I do feel it gives my carpets a bit more life and refreshes then nicely so I do like using it and when you can pick it up for £1 it hardly breaks the bank.
In a recent spring cleaning attempt I purchased some of this Glade Shake n' Vac to give my carpets a bit of a sprucing up.
This product is a carpet freshener. It is in the form of a powder and it's purpose is to de-odorise and freshen your carpet. It does not actually clean carpet or remove stains. Glade Shake n' Vac comes in a green plastic cylinder shaped container. The lid has a double flip top - once side allows you to pour the powder out and the other has two smaller holes which allows the powder to be sprinkled out a bit more slowly.
To use this product you simply sprinkle the powder over your carpet, leave it for about 30 minutes and then vacuum it up. The powder itself is quite fine and easily sprinkled over your carpet evenly. When the time comes to vacuum it up, I find that my vacuum easily lifts the powder and leaves no residue, stains or marks on the carpet.
This product is available in a variety of scents including citrus blossom, magnolia and vanilla, and lily of the valley. Out of the scents I have tried, my favourite is the citrus blossom, it has a lovely fresh, lemony scent. During use of this product the smell is lovely and it fills your house. The lovely fragrance lasts for around a day or two, but I do find that even after the scent itself disappears, unpleasant odours e.g. doggy odours are still less noticeable for up to a week after use.
Each tub of Shake n' Vac contains 500g of product. I find that this covers my stairs and upstairs in my house (3 bedrooms and a hall) as well as 2 rugs downstairs, and I still have a small amount left in the tub. This can be bought for around £1.50 in most supermarkets but is usually available at PoundLand for yep, you guessed it, £1. I think this is a bit of a bargain and plan to stock up again next time I am passing.
I can't really fault this product in any way - it is a cheap and effective carpet freshener and for this reason I am giving it 5* along with my recommendation. Thanks for reading/rating and I hope you found this review useful.
Citrus Blossom, Lily of the Valley, Magnolia and Vanilla
And it does exactly what the famous advert suggests!
I've always bought Shake n' Vac, but until recently, I only used it two or three times a year, but once I found out my town had a new Pound Shop in the centre, I went down there and found what I was looking for - Shake n' Vac for £1 per bottle!
I bought three bottles to stock up and since then I've been going back whenever my "stocks" get low.
First of all I'll start by telling you that the people who are against Shake n' Vac are wrong in my opinion, as if it is used as directed, there are no problems.
Here is how Shake n' Vac should be used:
Shake a generous, but not too generous amount of Shake n' Vac onto your carpets,
Leave for 5 minutes,
Vacuum off with preferably a bagged Vacuum Cleaner, as the fine powder can clog up the filters in some bagless machines,
And you're done - Both your carpets and your Vacuum Cleaner will now smell of the selected scent - In my case, Magnolia & Vanilla.
The scent lasts for around 24 hours in my experience, but works for about a week at keeping any bad smells at bay, by which time I've used it again.
And that scent in question is a nice strong vanilla one with a light floral background.
Now, it may only be a wee 500G bottle, but I manage to get two uses out of it.
By two uses, that covers:
My living room and kitchen have hard flooring so they aren't included. If I had carpets in those rooms then a bottle would probably just last once, but still, for £1 that isn't bad value!
If you don't have a Pound Shop locally, then you can buy Shake n' Vac from Tesco and Asda, but it will be £1.50 from Asda and £1.36 from Tesco.
That's about all I can think to say about this wonderful product.
Would I recommend it to a friend ? Yes!
I hope you've enjoyed reading my review on Shake n' Vac Magnolia & Vanilla.
~*~ The Purchase ~*~
I'd seen this in my local Poundland a few times but wasn't sure if it would actually be any good due to how cheap it was, but in the end I decided to buy it to try and I'm so glad that I did - despite being very cheap it is by far one of the best carpet fresheners that I've used and I pick a few bottles of it up whenever I'm in Poundland now!
~*~ Price ~*~
I buy this this from Poundland and obviously pay just £1.00 per 400ml bottle, which is amazing value for money! Prices do vary as this is quite widely available, but a range of discount stores sell it for £1.00 or sometimes even cheaper, so it's very affordable.
~*~ Product Claims ~*~
The manufacturers say that this is able to eliminate lingering smells including tobacco, pet & cooking odours that can get trapped in carpets. They also state that this will leave your carpets smelling fresh & clean after using it.
~*~ My Opinion ~*~
As I said above, this is definitely one of the best carpet fresheners that I've used and I am really impressed with how effective it is considering the very low price. The product is incredibly easy to use and I've never had any problems with the powder getting stuck in the carpet fibres or leaving any marks or stains and it doesn't clog up my vacuum either. It doesn't leave the carpet feeling gritty or anything either - the powder vacuums up very easily as it is a very fine powder.
The results are always pretty much instant - I just sprinkle a generous amount all over the carpet, vacuum it and it instantly leaves the whole room and carpet smelling fresh and clean. The fresh, clean smell which is quite a summery scent with hints of lemon and vanilla fills the room and lingers for a good few hours and the carpets remain smelling clean for a good few days. Although the smell isn't particularly natural, it isn't overly artificial or chemical smelling.
Although I take good care of my home and keep it clean and smelling fresh, with five dogs and a baby toddling around it is inevitable that the carpet gets a little grubby and stinky, so I make an effort to vacuum at least twice a week. We have a very pale carpet but the powder never leaves any marks despite my initial concerns. It unfortunately does not reduce the appearance of any of the minor marks or stains on my carpet.
However, as this is simply a carpet freshener and not a carpet cleaner or stain remover, I really can not complain!! It does everything that the manufacturers claim and the smell completely gets rid of any doggy smells and any unpleasant odours left behind from my daughter's many food & drink spillages!! Our carpet is very thick with a slightly raised texture but not a huge amount of powder is needed and there's never any bits of powder left stuck onto the carpet fibres or anything.
One 400ml bottle is enough for at least four to five uses, although as we only have the stairs, landing and upstairs bedrooms in our home carpeted this is probably why - if every room in your house is carpeted you will obviously get through a bottle a lot quicker, but it is still a bargain in my opinion as it provides long lasting results and doesn't smell cheap or nasty. On a side note I have actually tried using this on my wooden flooring as well as the Lino flooring in the kitchen and bathroom.
It did actually make the whole room as well as the floor smell fresher but the results obviously weren't as long lasting compared to when I use it on the carpet. I always feel satisfied after using this as the results are so noticeable and I never worry that the dogs will sniff or lick any of the powder up and become ill because it vacuums up so easily and no residue or anything is left behind. I do always make sure that my daughter is out of the room though because I don't want her inhaling any of it as the scent is very strong when I initially use it but this fades after a few hours. As for irritability, I've gotten this on my hands a few times by mistake while shaking it out of the bottle and I suffered no irritation or redness, which is a minor miracle considering how sensitive my skin is!
~*~ Overall ~*~
Five out of five stars.
The Glade Shake N Vac is another product which stems from my childhood. I remember the weekend chores when I was to hoover the carpet in the house and to sprinkle this so the carpet would smell nice. At the time I wasn't paying any attention and just wanted to get it over with so I could go and have a social life with my friends, or watch tv lol but nowadays with my carpet looking a little worse for wear I thought it may spruce up our worn carpet a bit.
- Packaging -
It comes in a long plastic green tube and has a flip top lid, one side where you can pour out a lot of the powder and the other side with holes so smaller amounts come out at one time. We have a 500g tube in the citrus blossom scent, and it has the label which explains what it is etc. and a picture of oranges on the front.
- Using the Shake N Vac -
Our carpet has some darker areas, mainly in the passage which leads to the bathroom and bedrooms and front rooms, created from foot traffic when walking around the home. It's not overtly awful and noticeable but I know it's there and since we rent from a private landlord I'm not sure how he'd feel about us replacing the carpet lol. In my need to get rid of this annoying sight I tried using vanish carpet stain remover, but to no avail, so the shake n vac was another option I thought I'd give a go.
It's really easy to use, just sprinkle over the carpet, and it comes out in a white, scented powder form. I tend to go through this rather quickly as I like to try and make sure as much of the carpet is evenly covered as possible, but that also means a tube doesn't last as long!
- My Opinion -
Sadly, as a cleaning product, this isn't the solution I'd hoped for as the carpet pretty much looks the same. One thing it does improve on however, is the smell. For some odd reason our henry hoover has a smell like dust and hair all mixed in one, and no matter if I empty the bag inside, it was still there so using the glade n vac leaves a really nice smell on my carpet and in the suction of my hoover leaving my home smelling much nicer and cleaner after a quick whizz around with henry. The smell is long lasting and refreshing so for this I do like using the shake n vac from glade.
- Overall -
I think this product, although not an essential for hoovering, is a nice addition to the chore (although I find it quite therapeutic now! not so much when I was 15 lol). It's not great for cleaning our carpet, but is brilliant for neutralising odours, and leaving a nice scent in the carpet and improving our stinky hoover. The price is reasonable, as I am sure we picked this up in poundland for ...you guessed it...£1 haha. At this value it is worth the money for a 500g tube but more so for giving the carpet a nice smell rather than any cleaning effect.
There are a number of different varieties of Glade Shake and Vac, the one I'm reviewing is the Lily of the Vallies variety that is a wonderfully fresh, floral carpet cleaner that is very easy to use. The product is designed to keep carpets fresh and it does a great job of it, this is probably why it has been around for so long.
The packaging is nice and simple, it is a green plastic 500g container with a flip top lid that reveals the two holes from which the powder is released and when the top is lifted you can smell the richj floral fragrance from within. Using the product is very easy, it should be applied to a dry carpet and spread evenly by a simple shaking method so that a fine dusting of the powder covers the carpet. It should then be left for about 30 m inutes at least to allow the powder to settle in and then you simply vacuum the carpet as normal to remove all of the powder however afterwards you are left with a lovely fresh smelling carpet.
The Lily of the Valley fragrance is my favourite of the range, at least amongst the varieties that I have tried, it has a fresh summery smell to it and is not at all synthetic smelling. As you would expect it is a floral fragrance which has pretty good stayiong power although it does fade over time. I tend to use this product once a week on the downstairs carpets, maybe every other week upstairs where less odours permeate the carpets.
I purchased mine in Poundland so you can pretty much guess the price, after watching a recent programme on Poundland I now always check the quantities just to make sure I am getting a good bargain and that is the case with this one, you have to watch out as sometimes the sizes in Pondland are smaller than in other retailers and you are not really saving money.
This is a simple product to use and gives a nice fresh smell to rooms after cleaning and I would certainly recommend it.
When I moved house last year the previous owner had two dogs and the carpets smelled of dog, so until I replaced the carpets I was using Glade Shake and Vac to help with the smell. Shake and Vac is a powder carpet freshener that is used by shaking it onto your carpet and then vacuuming it up, this should eliminate lingering household smells, such as dog, smoke or cooking. It comes in three different scents, Lily of the Valley, Magnolia and Vanilla and Citrus Blossom.
I tried them all during the 8 weeks I had before my carpets were replaced and the Citrus Blossom was my favourite as it was fresh and clean smelling, I found the Lily of the Valley to sickly floral and the Magnolia and Vanilla, I just did not like the sweet scent of the vanilla, although the magnolia was quite nice, in combination though it was not for me.
Shake and Vac can be used on dry carpets, and it is not recommend that you use it on carpet tiles or when a pet or small child in the house. I like to leave the powder to work its magic for around 15 minutes and I find that when I vacuum it up the scent lingers around for quite a time after and the scent of dog disappears.
Shake and Vac comes in a plastic long tube, with a flip top lid that is easy to use and allows you to dispense the product evenly onto your carpet. You can usually pick up a 500g pack in the Pound shop, but it is widely available in supermarkets.
Overall I would recommend Shake and Vac to others as it really does help to remove smells and odours, it is widely available and comes in a range of scents that I'm sure you will find a favourite.
Having a dog I do get paranoid that the house may smell a little when people come round to visit and so I am often found burning yankee candles or spraying air freshener around even though people tell me they can't even smell my dog! A few months ago though my dog, who is eleven now, went through a bit of a spell of peeing in the house and on one occasion when she did it over night it leaked on to a black tough carpet which is in the vestibule and no matter what I did to the carpet to try and get rid of the smell it was impossible. In the end I had to rip it up and drag it outside and give it a thorough soaking and washing and then dry it properly before popping it back down but before that I had tried various things to try and combat the smell. One of the things I used was glade shake 'n' vac and this is my review of the product.
I'm sure most of us will remember the old shake 'n' vac advert with the catchy, possibly annoying song and so when I was looking for something to freshen up my carpets I decided to look for some shake 'n' vac. I bought the shake 'n' vac from either asda or tesco and I cant really remember which to be honest but it cost around £1.50 which I felt was a reasonable price for a product with a well known brand name and which is manufactured by SC Johnson which I do tend to trust as a well established company.
The shake 'n' vac that I purchased was the citrus blossom variety and it comes in a green tub which is similar looking to an air freshener really but that is made from plastic as opposed to tin. There is nothing on the packaging to say that the tub is recyclable which is a shame to be honest. The tub features a label which covers most of it and goes all the way around. There is the brand name on the front as well as a picture of some juicy looking oranges to highlight the citrus blossom fragrance and we are also told that the product is an odour neutraliser which will eliminate lingering smells like pet, tobacco and cooking odours which get trapped in your carpets.
You are advised to remove your pet from the area in which you are going to be using this product and should also be mindful that anyone suffering from a perfume allergy may be irritated by the product. The tub does tell us that this should only be used on dry carpets and that it is unsuitable for on carpet tiles or similar pile carpets. I have actually used this product on some stone as well which was underneath the carpet I pulled up and it seemed to work there too but I guess if it hadn't it would have been my fault for ignoring the instructions!
To use the product you simply lift the flap up on the top of the tub and then tilt the tub so that you can shake around the powder inside it on to your carpets. I don't use a massive amount as I sprinkle it on my carpets and so there is usually enough to do the carpet in my lounge a good few times. I always try and leave the powder down for a good ten minutes so that the powder can work on the carpet and fragrance it. This particular one smells nice enough but I can't really detect orange in the fragrance as it is possibly a bit more lemony but it is nice enough anyway.
After the ten minutes is up I simply vacuum the powder up off my carpets which leaves the room smelling quite nice and of the product. The only problem with this is that the scent soon disappears really once the powder has been vacuumed and so I can't stay that it really neutralises bed scents on the carpet or anything. For the most part it will linger for the day though and so it is still quite nice just to sprinkle around as an alternative way of freshening up your home I think.
I will continue to use this product every now and then but I have to say I did come across a foam spray which basically did the same as shake 'n' vac but which came out in foam form and which was just absorbed by your carpets thus eliminating the need for vacuuming. This product seemed to keep things smelling fresh for longer too and so I would probably opt for that more often.
Thank you for reading my review!
WHAT IS IT?
A carpet freshener that you can buy in several different fragrances, I am using Magnolia and Vanilla.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
Sprinkle it on your carpet and then vacuum. You should make sure no one is going to go into the room for a few minutes so you can leave the Shake N Vac on the carpet and let the smell get into the fibres of the carpet.
WHAT I THINK
Shake N Vac is good for making your carpet smell nice and fresh but the smell doesn't last for long and I prefer using a linen spray when I think my carpets need to be freshened, or I will wash the carpets if they begin to smell stale. I do use Shake N Vac regularly though because I like the fragrance of all of them and it does work short term.
The powder is heavy enough that it falls straight to the floor without creating dust in the air but it is still light so that it drifts down in a cloud to cover a wide area of carpet. I usually leave it for half an hour and then vacuum, that gives me a nice smell while the Shake N Vac is on the carpet and that helps it last longer after I have vacuumed.
The Magnolia and Vanilla one is very flowery but I can only smell the vanilla as I am vacuuming. It is not a strong fragrance but it is very nice, when the fragrance has gone I like how fresh it makes my room smell and makes my home feel like it has had a thorough clean.
My friend told me today that Shake N Vac is not very good for your vacuum becaus it can clog the filters, but I don't know about that and will have to find out more before I decide if I am going to carry on using it.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
==Glade Shake N Vac==
I always remember my mum using this when I was younger and when I moved out of the family home I couldn't quite understand the need for such things. Seeing as we first lived in a nice brand new built flat with mostly laminated flooring and only carpet in the bedrooms which was hard wearing and of course brand new, using Shake N Vac seemed like a waste of time.
However since we have been living in our new house, which is not a new build and has lots of rather thick and old carpet which we are unable to afford to replace all at once I have realised that using Shake N Vac is a real must to try and eradicate the "old people" smell that the previous occupants seemed to leave behind.
We have replaced some of the upstairs carpet but the worst aroma came from the downstairs front room carpet which was an open plan into the dining room and although we plan to replace it (hopefully at the beginning of next year once we have saved the £500+ we have been quoted) so far I have just spot cleaned and used plenty of Shake N Vac and the Neutradol version.
I found this and the Neutradol version in my local Poundland for a mere £1 for a bottle of the 500 ml product and decided on buying both as I knew I would go through both bottles within a short period and I wanted to see what one I preferred. The Glade Shake N Vac comes in a magnolia and vanilla aroma and this does smell rather floral and sweet when you have a sniff of the bottle.
The bottle it comes in is plastic and has a flip top lid which makes the powder easy to shake out and you should always give the product a good shake up before using it. You then need to lightly sprinkle the contents of the bottle over the carpet area you are going to vacuum clean although I probably am far more heavy handed than necessary and tend to use around half the bottle on one application but I do have a large area with with to cover and hoover.
The smell of the Shake N Vac is really quite noticeable when the powder is first sprinkled over the carpet and it is quite pleasant although it is not the most natural type of aroma and the floral scent is rather strong and the vanilla makes it smell sweet. I can't say it is the best smelling fragrance I have ever tried but I do think it does make an improvement in the smell of the room overall. I tend to leave the Shake N Vac in the carpet for around 15 minutes before vacuuming the carpet and thus hoovering up the product.
When it comes to vacuuming it up, it is easily done and I can see the creamy powdery product collecting up nicely in the dust area of my Dyson. The aroma of the Shake N Vac is left in the room and I would say this makes the room smell fresh for the rest of the day and the next day I can still vaguely smell it although it is not especially long lasting or strong after that.
On the whole I have to say that I do like this product and I will probably buy it again and again (until I get a nice new carpet) but that said I did buy the Neutradol one at the same time and I much prefer the aroma of that product as it smells more natural and clean and also it does seem to linger a bit more than this one does.
I think overall this product is a fairly good one and for that reason I feel that a score of 4 out of 5 stars is in order and I would recommend it as the smell of this product is far better than having stinky carpets.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
Do the shake and vac and put the freshness back!
Do you remember those television adverts from years ago, probably the 80's, that showed a housewife doing a little dance and singing the above line of the song whilst she shook this powder all over her carpet? For some reason I loved this advert when I was a kid and would pretend to shake and vac with the parmesan cheese, that is until the lid came off one day and it went all over the kitchen and I got in trouble with my mum and dad!
Well I remembered that product and now use it on my own carpets although I use the proper product and not packaged cheese!! Shake and vac is a powder with an odour eliminator which you spread over your carpets before you vacuum in order to lift dirt and make them smell nice. We have a cat and a dog in our house and they like to come upstairs where we have carpets and generally just lounge about. They do get smelly from time to time so I find shake and vac really helps to bring the freshness back to my carpets.
It's a really easy product to use. Basically you just shake the bottle over the carpet, getting a good coverage over the whole area, leave it there for a few minutes and then vacuum it up. I find the longer you leave it there the better as it has a chance to really smell up the carpets.
Glade shake and vac comes in a number of different flavours and at the moment I am using the citrus blossom fragrance which is nice and light. I find this gives my carpets a nice clean smell and I think the whole floor looks a bit cleaner and nicer after I have used this product. The smell is not overpowering, it's just enough to smell nice and clean.
A bottle costs £1.60 which I think is good value as if I do my carpets about once every two weeks I can make this later a couple of months so it's very economical and a household product that I recommend.
This is a review of Glade Shake n'Vac, a product I have used for a few years now. I first discovered this product when we moved in to our second house and the people before left us a cupboard full of cleaning products which was very nice of them (I think they forgot to empty that cupboard!!). One of the products included was a bottle of Shake n' Vac which made me laugh as I thought it was a 70s housewife product, as per the adverts of the lady dancing around having the time of her life as she vacuumed. It was there though so I used it.
The bottles we buy are 500g and we generally pick them up from the supermarket. It is green plastic, so fully recyclable and has a flip top lid so you can easily distribute the product on to your carpet. We generally buy Lily of the Valley as our preferred fragrance but you can get others, and I have enjoyed using a fruity peach one in the past.
Having babies and pets can be a messy business for your carpets, so regular vacuuming is required. I don't get the shake and vac out every time as sometimes it's a hasty spot clean but when I'm doing a full clear the floors and move the furniture job, I like to do a proper job and feel that using the shake n' Vac under items which are rarely moved will add freshness to the carpet and help the room smell nice. I use this upstairs and downstairs and find a 500g tub will last around a month.
It is easy to go mad and use too much of this product, as you shake it down you can see it on the carpet so you can easily see where you have been if the carpet is relatively clean to start off with. I think the vacuum cleaner smells nicer when it has had a bit of the powder passing through it. I think this is a nice to have product but obviously not essential so I don't stock up on it like I do with some cleaning items that I couldn't bear to run out of (including toilet paper!) but when it runs out I bear it in mind that I will need to buy some more at some point.
The 500ml bottle was priced £1.50 when we last bought it from Tesco. It can be on offer sometimes a little cheaper but you don't usually see them for less than a pound. I am not sure if the bottles in Pound Land are the same size for the money but it is probably worth checking out.
I think I might be nesting a bit at the moment, with four weeks to go before our new baby arrives and I do get a huge satisfaction from cleaning and having a nice fresh smelling house. I seem to be even more likely to be moving chairs and furniture and beds around at the moment (or ordering hubby to do it when it gets too much for me) whereas I don't usually get such an urge to get right into the corners, our Dyson's hose has seen plenty of action around the skirting boards just lately so something strange is happening. I have probably been seen by many in the cleaning aisles of Tesco, Asda and Home Bargains with a strange look in my eye as I search for the products I need to prepare my nest for this baby! Glade Shake n'Vac is an easy to use product which adds value to the chore of vacuuming. I wouldn't say it is necessary to use it every time but it adds a gentle pleasant smell to your home without being over powering.
Glade Shake 'n' Vac is a powder carpet freshener which eliminates lingering pet, tobacco or cooking odours that get trapped in carpets. It helps to make your home smell fresh and clean.