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No Tartar Playdough Recipe

Don’t have any cream of tartar? Don’t worry, you can make playdough without cream of tartar. A typical recipe with cream of tartar is this cream of tartar playdough recipe.

No Tartar Playdough Recipe


  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • Your choice of food coloring

no tartar playdough recipe


  • Mix ingredients in pan.
  • Set it to low heat and stir.
  • When dough forms, remove it from the heat.
  • Allow to cool and then enjoy!

Another simple playdough recipe that provides some amazing results. If you want something really quick and simple, don’t use food coloring.

Extended directions for No Tartar Playdough Recipe

The short version of the recipe is simple enough, but if you feel like you need a step-by-step explanation with images, here it is.

Step 1:

We begin with collecting the ingredients. Here you can see the water, flour, salt and food coloring. All we need for this specific playdough recipe.

No Tartar Playdough Recipe Step 1

Step 2:

In the pan where you plan to cook the playdough, mix all ingredients. It should look something like this, depending on how much food coloring you want to use. Just pour it in there and mix together.

No Tartar Playdough Recipe Step 2

Step 3:

Start heating the mixture on medium heat, it’s important that we don’t burn it. After a minute or so it should look like this. A bit more doughy but nowhere near finished.

No Tartar Playdough Recipe Step 3

Step 4:

Now you will be able to see that the mixture changes quite rapidly. To make sure you don’t burn it you can lower the heat some. After quickly changing and when finished it should look like this. Remember that it’s a bit hot, but it cools rather quickly.

No Tartar Playdough Recipe Step 4

Step 5:

When cool enough, remove the finished playdough from the pan and start making your creations. My finished playdough looked like this.

No Tartar Playdough Recipe Step 5

Because of all the salt in the playdough, it will dry out your skin, so remember lotion after handling it.

Good luck with your own playdough cooking, I’m certain it will turn out great!

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  • cindey mcguire

    Where do I find glow-in-the-dark powder?

  • Rachel

    could you add koolaid to this instead of food coloring and how long does it last?

    • admin

      I haven’t tried, but please let me know how it turns out if you try it. The standard recipe is good for a couple of weeks or so, stored in airtight container.

  • Ruth

    I made this tonight with my 4 year old and 5 year old daughters. It was great. We only had enough salt on hand to make half the recipe but it worked out great. I was pleased to show them that we can make things at home and don’t have to buy everything.

    • admin

      Wonderful! That’s one of the things I really appreciate with homemade playdough as well 🙂

  • Jenn

    I am finding it quite sticky when I make it. Am I doing something wrong?

    • admin

      Try adding some more flour and it should be ok 🙂

  • amanda

    was a bit sticky but rolled it in flour just like pie crust made a little less sticky ..and added vinila made it smell so good

    • admin

      Nice! Adding oils and extracts is a great way to add some good scent 🙂

  • Pippa

    How long will it keep for

    • admin

      It’s basically good as long as it’s not smelling and it’s functioning as playdough. Keeping it in an airtight container in the fridge will make it last longer. It should be good for a couple of weeks or more.

  • Sylvia

    Mine turned out super sticky as well. I have added a ton of flour. I’m going to try less food coloring to see if that helps.

    • admin

      Try some more salt as well, it absorbs water. Alternatively a bit less water.

  • harley

    ya i think that 1 cup of salt is way too much

    • admin

      Please, share your experience 🙂


    I go through a lot of playdough with all my children. But i have found that this recipe works the best and takes 5 min. boil 2 cups of water either in your kettle or just through you water cooler if you have the hot water feature. To this water mix in 2 pkg of cool-aide drink mix, 2TBSP oil, 1 cup salt, stir until dissolved. Add your 2 cups of flour and if you want 1 TBSP creme of tarter, or alum, neither is neccessary. stir then turn out onto your table or if you have a ceramic top oven it doesn’t stick.. kneed until all incorporated. if you find a little sticky add a bit of flour as you go. At christmas time i make a gingerbread playdough with brown cake gel for color and add gingerbread cookie spice. You can add sparkles, glitter, and mix away. My kids love it.

    • admin

      Thank you for your contribution! I love new playdough recipes 🙂

  • maddy

    Hi can you put it in the mircowave like the microwave one or is that just for tarter?! x

    • admin

      Give it a try, it might actually work, I’ve never tried myself.

  • Kylie

    Just made this X2, it was awesome!! I worked through a little extra flour and didn’t add as much salt and it’s perfect. Thanks for a great recipe!!!

    • admin

      Great! Glad to hear 🙂

  • Valerie

    What does the Alum or creme of tarter do or not do when added to playdough? I see some recipies have it and others don’t? Anyone know why?

    • Dot

      I have made both recipes. The cream of tartar recipe is much better.The play dough last longer and it doesn’t require adding more flour to it when you use the non tartar recipe. After several uses without the COT recipe the play The dough gets sticky and you have to add flour. The cream of tartar recipe last a lot longer better than buying it from the store.. Love the COT recipe

  • Valerie

    Has anyone heard of adding hand lotion to the playdough recipies? If so, how does it turn out verses the traditional recipe without lotion? Please post your recipe with lotion if you are happy with it 🙂

    • admin

      Could probably try adding hand lotion instead of oil.

  • amber

    this is so much fun me and my 3yr old just made it thank you

    • admin

      Very glad to hear! 🙂

  • Lisa

    I added a ton of extra flour last night because it was so sticky & it helped a lot. I then put it in an airtight container but now today it’s just as sticky as last night before the extra flour. Any suggestions? We’re trying to make this for a 4 year old’s birthday present for tomorrow so any help I could get today would be greatly appreciated! Thanks! 🙂

    • admin

      So sorry I didn’t see this until now.

      My guess is that you don’t let enough of the fluid boil/simmer away. Keep it in the pan for just a bit longer.

  • Marie

    I’m very nervous to make this. I believe I’ve made another version of this before, but it didn’t call for any cooking. As like everyone else though, it was very sticky and stained my hands. Do you have any suggestions?

    • admin

      Make sure you boil awayas much of the water as possible and add extra flour if needed.

      The food coloring will stain your hands, try using plastic gloves.

  • ally

    i just made it. it was so fun mine was a little stiky but still it was fun

  • heart

    man i just made it it did not work out this recipe dose not work for me i am going to try it one more time if it dose not work i am going to be so mad

  • ally

    omg it worked out i am so happy!!!!!

    • admin

      Great! 🙂

  • n rashad

    Hello, the dough will always be sticky unless cream of tartar is being used.

  • Mandricle

    Think the alum is a preservative and cream of tartar for extra elasticity, that’s why you don’t necessarily need them. I’m going to try this with the less salt, my daughter has a habit of mixing the colours of shop bought ones.

  • Ella

    This recipe worked great, but I recommend adding 1 cup of flour and only 2 TBSP salt. I also added tatar which made it nice and stretchy…FUN!

  • Jenna

    HI, I’m making this right now. I really like it, except when it is in the pot, every time I stir it it gets thinner. Maybe it was just a measurement mistake. I had to cut the recipe in half. 🙂

    • Jenna

      Never mind. It is working now. I love it!

  • angelica

    very sticky. how can i fix this?

    • admin


      You add more flour 🙂

  • JenZ

    I just made several batches of this and found that I had to use a total of 3 cups flour and 2 cups salt for every 2 cups boiling water. I also added 2 Tbsp oil because the other recipe I was using before I stopped adding cream of tartar called for it, and I’m assuming it must have something to do with the dough staying soft longer. We’re going to try this out to make models of earth’s layers tomorrow in our co-op class, so I’m hoping it works out ok! Seems like a good consistency so far.

  • Rachel

    I’ve never made playdough before and mine came out really sticky. Not sure if it needed more cooking or more flour. After reading some comments I might try even more flour.
    We also added a couple of drops of essential oils.

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