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How to Use an Incineration Toilet

I remember my first time using an incineration toilet, I was excited yet nervous. I can’t believe I just typed those words. In May 2019, I stayed at Geronimo Creek Retreat in a glamping cabin and the half bath that came with the cabin was an incineration toilet. However, this was not immediately apparent and only after logging into their app did we discover this little tidbit. So after sharing on Instagram, I got several messages asking me to update them on how to use an incineration toilet!

Short instructions on how to use an incineration toilet

Travel Tip #28: Don’t forget the bowl liner.

Putting a bowl liner into the toilet bowl is both the first and most important step in learning how to use an incineration toilet. Why? Because if you forget it, your liquids could run out and on to your cabin floor! No thank you! This was the part that had me most nervous, what if I put it in incorrectly or it slipped down?!

Thankfully, neither of those things happened, so I’m sure the manufacturer opted for a wider range in user error when designing the toilet.

An incineration toilet

Step 1: Carefully unfold the bowl liner and place within the toilet bowl. This liner is shaped kind of like a valley and feels a bit like wax paper. It will catch all of your “business.”

Step 2: Do the damn thing, aka your business!

How to Use an Incineration Toilet: Time to Flush

Step 3: When you are ready to flush, stand up and face the toilet. You can kind of see in the photo above that there is a black foot pedal on the right side of the toilet. Step on this to make the bowl liner and your business fall into the depths below.

Step 4: Close the lid. Where the water tank would be on a normal toilet, you’ll find a button clearly marked saying to push it after each use. Push it and enjoy the smell of your own excrement burning!

Geronimo Creek’s incineration toilet “rooms” had motion sensing light and a zipper door. It can get quite warm in there and even though there was a fan, it didn’t help much.

What’s your take? Would you use this incineration toilet or go to a standard working toilet a few cabins away? If you are interested in reading (and seeing) more on Geronimo Creek Retreat, click here.

– Texan Travels

Hi friends! This is one post of my Girls Weekend blog series! Be sure to check out all the great blogs I will post to help plan your own girls weekend! Also, don’t be shy! Let me know if you already know how to use an incineration toilet!

How to Use an Incineration Toilet

Comments

  • September 14, 2020

    We’ve done a lot of luxury camping in safari destinations around Africa, but not come across the incineration toilet yet. Good to know how to use it properly. We’ve usually come across drop toilets, with some that need you to throw some sand in, but most just long drop. Thanks for the info on this type of loo!

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  • September 14, 2020

    I’ve never even heard about this kind of toilet so it was an eye-opening read. And you’re right, also these kind of things are part of our travel adventures 😀

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  • September 15, 2020

    I have never, ever, heard of this type of toilet, obviously I have much more to explore in the world! I have yet to glamp, but definitely something I want to do and I will absolutely not look like a fool now – thanks for the tips!

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  • September 17, 2020

    I’m all about Western-style indoor plumbing. Squatty potties, porta potties, the stories my daughter shares from Asia, they all give me nightmares. (Yes, my 2nd and 3rd world country traveling daughter laughs at me.) So, I didn’t even know what an incineration toilet was before I read this. And, while I now know what to do, I’m still a bit nervous!

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  • September 20, 2020

    I have never heard of such a thing! That is pretty interesting. It is nice that there is no landfill waste!

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