Tuesday, July 12, 2011

NEW Counterfeit FiveFingers collection 2011

Meet your new collection of Chinese counterfeit Vibram FiveFingers 2011 edition.
Look carefully ....

This is a collection of KSO, KSO TREK, CLASSIC, SPRINT, SPEED and BIKILA which all came out of the gray China markets.

Notice the "Non Vibram" colorways, Spandex uppers and toe pockets shapes that differ from the genuine article.

Don't be fooled, Shop Smart !

If it's not listed on the VibramFivefingers.com site then it not genuine; it's that simple.

Don't be fool ..... Shop Smart !

Agent Orange Blossom.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Baking Soda Pockets .. What Are They ?? Why ??

Baking Soda Pocket ..... What are these things ???

There have been many questions since I posted about the infamous Baking Soda Pockets, so here are the answers.

Please be aware that the pockets do not replace the daily clean-up procedure but are a supplement to proper hygiene.

Baking Soda Pockets 101

A baking soda pocket is made of 3 parts,

  1. Sodium Bicarbonate
  2. Activated carbon
  3. the pocket itself as the container.

NAHCO3 Sodium Bicarbonate (also known as Sodium Hydrogen
Carbonate) is a chemical compound that is highly alkaline that is, among may other uses, has been found to be an effective fungicide against many organisms. Bicarb is often used as a neutralizing agent that absorb odors caused by acids (sweat is acidic), a tried-and-true method.

Activated Carbon is well known for it ability to absorb Exotic Volatile Organic Compounds (E-VOC) and in air purifiers. The purpose of Activated Carbon is to change contaminants from a gaseous phase to a solid phase which are stored in the porous material.

That said, the combination of 2 odor fighting ingredients seemed very appropriate to test and the results came out with a very positive outcome.

Since many people have asked what are the pockets the here is how you make them.

I use commercial grade tea pockets (made from Abaca pulp); they are 8 cm x 18 cm (3" x 7") They are stuffed with 5 teaspoons of Bicarb (roughly 30 grams) and 3 teaspoons of Activated Carbon (12 grams).

Then you mix the 2 ingredients evenly and pour the mixture in the bag and seal it. And there you have it, you just made yourself a baking soda pocket. Lab experiments shows that the average life of a pocket is 2 months from the date of activation.

Let me explain "date of activation"... This operation is done only once in the life of a pocket. Research shows that activated carbon works better when after completing the pockets they are inserted in a microwave over for 5 seconds. This is all that is needed. Longer time will not make things better and could possibly damage your appliance.

Below are some pictures of a completed and activated Baking Soda pocket.

Hope you enjoy, and keep it clean and fun !

Agent Orange Blossom.

PS: Thank you all for supporting my blog.

A completed Pocket with Baking Soda and Activated Carbon particles
A Baking Soda Pocket in use