When my kids are bored I illicit their help with cleaning the house in addition to their regular chores. They are still young enough not to mind. Even the baby likes to help out. I learned how to make my own cleaning products a couple years ago in a quest to save money. Now I do not have to worry about little hands touching toxic harmful chemicals.
Everything you need to make your own kid friendly cleaners are common house hold products: Lemon Juice, Distilled White Vinegar, Baking Soda, olive oil, baby wipes and rubbing alcohol.
All Purpose Mix: Mix 1 part vinegar and 1 part water in a spray bottle. Good for porcelain, tile and glass. Do not use on natural stone.
Laundry: Add 1/2 cup vinegar in the place of liquid fabric softener.
Scrub: Mix water and baking soda to form a paste. Use on porcelain, fixtures and tile.
CLR: Remove hard water stains with Toothpaste.
Toilet Cleaner: Sprinkle baking soda in the toilet. Add some vinegar and let sit for a few hours then scrub.
Polisher: Use lemon oil on bathroom fixtures, obscure shower glass to doors and stainless steel kitchen sinks to give them a nice polished shine.
Furniture Polish: combine 2 parts lemon juice and 1 part olive oil.
Stain Remover: Use Rubbing Alcohol, salt or 1/4 tsp dish soap in a quart of water.
Window Cleaner: spray windows with a mixture of 1 part vinegar and 1 part water. Clean using old newspapers.
Disinfectant Wipes: pour rubbing alcohol into a box of baby wipes. Just enough to make them moist not soaked.