I Made Cloud Dough Because I Was Bored.

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Photo by Ka

Here's how it turned out.

By Kaitlyn Ketchell, Reporter

As someone who tends to use more shampoo than conditioner, I’m faced with the issue of what to do with extra conditioner rather frequently. I like to use pairs of shampoo and conditioner together, usually because they have the same scent and it keeps things consistent. However, because I have short but often greasy hair, I always run out of shampoo first and am left with a sad half cup of conditioner that I just can’t bring myself to use.

Funnily enough, half a cup of conditioner is exactly how much conditioner needed to make cloud dough, the slime-like Not-Quite-Play-Doh taking social media by storm. (Is it actually taking social media by storm? I don’t know. I don’t really have social media.) So in an attempt to creatively get rid of my leftover conditioner and cure my boredom, I decided to make some cloud dough.

There were four main ingredient combinations I came across: flour or corn starch, and conditioner or lotion. Because I was only interested in using my conditioner, I opted not to use any lotion, but thought it would be interesting to try making some dough with flour and some with corn starch (also because I had a little over a cup of conditioner).

Cloud Dough Recipe

  • 1 cup flour or corn starch (base)
  • 1/2 cup conditioner or lotion (liquid)
  • food coloring (optional)
  1. Pour the base and liquid into a bowl. Mix with a spoon until ingredients start to clump together.
  2. After stirring with a spoon becomes ineffective, knead it with your hands.
  3. Add more of the base or liquid to reach your desired consistency and keep kneading until it reaches a dough-like state.
  4. Add 3-5 drops of food dye if you want. If not, then you’re done.
  5. Congratulations, you now have something cool to put on your Instagram story.
All the ingredients
Mix it all together!

I made the mistake of adding food dye at the beginning, which caused my cloud dough to have a more marbled appearance. I also added way too much, so remember to be mindful of how much dye you add.

It will take a while to stir, so be patient.
After kneading
flour dough (left) and corn starch dough (right)

Ta-da! I was more pleased with how the corn starch dough turned out, because it had a more foamy feel, almost like Play-Doh and air-dry clay. The flour dough felt more like, well, pizza dough. It was also much moister and more like slime.

Now if this were a real science experiment, I wouldn’t have added food dye to either batch (please don’t come after me, Mr. Odil), so I’m lucky that this isn’t a real science experiment.

Obviously there are different qualities to be desired with each type of dough, and the way you make it depends on what consistency you want, but ultimately, I’m just glad I was able to finish off my conditioner.