How to Make a Portable Toilet from Recycled Materials

How to Make a Portable Toilet from Recycled Materials

How to Make a Portable Toilet from Recycled Materials

Making a portable toilet from recycled materials can be a fun and rewarding DIY project. With some simple supplies and a bit of elbow grease, I can build an eco-friendly and convenient toilet solution.

Gather the Necessary Supplies

The first step is gathering the right materials. Here’s what I’ll need:

  • A 5-gallon bucket with lid
  • Toilet seat
  • Saw to cut hole in bucket
  • Sandpaper
  • PVC pipe and fittings to make a flushing mechanism
  • Large jug or tank for flushing water
  • Smaller jug for hand washing water
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Trash bags

Many of these supplies like the bucket, PVC pipes, and jugs can be found for low cost or even free from recycling centers or hardware stores. The toilet seat can be salvaged from an old toilet or purchased new.

Cut a Hole in the Bucket

With the bucket upside down, I need to trace a circle the size of the toilet seat opening in the center of the bottom. Using a saw, I can carefully cut along the line to remove this circle.

Be sure to sand the cut edge so there are no sharp points. Test that the toilet seat fits securely over the hole.

Make a Flushing Mechanism

The flushing mechanism uses gravity to empty the bucket contents.

I need to assemble PVC pipes so that one end attaches to the bucket near the bottom, and the other extends vertically up along the outside.

I can attach a water reservoir jug at the top end. Opening its valve will run water down the pipe and into the bucket to flush it out.

Add Hand Washing Station

For good hygiene, it’s important to include a hand washing component.

I can use a second, smaller jug filled with water. It should have a spigot or valve at the bottom to dispense water into a catch bucket when opened.

Place soap and a stack of napkins beside it for washing up after using the toilet.

Use and Maintain the Toilet

To use my new portable toilet, I simply need to line it with a trash bag, seat myself on the toilet seat, and take care of business as usual.

It’s critical to properly dispose of each bag of waste, either in a designated RV dumping station or a standard toilet when available.

Refilling the water jugs and restocking supplies like bags, toilet paper, and soap allows my homemade toilet to be used on extended outdoor trips or in situations where standard plumbing isn’t available.

With a few recycled items, I can feel good about building a portable and eco-friendly toilet solution. A little innovative thinking goes a long way for off-grid hygiene and sanitation!