No Cream Of Tartar Playdough Recipe

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Most playdough recipes call for the ingredient cream of tartar and most people’s reaction is what is that? Cream of tartar is an acidic ingredient commonly used in desserts, beaten egg whites to give more volume, candy etc. While it isn’t a common baking ingredient (depending on your baking habits) it is used in many things you buy.

Commercial Cream of Tartar quite often contains aluminium.

Anyway if you don’t have any the best substitute is white wine vinegar or lemon juice in 3 times the ratio to the cream of tartar requirement.

If you want to see other recipes after trying this one please have a look at our Ultimate Playdough Recipe Resource page.

Play Dough Recipe:

  • 1 Cup Plain Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Salt
  • 3 tsp of vinegar or lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons of Oil (We made the original recipe with 1/2 cup and used olive oil, but some reader feedback said this was too oily)
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • Food Coloring

Method

  1. Mix the dry ingredients in a saucepan
  2. Whisk in the water over low heat
  3. Mix in the vinegar
  4. Pour in the oil
  5. Continue to mix over low heat until it forms a playdough texture
  6. Split up the dough, and knead in the food color (when it’s cool enough to touch)
  • vicky

    this recipe worked well with vinegar but was not addressed in the recipe directions.

  • vicky

    this recipe worked well with vinegar but was not addressed in the recipe directions.

  • apedley

    Hi Vicky

    Thanks for letting us know, we have updated the recipe.

  • apedley

    Hi Vicky

    Thanks for letting us know, we have updated the recipe.

  • guest

    This worked out perfect. Thanks! I ran out of cream or tarter and my kids were antsy for playdough so I tried this it actually worked. They are busy playing with it now!

  • guest

    This worked out perfect. Thanks! I ran out of cream or tarter and my kids were antsy for playdough so I tried this it actually worked. They are busy playing with it now!

  • Peyotecoyote3339

    making this right now… the comments are positive but i’m wondering how long it takes to cook it into playdough! it’s really wet to begin with.

  • Peyotecoyote3339

    making this right now… the comments are positive but i’m wondering how long it takes to cook it into playdough! it’s really wet to begin with.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SKMTZT23LNVHUXBKKMAKIIMCTE KolbyL

    This came out way too oily! My daughter refused to play with it due to the greasy hands. I tried adding more flour, cooking longer etc. Did I do something wrong? How long does it need to cook?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SKMTZT23LNVHUXBKKMAKIIMCTE KolbyL

    This came out way too oily! My daughter refused to play with it due to the greasy hands. I tried adding more flour, cooking longer etc. Did I do something wrong? How long does it need to cook?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T73753G5Z245V4BWEGPSERY4MY mouse_in_mexico

    Not sure what I did wrong here, but 1/2 cup of oil just made a nasty oily mess! My hands were so greasy…I can’t imagine what my table would look like if my kids used it. Threw it in the garbage and am trying to de-grease the counter!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T73753G5Z245V4BWEGPSERY4MY mouse_in_mexico

    Not sure what I did wrong here, but 1/2 cup of oil just made a nasty oily mess! My hands were so greasy…I can’t imagine what my table would look like if my kids used it. Threw it in the garbage and am trying to de-grease the counter!

  • Anonymous

    It starts out really sloppy, then all of a sudden takes shape and forms a playdough texture. Take your time, and don’t be tempted to turn up the heat – you *will* burn it :-)

  • Anonymous

    It starts out really sloppy, then all of a sudden takes shape and forms a playdough texture. Take your time, and don’t be tempted to turn up the heat – you *will* burn it :-)

  • Anonymous

    I followed the instructions above – but I added the juice of half a lime (no lemon) and just threw all the ingredients in together (I also added a bit of baking powder – but no readon for it!). Anyway, it’s worked and my son is now happily making giant insects with raisins for eyes! Thanks :-)

  • Anonymous

    I followed the instructions above – but I added the juice of half a lime (no lemon) and just threw all the ingredients in together (I also added a bit of baking powder – but no readon for it!). Anyway, it’s worked and my son is now happily making giant insects with raisins for eyes! Thanks :-)

  • Anonymous

    Excellent!!

  • Anonymous

    Excellent!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SJRDF2VQCWRQP3UYN7ROUGU6XU Shara

    I had to add more flour because it was too wet then added a little more oil. I thought it was really hard to whisk (compared to with cream of tartar recipe) but the final result turned out pretty well. Thank you… would have never thought to use vinegar. My daughter said it smelled like fresh made roti (tortillas).

    • http://www.KieraPedley.com Kiera Pedley

      Ah, glad to hear you got there in the end. I think it depends on the brands of flour you use. Some are “stronger” than others.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SJRDF2VQCWRQP3UYN7ROUGU6XU Shara

    I had to add more flour because it was too wet then added a little more oil. I thought it was really hard to whisk (compared to with cream of tartar recipe) but the final result turned out pretty well. Thank you… would have never thought to use vinegar. My daughter said it smelled like fresh made roti (tortillas).

    • http://www.KieraPedley.com Kiera Pedley

      Ah, glad to hear you got there in the end. I think it depends on the brands of flour you use. Some are “stronger” than others.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3E6OXWAYCITLLYDGDMSX6J7LEU Brittany

    Worked great… I tried a reciepe from another site and it did not work! I used this one and it was ready in just a few minutes… Thanks!

    • http://www.KieraPedley.com Kiera Pedley

      You’re welcome! Glad it worked for you!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3E6OXWAYCITLLYDGDMSX6J7LEU Brittany

    Worked great… I tried a reciepe from another site and it did not work! I used this one and it was ready in just a few minutes… Thanks!

    • http://www.KieraPedley.com Kiera Pedley

      You’re welcome! Glad it worked for you!

  • Ben Zeuner

    AMAZING I AM GOING TO TELL ALL MY FRIENDS MY SON LOVES IT IT WORKS SO WELL I DONT NEED TO BUY PLAYDOUGH OR TARTAR 

    • http://www.KieraPedley.com Kiera Pedley

      Awesome Ben!!

  • Ben Zeuner

    AMAZING I AM GOING TO TELL ALL MY FRIENDS MY SON LOVES IT IT WORKS SO WELL I DONT NEED TO BUY PLAYDOUGH OR TARTAR 

  • http://straessley.blogspot.com/ Leslie S.

    Gonna try this now!  Thank you!

    • http://www.KieraPedley.com Kiera Pedley

      Let us know how you go Leslie!

  • http://straessley.blogspot.com/ Leslie S.

    Gonna try this now!  Thank you!

    • http://www.KieraPedley.com Kiera Pedley

      Let us know how you go Leslie!

  • csrobinson

    This was my first attempt at Play Dough making and it turned out well :)

  • csrobinson

    This was my first attempt at Play Dough making and it turned out well :)

    • http://www.KieraPedley.com Kiera Pedley

      Fantastic!!
      And welcome to the world of playdough !!!!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000856322498 Topanga Betke

    do you use vegetabe oil??

    • http://www.KieraPedley.com Kiera Pedley

      I generally use Olive Oil – it’s nicer on my hands

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000856322498 Topanga Betke

    do you use vegetabe oil??

    • http://www.KieraPedley.com Kiera Pedley

      I generally use Olive Oil – it’s nicer on my hands

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HY3EGJFTCYIBCYLF57KCSYWNLM Mrs. E

    Works great. I used my hands (because it was on low) and needed to add quite a bit more flour.  My son (3) and I had a blast making it and even more fun playing with it after. Not only is it healthier for us, but lighter on the walet.Thanks!

    • http://www.KieraPedley.com Kiera Pedley

      Fantastic!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HY3EGJFTCYIBCYLF57KCSYWNLM Mrs. E

    Works great. I used my hands (because it was on low) and needed to add quite a bit more flour.  My son (3) and I had a blast making it and even more fun playing with it after. Not only is it healthier for us, but lighter on the walet.Thanks!

    • http://www.KieraPedley.com Kiera Pedley

      Fantastic!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JW6IYFJTX65MELEHVPEXWVJF7I Anne-Marie

    How long will this playdough last for when you’ve made it, if you keep it in the fridge when its not being played with? Thanks.

  • Josephine Corley

    This is a fantastic recipe, and easy too!

  • Josephine Corley

    This is a fantastic recipe, and easy too!

    • http://www.KieraPedley.com Kiera Pedley

      Thanks Josephine :)

  • http://www.KieraPedley.com Kiera Pedley

    About 2 weeks.