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9 Ways to Use a Pressure Washer that Will Blow Your Mind

You know a pressure washer is great at cleaning the driveway, but did you know it can also be used to slice fruit? Keep reading to see more unconventional uses for a pressure washer.

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Peel Potatoes

Peeling potatoes can be a monotonous task. If you want to speed up the process tenfold, toss them in a crate outside, stand back and pressure wash until the skins disappear! Don’t believe us? Watch this!

Need some conventional pressure washer tips? Here’s some maintenance info you need to know.

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Use It to Skateboard

If you have a pressure washer and a rip stick/skateboard, as well as a smooth, long driveway, you can give your kids (or yourself!) a ride down the driveway without any work by aiming the pressure washer at the ground behind you and letting the water push you in the opposite direction, like this!

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Carve a Pumpkin

The carving tools used to make jack-O’-lanterns sometimes create more headaches and hand aches than they do smiles and joy. This is ideal for someone who wants more of a giant smile and big cut out eyes for their Jack-o-Lantern instead of an intricate design. Lazy man’s carving at its finest! Check out this video to see how it’s done.

There are some things you should never pressure wash, and these 11 things are on that list!

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Scale a Fish

A great fisherman’s hack for thoroughly cleaning your just-caught fish, a pressure washer can do wonders in just a short time. Keep your hands fairly clean and scale your catch by using a pressure washer. Check out this video tutorial to get started.

Prefer to pressure wash your house instead of a fish? Here’s how to do it.

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Blow Away the Leaves

Come fall, your green grass is covered in layers of leaves. And while it might look pretty for a moment, chances are you’d like access to your yard again! Put down the rake or the leaf blower and try using your pressure washer to quickly and efficiently see your backyard grass once again. Here’s how to do it.

If you don’t even know how to use a pressure washer, you’ll want to take a look at this before you try any of these unusual uses.

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Slice a Grapefruit

Equal parts fun and satisfying to see, you can use the zero degree red tip on your pressure washer to precisely slice a grapefruit without destroying it. Check out this video to see how it’s done.

Use your pressure washer to help renew your wooden fences. They’ll look like new again!

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Get a Ball Out of a Tree

When a ball gets thrown, kicked or somehow launched so high that it gets stuck in a tree, a pressure washer is a safe way to get it down. No ladder or climbing skills required!

While you’re shooting water at the tree, if you notice it needs pruning, here’s what you need to know.

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Create Sidewalk Art

When you’re pressure washing your sidewalk, have a little fun and write and draw on it. Unless you’re a skilled artist, you might want to draw your picture on the sidewalk with chalk first, then take the power washer and trace over the lines. Here’s some inspiration.

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Safety First

While there are lots of fun and creative ways to use a pressure washer, these powerful machines can also be dangerous. Don’t let kids play with them and make sure you follow all safety precautions recommended by the manufacturer of your machine. Here’s more on the dangers of pressure washers.

We also recommend that you check out this list of safety gear every DIYer should own.

Alexa Erickson
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