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images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com_images_i_41gkij17c6l._ac_us218_.jpg A bucket toilet is a simple toilet for solid waste when boondocking; 1) The bucket can be dead simple or a bit more complex.

  1. Simplest: Bucket and liner. The heaviest-duty and most durable trash bag you can find is a good start.
  2. Little more comfort: add a seat
  3. More compact: A specialized portable toilet (it's really just a fancy bucket with a removable inner bucket, but it is a good deal smaller which can be convenient. You'll still want a plastic bag liner.)
  4. Even more compact: Folding portable toilet. Needs to be used with some bags to contain everything. Very heavy duty garbage bags are a good start, or specialized bags that also have absorption media are available specifically for it.

Remember that liquid waste must be dealt with separately.


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

  1. 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.
  2. Remove and dispose of the liner. Or, if compost-style, cover each deposit with the media after use. Close the lid.
  3. When you are ready to change media in compost-style buckets, tie off the top of the liner, pull/pour out the closed liner and transport to a suitable recepticle. 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 usual size is 5-gallon bucket like the ones found at Home Depot, Lowes, etc. There are reports that some smaller buckets also fit the Luggable Loo-style seats.


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
  • Bio-Gel - particularly useful for those unfortunate times when your solid waste isn't quite solid.

common improvements

images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com_images_i_510-kyd8y5l._ac_us218_.jpg A trash can liner can make emptying and transporting waste easier and more discreet. Heavy duty kitchen bags fit the bucket nicely.

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. They are typically <$20 in the walmart camping aisle. Some people use split pool noodles to cushion the bucket rim.

similarity to composting toilet

A compost-style 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. :-)

Urine must be collected separately.
toilet/bucket.txt · Last modified: 2023/08/28 02:24 by princess_fluffypants