How to Build a Dry Toilet

Don’t want to waste your waste? Complete your off-grid lifestyle and learn how to build a dry toilet.



Making It by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen, published by Rodale
“Making It” provides all the tools you need to build a self-sustaining and productive household. Projects are divided into five categories based on the amount of time they take: day to day, weekly, monthly, season to season and big projects you’ll need to do only once. You’ll build all the skills you need to do everything from making your own laundry soap to becoming a beekeeper in your backyard.
Cover Courtesy Rodale
Dry toilet diagram
A dry toilet uses no water, power, or chemicals, and it doesn’t require plumbing lines or septic tanks. This makes it perfect for off-grid living as well as situations where plumbing is not available.
Illustration By Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen
Pile of sawdust
You’ll need a constant supply of sawdust to use as cover material. Ask around at wood shops and lumberyards for sawdust. Don’t use sawdust from chemically treated lumber, fiberboard or plywood.
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