Product Type: Glade in Homeware
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Glade Shake 'N' Vac
Glade Shake N Vac
Member Name: louisechackett
Glade Shake N Vac
Advantages: cheap, freshens a bit
Disadvantages: doesn't really last
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!
Summary: Cheap enough and I will continue to use it but not a miracle product
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