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Calories

# How many calories can I burn doing housework?

• AMike Clark, DPT, Fitness, answered on behalf of Sharecare Fitness
While age, weight, and gender play a role, on average it’s possible to burn anywhere from 100-300 calories per hour doing housework, all depending on the type of activity and vigor with which you do it. Use the following estimates, based on a body weight of 150lbs, to help you determine how many calories you might burn doing about an hour of typical daily housework/ cleaning:
• Sweeping x 10 minutes = 37 calories
• Vacuuming x 10 minutes = 37 calories
• Ironing x 20 minutes = 50 calories
• Mopping x 20 minutes = 42 calories
• Making beds x 10 minutes = 23 calories
• Washing dishes x 10minutes = 26 calories
Total time:  1hr 10 minutes = 215 calories

For additional estimates on how many calories you burn doing different activities, visit Discovery Health and use the activity tracker here: http://health.discovery.com/centers/cholesterol/activity/activity.html
• A 150 pound person can burn around 170 calories per hour doing light cleaning (dusting, straightening up, etc). Tougher jobs like scrubbing and cleaning accumulated dirt and grime can burn up to 190 calories per hour.