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The Problem with Toilet Paper

We come from a magical world where you simply flip a handle or pull a chain or push a button and all your nastiness simply swirls away down a hole off to some other place that is far, far away. Not one person in a thousand has any idea where it went. With that mind set, the issue of toilet paper becomes a non-issue. Using toilet paper is without doubt the crudest ritual that people of European heritage practice. The toilet paper business is a well entrenched industry with jobs and fortunes at stake. Vast amounts of money are spent every day advertising its existence, so much so that no other method of cleaning one’s bum is given any serious consideration. Hold that thought and read on.

Compact, urine diverting, composting toilets are a relatively new product. There advantages are causing people to give them serious consideration. They don’t use water or require plumbing and surprisingly, they don’t smell like an outhouse. They don’t take up a lot of room or require much maintenance. And while they may seem expensive considering their simplicity, they cost significantly less than other systems in both the short and long run. But what they don’t do well is store used toilet paper. They will but this practice will significantly reduce the overall storage capacity. This is true for all of them including the simplest bucket and chuck-it DIY toilets. All of them recommend putting toilet paper inside a waste basket to prevent this and many people, coming from the magic world of flushing toilets, find this unacceptable and a deal breaker. You could chase them off the roof of a ten story building with a tiny piece of used TP. So be it.

One group of composting toilet users (cruising live aboard boaters) have been putting toilet paper into waste baskets for a long time, because they learned the hard way that toilet paper and marine toilets don’t work and play well together. If unclogging a marine toilet the first time doesn’t do the trick, the second time usually does. Another group, dubbed “bum washers” in British circles, prefer to wash their behinds and are more common than you would imagine. Personally I believe the idea has merit in that you end up with a clean bottom. A few have contacted me about the C-Head and they are in search of the holy grail, a composting toilet with a built in bidet. One of the major assets of the composting toilet is its water saving capacity, so having an appliance attached to it that uses lots of water doesn’t make sense. The key to the success of the compact composting dry toilet, is keeping the liquids out of the solids. It is a must. Bidets require lots of water splashing about. So far, I haven’t been able to even imagine a feasible solution to this dilemma although I have tried. But . . . there are good solutions with respect to the C-Head composting toilet that are a compromise between the bidet and TP users.

Enter, the flushable wipe!

Arguably one of the greatest inventions of the 21st Century, the flushable wipe stands as a solid contender to replace both TP and bidets providing the desired outcome of both, while at the same time doing a better job for less and with considerably more comfort and dignity. And the cool thing is, (and they are cool both literally and figuratively) they take up very little space inside the composting toilet, so you get the best of all worlds.

A single square, yes, that’s right, a single square will wash like a bidet, wipe like TP and you can put them inside the C-Head where they won’t crowd everything else or surf on top. But wait! It gets better! TMI warning; If you suffer from the ravages of age with respect to that part of your anatomy, you can buy medicated flush-able wipes or simply add some Witch Hazel to the mix for the same astringent results. Few things in life afford so much comfort for so little cost. Now the bad news. If you own one of the other brands of composting toilet with the dough mixer bar mechanism, you can’t put flushable wipes inside because the will wrap around the mixer bar. But with the C-Head the churning mechanism is unaffected by the wipes and because they are heavier than regular TP, they get pulled under with the waste and covered with medium. Shaazam!

But if you for some reason don’t like the idea of wiping your bum with something wet, then you can take a normal paper towel roll that has half sheets and cut it in half with a bread knife and use a single square of it instead. It will also not fill up the toilet as fast as regular TP. Sometimes sacrifices must be made.

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