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How To Fix Dried Out Play Doh

How to revive dried out Play Doh instead of throwing it out! Bring that dry Play Doh back to life. 

Play Doh before and after photo comparison

If you have kids, you probably have Play Doh. And if you have Play-Doh, it’s probably been left out at some point and gotten all cracked and dried out and you’ve wondered how to fix dried out Play Doh.

My little one loves her Play Doh and I didn’t want to just throw it out when I found it in bad shape.

So I decided to find a way to fix dry Play Doh, making it soft and pliable once more.

blue play doh beside the play doh container

I searched the web and Pinterest and found a few suggestions, all of which I tried.

Here is the method that hands-down worked the best to fix old Play Doh. All you need is a damp paper towel and a Ziploc bag and your old dried out Play Doh can be as good as new again!

flattened out piece

First flatten out your Play Doh into a pancake that will fit into a quart-size Ziploc bag. Piece it together if you have to.

This increases the surface area and allows more contact with water in the damp paper towel.

play doh and paper towels inside a ziploc bag

Next, add some water to a few paper towels and squeeze any extra water out (you want them damp but not soaking wet).

Wrap the slightly damp paper towels around the flattened Doh, pressing them together gently so the paper towel is in contact with the Doh.

Then place the dried out Play Doh and paper towels into a Ziploc bag and seal it.

 new ball of blue play doh
After two or three hours the Play-Doh will have absorbed all of the water from the paper towel and will be soft and pliable once more!

It can be a little slimy when you first take it out of the bag (mine left some doughy residue on my hands that came off with water) and you will have to work it around with your hands for a minute, but then it really will be as good as new.

I imagine if you had some seriously dried out Play Doh you would have to either use more water and/or let it sit for longer.

I hope this helps you revive old Play-Doh and save the money that you would have spent buying new supplies for your little ones!

before and after photo comparison

Any questions about how to fix dry Play Doh or bring dried out Play Doh Back to life? Please leave a comment below!

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Wednesday 29th of April 2020

That's genius!

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