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What Is Play-Doh Made Of?

By Jacqueline Thomas ; Updated April 18, 2017

If you have ever smelled, played with or even tasted the clay-like substance of Play-Doh, you may be curious to find out its exact ingredients. This popular modeling material is a childhood favorite because of its imaginative possibilities. Play-Doh is also beloved by parents because it is non-toxic, non-allergenic and will not stain the furniture. What exactly goes into the making of this Hasbro brand?

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Official Ingredients

While Hasbro does not reveal the exact ingredients of Play-Doh, the mixture is mostly composed of water, salt and wheat flour. Petroleum adds smoothness to Play-Doh, and Borax keeps away mold.


Water is responsible for Play-Doh's pliability. When left out of its container, Play-Doh's water content evaporates, causing it to dry.

Allergic Reactions

Children who are allergic to wheat gluten should steer clear of Play-Doh. Because wheat is part of the Play-Doh's secret ingredients, those allergic may experience a reaction.

Home-made Play-Doh

For those concerned with Play-Doh's list of ingredients, a similar modeling material can be made at home. Combine white rice flour, cornstarch, salt, cream of tartar, water and cooking oil to create your home-made version.

Fun Fact

Play-Doh was originally created as a wallpaper cleaner.

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About the Author

Jacqueline Thomas is an award-winning writer and poet. She studied creative writing at the Alabama School of Fine Arts and has written critically acclaimed pieces for over 20 years. Thomas is published in both traditional and online press, and has articles that reached the Digg Front Page.

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