Channeling Your Inner Germophobic + Making More Happen with a #GermFreewithStaples kit (giveaway ends 4/26/14)



Winter might be a thing of the past (finally!) but that doesn’t mean we’re free of colds, the flu and a hodge podge of other illnesses. Many of us also have to deal with seasonal allergies too.

Would you consider yourself a “germaphobe”? A germaphobe is someone who is obsessed with keeping things clean and sanitized to fight off germs and bacteria.

The first time I heard that term was on an episode of Seinfeld where Elaine’s boyfriend, David Puddy, admitted to being one.

I am not a germaphobe, but I am aware that germs are on every surface that my family touches. That is why I clean with discinfectants on many surfaces in my home (kitchen counter, bathroom sink…). I also spray Lysol on door knobs, light switches and remote controls.

I know it’s impossible to protect my family from all germs and bacteria, but at least I can reduce their chances of getting sick. They are also great about washing their hands.

Flu season is not over yet. According to the CDC website February tends to be the peak month for the Flu, however it can still occur in March and April too. Actually the flu can happen year round – its just more prevalent during the winter months.

Did you know that your local Staples carries a lot of products and supplies to help keep your workplace – and your home – germ free?

People often think of Staples as a office supply store. While the store does carry everything you need for your business or home office (paper, pens, desks, paper shredders, computers…), they also carry plenty of other products including break room, medical supplies and safety supplies as well as furniture.

Check out this funny video about a germaphobe at the office and co-worker who I am pretty sure no one wants to work near. LOL!


It’s funny how crazy the germophobe in the commercial is. He thought of everything. Hopefully no one is THAT obsessed with a germ-free environment.

What he co-worker does makes my stomach turn. I have been on planes where people have done that. I have even been in car service cars where the driver is coughing and sneezing like crazy. Ewww!!! There is nothing worse then being stuck inside a small space with a sick person. You just know that their cold is going to make it’s way to you.

Staples has a new tagline – “Make More Happen”.

  • Staples now offers new products for all types of businesses, including yours. And they’re adding more every day. Whether you’re a chef/baker, salon owner or even a pet store owner, Staples has the products and supplies you need.
  • Staples has daily offers, a Price Match Guarantee, and 5% back in rewards + free shipping with Staples® Rewards.
  • You can shop in store, online, or on the go. You can even reserve online and pick up in store.
  • You can count on Staples for expert advice and tips in finance, legal, marketing, technology, operations and more.

I’m very surprised to see how much Staples offers – products I would never even think I could find at my local Staples store or online.

Staples Make More Happen

Staples has come a long way from just selling office supplies.

To check out everything Staples has to offer visit www.Staples.com. You can also check them out on the various social media outlets.

Staples would like to offer a lucky winner a nice assortment of supplies (all of which you can find at Staples) AND a $50 Staples gift card so that you can pick up more supplies that you need. Thank you Staples!

The prize package consists of;

  • Bounty Paper Towels
  • Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
  • Method Hand Soap
  • Purell Hand Sanitizer
  • Lysol Professional Antibacterial Kitchen Cleaner Spray
  • Scotch Brite Sponges
  • Keurig K-Cups Snapple Iced Tea
  • Nature Valley Granola Bars
  • Pop Secret Popcorn
  • $50 Staples Gift Card

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on April 26, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and let me know what you think about Staples offering so much more than just office supplies?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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*I received free product samples in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. Staples will be providing the prize package.

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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family, five cats, dog, a tank full of fish and snails. She is also a freelance writer and photographer.


  1. I think it’s great. I often pick up a case of water when I am shopping for supplies at Staples. It’s more convenient then having to run to another store.
    Thank you!

  2. I think Staples is awesome – I’d love to work with them one day too!
    I love that you can get a bit of everything there. Great job Staples!

  3. Mary Happymommy says:

    I think it’s great because an office needs more than paper and pens!

  4. Sara Wagner says:

    I think it’s good that Staples offers much more than just office supplies. It can make shopping much easier for busy people.

  5. I like that they do this, it makes shopping their almost a one stop shop

  6. courtney b says:

    i love it! they are turning into a regular walmart !:) with everything you could ever need

  7. Debby Guardino says:

    I would love this to clean my class!

  8. it has been great. I went into Staples for some printer ink and came out with items I never thought I would find there. One stop shopping. Not multiple trips to multiple stores.

  9. Audra O'Hara says:

    I like that they carry these other items. It’s convenient, especially since I work from home and can pick up those sort of items while getting office supplies.

  10. I love that I can get so much at Staples. I can get all of my cleaning supplies as well as my office needs.

  11. i love staples! i love that i can buy household supplies online and get them shipped to me!

  12. I think it’s great because we can mutli-shop if you can call it that!! =) I love bring able to but my office supplies and cleaning supplies all at once.

  13. Dorothy Teel says:

    I like that they offer other items because sometimes you can get what you want at the one store and not have to go all over town to find what you are after, I love the office snacks that they also have in the big containers, and I love the school supplies

  14. Cheryl Abdelnour says:

    I love it! You can get so many things there now. They even offer coffee and coffee makers for sale.

  15. I think it’s great that I can shop for more than just office supplies at Staples.

  16. It’s great – I don’t have to stop at other stores.

  17. Jessie C. says:

    I like it, it is always good to have a one-stop shop.

  18. Oh I love it! Whenever I go there, I always find such neat things that I didnt know they carried! A fun place to shop!

  19. At least Staples recognizes that there is more to a job than just the supplies to make money. A clean work environment makes pople feel better. Kids frequently use my cleaning products in my classroom. It is a good lesson on responsibility.

  20. Terra Heck says:

    I think it’s good that they offer more than office supplies, but I don’t think they should go in over their head with it. Sometimes it’s nice to go into a specialized store where you can find exactly the kinds of products you need. Thanks.