Creative and Clever Uses for a Leaf Blower-Not Just for Leaves
A leaf blower is of course great for taking care of leaves and yard debris. However, a blower has many more clever uses than just leaves! Maybe you’ve used a blower for some of these applications, but I think a few might surprise you.
Keep a Leaf Blower in your Camper
Yep, that’s right, I keep a small battery operated leaf blower in the basement of my camper. While my neighbor’s were sweeping their artificial grass, I quickly cleared away fall leaves from my stenciled outdoor rug using the blower.
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How to clean your dryer hose
As you can see, sometimes I work in the dark. As I was preparing my new laundry room, I needed to clean my dryer vent hose. Granted, I could have bought a new one. But I chose to clean mine with the blower instead. I collapsed the vent hose and extended it while letting the air pass through.
This huge amount of lint is what I got out of the dryer vent hose after using the blower on it. I regularly clean my lint trap, so to say I was shocked is an understatement. Have you cleaned your dryer vent hose lately?
A leaf blower cleans household fans
I use my leaf blower to clean all my household fans including box fans, desk fans, and clip on fans.
Noisy and dirty bathroom exhaust fan
Speaking of fans, my bathroom exhaust fan was so incredibly noisy that I could barely stand it. I removed the exhaust fan so I could oil it, but before that I had to clean away all the lint and dust. Of course I used my handy leaf blower.
How do I clean my vacuum cleaner?
Would you believe I have three vacuum cleaners for my small house? This is my regular vacuum. I also have one for cleaning rental houses, plus I have my beloved iRobot Roomba! I’ve been using the roomba almost exclusively ever since I got my new laminate floors. Most of the time I just clean my filters with the leaf blower, but ever so often I give the entire machine a good cleaning with the blower.
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Replacement filters for the iRobot Roomba are not all that expensive, but I make mine last as long as I can. You can see the bottom left is before while the top image is the after. I also use the leaf blower on the bottom of the roomba.
Speed up drying process
On a chilly winter day I had to wash (and paint) some louvered doors. In order to speed up the drying process I used my blower to blast away the water droplets. It’s sort of like the big dryer at the car wash. I was able to get the doors painted in record time.
Using a leaf blower for DIY projects
The leaf blower is really handy to remove sawdust in tight spaces where it’s difficult to get a tack cloth. I keep it handy whenever I am doing DIY projects like this Headboard Bench Video Tutorial.
After painting mirror, the paint was scraped and blown away with the leaf blower. You can see the details in the post Gold & Black Mirror Makeover.
The leaf blower comes in handy on small projects too. During this Small Wooden Trinket Keepsake Box makeover, sanding the cedar brought back the fragrance. However, there was a lot of sawdust to deal with.
When I painted my vinyl flooring in the kitchen, I used the blower to make sure there were no furballs or pet hair. This is definitely a job for a battery operated blower, not gas powered.
When did I WISH I had used my blower indoors? When I painted the basement laundry area. I dusted the rafters, but there was so much hidden lint and more. It really would have been easier to clean AND paint if I had thought of using the blower first.
Cleaning up Potted Plants
After turning an Easter basket into a succulent planter, I was left with soil crumbs. My battery operated leaf blower took care of all that!
Of course I use the leaf blower in the shop for sawdust, and for regular yardwork. I also use it for cleaning the gutters and blowing debris off the roof.
Other uses for a leaf blower:
- Snow removal
- Removing dirt and leaves from the bed of your truck
- Clearing out dirt from a rented truck such as a U-haul. Don’t get stuck with a huge cleanup fee
- Cleaning small debris inside your vehicle
- Remove dust and debris from your lawn mower
To make things easier, all that you have to do is to attach a foam or cork at the end of the wire. Insert it on one end of the pipe. Turn on the leaf blower and it will push the wire all the way to the other end. Make sure that the foam or cork is properly attached so that it won’t loosen. Go to the other end of the pipe and pull out the wire.
Here’s another thought. I use my SNOW SHOVEL more than just for snow. I keep it handy all year long for random tasks, including dealing with leaves!
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.