Building a modern outhouse for your back yard is a simple DIY project with a host of benefits, including lowering your water bill and removing bathroom odors from your home during the warm weather months. Make sure the bottom of the door opens outward and at the same level as the pit so that you can easily rake the material right out the door and wherever you need it to be. You may not want your garden quite so close to your outhouse, but having this type of access will make it easier to rake out the compost and then gather it in a not so messy way.
Suppose the outhouse is to be cleaned every Saturday: Then pail No. 1 is taken out (say January 1), covered and set aside until the following Saturday; pail No. 2 is placed in the box for use; on January 8 pail No. 1 is emptied and put back in the box for use while pail No. 2 is taken out, covered, and set aside for a week (namely, January 15); and so on throughout the year.
One of the best ways you can do that is by keeping sawdust in your outhouse to throw down into the pit when you’re finished using it. The sawdust can help with the decomposition process as well as giving a little bit more pleasant smell to the structure, definitely important if you’re going to be using it frequently or if you have several people that are using it frequently (or just regularly).
The common use for an outhouse is as a no-flush toilet, but more and more homeowners are building privies in the backyards with no actual privy inside to speak of. Drawing on the classic rustic appeal of outhouse designs, possibly adorned with a few modern embellishments to your outhouse décor like shingles or other siding, many people are building outhouses in their backyards to use as novel storage sheds that display a bit of country character and charm.
Outhouse chemicals for odor control: In the enormous world of magic additives sold for septic systems (products that are generally not needed for septic systems, are sometimes harmful, and are illegal to use in some jurisdictions), some producers of bacteria or enzyme septic additives recommend their products for use in outhouses to promote decomposition and reduce odors.