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We know quehaceres(chores) can be a bore. Let's add a little sabor(spice) to your daily routine by learning how to talk about your chores in Spanish!

Chores, Chores, Chores!

El quehacerisn't the only way to say chore in Spanish. Here is a list of other words you can use to talk about your chores!

Quehacer and its synonyms are most often used in the plural.

SpanishEnglish
la faena
chore
la tarea
chore
la tarea doméstica
chore/housework
la tarea rutinaria
chore

Let's check out some examples!

examples
Necesito hacer quehaceres hoy. - ¡Qué aburrido!
I need to do chores today. - How boring!
¡Odio las faenas!
I hate chores!
Siempre desayuno antes de hacer las tareas.
I always eat breakfast before I do the chores.
Prefiero hacer las tareas domésticas los sábados
I prefer to do the housework on Saturdays.
Mi esposo nunca me ayuda con las tareas rutinarias.
My husband never helps me with chores.

List of Quehaceres in Spanish

Here’s a list of common household chores in Spanish!

barrer el piso
to sweep the floor
cortar el césped
to mow the lawn
hacer la cama
to make the bed
fregar
to mop (Mexico, Spain)
lavar la ropa
to wash the clothes
lavar las ventanas
to wash the windows
lavar los platos
to wash the dishes
limpiar
to clean
ordenar la casa
to tidy the house
poner la mesa
to set the table
quitar el polvo de
to dust
regar las plantas
to water the plants
sacar la basura
to take out the trash
trapear
to mop (Latin America)
pasar la aspiradora
to vacuum
planchar
to iron

Let’s take a look at some examples!

examples
Mi abuela quita el polvo de los muebles cada día.
My grandmother dusts her furniture every day.
Regué las plantas ayer.
I watered the plants yesterday.

Supplies and Equipment

Now that we’ve covered how to talk about the most common household chores, let’s talk artículos del hogar(household supplies) and equipo(equipment).

Here’s a list of what you’ll need to get your chores done!

SpanishEnglish
la aspiradora
vacuum cleaner
la cortadora de césped
lawn mower
los cubiertos
silverware
la escoba
broom
el fregadero
kitchen sink
el jabón
soap
la lavadora
washer
el lavaplatos
dishwasher
la manguera
hose
la mopa
mop
la plancha
iron
el rastrillo
rake
la secadora
dryer
la toalla
towel
el trapo
rag

Chores and Commands

Did that list just inspire you to do your chores? ¡Probablemente no!(Probably not!) Let’s learn how to tell someone else to do the housework!

To tell a friend, child, or family member the same age as you or younger to do something, use the third-person singular form of the present indicative.There are a select few verbs that do not follow this pattern; for example, hazis the form command of hacer, and ponis the form command of poner.

For example:

examples
Julia, lava los platos.
Julia, wash the dishes.
¡Pon la mesa! Los huéspedes llegan en cinco minutos.
Set the table! The guests are arriving in five minutes.

To tell a group of people (formally or informally) to do a chore in Latin America, use the third-person plural form of the present subjunctive.

In Spain, replace the ‐r at the end of the infinitive with a ‐d when telling a group of people to do a chore in informal situations.

For example:

examples
Limpiad la cocina. Hicisteis un desastre.
Clean the kitchen. You made a mess.
Saquen la basura ahora mismo.
Take out the trash right now.

Click here to learn more about commands in Spanish.

There are many effortless ways to learn Spanish that you can try out while doing your mundane quehaceres.

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