CitraSolv Experiment!

I’ve been wanting to play with CitraSolv and National Geographic magazines for years now, but I’ve had a hard time finding this yummy smelling, natural cleaner. I’ve looked everywhere! Amazon finally started carrying it, so I ordered some recently. I bought the small bottle because I didn’t know how much I’d actually need, or whether I’d even like the process or the product.

I wish I’d bought the larger bottle — and more than one of them!

The process is pretty quick and easy, so I thought I’d share it with you.

First, I gathered up all my supplies. I covered a plastic table with a plastic sheet from Home Depot. Then, I rounded up some old newspaper, a roll of paper towels, clothes pins (Hubby ran me a make shift line in our breezeway a few days ago), a National Geographic magazine, a spray bottle filled with CitraSolv, and a kitchen timer. If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t like to get her hands dirty, you might find some fitted plastic gloves (I think it would be difficult to do with those big, ill-fitting¬†Playtex¬†kitchen gloves).

This is a REALLY MESSY process, so be sure to do it outside in a well ventilated area. Keep the curious kitties away from what you’re doing, too. CitraSolv is a natural cleaner, but the smell is very pungent! I just took a section of the local newspaper and opened it out flat — probably four or five pages of thickness — in the middle of my plastic covered table.

Now comes the fun part! Flip through the magazine one page at a time, and spray CitraSolv on each page. You’ll have to experiment with how much to use. I started out using WAY TOO MUCH! By the end of the magazine, I’d settled on four pumps of the spray bottle on each double page spread. I’m not sure, but I think that may have still been too much. I’ll have to keep experimenting.

After you have each page saturated, close the magazine and smoosh it a couple of times. When you do, you’ll already see inky, black, CitraSolv oozing out from between the pages. That means it’s working! Set your timer for 10-15 minutes, and wait patiently. I set my timer for 12.5 minutes and had a glass of iced tea.

A quick peek between the pages told me that the process was working. I smooshed it again and then let it set another minute or two. I couldn’t wait to open the magazine and see what kind of beauties I had!

On some of the pages, nothing at all happened! In fact, I’d say the CitraSolv had no effect on about a third of the pages! I read somewhere that this technique works best on National Geographic magazines printed after the year 2000; my Nat Geo was from 1999. Maybe that’s part of the problem? I have some more recent mags in my stash, so I’ll experiment with them next time.

Some of the pages were absolutely amazing, though! I absolutely love these pages. I can’t wait to see how they work in my art. They are still a little orangey smelling, so I have most of them hanging on the line John fashioned for me. There are 39 pages hanging up, and 28 more stacked on the table next to me. So much fun, and so many cool and unique art papers!

3 Responses to CitraSolv Experiment!
  1. Kristin Dudish
    September 8, 2012 | 7:27 PM

    This is a great post! I received a bunch of boxes of old National Geographics a while back to try this, but I still haven’t gotten around to it… You make me want to give it a try!


  2. Holly Dean
    September 17, 2012 | 5:14 PM

    The results are fabulous, Cindy! I have never been able to find CitraSolv and I don’t have any National Geographics. Other than that – LOL! I’m so glad you have had such fun working on this ever so cool project. xo

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