Product Type: Glade in Homeware
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Get fruity on the carpet!!
Glade Shake N Vac
Member Name: tarara
Glade Shake N Vac
Date: 16/01/05, updated on 24/01/05 (3639 review reads)
Advantages: makes you carpet small nice
Disadvantages: creates more dust, there have been cases of health issues for animals
So what is shake 'n' vac? Well I'm sure most of you know because you've either used it or you've seen the ads where the woman dances round the room shaking it all over and then vacuuming it up all the times singing that annoying "do the shake and vac and put the freshness back" song!
So, shake 'n' vac is a white powder it comes in various scents but my favourite is the Citrus blossom. It comes in a tall green plastic tub with a small tab top, that when you flip opens to reveal 2 holes through which you sprinkle the powder. On the front of the tub it tells you what scent you have got and on mine there are pictures of slices of oranges and little orange blossoms. It also say that there is an odour neutraliser in the powder.
On opening the tab I can immediately smell the citrus scent. It does not smell like cutting into a lemon or an orange if anything it smells almost like orangeade even down to a slight fizzy smell!
The directions on the back tell you to hold the tub (it actually says bottle but to me it's a tub!) slight tipped and shake from side to side all over the carpet. you should then wait a few minutes and vacuum away. You should only use it on dry carpets and not on carpet tiles or on carpets with loop pile carpets. I assume this is because the powder will get caught in the loop but I cannot see why carpet tiles should be a problem unless it is because the powder may collect in the joins between tiles. The reason for not using it on wet, or even damp carpets should be obvious, it sticks and turns to sludge! I know this from experience after shaking it all over the living room floor not having realised my husband had spilt a glass of water over earlier that day! But once dried out it does vac out anyway, just that you are left with a white patch on the carpet until such time as it does dry out. Unless you have some damp/wet places on the carpet then it does seem to all vacuum out, although depending on how good your vacuum cleaner is you may have to go over it a few times. I have neices and nephews that come and crawl over the floor regularly and we have found no problems from this. Apparently this can cause problems for animals, but my Mum has used it for as long as I can remember and their dog is 15 years old with no problems, but I suppose animals are like people and some will have an adverse effect to it like most other household cleaning products.
The powder is the consistency of salt, so while it doesn’t float around as much as it would if it were more like talcum powder it does still land on surfaces and so dust builds up more quickly if you use it.
It says on the label that each tub should cover approx 16 - 18 square metres which should do a room measuring about 12 feet square. I find a tub does my bedroom and living room which by the time the furniture is in probably leaves about 16 square metres between them of floor space. I used to go back and sprinkle more so I could see it on the carpet but now I just sprinkle around and you can only see the powder in some places but it has still probably covered all the carpet that I want it to just a bit more sparingly in places, but it still does the job!
There is nowhere on the labels that say what the powder is made of other than it contains perfumes.
So does it work, well it passes the sniff test so I suppose it does. When you have first sprinkled it there is a lovely fruity scent all around the room, this lasts for a while even after you have vacuumed it up. After a while though what you probably notice more than the scent of the powder is the lack of the other smell that were living in your carpet such as animal smells, tobacco and cooking odours as well as anything that has ever been spilt on it so the neutraliser works as well as the perfume!
I don't use this every time I vacuum, I usually use it once a week but if you haven't emptied the vacuum when you next use it you can still smell the scent from the powder in the bag or cylinder and so it acts like one of the fresheners that you can buy that you drop into the bag, so this saves money as well! I tend to empty my vacuum the last vac before I am going to use the shake 'n' vac again so I get the smell each time I use the cleaner.
A 400g tub of shake and vac costs around 50 - 60p depending on where you buy it, I pay 53p from tesco I think this goo value especially as it works as a vacuum freshener as well!
I haven't noticed any skin reactions from using it, nor have I noticed any breathing problems through using it, even though I have asthma.
It is made by Johnson under the Glade brand and if you have any questions regarding the product you can ring them on the homecare line free phone number which is 0800 353 353, lines are open Monday - Friday 8am - 6pm. Or you can visit the website at www.scjohnson.co.uk