How Many Calories Do You Burn While Cleaning?

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Burning Calories Cleaning

If you’ve ever cleaned before — and I certainly hope you have — you know that all of that scrubbing, dusting, vacuuming, and lifting is hard work. So much so, you may break a sweat or notice an increase in your heart rate. Your first assumption may just be that you’re out of shape. But, cleaning can actually be surprisingly aerobic work. Wondering if you’ve worked hard enough to justify that chilled beer or a delicious and rewarding hot fudge sundae? Check out how many calories some of these common cleaning activities really burn!

All calorie counts are based on a 150-pound person, and may vary based on weight and intensity of the activity. 

Vacuuming

Pushing that vacuum can be tough work! How much work? Well, you’ll burn an average of 43 calories in just 15 minutes. It may not seem like much at first. But, if it takes you an hour to vacuum your entire home, you’ll have burned about a whopping 170 calories. Even more if you needed to go up and down the stairs. Time to break out that vacuum!

Sweeping

Sweeping is a little less vigorous than vacuuming, so you’ll burn about 39 calories in 15 minutes. If you’re looking for a little more intensity — and sparklier floors — dig out your mop! Much like vacuuming, mopping burns an average of 43 calories in 15 minutes. It’s a similar motion, so it makes sense!

Washing the Floor

Of course, the most exhausting way to get your floors clean is to get down and dirty and scrub them on your hands and knees. This tiring activity will burn through about 48 calories in 15 minutes. If you ask me, that just doesn’t seem worth it.

Scrubbing the Tub

Getting all of that soap scum out of your tub is another tough job that requires quite a bit of elbow grease. Is all of that scrubbing bringing you closer to your ideal physique? It’s definitely not hurting! 15 minutes of vigorous scrubbing will burn approximately 90 calories. So, the sore arms and uncomfortable positions will pay off!

Washing Dishes

Nobody likes dishes — especially those pots and pans that are caked with food and grime. But, this pesky chore can help to tone your arms and burn some calories! Standing and washing dishes will burn around 22 calories in 15 minutes. So, go ahead and make something tasty for dinner. The cleanup will help work it off!

Ironing

Ironing is one of those chores that seems more obnoxious than vigorous. But, 15 minutes of ironing burns about 22 calories. As far as I’m concerned, no amount of calories makes up for how pesky of a task ironing is.

Making the Bed

Making your bed every morning sets the tone for a great day, and can also help you burn some calories as soon as you hop out from under the covers! This chore will burn a little over 15 calories. It’s not much — but it’s a chore worth doing anyway!

Bathing the Dog

Giving the dog a bath can be a challenge — especially if your four-legged friend isn’t a big fan of water. But, this daunting tasks burns an average of 43 calories in 15 minutes. You’ll burn even more when you chase the dog around the yard with the hose!

The conclusion? Cleaning alone may not give you the body of an underwear model, but every little bit helps. Plus, you get the added benefit of a clean living space!

Kat Boogaard

Kat Boogaard

Kat Boogaard is a Midwest-based freelance writer and blogger who loves lending her voice to a variety of publications and organizations. When she manages to escape from behind her computer screen, she enjoys reading, babying her rescued terrier mutt and obsessively organizing her entire home.
Kat Boogaard
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About Kat Boogaard

Kat Boogaard is a Midwest-based freelance writer and blogger who loves lending her voice to a variety of publications and organizations. When she manages to escape from behind her computer screen, she enjoys reading, babying her rescued terrier mutt and obsessively organizing her entire home.