Home-loving Britons burn nearly 140,000 calories a year just by cleaning their homes

Washing and drying dishes are the household chores that burn the most calories per week – 186 on average – while Brits spend the most time gardening – over 38 minutes per week

Brits spend most of their time gardening each week - and say their muscles ache afterwards
Brits spend most of their time gardening each week – and say their muscles ache afterwards

Proud adults burn a whopping 2,690 calories a week, which equates to 139,898 calories a year, just by cleaning their homes.

A study of 2,000 adults who cleaned more than once a week found that they spent a total of 30 hours a year ironing — that’s more than a full day — and burned 9,277 calories in the process.

And while gardening is considered more of a therapeutic task than a complete workout, adults lose 142 calories in the 38 minutes they spend on housework each week.

Vacuuming is also good exercise, with adults typically doing it four times a week — burning up to 8,747 calories a year in the process.

But besides shedding pounds, 60% believe cleaning has other benefits – they find it a great way to de-stress after work and unwind from a busy day.

Washing and drying the dishes burns the most calories – an average of 186 per week


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Also, 59% feel it helps them lead a healthier lifestyle as clean kitchens mean fewer food stalls.

Three-quarters (77%) of those who clean their home regularly say it also improves their mood, with more than half saying they enjoy cleaning their home.

Interestingly, the study also found that those with a regular cleaning schedule were better able to implement a good sleep routine, a healthy eating routine, and a decent fitness routine.

Brooke Marchand, Coach at Behavior Change Company noomwho commissioned the research said: “The number of calories you can burn while cleansing certainly adds up and can be a valuable way to get your body moving every day.

“If you like a clean and quiet home but don’t feel like exercising, then a bit of housework might be a healthy habit for you, as it can be a full-body workout reaching for dusty corners or high shelves.

“When we clean our home, it helps improve our mood — and being in a good mood can have a big impact on factors like what we eat, how motivated we are to exercise and how often we get outside go for fresh air.

“All of this, in turn, affects our physical health. Just adding a few small tasks throughout the week can help you on your journey to a healthier lifestyle and a clearer mindset.”

The results show that one in three sweats when cleaning the windows, cleaning the bathroom and making and stripping the bed – while one in four say their muscles hurt after mowing the lawn.

According to the OnePoll study, gardening, vacuuming and tidying were the most popular tasks – while cleaning the oven, ironing and putting away clean laundry were the least popular, the study found.

Ironing is one of the most hated chores – but it burns over 9,000 calories a year


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Brooke Marchand added: “When people think about their health, they rarely think about their home.

“But the reality is that our physical environment can have a huge impact on our mood and behavior.

“Results show that a regular cleaning schedule can help Brits develop healthy habits in other aspects of their lives, helping to improve their overall well-being and mindset.

“Simple changes in daily habits like doing chores regularly, walking up escalators, or sticking to a set bedtime can be the small steps that lead to long-term behavior change.

“At Noom, we want to help people lead healthier, happier lives.

“For those who may be daunted by the thought of making lifestyle changes to improve their health, it’s reassuring to see that even daily tasks can help them establish long-term healthy habits and reach their goals.”


  1. Mowing the lawn/gardening – 38.1 minutes = 142 calories burned
  2. Wash and dry – 36.4 minutes = 186 calories burned
  3. Ironing – 35.4 minutes = 180 calories burned
  4. Vacuuming – 33.4 minutes = 170 calories burned
  5. Clean up – 32.2 minutes = 164 calories burned
  6. Cleaning the bathroom – 32.2 minutes = 164 calories burned
  7. Loading/unloading the dishwasher – 29.3 minutes = 149 calories burned
  8. Cleaning kitchen surfaces – 28.5 minutes = 145 calories burned
  9. Folding/putting away clean laundry – 28.5 minutes = 145 calories burned
  10. Window cleaning – 26.8 minutes = 137 calories burned
  11. Clean oven – 27.2 minutes = 139 calories burned
  12. Dusting/polishing furniture – 27.1 minutes = 138 calories burned
  13. Make bed/remove bed – 27.2 minutes = 139 calories burned
  14. Mopping/steaming the floor – 26.7 minutes = 122 calories burned
  15. Organize closet and drawers – 25.2 minutes = 128 calories burned


  1. REFRESH YOUR ROUTINE. Decide what specific behavior you want to change, then focus on “why.” What is the main reason you want to make this change? Start with achievable and realistic goals. Small adjustments to your daily routine are a great way to build long-term healthy habits — like eating. B. increasing your step count at lunchtime, opting for a nutritious snack, or advancing your bedtime.
  2. DUST FROM THE COBWEBS (AKA TRAINERS). Mindful workouts and walks are designed to bring body and mind together. When you’re outdoors, focus on the signs of spring around you—take in all the sights, sounds, and smells. Pay attention to the rhythm of your movement and the regularity of your breath, these processes anchor you in the present moment and can make the workout much more enjoyable.
  3. FUEL YOUR BODY. Review your eating habits and determine what changes may need to be made to meet your health goals. Can you incorporate new healthy recipes into your meals? Do you choose foods that serve you?
  4. DEVELOP A RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR THOUGHTS. Your thinking influences your behavior and vice versa. This spring, make an effort to replace downtrodden thoughts with more positive statements, such as: B. “I didn’t exercise today, I’m useless” with “It’s okay I haven’t exercised yet, I’ve been busy, but I can take time for a walk after dinner.”

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