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When nature calls, a DIY outdoor toilet can really save your tush. Check out our tutorial on how to make your own restroom in the outdoors.

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How to Make a DIY Outdoor Toilet

Easy DIY Outdoor Toilet

Looking for outside toilet solutions? This portable toilet for the outdoors is great for a weekend camping trip.

It can also be kept with your emergency preparedness supplies to use in an SHTF survival situation.

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  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Heavy-duty trash bags
  • Pool noodle
  • Toilet paper

Let's Start!

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Step 1: Pop the Handle

Pop the handle of the bucket by tugging it a little on the side. Bend the tip of the handle over with a pair of pliers to make the handle a lot easier to connect later on.

Step 2: Measure Where to Drill a Utility Hole

Lay the bucket on one side and measure around 3 fingers from the connector port. This is just about the perfect spacing to drill a small utility hole.

Step 3: Use a 3/16″ bit for Drilling

Use a 3/16″ bit and you'll see it doesn't actually penetrate the wall and barely goes through the top layer.

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Step 4: Secure the Toilet Paper Tube

Thread the open end of the handle through your toilet paper tube until the roll reaches the middle. Lock the handle back in the bucket by pushing the end into the new connector port.

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Step 5: Use heavy-duty Duty Garbage Bags to Line the Bucket

Line the bucket with heavy-duty garbage sacks to keep the bucket clean. You should be able to find a perfect fit at your local supermarket.

A trash bag that can hold 8 gallons of waste should be more than enough to meet your needs.

Step 6: Secure the Garbage Bag in Place

Push the garbage bag down into the bucket and secure it in place. Do this by lining the top ridge of the pail the same way you do with a garbage can.

The plastic liner should make a nice and tight fit.

Step 7: Make Foam Padding to Sit On

Make your outdoor experience a little more comfortable. Cut a piece of pool noodle roughly 3 feet long, then cut a clean slit down one side.

This will make nice foam padding to cushion your backside.

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Step 8: Suspend the Toilet Roll for Easy Use

The toilet paper rubs on the side of the bucket when you try to unroll it. This makes it difficult to use.

To solve this problem, you need to elevate the handle. Drill another small hole slightly offset from the center.

Use a little bungee cord to lift the handle so it suspends the roll away from the bucket.

At this point, your DIY toilet bucket is completely finished and ready for use!

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Check out the full video tutorial in this video by The King of Random:

How easy is this DIY outdoor toilet to make? Very easy!

With just a few materials from your local store, your outdoor toilet needs have never been this comfortable. Make one and have a portable toilet ready anytime you need it!

Did you like our DIY outdoor toilet tutorial? Let us know in the comments section below!


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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2015 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

9 Responses to :

  1. dillet says:

    What is the purpose of the two drilled holes?

    1. EddieW says:

      So there will be room on the handle for the roll of TP.!

  2. EddieW says:

    Forgot about lining the bucket with garbage bag!! Really appreciate knowing this!!

  3. MD says:

    If you line the bucket with a plastic sack and fill it with human excreta, both urine and feces, you will end up with 2 problems: #1 a stinky slop, #2 a “contaminated” plastic bag (more unnecessary waste stream materials). If you will use biomass you will change the contents from a stinky, sloppy mess to a slightly damp and almost odorless and fully compostable, environmentally benign, or beneficial product. The 5-gallon bucket is not at all difficult to clean, when you are using biomass. A common toilet brush, a squeeze of any liquid soap in a 1/2 gallon of water, and the bucket is cleaned in less than 2 minutes. A rinse with another 1/2 gallon of water and then left out open to the sunshine, and the bucket is even sanitized in a few hours of sunshine. If you really want a sack to line the bucket, then use a paper sack. This way the paper can be composted along with the contents of the bucket.
    To properly use the biomass (wood sawdust, crushed leaves, peat moss, etc, etc) start with about 2″ in the bottom of the bucket and then cover with about 2 C / 1 pint (yogurt / cottage cheese tub) after each “deposit”. If there is any presence of flies or strongly offensive odors, then just dose with more biomass. I have used this “inside” of a Cabin-Wall Tent and it could be tucked under a cot, and until told, no one even knew it was there, because the proper use of bio-mass should eliminate all flies and the only order is at the moment of use, kinda’ like somebody passin’ gas.

    1. Sue says:

      once the 5 gallon bucket is “full” it can be composted. I made one for a new farm and they used it for 18 months. See book Humanure for more information.

  4. Jeanette Criss says:

    why couldn’t you cut the bottom out of a 5 gal. bucket and dig a hole and place bucket over the hole. Cover hole after use. Fill the hole with cat litter for odor?

    1. GP says:

      you wont need a bucket just put up a thunder beam

  5. Thole says:

    i think in outdoor temporary latrine obviously composite toilet. No need to use water. outdoor toilet make by household equipment and also buy in the market.

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