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Hi,

I asked if what a wife did (vacumming the house, mopping, and other things) everyday was called "do the cleaning.

Some native speaker answered that it was called "doing the cleaning" or "cleaning" or "cleaning up."

But I had been once told that "do the cleaning" and "clean up" were different.

Clean up, is used in the context of what a mom does after a meal, or what children do after they mess up the room.

(a parent tells his children) What a mess. The toys are everywhere. Clean up/tidy up, before you go to bed.

Do the cleaning, on the other hand, is used in the context of what a wife does (cleaning the house, vacumming the house, and mopping the floor) in her house.

Do you use "do the cleaning" or "cleaning" or "cleaning up" to undiscriminatingly refer to these different activities?

Thanks a lot.
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stephenlearnerSome native speaker answered that it was called "doing the cleaning" or "cleaning" or "cleaning up."
It is possible to say those but, they don't make clear what is being cleaned and therefore, are vague and insufficient for your context. The term that you require is housework http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/housework

It's also worth realising that in much of the English-speaking world, housework is not considered to be something that is just for wives. It is often shared by husbands and anyone else who is able-bodied, in a household.
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AnonymousLet's get back to the question that I desperately need an answer:-1) My sister did the cleaning up.2) My sister did the cleaning.Are both acceptable by native speaker?
Yes, but with different meanings.

#1 She cleaned a specific mess, as after a party.
#2 She cleaned the house as a regular chore.
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What a wife does?
vacumm the house, mop the floor, sometimes a husband does these too.
stephenlearner vacumm the house, mop the floor, sometimes a husband does these too.
I think you should look up the difference between "wife" and "maid." Emotion: smoking
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I did not say just wives did these.

In western countries, if a wife chooses to stay home and take care of her family and do the housework, isn't that honorable? Is her job despicable?
Please don't pretend that people who question your equating housework with women's work think that women who do housework are despicable.
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Nasty feminism mindset.
What is wrong with you guys?
Asked me to see the difference between a wife and a maid.
Nobody is being nasty to you. Your original post equated housework with women's work, prompting a number of gentle suggestions that this is considered archaic thinking in many places where English is spoken. If you misspoke, simply say so. If you didn't, then you've learned something valuable.

"Feminism" is a noun. You need the adjectival form "feminist" to modify the noun "mindset." One of the goals of feminism or the feminist movement is to overcome the presumption that the scut work of domestic life is properly reserved for women. Why isn't this laudable rather than "nasty"?

The wife/maid comment had an attached emoji. I am given to understand that this often indicates that the comment is made in a light tone. You might want to check that out. I can't help you here as I am too old even for emoticons.
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