Avoiding chemicals during a home’s renovation is difficult enough. Then you have got the constant clean-up, which is the gateway to even more consumption of household chemicals that companies have long convinced us are necessary for an immaculate and safe home. But one compound, cheap and non-toxic, should be in every home and bathroom.

I now use kosher salt almost every day during this Fig Garden Project renovation for a bevy of purposes. It is abrasive enough to clean sinks and surfaces without scratching. The removal of adhesives and other annoying stains is a cinch. And it even helped with the kitchen cabinet stripping that morphed into a life of its own. I buy the largest box I can find, and have mason jars full of it in the bathrooms and kitchen. At the end of a project, or even a long day in the San Joaquin Valley heat, I use it to remove any paint or other gunk that I may have splashed on me--no need for a $10 Body Shop salt scrub.

Want to know how to clean tile grout naturally? Salt can also help remove those unsightly grout stains that cheapen the look of your bathroom or kitchen. For this purpose, use sea salt--the tiny grains can go a long way in brighting the most rank of tile grout. Use an old rag or sponge, spray on a white vinegar solution, generously sprinkle some sea salt, and work in a circular and gentle back-and-forth motion--the task can take a while, but again, you are avoid the use of chemicals that cost far more in both money and toxins.

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Tile grout before using sea salt

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Tile grout after using sea salt

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he is a business writer and consultant. His work is has also appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). As of October 2013, he now lives and works in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.