Vim (cleaning product)
Vim scouring powder, one of the first products created by William Lever, first appeared on the market in 1904, an offshoot of Monkey Brand scouring soap. The name is thought to derive from the colloquial English word "vim" which has the same meaning as the Latin vis, vim ("force", "vigour").
Vim was produced at Port Sunlight near Liverpool, England. The name Vim remained solely associated with the scouring powder until 1993 when a range of associated products were released. Vim was also the name of a detergent tablet manufactured by Lever Brothers and sold in the United States during the 1960s. It was the sponsor of the CBS sitcom The Lucy Show starring Lucille Ball .
In 2004 it was sold to the Italian Guaber group. Vim is currently owned by Spotless Group, although it is still marketed by Unilever in Canada and Sri Lanka, where it has a 90% market share. Vim is also sold as a Unilever brand in South Africa.
In Popular Culture
It is also mentioned in the film Withnail & I by the character Uncle Monty. "I often wonder where Norman is now. Probably wintering with his mother in Guildford. A cat and rain. Vim under the sink and both bars on. But old now. Old. There can be no true beauty without decay."
It is also mentioned in the series "Yes, Prime Minister" when then character Sir Humphrey Appleby, when trying to illustrate government wasteful spending, alleges that the UK government has spent enough money to "accumulate a million tins of Vim!"
In Midsomer Murders, one character shakes Vim all over the cakes of a murdered character in the episode Death of a Hollow Man.
- Vim at Unilever's Consumer Canada website.
- Room, Adrian (1983). Dictionary of Trade Name Origins. Routledge. p. 184. ISBN 0-7102-0174-5.
- "New Vim & vigour". Sunday Mirror. 5 December 2004.
- Vim at Unilever's Sri Lanka website.
- Vim at Unilever's South African website.
- Searle, Adrian (9 September 2008). "Painted screams". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 27 May 2010.
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