My bathroom is surrounded by a fuzzy leafed species, planted specifically for this purpose, I imagine. Many people I talk to around here can still vividly remember before toilet paper. I have yet to fully switch over, but I am considering it, and am wondering about the implications for my composting toilet.

  • Can you be more specific about the types of leaves you want to use?
    – orschiro
    May 14, 2015 at 21:44
  • @orschiro will get a picture up as soon as possible, its harder than you think to remember to bring the camera to the bathroom!
    – Alex
    May 15, 2015 at 14:32
  • @THelper That sounds like a great answer! Perhaps with a couple of recommendations of what I should throw in there - more sawdust?
    – Alex
    May 15, 2015 at 14:33
  • I'm confused. You were asking about the toilet, now it's the bathroom. Are you using these leaves instead of a towel after a bath?
    – andy256
    May 17, 2015 at 8:28
  • Sorry for the confusion, the toilet is in the 'bathroom', although I do use a towel and I am talking about the toilet. It used to be a water toilet and we converted it, I guess as a prototype. Any new dry toilet will be separated from the shower.
    – Alex
    May 17, 2015 at 13:10

1 Answer 1


I think the only difference of using leaves compared to toilet paper is that you'll be adding more nitrogen to the mix. This means that your C:N ratio will change, but you can solve this easily by adding more browns (carbon).

Some examples of good browns are straw, cardboard or sawdust. You can check the table in this answer to see the C:N ratio of some common household wastes and see what else you can use. Higher numbers mean more carbon.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.