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How to Clean an Outhouse When It's Full

    • 1). Call a septic tank pumping company and inquire about having your outhouse pumped. Some outhouses can be pumped while others cannot. The septic company will remove the waste and dispose of it properly.

    • 2). Dig a new hole for your outhouse, if it could not be pumped. This hole should be at least 150 feet away and downhill from any well or other water source to prevent leakage of contaminants and bacteria from the outhouse waste into your water supply. Most outhouse holes are about five to eight feet deep, but there is no set rule on this. Once the hole is dug, move the outhouse over the new hole and use the dirt from digging to cover up the old hole.

    • 3). Clean out the outhouse. Use a hose to clean out large debris and then scrub the inside with a disinfectant, such a 10 percent bleach solution. Be careful not to dump the disinfectant down the hole, as this will kill beneficial bacteria that decompose the waste.

    • 4). Put a new roll of toilet paper in your outhouse, once cleaned. Consider storing it in a plastic bucket or tin to prevent moisture and rodents from getting at it.

    • 5). Put a bucket of lime or wood ash in the outhouse. Drop one to two scoops down the hole after each use to keep your newly cleaned outhouse from smelling.

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