Silky Soft Playdough

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3 minutes
September 30, 2022
Carole Jones

Conditioner playdough is my favorite indoor activity idea for my kids becasue it is made from hair conditioner and corn starch.  That is the whole recipe!  It turns out super soft and silky ever time and I love that it is a no cook recipe.

Silky Soft Conditioner Playdough

I really do adore summer break. Honest. It is just hard for me to get into the new laid-back version of my day. All school year long, my body is well programmed for the alarm to go off every morning at 5:30 am and then almost every minute of my day pre-scheduled between my family, my work, my home and my church. I honestly thrive in that type of setting.

Summer requires me to throw all of that out the door and suddenly, I have to be spontaneous and easy going.  Just typing those words makes me a bit anxious…..
 As a momma to six kids, one of my tricks to having a successful summer is to have options for my kids.  Not just a few options.  A large, long list of options.  If my kids are bored, they get into trouble.  So to combat such situations,  I have a long list of activities for them when boredom sets in and then the Jones household can remain at a somewhat tolerable level of craziness.

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I have made many different types of playdough, including a classic playdough and a foam dough.  This conditioner playdough recipe turns out exactly like the title describes:  silky and soft!  We used a cheap strawberry conditioner, which made this dough smell good enough to eat.  It isn’t extremely stiff either, which makes it so fun to squoosh and squeeze through your fingers.  (Is squoosh even a real word??)

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silky soft play dough

Silky Soft Conditioner Playdough

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An easy homemade playdough recipe that is super soft and silky since it uses conditioner as it’s base.

Ingredients

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  • 1 C hair conditioner – the cheaper, the better!
  • 2 1/2 C corn starch

Instructions

  1. 1. In a large bowl, combine both ingredients until a dough forms then turn out the dough onto the counter dusted with corn starch. Knead the dough, adding any additional corn starch as needed. Store in an airtight bag or container.
  • Author: Carole Jones

Carole Jones

Carole Jones is an Arizona-based cookbook author & food blogger. She's authored The 30 Minute Cooking From Frozen Cookbook and the self-published Take 5: Chicken e-cookbook. For the past 15 years, Carole has shared her culinary adventures cooking and baking for her six brutally honest children here on My Kitchen Escapades. Hot, crusty bread is Carole's love language, but her two adorable grandchildren are a close second. Yes, second. Don't judge.

20 comments

Jensine Kinser
10 years ago

I love playdough–I like seeing what they come up with when they’re playing with it. Silky sounds fun! And, funny enough, I just sat down with my kids to make a list this morning of things they can do during summer break. We’re going to call it our Phineas and Ferb list. 🙂

Carole
10 years ago

Jennie – We make a list like that every summer as well…but I love the name of your list 🙂

Rachel
8 years ago

May i have recipe

Carole
8 years ago

Hi Rachel! At the bottom of the post, there is a link to click on for the recipe.

Kate
8 years ago

Thank you for the recipe! For how long can it be stored? In a fridge or freezer?

Carole
8 years ago

I kept mine just at room temperature. In an airtight container, it stayed good for quite a few weeks.

Debi
8 years ago

Can you color the dough with food coloring?

Carole
8 years ago

Absolutely Debi!

Renee
8 years ago

Could you use flour instead of corn starch?

Carole
8 years ago

Hi Renee. Unfortunately, that will result in something dry and crumbly. Stick with the corn starch.

Izzy Canham
8 years ago

Would this work with shampoo instead of conditioner??

Carole
8 years ago

Hey Izzy! It won’t work with shampoo. Sorry.

Joyce Ilves
7 years ago

If it cracks wh2you roll it what can you do to fix that

Carole
7 years ago

Hey there Joyce! I would add more conditioner because I think it is just too dry.

Sue
6 years ago

Is corn starch,cornflour .

Carole
6 years ago

Hey Sue! No, corn flour and corn starch are two different products and not interchangeable in this setting.

Nellie Fauth-Provenzano
5 years ago

I made this for kids this morning. It didn’t turn out well. I will try again with CHEAP conditioner maybe. It was either dry crumbly or stiff sticky…no in between

Carole
5 years ago

That is a bummer Nellie! I hope the cheap conditioner works well for you!

Alex
5 years ago

Does foam conditioner work?

Carole
5 years ago

Hi Alex! Unfortunately, it doesn’t.

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