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How to make 2 ingredient cloud play dough

Looking for an easy playdough recipe? Here’s how to make 2 ingredient cloud play dough using conditioner and cornstarch.

We have really been enjoying making a lot of different play dough recipes around here, and I am excited to share some of our favorites with y’all.

Today we are talking about a super simple play dough recipe made using cornstarch and conditioner.

My son Luke and I have actually tried 3 different recipes using cornstarch and lotion or cornstarch and conditioner until we got the perfect combination.

This recipe makes super soft playdough, it is so fluffy it is often called cloud dough!

how to make fluffy play dough

2 ingredient playdough

There are some pros and cons to conditioner playdough. In my opinion, the pros outweigh the cons. This is a super easy recipe with ingredients you probably have on hand and fun to play with!

ball of homemade cloud playdough

Pros of lotion cloud dough:

  • Easy and cheap to make
  • Simple ingredients you probably have on hand
  • No cook (great for small kids)
  • Fluffy, satisfying texture
  • Smells good – like lotion haha
  • Hypoallergenic and paraben-free (assuming your lotion is)
3 year old playing with cloud dough

Cons of cornstarch and shampoo cloud dough:

  • Crumbly and messy in the kneading step – not messy once mixed
  • Sticks to your hands when mixing – not once fully mixed though
  • Slightly powdery feeling on your hands when playing with it, which I find happens with all playdough with cornstarch
  • If you mess up the ratio of wet to cornstarch, it gets crumbly and messy really fast
  • Not food safe (important for my 1 year old)
1 year old playing with cloud dough

How to make cloud dough without conditioner

Don’t have conditioner? You can use lotion instead! Pick something with a nice light scent and it will work just like conditioner. The important thing is that 2:1 ratio!

How to make cloud dough without cornstarch

Don’t have cornstarch? You can use flour, it just won’t be as light and fluffy!

how to make play dough from lotion and cornstarch

What conditioner should I use?

Go for a cheap conditioner! Cheaper brands are more watery, which is what absorbs the cornstarch. Go with V05, suave, or anything super on sale!

how to make play dough with cornstarch and conditioner

Cloud dough recipe

Ingredients needed to make play dough:

  • 1/2 cup lotion OR hair conditioner (or, 1 part if you are scaling)
  • 1 cup cornstarch/cornflour (or, 2 parts if you are scaling)
  • food coloring if wanted, as needed to achieve desired color
  • essential oil if wanted, I just used scented lotion
how to make play dough from conditioner and cornstarch

Steps to make fluffy playdough

STEP 1: Mix lotion with dye

This is important and I learned it from trial and error – use a spoon to stir your food coloring into the lotion. This makes it mix MUCH BETTER later on. Stir until fully mixed.

STEP 2: Add cornstarch

Add your cornstarch and stir to combine. Add in a few batches to keep it from being too messy.

crumbly cloud play dough before being kneaded
crumbly cloud play dough before being kneaded

STEP 3: Stir well

Stir to combine completely. It will look pebbly.

STEP 4: Knead

Pour onto a silicone mat or any clean surface and use your hands to knead the dough and mix it until it’s completely mixed.

kneading cloud playdough

STEP 5: Play!

Play with the cloud dough and have fun! This dough holds it’s shape and can be molded and cut with play dough tools.

Store in a ziplock bag or airtight tupperware when not in use!

ball of homemade cloud playdough

how to make 2 ingredient cloud play dough

Yield: 1 batch playdough
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: easy
Estimated Cost: $0-10

Looking for an easy playdough recipe? Here's how to make 2 ingredient cloud play dough using conditioner and cornstarch.

Materials

  • 1/2 cup conditioner or lotion
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • food color if wanted
  • essential oils if wanted

Tools

  • bowl
  • spoon

Instructions

  1. Mix the lotion with food coloring in a bowl until completely mixed.
  2. Add the corn starch in batches.
  3. Stir to combine.
  4. Pour onto a silicone mat or any clean surface.
  5. Knead and mix by hand.
  6. Play and enjoy!

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