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#252246 - 10/25/12 07:51 PM What dry absorbant for emergency toilets?
Mark_R Offline
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Registered: 05/29/10
Posts: 849
Loc: Southern California
It's that time of year again, and I'm adding an emergency toilet to my bug-in supplies. Since this is an urban local, digging a cat hole in the backyard every time nature calls is not feasible.

For emergency toilets, what is the preferred odor absorber to toss in after using it? I don't want to attract flies for reasons of sanitation and sanity.

Gardening lime
Sawdust
Kitty litter
Other?
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#252248 - 10/25/12 08:01 PM Re: What dry absorbant for emergency toilets? [Re: Mark_R]
spuds Offline
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Registered: 06/24/12
Posts: 822
Loc: SoCal Mtns
My offgrid Bud used 5 gallon bucket under a toilet seat with sawdust.

Poo,sprinkle over it with sawdust and a 1/4 cup lime,worked really well.

Then he buried the stuff when can full.

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#252309 - 10/27/12 03:08 AM Re: What dry absorbant for emergency toilets? [Re: Mark_R]
spuds Offline
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Registered: 06/24/12
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Loc: SoCal Mtns
Im surprised you didnt get more replies.

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#252310 - 10/27/12 03:44 AM Re: What dry absorbant for emergency toilets? [Re: Mark_R]
Nomad Offline
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Registered: 05/04/02
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Loc: Just wandering around.
Peat moss is the long time standard in Maine. Lots of it here.
Free for the digging. Guess you could buy a bale at a garden supply. Burns pretty good too.

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#252313 - 10/27/12 03:16 PM Re: What dry absorbant for emergency toilets? [Re: Mark_R]
ILBob Offline
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Registered: 02/05/10
Posts: 776
Loc: Northern IL
I like the 5 gallon bucket idea. The snap on toilet seat makes it an even better option, although I do not have one.

I think anything absorbent would work OK for a short time.

I would put a garbage bag in as a liner and just put it out with the rest of the trash for pickup.
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#252314 - 10/27/12 03:32 PM Re: What dry absorbant for emergency toilets? [Re: Mark_R]
ponder Offline
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Registered: 12/18/06
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Loc: American Redoubt
Originally Posted By: Mark_R
..... what is the preferred odor absorber to toss in .....


Fine sand or top soil.
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#252316 - 10/27/12 06:06 PM Re: What dry absorbant for emergency toilets? [Re: Mark_R]
dougwalkabout Offline
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Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 2704
Loc: Alberta, Canada
Sawdust, peat moss, and top soil would all help.

The most effective IMO is dry charcoal from a firepit. Some ash mixed in is okay, but heavy on the charcoal component.

Most of the smell actually comes from the "liquids" component as bacteria break it down. Separate buckets is a good idea.

Charcoal works so well that you can create a separate "liquids" bucket in the house and there will be basically no smell at all. Fill 3/4 with charcoal. Sprinkle a little more on top after use; or squirt top with soap/water mix in a spray bottle. After a lot of use, the charcoal will start to float -- and still no odour. I did this during bathroom renos and believe me it works.

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#252328 - 10/28/12 12:29 AM Re: What dry absorbant for emergency toilets? [Re: Mark_R]
LED Offline
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Registered: 09/01/05
Posts: 1474
The Humanure Handbook guy uses sawdust from tree mills. I keep peat moss on hand for the emergency toilet cause it weighs next to nothing and is inexpensive. Clay kitty litter is very heavy.

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#252344 - 10/28/12 04:29 PM Re: What dry absorbant for emergency toilets? [Re: Mark_R]
spuds Offline
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Registered: 06/24/12
Posts: 822
Loc: SoCal Mtns
The stuff Bud used was the woodchip stuff for hamster cages and such,buy a big compressed block at Petco and such.

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#252922 - 11/05/12 10:41 PM Re: What dry absorbant for emergency toilets? [Re: Mark_R]
MartinFocazio Offline

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Registered: 01/21/03
Posts: 2148
Loc: Bucks County PA
None. Use a plastic grocery bag, tie it shut, throw it away.

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