Eleven calorie-burning household chores

Cleaning the house could help burn hundreds of calories and make up for lost time in the gym, it has been revealed.

Experts from clinically-proven herbal weight-loss aid Zotrim have researched how many calories can be burned by doing simple household chores and these are their pick of the best calorie-burning chores:

Washing up

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Spending 15 minutes a day cleaning dishes can help you lose 147 calories over the space of a week.

This is around the same as playing rugby for a quarter of an hour.

Scrubbing the bath

This chore is perfecting for toning the arms and shoulder muscles as you bend down to reach the corners of your bathtub.

Plenty of elbow grease can help burn up to 44 calories in 15 minutes.


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Everyone knows that standing up helps burn more calories than sitting down, and ironing also has the added bonus of working your core as you move the iron about.

Three hours of ironing will help you lose 249 calories.

Mopping and sweeping

Vigorous weight-lifting, such as using free weights or power-lifting, burns around 80 calories - the same amount as cleaning floors for 30 minutes.


Considering everything you have to do with laundry, loading and unloading the washing machine, hanging up the clothes to dry and folding them to put away can burn up to 64 calories an hour.


An hour of working in the garden can burn around 136 calories, the same as cycling steadily for four miles.


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Half an hour of vacuuming can help you burn the same amount of calories as boxing a punch bag for 15 minutes - around 85.

It will also help you towards the 10,000 recommended steps a day.


Spend 15 minutes dusting around the house to lose 24 calories, the same amount as 15 minutes of yoga.

Cleaning windows

If you’re struggling to find things to do in lockdown, cleaning your windows - both inside and out - will help make your house sparkle, as well as helping to burn 127 calories an hour.

Making beds

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Changing bed sheets can burn 32 calories in half an hour, equivalent to diving for 15 minutes.

Mowing the lawn

An hour of mowing the lawn with a regular push mower can burn the same amount of calories as strolling for three hours.

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