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How to Soften Play-doh?
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    Have you ever wanted to know How to Soften Play-doh? Here are a few tips on how to soften Play-doh so it is usable again. All you need is some water and a little bit of time. Keep reading to find out more.

    Playing with Play-Doh is easy and enjoyable for children of all ages. It can be done alone or as part of a group activity. Leaving Play-Doh out in the open causes it to harden and break, making it nearly impossible to play with it. Even if your Play-Doh has dried out, there are some ways you may rehydrate it and bring it back to life for the next time your children want to play with it.

    Moreover, Play-doh is often thrown away because it dries out too rapidly. The following are five methods on How to Soften Play-doh rather than throwing it away.

    Softening Dried Play-Doh by Kneading it

    You’ll need these things:

    • Play-Doh
    • Water
    • Container

    Procedure- How to soften playdough

    It is the quickest and easiest way to soften it. To properly knead the dough, as described in the article.

    • Take a piece of dried dough and place it on a dry, solid floor, such as a counter or dish.
    • Add water to the dough by the teaspoonful. Add up to a teaspoon of water at a time for larger batches of dough. If the dough isn’t in a container, pay attention to the amount of water you add so it doesn’t flow all over the place.
    • Knead with the dough once it has begun to absorb the water. The water will soak and work its way through the dough better if it is rolled, folded, and squished into itself. Mix the dough for 10 to 20 seconds before adding extra water.
    • Keep kneading the dough until it becomes supple. If the dough becomes slimy due to too much water, keep working with it until it returns to its original state.
    • By the end of this step, the dough must be soft to the touch. Have a good time!.

    Using a Paper Towel method to Soften Playdough

    You’ll need these things:

    Procedure – How to Soften Play-doh:

    The Kneading Method discussed above should be consulted before attempting this trick. If the other ways fail, this is a better option.

    • Fold the dough in a wet paper towel before letting it dry.
    • Place the wrapped bundle inside using the Play-Doh container or another small container. The container needs to be airtight to prevent the moisture from evaporating instead of being soaked by the dough.
    • Allow it to sit overnight or for a longer period. Paper towels and dough must be dry and pliable when you open the container.
    • The dough can either be rehydrated by adding additional water and kneading until it’s soft enough, or it can be scrapped if rehydration fails after several efforts.

    The Plastic Bag Method for Softening Play-Doh

    You’ll need these things:

    • Play-Dough
    • Water
    • Watertight Plastic Bag

    Procedure – How to Soften Play-doh:

    • Seal the plastic bag after releasing half of the air and adding Play-Doh. The playdough should then be broken up into tiny chunks for easier rehydration.
    • The dough and bag will benefit from adding a tiny amount of water. Slowly add water to keep the bag & dough from becoming soggy.
    • Start kneading the dough in the bag to absorb the water. If more water is required, cautiously pour it in to avoid flooding the dough or bag. You don’t want any of the dough’s color to leak out into the bag during storage. You have to keep kneading to absorb the excess water if the color leaks or runs.
    • Once the dough has softened, lock the bag and put the dough in the refrigerator overnight. It will let the dough continue to absorb the moisture from the environment.
    • When the dough has returned to normal, please remove it from the bag and re-use it. The color will leak onto your hands if you open the bag even before the dough seems ready.

    Methods for Softening Playdough with dunking

    You’ll Need Things

    • Play-Doh,
    • Dunking Supplies 
    • Water
    • Disposable Gloves
    • Paper Towel
    • Container

    Procedure – How to Re-hydrate play-doh soft

    • If you want to protect your hands from becoming sticky, you can fill a bowl with water and use gloves.
    • Put the Play-Doh ball in the water.
    • Submerge it until it is soft enough to handle while submerged for a minute or two.
    • The dough coloring would get on your fingers until you wear gloves, so keep going for around 15 minutes.
    • When the dough is soft and flexible, remove it and dry it with a paper towel. To prevent the dough from sticking to the towel, gently pat it with a paper towel.
    • To prevent the Play-Doh coloring from leaking out, let the dough dry on a towel before playing with it.

    Methods To Soften Play-Doh using a Pressure Cooker

    To Make Play-Doh using a Pressure Cooker, Sprinkling water on the Play-Doh will soften it. Pressure cook for roughly five minutes. Be aware. When you remove it, it may be heated. Once you’re confident handling the dough, have some fun kneading it!

    Methods for Softening Play-Doh with a Steamer:

    What you need

    • Stand Alone Steamer or Stove Top Steamer
    • Old Play-Doh
    • Water

    Procedure – How to Soften Play-doh:

    • Spread the dough out on a floured surface and spritz it with water. To absorb more, the surface area must be increased.
    • Set a steamer over the dough to keep it warm. Allow it to sit for five to ten minutes before using.
    • After 5 minutes of kneading, remove the dough from the steamer and let it cool down. Repeat steps 1 to 3 up to three times if the hardened dough does not return to its original consistency.

    Additional Guidelines for Softening Play-Doh

    1. If the dough becomes too wet and sticky, keep kneading until it returns to its typical consistency. The mixture should feel like ordinary Play-Doh if it is too wet, so add little plain flour and knead it unless it does.
    2. To get the best results, add just a few drops of glycerine.
    3. You can help the play dough recover and expand by adding moisturizer. But make sure you don’t add too much; otherwise, the texture will become gummy and impossible to adjust.
    4. To get the playdough as soft as you desire without overnighting it, you will have to put in some more effort kneading it.
    5. It may be the best way to get rid of the dough and have some new or manufacture your personal if the dough remains hard or unusable after a few of the ways mentioned above.
    6. It smells nasty or slimy or is discolored. The presence of mold or germs in the dough indicates a potential health hazard, and any such dough should be discarded right once. If you come into contact with something like this, clean your hands.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can you put Playdough in the microwave?

    To avoid overcooking the playdough and making it crumbly, you’ll need to watch microwave play-doh during the cooking process and ensure it doesn’t burn. Run your microwave oven at 50% power for the first three minutes. After 2 minutes, continue stirring. It should form a solid mass of glue.

    How long does Play-doh take to harden?

    Playdough is available in various hues, and baking time varies from 15-20 minutes based on the thickness. Whenever play dough dries, it shrinks and cracks, making it difficult to work with. As per my study on the internet, it should dry within 2 or 3 days in a hot, dry location.

    What’s the secret to making playdough so silky?

    Follow the steps to make the Playdoh silky:

    1. Take the cornstarch and add it to the mixing container.
    2. Add the hair conditioner to that container and mix it in.
    3. Add a few drops of food coloring to the mix.
    4. Combine the cornstarch, conditioner, and food coloring in a bowl.
    5. By thoroughly kneading the playdough, you will achieve a smooth, silky texture.

    The possibilities are endless when it comes to adding fun elements and playthings.

    In playdough, what role does cream of tartar play?

    Using cream of tartar in this homemade cooked playdough recipe yields wonderful, soft play-doh that can be stored for extended periods. This recipe may be kept for weeks or even months in a cold, dry area because of its salt, which works as a food additive. Adding cream of tartar to the mix softens the playdough to a buttery consistency.

    Conclusion on How to Soften Play-doh?

    To sum up, it is not difficult to learn How to Soften Play-doh which has been hardened for some reason. Follow our guidelines and apply any of the above five methods experimentally proved as accurate and perfect methods. Try them all and rehydrate play-doh for your child to become happy again!

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