Homemade Playdough

We ran out of store bought playdough over a month or so ago and Little Miss has been asking me when were were going to go some. Well I’ve never gotten around to it so she’s been without…until this morning!

I completely forgot that I had a recipe to make the stuff at home. It’s really simple and you probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry already. Accept for maybe the cream of tartar. I had to buy some the first I made this and it’s been in my cabinets untouched since then. Here goes!

What you need:
1 cup all purpose white flour
1/2 cup salt (no need to be fancy the cheap stuff’ll do)
1 Tbs cream of tartar
1 Tbs vegetable oil
1 cup water
A few drops of food coloring

What to do:
1. Mix the flour, salt, and cream of tartar in a medium size bowl. Stir until there are no lumps.
2. Pour in the oil and then the water. Whisk until the mixture is a smooth consistent texture.
3. Add a few drops of food coloring and stir until color is uniform.
4. In a saucepan (that you don’t mind getting all grubby), stir the mixture with a large spoon until it has dried and comes together into a solid mass. It should look like playdough at this point.
5. Dump the playdough on a clean counter or some place flat.
6. Knead the dough until smooth. Be warned that it will be somewhat hot right off of the stove. Here is where you can add essential oils to give the dough a nice scent. (We used lavender and peppermint)
7. The dough will still be a little warm, put it in a plastic container with a lid until it has cooled down. Then play!

Little Miss made blue peppermint!

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And Curly Q made green lavender!

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I like this recipe because the playdough is much more pliable and softer than store bought. The last time I made this we stored it in plastic quart bags and it didn’t dry out for a couple of months. It only dried out because we did not close the bag all the way, so it may have lasted a little longer.

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Homemade Ant Poison Solution

We’ve always had fire ants around our house and they do not bother us that often. Hollywood will go around with ant poison every now and then to keep them at bay. Besides the ever so often ant bite, we’ve been able to live together without any altercations.

That was until this happened. Ants in our new raised bed was enough for me to take action. I searched around on the internet for some and found this one to be pretty helpful, but I made some changes to it and decided to use it a little bit differently. It’s simple and only uses three ingredients.

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What you need:
2 cups hot water (I made mine very hot)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup borax

What to do:
1. Microwave your water for a couple of minutes or so. I did mine for two minutes because I wanted it hot.

2. Pour the sugar and borax and stir until both are completely dissolved. (The Happy Housewife is right. The liquid looks pretty much like water once it’s all dissolved. Be sure not to leave it out and keep away from the kiddos or thirsty husbands. 🙂 )

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And that’s it! Really simple, right? And the best thing about it, it works! Here is an ant bed right after I poured the solution over it. (There are ants in there I promise, they’re just too tiny to see.)

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And here is the ant bed two days later. I did disturb the mound before putting the solution on it so that it would permeate the surface a bit better.

4Just to double check, I dug down a bit and saw no ants! For this mound I used pretty much the entire two cups of solution. If you have a larger mound you may want to make more.

And I am sorry for those who are feeling bad for the ants, but we have plenty around our property that are striving and surviving. I don’t mind them, I just do not want them at my back door, or in my raised beds. Little Miss and Curly Q need a place to play!