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How Many Calories are Burned by Cleaning?



Welcome to the cleaning section of DietandFitnessToday where the highest number of calories burned is 336 Calories, for farming, vigorous effort (e.g., baling hay, cleaning barn). This is for an average male weighting 190 pounds (86 Kg). Below is a list of 22 activities based on the general description of cleaning, ranging from the highest calorie burn from 'farming, vigorous effort (e.g., baling hay, cleaning barn)' which burns 336 calories in 30 minutes through to the activity 'farming, light effort (e.g., cleaning animal sheds, preparing animal feed)' which has the lowest calorie burn of 86 calories in 30 minutes, for a typical adult weighing 190 pounds (86 Kg).

For farming, milking by hand, cleaning pails, moderate effort, which is a typical intensity activity under the general description of cleaning activities, the average calories burned by a person weighing 190 pounds (86 Kg) in 30 minutes is 151 Calories. In one hour farming, milking by hand, cleaning pails, moderate effort will burn 302 Calories.

Summary of Cleaning Information and Charts

To help you find the information you need, we first focus on farming, milking by hand, cleaning pails, moderate effort which is the most common cleaning activity. This is followed by the activities with the highest burn rate which is farming, vigorous effort (e.g., baling hay, cleaning barn), and the lowest which is farming, light effort (e.g., cleaning animal sheds, preparing animal feed), giving the average calories burned per minute and per hour, along with food calorie equivalents and our new proprietary calories burned score© and calories burned rank©The calorie score gives an indication of the relative burn rate of the cleaning activities measured as a percentage score out of 100 for the different cleaning activities, where 100% is the maximum calorie burn which we estimate from running at a pace of 4 minutes per mile which is a world class speed for running for 30 mins.

The calorie rank is the rank of the cleaning activity compared with all other 800 activities in our database to give an indication of the percentage of activities which have a higher or lower calorie burn. A rank of 1 means it is the highest ranking activity in terms or calorie burn and a rank of 100 means it is the activity with the lowest carlorie burn compared with all other activities.

Effect of Intensity on the Calorie Calculator

Although the above is a typical example for cleaning, the calculator we use to determine the calories burnt depends on the intensity, duration and your body weight. At the bottom of the article we have a variety of different intensities which can be personalized based on your weight and the duration of the activities, using our free calculator.

Calorie Score and Calorie Rank for Cleaning

At dietandfitnesstoday we have a new proprietary concept of a Calories Burned Score© and Calories Burned Rank©.

Calories Burned in 30 Minutes for a Typical cleaning Activity

As we have previously mentioned Farming, milking by hand, cleaning pails, moderate effort is a moderate and typical level of intensity for cleaning and can be used as a general representative approximate measure for calories burnt by cleaning. For this activity in 30 minutes an average man weighing 190 pounds (86 kg) burns 151 Calories, while an average woman weighing 163 pounds (74 kg), in 30 minutes burns 129 Calories.

Calories Per Minute

The calories burned per minute for Farming, milking by hand, cleaning pails, moderate effort is 5 Calories per minute, for a typical man and for a typical female is 4 Calories per minute.

Calories Per Hour

The calories lost in one hour is 302 calories for a typical man, and 259 calories in one hour for a typical woman.

How to Burn 100 Calories

To burn 100 calories for a typical male would require 20 minutes of the activity farming, milking by hand, cleaning pails, moderate effort and to burn 100 calories with the same cleaning activity for a typical female would take 25 minutes.

Score and Rank

Farming, milking by hand, cleaning pails, moderate effort has a Calorie Burned Score© of 12.4 out of 100 which means it gives a calorie burn of 12.4 % of the highest realistic calorie burn possible. This activity has a Calorie Burned Rank© of 80 out of 100 ie it is in the top 80 % of activities in terms of calorie burn. There are in fact 486 activities that have a higher calorie burn than farming, milking by hand, cleaning pails, moderate effort

Equivalent Activities

The following activities burn the same number of calories as Farming, milking by hand, cleaning pails, moderate effort -

  • bicycling for leisure at 5.5 mph
  • bicycling, stationary, 30-50 watts, very light to light effort
  • calisthenics, light or moderate effort, general (e.g., back exercises), going up & down from floor (Taylor Code 150)
  • canoeing, rowing, for pleasure, general (Taylor Code 250)
  • Caribbean dance (Abakua, Beguine, Bellair, Bongo, Brukin's, Caribbean Quadrills, Dinki Mini, Gere, Gumbay, Ibo, Jonkonnu, Kumina, Oreisha, Jambu)

Comparison with Inactivity

30 mins of inactivity for example just sitting and watching television burns 43 calories for a typical man and 37 calories for a typical woman. Which means Farming, milking by hand, cleaning pails, moderate effort burns 3.8 times more calories than the equivalent time of inactivity for an average man and 3.5 times more calories for an average female.

Food Calorie Equivalents

This level of 151 calories burnt by an average man farming, milking by hand, cleaning pails, moderate effort is equivalent to 0.3 Big Macs, 0.5 snickers bar, 1.3 Starbucks Grande Skinny Lattes, 0.5 cheeseburgers, 0.5 slices of pizza or 0.4 large blueberry muffins.

For an average female burning 129 calories is equivalent to 0.2 Big Macs, 0.5 snickers bar, 1.1 Starbucks Grande Skinny Lattes, 0.4 cheeseburgers, 0.5 slices of pizza or 0.3 large blueberry muffins.

Weight Loss from Cleaning

To answer the question how many pounds will I lose from the activity cleaning? Taking this example of farming, milking by hand, cleaning pails, moderate effort in 30 minutes, the weight loss for a typical man is a minimum of 0.02 pounds, and a typical woman would lose 0.02 pounds.

Based on 4 sessions per week of farming, milking by hand, cleaning pails, moderate effort for a duration of 30 minutes per session, the approximate time taken to lose one pound is 13 weeks for a man and 13 weeks for a woman, assuming no other changes in lifestyle or eating habits.

The same 4 sessions per week of farming, milking by hand, cleaning pails, moderate effort for a duration of 30 minutes per session, would lose 1kg in 5 weeks for a man and 6 weeks for a woman.

Cleaning Activity with the Highest Calorie Burn

The highest number of calories burned for an average person is achieved by farming, vigorous effort (e.g., baling hay, cleaning barn). For this activity in 30 minutes an average man burns 336 Calories, while an average woman in 30 minutes burns 288 Calories.

This activity of farming, vigorous effort (e.g., baling hay, cleaning barn) has a Calories Burned Score© of 31.8 out of 100 which means it gives a calorie burn of 31.8 % of the maximum realistic calorie burn possible. This activity has a Calories Burned Rank© of 51 out of 100 ie it is in the top 51 % of activities in terms of calorie burn. There are in fact 149 activities that have a higher calorie burn than farming, vigorous effort (e.g., baling hay, cleaning barn)

Cleaning Activity with the Lowest Calorie Burn

The cleaning activity with the lowest calories burnt is farming, light effort (e.g., cleaning animal sheds, preparing animal feed), which for an average man in 30 minutes burns 86 Calories, and for an average woman burns 74 Calories.

This activity of farming, light effort (e.g., cleaning animal sheds, preparing animal feed) has a Calories Burned Score© of 5.7 out of 100 which means it gives a calorie burn of 5.7 % of the maximum realistic calorie burn possible. This activity has a Calories Burned Rank© of 92 out of 100 ie it is in the top 92 % of activities in terms of calorie burn. There are in fact 712 activities that have a higher calorie burn than farming, light effort (e.g., cleaning animal sheds, preparing animal feed)

Average Calories Burned by Cleaning

Based on the the list of 22 cleaning activities, shown below, the average calories burned for an average male, weighing 190 pounds (86 kg) is 164 Calories for 30 minutes of cleaning. The average burnt for an average female, weighing 163 pounds (74 kg) is 141 Calories for 30 minutes of cleaning.

Cleaning for 30 minutes - Calories Burned Calculator

Calories Burned in 30 minutes of cleaning for Average Male (M) and Female (F) (click to personalise).
farming, vigorous effort (e.g., baling hay, cleaning barn) - calories  Male=336 kcal, Female=288 kcal.
horse grooming, including feeding, cleaning stalls, bathing, brushing, clipping, longeing and exercising horses - calories  Male=315 kcal, Female=270 kcal.
cleaning gutters - calories  Male=215 kcal, Female=185 kcal.
saddling, cleaning, grooming, harnessing and unharnessing horse - calories  Male=194 kcal, Female=166 kcal.
horse chores, feeding, watering, cleaning stalls, implied walking and lifting loads - calories  Male=185 kcal, Female=159 kcal.
horse, feeding, watering, cleaning stalls, implied walking and lifting loads - calories  Male=185 kcal, Female=159 kcal.
chambermaid, hotel housekeeper, making bed, cleaning bathroom, pushing cart - calories  Male=172 kcal, Female=148 kcal.
cleaning, sweeping, slow, moderate effort - calories  Male=164 kcal, Female=140 kcal.
cleaning, heavy or major (e.g. wash car, wash windows, clean garage), moderate effort - calories  Male=151 kcal, Female=129 kcal.
cleaning, mopping, standing, moderate effort - calories  Male=151 kcal, Female=129 kcal.
farming, milking by hand, cleaning pails, moderate effort - calories  Male=151 kcal, Female=129 kcal.
walking, moderate effort tasks, non-cleaning (readying to leave, shut/lock doors, close windows, etc.) - calories  Male=151 kcal, Female=129 kcal.
cleaning church - calories  Male=142 kcal, Female=122 kcal.
cleaning, house or cabin, general, moderate effort - calories  Male=142 kcal, Female=122 kcal.
cleaning, sweeping carpet or floors, general - calories  Male=142 kcal, Female=122 kcal.
kitchen activity, general, (e.g., cooking, washing dishes, cleaning up), moderate effort - calories  Male=142 kcal, Female=122 kcal.
washing dishes, cleaning kitchen at church - calories  Male=142 kcal, Female=122 kcal.
cleaning windows, washing windows, general - calories  Male=138 kcal, Female=118 kcal.
cleaning, general (straightening up, changing linen, carrying out trash, light effort - calories  Male=108 kcal, Female=92 kcal.
cleaning, sweeping, slow, light effort - calories  Male=99 kcal, Female=85 kcal.
custodial work, light effort (e.g., cleaning sink and toilet, dusting, vacuuming, light cleaning) - calories  Male=99 kcal, Female=85 kcal.
farming, light effort (e.g., cleaning animal sheds, preparing animal feed) - calories  Male=86 kcal, Female=74 kcal.

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Calories Burned Activities


  aerobics
  at work
  badminton
  baseball
  ballet
  ballroom dancing
  basketball
  boxing
  biking
  canoeing
  climbing
  cleaning
  cricket
  cross country skiing
  crossfit
  cycling
  dancing
  exercise
  elliptical
  fishing
  football
  fencing
  gardening
  golf
  gymnastics
  hiking
  horse riding
  housework
  ice skating
  jogging
  judo
  karate
  kayaking
  kick boxing
  pilates
  rodeo sports
  rollerblading
  ropejumping
  rowing
  rugby
  running
  resting
  sailing
  shopping
  sitting
  skating
  skiing
  sleeping
  soccer
  softball
  spinning
  sports
  standing
  step aerobics
  swimming
  tae kwan do
  tennis
  treadmill
  volleyball
  walking
  water polo
  weight lifting
  yoga
  zumba

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