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Old 12-20-2011, 04:29 PM
boytyperanma boytyperanma is offline
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Should I care if Play-Doh freezes?

Included in my shopping was some Play-Doh for me niece. I was going to let it float around my truck till I go around to wrapping it. It is below freezing however. It'll certainly have time to thaw before she receives it.

Just wanted to check if freezing causes permanent damage to it.
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Old 12-20-2011, 04:30 PM
dolphinboy dolphinboy is online now
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Sounds like an experiment is in order!
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Old 12-20-2011, 04:40 PM
BigT BigT is offline
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Here's Yahoo's answer:

Ordinarily I wouldn't trust those people, but when the answer can be found using anecdotes, they usually aren't wrong. If some of them have problems, then I would say it's probably not a good idea, even if you can recover it using water.

My experience with Play Doh recovery is that it's never as good as when you first got it.
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Old 12-20-2011, 05:42 PM
VOW VOW is offline
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This is a WAG, but I'd figure since Play-Doh has coloring, and frozen stuff when it thaws usually shows condensation, that the thawed out Doh would be somewhat of a drippy, colored mess. You COULD roll it around on a pad of paper towels and try to absorb the wetness, but it doesn't seem like that would be one of Life's Enjoyable Experiences.

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Old 12-20-2011, 06:44 PM
VernWinterbottom VernWinterbottom is offline
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Play Doh is really dough, made of flour, water, salt and a bit of kerosene. I don't see how freezing it would be any more harmful than freezing any other kind of dough.
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Old 12-20-2011, 08:26 PM
VOW VOW is offline
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To VernWinterbottom:

The recipe I've used for Play-Doh is water, salt, flour and vegetable oil. The commercial Play-Doh is advertised as non-toxic, and I'd think that kerosene would make it toxic.

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Old 12-21-2011, 08:54 PM
VernWinterbottom VernWinterbottom is offline
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Hasbro says it's "primarily" flour, salt and water. The kerosene I read about either from Cecil or one of his competitors in the "Big Secrets" genre. It's a small amount, to prevent mold, and it gives Play Doh its unique smell, from what I recall.

A website that published a history of Play-Doh states, "However, it is known to contain, among other things, wheat flour, water, salt, and some sort of petroleum distillate." History of Play-Doh

You can Google Play-Doh and kerosene for more cites.
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