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Ever wondered how many calories does housework burn? And which household chore burns the most calories? Check out the results right here!

We’ve been having a look at just how many calories you can burn whilst doing housework… yes, mainly to justify avoiding going to the gym…

So as I was wondering how many calories can general housework burn, I thought I’d do some and check out the results. I kind of like the idea of avoiding the gym and getting a nice clean house at the same time. It feels more worthwhile to me than just jogging on a treadmill.

How many calories does housework burn?

This is the number of calories I burn doing various housework chores. I weigh around 140lb so the numbers below would be average for a person around that weight.

I used the Apple Watch activity app to monitor and record movement. Each task is calculated based on 10 minutes of work and gives the active calories burned in 10 minutes and the average for a full hour.

How many calories do you burn cleaning the bathroom?

When cleaning the bathroom it would involve, scrubbing the bath, cleaning the tiles, cleaning the sink and toilet and wiping down surfaces.

  • Active calories burned = 35 kcal
  • Average active calories burned for full hour of bathroom cleaning = 210kcal

How many calories do you burn making beds?

  • Active calories burned = 40 kcal
  • Average active calories burned for full hour of making beds or changing bedding = 240kcal

How many calories do you burn dusting?

  • Active calories burned = 33 kcal
  • Average active calories burned for full hour of dusting or polishing surfaces = 198kcal

How many calories does cleaning the kitchen burn?

  • Active calories burned = 36 kcal
  • Average active calories burned for full hour of cleaning the kitchen = 216kcal

How many calories do you burn vacuuming?

  • Active calories burned = 34kcal
  • Average active calories burned for full hour of vacuuming = 204kcal

How many calories do you burn mopping?

  • Active calories burned = 35 kcal
  • Average active calories burned for full hour of mopping floors = 210kcal

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Do you burn calories cooking and preparing food?

  • Active calories burned = 37 kcal
  • Average active calories burned for full hour food preparation and cooking = 222kcal

How many calories does washing dishes by hand burn?

  • Active calories burned = 32 kcal
  • Average active calories burned for full hour of washing dishes by hand = 192kcal

How many calories does ironing burn off?

  • Active calories burned = 34 kcal
  • Average active calories burned for full hour of ironing = 204kcal

How many calories does window cleaning burn an hour?

  • Active calories burned = 34 kcal
  • Average active calories burned for full hour of making beds or changing bedding = 204kcal

More cleaning chores to help you burn calories!

So if you prefer cleaning to gym workouts here’s some more cleaning chores to get stuck into!

  • How to clean your kitchen sink – the best way to really clean your kitchen sink – every use, every day and every week – to keep it clean and fresh.

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