No Salt Playdough Recipe

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If you have a playdough eater, and are concerned about the high sodium content – here’s a salt free playdough recipe for you.



  • 2 Cups of Flour
  • 3 tablespoons of Olive Oil (This is lovely on your skin while you play!)
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • Food Colouring, Glitter, Sand, anything you want to add to make it a tactile experience.


  1. Combine all ingredients in a big bowl, and mix and knead until a dough forms.
  2. Add a little more water if you need to.

This recipe doesn’t stay fresh for very long, and is best kept in a sealed container in the fridge.

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  • HorseLover

    can u add cream of tarter to make it last longer

    • Mariah Clanton

      you could add cream of tartar (which is just tartaric acid, a derivative of tamarind) or even vitamin c powder which is readily available at pharmacies and health food stores.  either will inhibit mold growth and keep it nice and fresh :)

      • Kiera Pedley

        Brilliant tip again.
        Some parent’s concerns with Cream of Tartar are due to the fact some brands contain aluminium as an anticaking agent.

  • Mismik

    how long is not very long 3 weeks

    • Anonymous

      About 1-2 weeks, though our playdough always gets mushed and thrown around so ours never lasts more than 2 days :)

  • Anonymous

    We haven’t tried but you could also try vinegar. Let us know how long it lasts if you test it out.

  • Christina Mafi

    yup it worked!!

  • Anonymous

    the recipe I had called for Alum and it stayed a long time does anyone have that one use water and oil heat then add the flour and alum does anyone have it

  • livewithnan

    yep it worked but my hands are now green………….

  • Kiera Pedley

    Oh no!!
    Gloves might be a good idea next time :)

  • Kiera Pedley

    Alum is aluminium, which is why none of our recipes contain it :)

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  • Anonymous

    I just made this recipe for my children! They loved it as much as I…..wonderful recipe!

  • gabriella bacon

    This clay worked very well!

  • Kristin Scherb

    This worked so great! At first, before it formed into the dough, I thought, “This is NOT how it’s supposed to look.” But as I kept kneading it, it looked more and more like play dough. Thanks so much for the recipe! I plan on doing it with the girls I babysit tonight. :)