MonoFoilTM is an exciting cleaning product that claims to kill germs for "up to 30 days" after application! Wouldn't that be wonderful? I simply had to test it. I purchased the MonoFoil wipes and designed an experiment.
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First I washed and rinsed my kitchen countertop thoroughly. Then, I used masking tape to make squares on my kitchen countertop. I labeled the squares "Dirty", "MonoFoil Before", "Monofoil After", "Clorox Wipe", and "paper towel and water".
Then I rubbed one MonoFoil wipe all over the square labeled "MonoFoil Before". I wiped and rubbed and fully covered the square. Then, I let it sit for 24 hours. No one in the house touched the countertop.
While I was waiting, I made some "germ juice". To do this I mixed up a tiny spoonful of mud from the backyard in some water. I poured the mixture through a paper towel to filter out any solid debris. The resulting dirty water was the color of tea.
When 24 hours were up, I poured 1/4 tsp of this germ juice onto each square.
I rubbed the germ juice all over each square (completely covering it) with my gloved hand. After, I rubbed the germ juice into each square, I let the squares dry for about 1 hour.
When the squares were completely dry, I used sterile cotton swabs to take samples of bacteria from the "dirty square" and the "MonoFoil Before" square. (That square already had MonoFoil on it so it SHOULD have less germs than the dirty square). First, I dipped the sterile swabs into sterile water. (Getting the swabs wet helps bacteria to stick on it.) Then rubbed the sterile swab all over the square in a zig-zag fashion. I made 40 passes all over each square to collect as many germs as possible. Then I rubbed the swab in a zig-zag fashion all over a new agar plate. I also did a negative control plate where I just dipped the sterile swab in the sterile water and rubbed it all over an agar plate.
After I collected the samples from the positive control "dirty" square and the "MonoFoil Before" square, I had to do some cleaning. I thoroughly cleaned the "MonoFoil After" square with one MonoFoil wipe rubbing back and forth all of the square many times. I also did the same with one Clorox wipe in the "Clorox wipe" square. I also did the same with a slightly wet Bounty paper towel. After about 15 minutes, when those squares were dry, I collected samples from those squares.
All of the agar plates were put in my homemade incubator (constructed using a plastic box and a heat lamp) that is about 90 degrees F for 24 hours.
After 24 hours, I took these photos.
As you can see, applying the MonoFoil to the countertop beforehand did not reduce the amount of live germs. Both the MonoFoil wipe and the Clorox wipe did a great job killing/removing germs AFTER the germ juice was applied. I am AMAZED at how well just a wet Bounty paper towel did at removing germs!!!
I have repeated this experiment with MonoFoil 4 other times and have gotten the same results. One time I let all of the dirt settle out of the "germ juice". I figured that MonoFoil might do better if the countertop was less "dirty". The results for this experiment looked a little better. There seem to be a little less germs on the "MonoFoil Before" plate as compared to the control dirty plate. These are the best results that I have been able to achieve for MonoFoil.
In conclusion, I was not able to show that applying MonoFoil to a surface will keep the surface free of germs. This does not mean that "monofoil doesn't work". It just does not appear to continue killing germs after application in my experiments. It does a great job as a regular cleaning wipe, though.