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.
Photo By Fotolia/steheap

Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.