2. Make sure that the top covers all the sides
3. In the centre of the top cut a round
hole approximately 10" in diameter - make sure you
sand around the edges!
4. You do not need to make a back for this
box; if you do, make sure that the back is hinged.
5. Underneath the hole place a bucket - I used an ordinary
6. You then need dry earth. I collected this
from the garden, put it in a roasting tin, and dried it first in
the sun, and then on top of the boiler in the kitchen. I kept it
beside the earth closet in an old nappy pail with a close-fitting lid -
otherwise it can be dusty.
Each time I used the earth closet I took one small shovel
full of earth - say one or two cupfuls - and covered my
offering. This was plenty. I found I could use the closet for about a week before the bucket
needed emptying. I then buried the remains in the garden and started
This was highly successful. There was no smell. The rest of the
family approved. The only problem is the collection and drying of the
earth - this does require a bit of effort.
You can learn more about the
Rev Henry Moule here.