The Science behind ZOONO

Protecting Differently

Unlike traditional sanitisers that kill bacteria by poison or high alcohol content, Zoono is a food-safe, water-based surface sanitiser that works – and keeps working – after it dries. 

When applied to a surface by spraying, wiping or ‘fogging’, Zoono leaves behind a mono-molecular layer that permanently bonds to the surface. These molecules are antimicrobial, silane-based polymers that covalently bond to the surface forming a barrier of positively charged microscopic pins. The positively charged microscopic pins attract and pierce negatively charged pathogens. The pins rupture the cell walls. This causes the pathogen to break up with lethal effect.

Routine cleaning can continue and does not disrupt the Zoono molecule or its antimicrobial activity. Zoono’s physical kill replaces the need for dangerous poisons, chemicals and alcohol. This method of rupturing the cell means the cell cannot mutate, preventing the development of superbugs. Zoono is colourless, odourless, non-leaching, environmentally safe, non-corrosive and whilst completely gentle for humans and animals, it is deadly for a wide range of bacteria and mould.

Zoono Molecular Layout

It is now widely acknowledged that the environment and surfaces are a significant source of microbiological contamination and is considered as a major vehicle for harmful microorganisms to cause infection (cross-infection). Bacteria and viruses can contaminate surfaces and can form bio-films that are extremely resilient to hygiene processes i.e. cleaning and disinfection. Harmful microorganisms can be transferred by cross contamination via touch or the air in the form of aerosols (in water droplets) or generally as single cells or “clumps”.

Aerial contamination is especially significant for viral infection but also for many other infections caused by bacteria. Each species or family of microorganisms can have its own unique mode of transmission and portal of entry in to the human body. When biological agents enter the body they can infect the individual, multiply and then cause symptoms of their characteristic disease. 

ZOONO pathogens graphic
ZOONO Molecule diagram

The simplest analogy is that antimicrobial “spikes” are formed on the surface that are highly positively charged and as a result of this charge, the negatively charged molecular structure of microorganisms are attracted to the “spikes” and the cell wall and membrane is lysed; the organism is then killed and the process continues.

How ZOONO Work

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Using hand sanitisers, usually containing alcohol (70% to 90%) and many other chemicals cause health problems and skin irritation, especially if you have sensitive skin, are asthmatic or suffer from eczema. Normal hand sanitisers kill pathogens at the point of use and when wet. Once dry, they no longer work, and many don’t achieve the contact time stipulated in their laboratory tests.

Used in 45 countries, ZOONO is proven to be so effective that it’s trusted by Qantas & United Airlines, Microsoft, Marriott Hotels, the London Underground transport system and stations, the UK’s NHS and the All Blacks New Zealand Rugby team

Brands who Trust ZOONO

When we say ZOONO works, we mean it. Did you know that ZOONO has had to pass several efficacy tests to be approved for use by some of the world’s most trusted organisations? These are the brands who believe and trust ZOONO globally.  .

Endorsed by Microbiologists

ZOONO is one of the only disinfectant products on the market that can back up its claims with multiple independent lab results. Microbiologists at reliable independent laboratories endorse ZOONO. Over 14 years, it’s been shown to be successful by over 104 independent laboratories, through a vast database of research and use cases.  Certified, recognised laboratories worldwide have run over 140 successful efficacy, safety and longevity tests on ZOONO.

ZOONO products conform to international regulations and have passed EN13697, EN1276, EN1650 and EN1500 amongst many more antimicrobial efficacy tests. ZOONO has been successfully tested against a variety of pathogens including the hospital superbug MRSA, Staph, E.coli, H1N1, MERS, Norovirus, SARS COVID plus many more. Certifications include AQIS, TGA, MPI (NZFSA), AsureQuality, FDA and EPA (US).

All lab test results are available on request.  ZOONO is certified and recommended by:

Hi Res GermFree24

ATP Testing

ZOONO®’s ground-breaking hand and surface sanitisers keep working long after they are applied. 

ZOONO®’s GermFree24 has been extensively tested and is not only effective against a variety of pathogens, but is also very kind on the skin.

Dermatest Laboratories in Germany tested GermFree24 against a wide range of skin types and their results confirmed zero dermatological effects against any skin type tested. In fact, as a result of this testing, GermFree24 was recommended by Dermatest! GermFree24 exceeds EN1500 – the European Standard adopted by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for the threshold of Surgical Hand Rub products.


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