How to keep play-doh soft

Written by ainsley patterson
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Play-Doh, the colourful dough children can use over and over again to mould and shape anything they image, must remain soft for use. No matter how you store Play-Doh, it will begin to dry out over time, making it hard or impossible to mould. Keep Play-Doh moist so it stays soft enough to be shaped by little hands.

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Things you need

  • Paper towel
  • Air-tight container

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  1. 1

    Dampen a piece of paper towel. Ring as much water from the paper towel as possible.

  2. 2

    Remove the Play-Doh from its container and wrap it in the paper towel.

  3. 3

    Replace the Play-Doh, now wrapped in the damp paper towel, in its original container or another airtight container. Place the lid on the container and leave it overnight.

  4. 4

    Remove the wrapped Play-Doh from the container the next day. Unwrap it and dispose of the paper towel. Replace the refreshed Play-Doh in the airtight container for storage. Repeat this process whenever the Play-Doh begins to become tough to mould.

Tips and warnings

  • Try other methods to moisten the clay: If the Play-Doh is stiff but still workable, knead a few drops of water into it to add moisture. If it's stiffer, hold the ball of Play-Doh over a pan of boiling water to allow the steam to add moisture back into the drying dough.
  • Always store Play-Doh in an airtight container to keep the moisture in it from evaporating as quickly as it would otherwise.

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