I had never heard of EC when ds was a baby but now that I am with dd I realize that we applied the basic principles when he was about 18 months. He asked to try the potty one day, refused a nappy, and voila he went pee in the toilet.
We spent the rest of the week with diapers off in the house, just a t-shirt, and he got to the toilet every time. With clothes it tooks a few more weeks to get consistent, but I still carry a change of clothes in the car now at 5 years old because SOMETIMES he gets so engrossed in having fun he forgets to go, or he nearly makes it but struggles with the snaps or belts...For poops, he was not at all down with pooping on the toilet at first (we didn't have a potty just an adapted kids seat), until I figure out that it was because his feet couldn't touch the floor, so I got him a stool for his feet and that was that (except for occassional accidents during illness) I just watched his cues and reminded him at logical intervals (upon waking up, after snacks and meals, after 90 minutes of intense play)
He still needed a diaper at night until he was almost four and he still has accidents now and then, but that's perfectly normal for his age.
Why not try training gear from the EC Gear shops? Waterproof pull ups?
The most important thing I think is to not stress out and get a bottle of that green earth pet mess spray. like this one: http://www.odorandstainremover.com/store/homepage.php
I have a similar product I use on a regular basis with a 5.5 mo old and a 5 yo old...pee happens and sometimes poop does too.
FWIW my midwife ECed her daughter from birth and at 2.75 wears undies and uses the potty like a proper big girl and has done for just about the last year
I just saw the independantly part of the poll...I still have to remind ds to go pee before bed, before a party, etc...that's not a big deal really, is it? EC really only works if you're in communication
with the child, they don't tend to fully graduate from EC until the C part is fully developed between 3 and 5 years from what I have read.