DO the shake ‘n’ Vac and put the freshness back,
do the shake ‘n’ vac and put the freshness back.
When your carpets smell fresh, your room does too
So every time you vacuum, remember what to do.
It’s still fondly remembered! The song and dance choreography was pretty impressive. Whilst its unlikely the whole nation did the Shake ‘n’ Vac dance when vacuuming, the advert is one of those that’s planted deep in our minds and will stay rooted until we’re six-feet under!
The tale of the vacuum cleaner and the glass ashtray
What was the reason for the large headlamp at the front of the vacuum cleaner? If late night cleaning was on the agenda then maybe a handy feature? Or maybe the designers at Hoover thought of it as a warning to an innocent passer-by – ‘watch out Hoovers about – out the way or I’ll rip your feet off!’ Suggestions welcome please.
Also vacuum cleaners were not very featherweight back in the 70s and 80s so we’ve got to hand it to Jenny for pushing the hefty machine around whilst doing the Shake ‘n’ Vac’. A combination of pushing, dancing and singing probably meant poor Jenny collapsed on the sofa and nodded-off after filming the commercial!
The glass ashtray (sometimes full – The Royale Family comes to mind) taking centre stage on the coffee table is a reminder of how things were during the yester-years. Stale tobacco aroma engulfed us as we entered and clung to clothes for hours. And of course the smell drifted into the carpets too … Shake ‘n’ Vac to the rescue!
A fab performance by the original Shake ‘n’ Vac queen
Jenny packs in singing, shaking and dancing during the 30 second advert. Her enthusiasm for vacuuming was pretty amazing. She helped the producers of Shake ‘n’ Vac, Glade, shift millions of bottles. A dazzling performance ending with clean carpets and a fresh smelling room. As the curtains closed the audience continued singing ‘Do the Shake ‘n’ Vac and put the freshness back’.
Enjoyed the blog? A nostalgic collection of blogs featuring a fun and factual look back at British advertising, leisure and entertainment from the yester-years are featured in the new hardback book, Section N Underpass. Release date November 2018. Get the rundown and pre-order your copy here: Section N Underpass
Missed last weeks blog? Catch up on the happenings at Grange Hill here: Grange Hill 40: Friends Reunited – the return of the Nostalgic Geeks
Finally don’t forget the check out the Shake ‘n’ Vac advert here: Original Shake ‘n’ Vac