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Alternative Uses For A Leaf Blower

April 14, 2023

man walking on the road with a leaf blower in his hand

Your leaf blower is more than just a tool for clearing leaves from your yard. With a little creativity, you can use it for all sorts of tasks around the house. 

Need to clean out your gutters? Just point the leaf blower up and let it do its work. Snow piling up on your sidewalk? Blast it away with the leaf blower. You can even use it to clean your car or clear out your lawn mower. And if your dryer vents are clogged, the leaf blower can help clear them out, too. So before you grab a broom, rake or spend money getting something cleaned, think about how you can use your leaf blower to get the job done. You may be surprised at what this versatile tool can do.

The following tips offer five other uses for a leaf blower that will help you take care of your property.

Other Uses For A Leaf Blower

Stihl leaf blower on pile of leaves


While most people purchase a leaf blower to clear leaves off their driveway and then store the blower safely in the shed during the winter, a leaf blower has much more potential that just collecting dust and blowing leaves. From aiding with car washes to helping move powdery snow off your driveway, a leaf blower is a versatile gadget, perfect for any season.

With a trusty leaf blower you can complete five leaf-free tasks in just a few minutes. Here are some unconventional ways to use your blower: 


Clean Your Gutters

Gutter cleaning is an essential part of maintaining your home. Clogged gutters can cause a variety of problems, including water damage to your foundation, pest or rodent infestations, and even flooding. However, with your handy leaf blowers, you can quickly and easily clean out your gutters. Simply point the leaf blower into the gutter and turn it on. At this point, it’s important to wear eye glasses and a mask to protect yourself from any debris. The air will blow the leaves and debris out of the gutter and onto the ground. From there, you can collect the waste and dispose of it. And just like that, your leaf blower becomes a convenient gutter cleaner.


Clear Snow

When it comes to winter uses for a leaf blower, turning your cordless leaf blower into snow blower makes short work of the tedious task of clearing light snow. When you’ve got light snow on your sidewalk or driveway, simply blow it away with your trusted leaf blower! The air pressure from the blower will blow the light and powdery snow just like how it would blow away leaves during the fall. Unfortunately, where there’s a large volume of wet snow, or turn to traditional snow blowers, because a backpack blower simply won’t be effective. With a little bit of aim and help from your leaf blower, some snow removal jobs can be quick and easy.   


Speed up Your Car Wash

Now this may seem like a surprise to you, but you can actually clean your car with the help of your leaf blower. Once you wash the interior or the exterior of your car, you can use a leaf blower to help you dry off all the water. A leaf blower has enough power to blow dry away water and other debris, leaving you with a clean and dry car, until the next time your kids decide to sit in it with their snacks and muddy boots. 


Clear Out Your Lawn Mower

A powerful leaf blower is the perfect tool to assist in efficiently and safely clearing out cut grass stuck under your lawn mower. When you cut the grass in your yard with a lawn mower, all sorts of pieces of grass and materials build up and get stuck between the blades. Instead of clearing out that space with your hands, you can use your leaf blower to safely and efficiently clear the lawn mower. 


Unclog Your Dryer Vents 

Over time a clogged dryer vent can reduce the efficiency of your dryer and even create a fire hazard, making it extremely important to unclog dryer vents. Clearing out a dryer vent can be a confusing process and can even require special tools. However, if you have a leaf blower, you can make the cleaning up process much more simpler. Start by disconnecting your vent from the dryer and placing the vent on a flat surface. Next, you’ll want to tape down or hold the vent so it doesn’t fly away from the blower’s air. Aim the leaf bower towards the inside of your vent and blow away all the debris. And just like that, with the help of a leaf blower, you can unclog your dryer vent in a matter of minutes!

Leaf Blower Safety Tips

No matter how you decide to use a gas-powered leaf blower, it’s important to stay safe at all times. Remember to:

  • Wear proper safety gear, including earplugs or earmuffs, eye protection, and a dust mask or respirator.
    • Leaf blowers can produce loud noises that can damage your hearing if you are exposed to them for an extended period of time. Wearing earplugs or earmuffs helps protect your hearing. It is especially important to wear ear protection if you will be using the leaf blower for an extended period of time or if you will be using it in a confined space, as the noise level from the can be more intense in these situations.
    • Wearing eye protection when using a leaf blower is important because the air flow from the blower can blow debris, such as dust, dirt, and small rocks, into your face and eyes. This debris can cause irritation, scratches, and other injuries to your eyes. Wearing eye protection, such as safety glasses or goggles, can help protect your eyes from these types of injuries.
    • It is important to wear a dust mask or respirator when using a leaf blower because the air flow from the blower can blow dust and other fine particles into the air, which you may inhale. These particles can irritate your respiratory system and cause breathing problems, such as coughing, wheezing, and difficulty breathing. Wearing a dust mask or respirator can help protect your respiratory system by trapping these particles before they can be inhaled. 
  • Read the manufacturer’s instructions and warning labels carefully before operating any leaf blower.

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