Product Type: Glade in Homeware
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Singing the song is compulsory
Glade Shake N Vac
Member Name: pink_glitter
Glade Shake N Vac
Advantages: smells nice, freshens carpets, good excuse to sing
Disadvantages: It's not a necessary product
Up until a couple of years ago I used to use Shake n Vac regularly to freshen up my carpets. I stopped buying it though, because I felt it was an unnecessary purchase, especially since only my bedroom and two hallways are carpeted and the rest of my flat has hard flooring.
The reason I purchased my latest bottle was that when I was out of my flat while some work was done on it, one of the builders used my vacuum cleaner. Now I have a Dyson, so no bag, just a plastic bucket, and god knows what they had vacuumed up, but whatever it was, it was wet. Thankfully the machine survived (If they had broken my precious Dyson, I would have gone crazy!), but I had to literally wash this disgusting grey gloop out of the machine by hand, and the stuff absolutely stunk! Every time I put the vacuum cleaner on this putrid smell would fill the room, so I needed a solution. I remembered that long after I stopped using Shake n Vac, I could still smell the scent of it whenever the vacuum cleaner was switched on. I decided that it was perhaps worth a try, to get my Dyson smelling fresh again!
Of course, the intended use of Shake n Vac is to freshen up your carpets, not to freshen your vacuum cleaner, the fact that it does that too is merely a bonus. To use, you simply sprinkle this over your carpets and then vacuum off. It is a highly perfumed powder and the scent, as well as the fact that this contains an odour neutraliser should freshen your carpets up. There are two fragrance options with this product, Lily of the Valley and Citrus, and I personally have always used the Lily of the Valley.
The tub this comes in is pale green and there is a small flap at the top which opens to reveal two small holes through which the powder is dispensed. There is an unwritten rule, not enforceable by law (but I plan on lobbying the government to change all that), which says that you must sing the Shake n Vac song as you sprinkle this onto your carpets. It doesn't indicate how liberally you must sprinkle this, so I normally go for until the majority of the floor is covered, but not to the extent that I can see lots of white powder lying on the top. The other thing which we are not told is how long this should be left on for, if any time at all. I usually leave it around five minutes before vacuuming. The powder comes up very easily and even my old vacuum cleaner, which was absolutely terrible, could manage to pick all of this up.
After use, I find that it leaves my carpets smelling very fresh and the sweet, floral aroma lingers for several hours. I especially like to use it on the entrance of my home as I find you can smell it when you enter the house and it creates a welcoming scent. And as for the smell of that sludgy stuff in my vacuum cleaner? Well after vacuuming up just one rooms worth of this, it had gone. Result!
Other things you may wish to note:
- You should remove pets from the room before using (I'd think that's common sense though...)
- One bottle will cover 22sq metres of carpet
- Be cautious if you suffer perfume sensitivity
A 500g bottle of this costs £1.38 from ASDA, although I have often seen it on offer for just £1
Overall, whilst I still don't think this is an essential cleaning product, it is a useful one to have. It definitely does freshen the carpets up, smells nice and makes your vacuum cleaner smell nice too!
*Also posted on ciao under username pink_champagne
Summary: It works!