Monday, January 18, 2010

Have You Heard of Citra Solv Concentrate? Give Away!

Thrifty Chick is having a Fresh and Clean Party today! I had to join in because I have a fresh product that lots of people have never heard of! And when I say, "have" I mean I have a bottle of this golden stuff to give away! 

Citra-Solv Concentrate really works for me and until about three months ago, I had never heard of it. Now, I can't imagine what I would do without it. That's a pretty strong sentiment.

I became interested in Citra-Solv when I read about it's ability to transfer photocopies on to fabric. I tried in vain to find it around town and complained here on my blog. That very same day a customer service rep for Citra-Solv wrote to me apologizing that I couldn't find their product and sent me some! How's that for customer service?!

Anyway, I love using Citra-Solv for photocopy transfer and have made these projects with it so far.
Citra-Solv 09

Citra- Solv transfer stocking, 2. White Stocking, 3. Citra-Solv Skeleton, 4. I Spy Patch, 5. For A Fresh Faced Girl, 6. Citra-Solv Package

Just yesterday, one of my favorite blogs, The Graphics Fairy, featured her own Citra-Solv project too. Be sure to check out her beautiful tea towels when you get a chance.

So, that's cool, but that's not something I can't live without.  Remember, this year I am all about defining what is really a want vs. a need.

I can't live without it's cleaning properties!

I have recently discovered the joy of spray painting! Love it! Now, I don't usually use paint that's not acrylic because of the clean up factor. I live in an apartment and have to clean up in my kitchen sink. I live on the fifth floor and once I learned the hard way that what I do in my sink has the potential to effect the people on all the floors below me.

Also, ventilation is a problem for apartment dwellers. I do not have any windows in my kitchen. Fumes are hard to get rid of. You'd be amazed by how some fumes travel through the building too.

Citra Solv is made from orange oil and it smells wonderful.

Here's the big news: Citra-Solv washes spray paint off my hands instantly! It washes off over spray effortlessly! I paint out on my balcony. It's a tight space so I always end up getting paint on an elbow or the back of my arm. Citra-Solv takes it off no problem. Now, the label says that it can be a skin irritant. It feels like fresh orange juice- which can irritate, but no worse. I do make an effort to fully wash with soap after the Citra-Solv and I am really careful not to touch my face while I am using it. Still, it's so much safer than paint solvent or turpentine. For goodness sakes, my father used to use gasoline to clean up! On his hands!

The proof is in the pudding -behold.
When I made this snack tower I coated it with spray primer to hide the various prints on the tins.
Pottery Barn Inspired Serving Trays

As I was assembling it, I discovered that some primer had gotten inside the tins. I could have cried because I plan to fill it with food.

Spray Paint Primer Oops

No worries! Citra Solv got it all out!!
Citra Solv Gets It All Off!

Whoo hoo! That's not all!

Have you ever been disgusted by the liberal use of packing tape all over glassware at the Goodwill? I understand that they are trying to keep things together and prevent breakage, but my goodness! That sticky stuff is hard to get off. I used to use Goo Gone, but frankly the greasiness bugged me. Citra-Solv works much better to dissolve that adhesive. One cotton ball and it's all off. Now you do have to be careful with plastics. Some cheap plastics will get cloudy with Citra-Solv. It's powerful stuff.

In our mad Christmas cleaning we used a ton of Citra-Solv. Cliff used it for the stove and I used it (diluted) in my classroom. We cleaned our tubs and the faucets and basically anything that couldn't run away from us. The apartment smelled divine and my first bottle is not completely gone!

After blogging all about my Citra-Solv crafts, Melissa from Citra-Sov sent me a Christmas card and a box with a few bottles of Citra-Solv!  What a cool company!

Now I am going to share the love! I have a 16 oz. bottle of orange Citra-Solv Concentrate to giveaway! Leave a comment here and on Sunday I will pick a winner.

The best part- when you are done cleaning, you can use some of this liquid gold to craft. Or maybe it's the other way around.

In the comments section Erica left this tip:
Whoever doesn't win can get $10 in coupons for Citra Solv:
Here's where to find them locally or online:
Citra Solv is an awesome product, but Steve and Melissa (the owners) are great people who genuinely care about their customers & the environment. And they have a section of their website devoted to Citra Solv art!!

And Turbo Family left this comment about using it for ants!
I love citra solv as a cleaner and ant killer (diluted in a spray bottle it essentially smothers ants & other insects, works quickly, no unpleasant smell & non-toxic.

This contest is now closed. deanneking you are the winner!

Sorry, Deanneking, I couldn't get in touch with you. So I picked a new winner.

I am also linking up to Works for Me Wednesday.


April said...

I've followed you on Google reader forever, it seems, and have always been jealous of your Citra-Solv projects. I would love, love, love to be entered! Thank you!

Bonnie @ House of Grace said...

Thanks for sharing!!!

Check out my tips including how to get pen off and couch!

Ginger said...

I'd love to be entered for the Citra-Solve. I'm fairly new to your blog the last few months and I've been enjoying reading many of your older posts and projects.

Anne Marie@Married to the Empire said...

I'm intrigued. I've never heard of Citra-Solve, but I'd certainly love to try it!

Unknown said...

Very cool! I've never heard of Citri-Solve. I love fabric transfer and I'd love to try it out as a cleaning product as well. Thanks for the info and thanks for stopping by my blog!

Becky said...

You are a PR woman's dream! :-) With two young ones and a tiny on the way, I can use all the non-nasty cleaning products I can find!

Always Faith said...

okay, i'm sold...i'd love to win this. =)

julie & joe said...

Wow! That sounds lke a great cleaner! I'd love to win!!!

Paige said...

Very interesting. I have never heard of Citra Solv. I want some now. :-)

And, Lizzy, Doyle, Logan, and Andy said...

Wow! Thats amazing!

joe tulips said...

It's the other way around...after crafting, and creating... there might be a little house cleaning. You sold me, please enter me!!!

nikihas3 said...

I too cannot find it anywhere around town. I would love to be able to try it out!

Jane Jeffress Thomas said...

This stuff sounds fantastic. I doubt that I will be able to find it anywhere near where I live because I live in a rural parish that has few resources. Maybe I can find it on the net. I would love to win this and see how good it is. Thanks for telling us about this.

littlemissmk said...

oooh, i love the fabric transfer ideas- very cool!

Goings on at the Glenn's said...

I have read your previous posts about citra solv before and have been impressed so far. I'd love to win a bottle and give it a try myself. I haven't seen it around here. I too would love to have a friend to play with in the craft room and then later have someone to help clean up. Citra Solv come out and play with me. :) hehe sorry I am getting spastic at this hour.

aSprinkling said...

Fun stuff! I have seen your transfers and others and would really like to try it. Plus, if I had to pick a smell for my cleaning products, it would be orange. Love it!

Barb said...

i've looked for this stuff to do transfers but couldn't find it. where do you buy it???

Anonymous said...

I would love to try it! Thanks for the chance to win
Jennifer C.

The Mixing Bowl said...

I'd would love to try it both for cleaning and crafting! --Laura :)

Anonymous said...

I'd love to try this!

anotherlisa said...

where do you buy it?
it's so great to hear from real people about products, rather than just another commercial.
thanks for sharing, and the giveaway!

D-L said...

Sounds like a neat item!

Familia_Henderson said...

I would love to use it for transfers- so cool. Also- I made the dumb mistake of using a special baby lock on our (rental home) front door that has a very strong adhesive and has left sticky stuff that I can't get off with anything- not even goo gone. Hopefully this will do the job!

Wendy @ Ramblings from the Sunshine State said...

Sounds awesome! Id love to give it a try!

Carrie said...

I would love to win some Citra Solve though I must say I am much more interested in using it for crafting than cleaning. cneaglefan at hotmail dot com

Jelli said...

Always appreciate more cleaner. Thanks for the giveaway.

annies home said...

thanks so much for the product information and the giveaway link

Tubo Family said...

I already love citra solv as a cleaner and ant killer (diluted in a spray bottle it essentially smothers ants & other insects, works quickly, no unpleasant smell & non-toxic; we figured out we could make our own after buying a citrus based non-toxic bug killer) and would like to try it for crafts!

Erica said...

Whoever doesn't win can get $10 in coupons for Citra Solv:
Here's where to find them locally or online:
Citra Solv is an awesome product, but Steve and Melissa (the owners) are great people who genuinely care about their customers & the environment. And they have a section of their website devoted to Citra Solv art!!

Kelly said...

I would love to be able to use this as a sub for googone, there are always stickers being left in places they shouldn't be around here(furniture, floors, toys. sigh.) I like the ant killer tip someone mentioned, too. Oh and I wonder if it would help in our shower or toilet? I don't think I'd have much time to use it in crafting yet... but I'll keep my options open! ;-)

Kimberly said...

Wow, I've never heard of it but I want to get me some!

Anonymous said...

wow! I have never even heardof it. i definately would like to try some!


'Becca said...

It's also GREAT for cleaning the oven or getting burned goo off the stovetop!

Unknown said...

How have I never heard of this? I'd love to have some.

Andy Porter said...

Terribly cute. I must have one!!!!

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