How to Revive Play-Doh

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How to Revive Play-Doh
Refresh your Play-Doh periodically and you can use it for years to come. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Kids of all ages love moulding Play-Doh into shapes, characters and food. However, everyone leaves a chunk of Play-Doh out once in awhile, and once exposed to air, the clay dries out fairly quickly and becomes hard to play with. Don't toss out that old, dry Play-Doh yet. The clay can be easily restored to its former glory with a few simple ideas.

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Things you need

  • Teapot or sauce pan
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic container

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    Boil water in a teapot or sauce pan.

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    Grab the Play-Doh and place it into the steam to let the moisture hit it.

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    Knead the Play-Doh until it is restored. Repeat the steaming if necessary until the Play-Doh is malleable again.


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    Lay the Play-Doh on a work surface.

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    Add water to the clay, one drop at a time. Knead the water into the clay with your hands.

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    Add water in small amounts until the Play-Doh has been restored.


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    Drip enough water onto a paper towel to make it slightly damp but not soaking wet.

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    Put the Play-Doh in the paper towel and wrap it up.

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    Place the wrapped Play-Doh into a plastic container and let it sit that way overnight.

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