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Bucket toilet

A bucket toilet is a simple toilet for solid waste when boondocking.1)

The simplest bucket toilet consists of a bucket and dry media to cover solids after each use. The media dessicates and isolates the solids; this prevents unpleasant smells.


Yes these are instructions on how to poop in a bucket.

  1. Each time you empty the bucket add a layer of media to the bottom right away. This will ensure deposits are completely surrounded by the drying media.
  2. Pee before using the bucket toilet, even if you feel like you don't have to. It is hard for your body not to pee when you relax, and urine in the bucket toilet will cause it to stink and it will make a huge mess.
  3. Cover each deposit with the media after use. Close the lid.
  4. when you are ready to change media, tie off the top of the liner, pull/pour out the closed liner and transport to a suitable receptable. Clean, allow to dry, re-line, and add media to the bottom.

Remember that if you have guests you will have to instruct them how to use the bucket.


The media can be all types acceptable in a composting toilet plus:

  • sawdust, made popular in Jenkins' Humanure guides
  • cat litter (can be very heavy)
  • small animal pine/cedar shavings

common improvements

A trash can liner can make emptying and transporting waste easier and more discreet.

A makeshift seat can be made with a pool noodle (slit and bent in a circle). Commercial bucket seats/lids (“luggable loo”) resembling residential toilet seats are available.

similarity to composting toilet

A bucket toilet is basically the solids portion of a DIY composting toilet.

further info

further information

HOW TO MAKE PORTABLE TOILET BUCKET (YT video) by Russian Daycare. :-)

1) Urine must be collected separately.
toilet/bucket.txt · Last modified: 2017/10/09 06:51 by frater_secessus