The Softest PlayDough Ever – in Just Three Ingredients

Three Ingredients for the Softest PlayDough EverLast night Bella and I made 3 batches of this soft playdough with only 3 ingredients. It was so simple I had to share. It’s based off the popular pin that uses hair conditioner and cornstarch, but the conditioner ended up making both our hands and arms itchy. I switched to unscented lotion instead and it worked wonderfully. It also left our hands feeling wonderful – a plus in this dry climate.

Here’s how to make this three ingredient, super soft playdough.

You’ll Need:

  • Cornstarch (at least one 16 oz box)
  • Unscented, white lotion (I used Vaseline) 
  • Food coloring

Three Ingredients for the Softest PlayDough Ever


In a medium sized bowl, pour in 1 part lotion to 3 parts cornstarch. Start with around 3 drops of food coloring, add more as you mix for a stronger color if desired. Stir until mixture is combined completely, it will seem very powdery at first.

Playdough should form a ball and stick together but not to your hands. Add a small amount of lotion or cornstarch until you get the right texture.

Three Ingredients for the Softest PlayDough Ever

  • For scented playdough add in a few drops of essential oil – like peppermint. 
  • If playdough dries a bit, you can add a very small amount of water or  lotion and hand mix in. 

Store in plastic bags.

Three Ingredients for the Softest PlayDough Ever

Have fun! Feel free to pin and share. xo

 Note: this is not an edible playdough! 



  1. Carli Jean says

    This playdough is very fun! A little messy, but easy clean up :) I even like playing with it!

  2. michelleJ says

    Wow, ‘mom fail’ over here. About how long did you have to mix this? I don’t feel like I’m getting beyond a pile of powder….

  3. Jen H. says

    Just made this with my kids… definitely needed to add lotion and it still is a bit powdery but my kids are having a blast! I just kept adding a bit of lotion at a time until I got a good consistency. Next time I’ll try a 1 to 2 ratio first and add whatever is needed. Thanks so much for the recipe!