Do the Shake ‘n’ Vac

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!

The advert still fondly remembered! The song and dance choreography was pretty impressive. Whilst it’s unlikely the whole nation did the Shake ‘n’ Vac dance whilst vacuuming, the advert is one of those that’s planted deep in our minds and will stay rooted until we’re six-feet under!

Memories of the old-style vacuum cleaner and the packed-glass ashtray

What was the reason for the large headlamp at the front of the vacuum cleaner? Maybe a handy feature for late night vacuuming? 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!

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, full of cigarette-ends, took centre stage on the coffee table – a reminder of how things were during the 70s and 80s: 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 thirty-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 …


The Milk Tray Man, mouthfuls of Angel Delight, smashing Smash Hits magazine, splashing it all over with Brut aftershave, World of Sport or Grandstand? A fat wallet or your flexible friend the Access Card? Could you survive a term at Grange Hill? Nostalgia with enough clout to send you flying back to the 80s and 70s in the hardback book Section N Underpass. Click image below to get the rundown:

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