Thursday, September 13, 2012

homemade playdough does what?

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how long do you/can you keep homemade playdough?
 
 we've always made it, played with it, put it in a ziploc and tossed it in our preschool tubs.  we throw old batches away when they dry out or get so much schmutz stuck in them they're gross.  it never crossed my mind that i should monitor how well it keeps.  until the other day...
 
i grabbed the playdough.  it was a mix of the blue we made for autism awareness {april} and the teal from one of our last playdates {august}. 
 
i opened the bag to get it out and saw this.
 
 
 
yeah, that's mold.  white, fuzzy mold.
 
i usually keep it in a ziploc bag with the air pressed out of it.  and i've heard that the salt in helps to prohibit mold growth.  i usually take out 1/3 of the salt because i don't like the way it leaves my hands feeling.  that's likely a contributor.  but seriously, never did i even think about this.
 
so just an fyi for everyone.  it is possible.  homemade playdough can grow mold.
 
but on the bright side, we get to make new playdough :) 



 
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12 comments:

ravfamily said...

You should definately keep homemade play dough in the fridge. It lasts MUCH longer and keeps all the nasties from growing :)

Gina said...

I never realized it would mold either.

Christy said...

Yuck. I haven't tried homemade yet. I just pick it up at the dollar store, and I think I may keep doing that! HA.

Michelle@ Learning to Be a Mom said...

I had this problem too when I pulled out our homemade play dough one day. I never realized it could mold. Now I keep it in the fridge.

Lorie K said...

Ew. I didn't realize it could do that! I did have it separate and the bag was full of oil which was gross, but not as gross as mold. :)

Allison said...

Whoa! I have a batch from last December that is still going strong. Yep I said December. That is crazy!

Meeha Meeha said...

Every day you learn something new, thanks for the warning - but like you said, never mind!

Jode said...

We get that a fair bit in our hot , humid climate her in Oz Andie! If i didn't keep it in the fridge in summer it would look like that in a week...bummer!!

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

Oh no! Is that cooked play dough? I've never had that happen. I sort of wish it would, actually, because then I'd have an excuse to make up a new batch, too!

The Iowa Farmer's Wife said...

Yes! Mine molded in the fridge!!! Crazy eh? And it was our newest batch! Kool Aid playdough. SO crazy!

cute and peculiar said...

yes it totally can. Usually I sub out the cooking oil for baby oil and it tends to last a bit longer.

Kimberly Sminkey said...

I guess as long as there are no preservatives anything will mold? Great science experiment in itself I guess, but at least you do get to make fresh new colorful fun!

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