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I remember my Mum using this years ago since I have moved out this has been a regular purchase for me. Shake and Vac is regularly priced at around a £1 and you can get it from supermarkets as well as discount stores like Poundland.
The container is made of plastic and is green in colour at the top the lid flips off and you can see the shaker.
Shake and Vac comes in two fragrances Lilly of the Valley and Citrus I am not keen on the latter.
Shake and Vac is basically a powdered carpet freshener. It is designed to help rid smells like tobacco, pet and cooking odours. To use the product you simply sprinkle over the carpets and leave for a few minutes before vacuuming thoroughly.
The powder smells really nice, this one isn't too floral and it is very fresh and clean smelling. The powder is easy to dispense it spreads over the carpet in a thin powder. A container of this is enough for me to do all of my carpets upstairs and down. It is easy to vacuum up as you can see exactly where you have been.
I love the freshness that this product leaves behind in my carpets. When I first moved into my current house the person who had lived here before had smoked and despite the carpets being new there was a horrible whiff of cigarettes. This product did an excellent job of removing the odours and it left my carpets really fresh smelling.
I would recommend this carpet freshener it leaves carpets fresh, banishes odours and is cheap.
As my entire house is carpeted in cream and I have 3 children as well as a dog and a cat, I will be the first to admit that the carpets do sometimes look a little worse for wear and sometimes lacks that new carpet freshness, even though it is only a year old.
I purchased some shake n vac from my local Wilkinsons store, at £1 it was on promotion and thought why not give it a try. I chose the fragrance Lily of the Valley.
It comes packaged in a bright green plastic bottle with a flip top lid that contains the 2 sprinkling holes underneath. The powder itself is white and fine in texture, and this has to be sprinkled quite liberally over your carpets. It's is a very strong smelling powder and quite artificial smelling. I leave the powder for a good 5 minutes to work it's way into the carpet and work at eliminating all those nasty odours.
It the vacuums up very easily, no hard work involved and leaves a nice fragrance behind. Although the smell is noticeably artificial, once vacuumed up it becomes more subtle. I also find the fragrance lingers in my vacuum so the next time I come to vacuum I don't have to use more shake and vac as the scent is still present and gets passed around my home as I vacuum.
I use this once a week and this is adequate for me. It definitely freshens up your carpets and makes your home smell nice and fresh. I can definitely tell the difference when I have used it compared to when I haven't.
Overall a good product if only a little artificial smelling.
Johnson Glade Shake n' Vac
Older readers will remember the annoying TV ad "shake & Vac to put the freshness back!" Aa ha, I have that going round in your head now don't I? All you 40 plussers out there in Dooyoo land! Despite the annoyingly naff advertising, that also featured on local radio. Glade Shake & Vac really does help restore the freshness of carpets and rugs. Now I know many of you reading this are far too young to remember the ads, so this will not be a trip down memory lane, I also know that many of you will live in lovely homes with laminate or tile flooring and and/or natural pine floorboards upstairs and have no need for such a product. Well, some of you will have a car - yes? I'm right yes?! OK, so read on!
Johnson Glade Claim:
That Shake n' Vac Lily of the Valley "Eliminates lingering smells like pet, tobacco and cooking odours that get trapped in carpets. Helps leave your room smelling fresh and clean with a light Lily of the Valley fragrance."
The byline is "Breathing life into your home."
There are no ingredients listed for this product (I have left the heading in though, so you don't think I have missed it!)
Why I Buy Shake n' Vac:
Well, despite the afore mentioned annoying ad: "Do the shake n' vac to put the freshness back!" This stuff really does work and it is an inexpensive product to buy as well.
I am a country girl (and not just in traveller speak). I grew up in and love the countryside. That tends to mean pets and lots of them, horses, walking in cow pats and so on......
The afore mentioned pets and animals smell. I cannot deny it, even my Jack Russell x stinks sometimes and they walk in things outside. Welly boots are great, but inevitably some bedding can get inside them when mucking out or splashing through muddy (mucky?) puddles and this can leave socks dirty and smelly. Then there are people, many of like to think of ourselves as clean and hygienic, but our feet sweat and smell and we walk on the carpets too. I could go on and on.... a bit like that jingle going through your head - you know the one that goes - "Do the shake ...... Yes, you've got it!
Using Shake n' Vac could not be any easier, simply pop open the little opening on the top of the plastic tubular container and shake out the powder in time with whatever tune is going through your head - It's probably "Do the Shake n' Vac to put the freshness back!"? Sprinkle it all around the carpet. Now, pay attention, this is the scientific (yeah right) bit. Now you have to decide how bad your carpet smells? I leave it on for anything from about a minute to about 30 minutes, depending on what else I have to do or how much freshening I think the room needs.
Great for freshening up car carpets after dogs have been in them or kids have spilt their milk.
Works on Soft Furnishings too.
I occasionally buy the Shake n' Vac Citrus fragrance, but my absolute favourite is the Lily of the Valley. The fragrance is strong as you would expect and there is a definite floral scent to it. The Lily of the Valley plant has such a subtle fragrance that it is hard to imagine what a concentrated natural version smells like, So I assume it is like this product and I guess that is why I have never sought out the essential oil for soap making. There is however, a definite tinge of toilet cleaner smell about this product as well. Please don't let my honest appraisal put you off. It is flash labelled as having "With odour neutraliser" and I guess it needs some sort of chemical ingredient to fix the fragrance.
The tub is an attractive pale green colour with a slightly darker green lid, opened by the afore mentioned flip top to release the powder. Well I say powder, it resembles talcum powder to look at. It is a white dense powder, but walk on it or look a little closer and it is tiny granuals more like white (rather than opaque) caster sugar.
How it Works: (I think)!
When you sprinkle the powder/granules onto your carpet in time to that tune that is stuck in your head "Do the..." you get it! The action of shaking the product releases the fragrance, this then works 3 fold:
a) Some of the fragrance attaches to your carpets fibres and remains
b) Some of the fragrance is released into the air for instant gratification
c) When you vacuum the carpet, the powder is sucked up with any dirt. The fragrance is then released into the room via the hot air blowing out of the vacuum's motor.
Why you should buy it:
Well, as well as dogs, socks etc, some of you have young children and/or cats, you may spill your Saturday night curry on the carpet and not quite eradicate the smell when you clean it. Toddlers are notorious for flinging foodstuff about, some smells may remain. Cooking smells get trapped in fabrics and even the cleanest home, may suffer with carpet odour, additionally, I have also been known to use this on upholstered furniture in the holiday cottage to freshen it up. So when a carpet wash and shampoo is not possible or feasible, use this occasionally.
Since I first tried Glade Shake n' Vac my life has changed. I no longer muck out horses, but I do live in an ancient cottage that does not have a full damp course or fully sealed floors. After a few days of heavy wet weather, we do get a bit of damp carpet and therefore damp carpet smell problem. It is not so bad as to warrant any action other than to run the dehumidifier a bit more frequently and use the Shake n' Vac. I also notice now, that long before Henry's bag needs changing the smell from the exhaust of the vacuum is horrid, so using this on the carpet eradicates that awful smell, by neutralising it and partially replacing it with the floral fragrance of the product. 5/5 from me, it is the best product of its kind I have tried.
Would I Recommend Glade Shake n' Vac:
Yes, I have never had any problems with it, it has seen me through children, horses, dogs, damp, etc etc and always comes out sweet smelling. I think they used to do a Lavender version as well once, but I only see Lily of the Valley and Citrus now. The Lily of the Valley by far being my favourite of the two. Personally, I would love a Rose scented version.
I have tried using rose petals and bicarbonate of soda instead. Don't! In theory it should work, but the powder effected my eyes and any dampness made it stick. Whatever this contains, eradicates both of those problems. I am asthmatic and prone to allergies, this product does not affect these problems.
Price and Availability:
I buy mine from wherever I spot the Lily of the Valley Fragrance. I saw it two weeks ago in my local Poundland. Availability of the Citrus Fragrance is very good as most supermarkets seem to spot it, but not all stock both fragrances. It tends to be priced at around 80p - £1.20 depending on when and where you shop.
I thank you for reading this review and for the younger reader, just shake it out in tune to whichever annoying advert you want to, but for you middle aged readers you'd better "Do the Shake n' Vac to put the freshness back!
6 months on and bought another one today!
Being a pet owner of a gorgeous Chocolate Labrador means I have to vacuum a fair bit! I do get a little paranoid of doggie odours so I do use a lot of carpet products!
Shake n Vac - Lily of the Valley:
'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 and is available in three fragrances'
Shake n Vac is one of the most common carpet air fresheners; I remember it from way back when I was a little girl. My favourite one is the orange blossom however from time to time I do purchase the Lily of the Valley.
For me this couldn't be simpler to use you just sprinkle it over your carpets. Doing this Josh my dog tends to fall out with me as I make him stay outside! He has a nice big garden and summer house at his disposal.
The instructions state to wait a few minutes then vacuum up the powder. I normally leave it around 20 minutes if I'm honest. It is a case of sprinkle it over the living room carpet, the stairs, hall and landing. Then a nice cup of tea in the summer house!
When walking back into the house the fragrance is a tad overpowering but I know that doesn't last long. Now for vacuuming, make sure you have a decent vacuum otherwise really do not bother with this product.
I always go over with my vacuum twice as I want to make sure I collect the entire product off my carpets because of my dog. Once everywhere is all sucked up, the fragrance in the air in a nice sweet mild hint of lilies. Certainly not overpowering at all, the next day you can't really detect any scent in the air only when you stick your nose to the carpet!
I work in a hotel and you get from time to time naughty people smoking in rooms. This really is a nightmare; one thing we have found that really works to get rid of that horrid stink is leaving the shake n vac down over night before getting it up. The room then smells amazing for days!
I've got this on my skin in the past, it has never caused any irritation, and I've never experienced any issues with it causing any damage to carpets either. Just make sure carpets are dry before use.
Price and Availability:
I haven't spotted this in my local Asda or Tesco of late but I have seen it in a few pound shops. Each tub will cover 20-22 square metres. This for me I get 2 uses from one tub.
For me personally this is now out dated but still works well. However, there are much better and easier products on the market nowadays. But having to vacuum this all up certainly gives you a housework workout!
Four out of five stars from me.
Thank you for reading.
Glade Shake N Vac Lily Of The Valley Carpet Cleaner is a carpet cleaner which eliminates lingering smells like pet tobacco and cooking odours that get trapped in carpets / It helps leave your room smelling fresh and clean with a light Lily of the Valley fragrance.