The subject of today’s post may seem a little wacky at first, but in my opinion, that’s very “on brand” for OGT. ;-) Because ever since I started writing this blog, I’ve made it a personal mission to explore and share practical ways to use typical household items in unexpected ways.
It speaks to my soul-deep desire to help people make the most of the things they own, in order to save time, money, and resources. And making the most of things, at least in my experience, often requires a willingness to think outside the box. :-) And that’s exactly what we’ll be doing today, because I’m here to convince you that you should use a leaf blower to dry your car!
So let’s get right to it. I’ll start by offering my reasons for why this is actually a very good idea. Then we’ll finish things off with a few helpful tips and a couple of product recommendations, should you suddenly find yourself in the market for a good leaf blower! ;-)
4 Reasons Why You Should Use A Leaf Blower To Dry Your Car
1. It’s Safer
Using air to dry your car is inherently less risky than towel drying. That’s because putting anything against the surface of your car (yes, even a soft towel) can cause friction, and friction often leads to scratches and other marks on you paint job.
2. It’s Quick And Easy
Towel-drying your car can be an unexpected workout! All that crouching, reaching, and stretching can be tiring and time-consuming. Using a leaf blower to dry your car is much easier, and it gets the job done quickly.
3. It’s Thorough
When you dry your car with a towel, it’s pretty much impossible to get into all the nooks and crannies where water tends to settle. So you’re left with drips of water that settle in the grill, around the doors, around the headlights, and more.
But when you dry your car with a leaf blower, the air will have no trouble getting into all those hard-to-reach nooks and crannies! It does a more thorough job, meaning less drips and drops.
4. It’s Fun!
And last but not least, drying your car with a leaf blower is just more fun than towel-drying! Especially if you use a wash solution that contains waxes and water-repelling polymers. The rinse water will bead up on the surface of your car, and the air from the leaf blower will blow them away! It’s rather satisfying to watch, in my opinion. :-)
3 Helpful Tips For Drying Your Car With A Leaf Blower
1. Get Under The Hood
It’s easy to forget about the area under your car’s hood, but don’t forget about it! I recommend blowing it out both before and after you wash your car. Doing it before the wash will help blow out any leaves, dirt, and dust that may have collected under there since your last car wash.
Blowing under the hood after you wash will help dry things out and prevent muddy buildup from forming on your engine and the other stuff under the hood.
2. Dry Where You Wash
When using a leaf blower to dry your car, it’s a good idea to dry it where you washed it. The ground surrounding the car should still be wet, which will help prevent any dirt from getting kicked up and blown onto your clean car.
3. Keep A Towel Handy
After blowing away 99% of the water with your leaf blower, there will still be a few drips and drops lingering around your car. Keep a microfiber car towel nearby so you can make quick work of them. Then enjoy your spotless and totally dry car! :-)
Jillee’s Picks For Leaf Blowers
Budget-Friendly Pick: Greenworks Single Speed Electric Blower ($27)
You don’t have to spend a fortune to get a good leaf blower, and this model proves it! At just $27, it’s an affordable option for just about anyone. Of course, in addition to using it to dry your car, you can also use it to blow leaves if you want. ;-)
Cordless Pick: WORX Lightweight Cordless Leaf Blower with Attachments ($59)
You’ll have to pay a bit more to get a leaf blower with a rechargeable battery, but it may be worth it to you if you don’t want to have to mess with extension cords. Plus, this model comes with all sorts of handy attachments that can make it useful for a variety of other projects!
Do you have a leaf blower at home? And if so, do you ever use if for something other than blowing leaves?