Dish Soap Silly Putty

Dish Soap Silly Putty

Do you ever start a craft and end up messing everything up? Well, our day pretty much started like that. But, I was determined to get something right and that’s how we created dish soap silly putty! Well, it didn’t start out as dish soap silly putty…. it actually started out as more of a mess (I tried to use flour first….don’t ask……it was ugly!). None the less we ended up with THEE easiest silly putty recipe that my kids can’t get enough of! You only need 2 ingredients and you most likely have both in your kitchen already.

Last updated: January 2, 2018
This post was originally published on January 22, 2015

DISH SOAP SILLY PUTTY. Just 2 ingredients!

Ingredeints for Dish Soap Silly Putty

  • 1.5 tablespoons of dish soap and
  • 2 tablespoons of  corn starch

You already have both of those things, don’t you? Well, then you’re good to go!


Here’s our Dish Soap Silly Putty Video tutorial:

How to make Silly Putty with Dish Soap

  1. Mix the dish soap and corn starch together as best as you can for about 10 seconds.
  2. Once it becomes difficult to stir, get your hands in there!
  3. Work the putty until all of the ingredients in the bowl are combined thoroughly. This is when you’ll see the putty start to come together.
  4. TIP: because dish soap formulas can vary, it’s ok if you need to add a little more. If the putty is entirely too dry, add a tiny bit more dish soap to it. Or, if the putty is too runny, add a tiny bit more corn starch to it. After adding more of either ingredient, mix the putty by hand for a few moments. Just a little extra of either ingredient is all it takes:)

It really is a no-fail type of combination. If your silly putty is a tiny bit runny, add a tiny bit more corn starch. If it’s too dry, add a little more of the dish soap.

Whisper voice: soooooo easy!!!!


The silly putty will hold a shape if you’re constantly moving it. But, if you let it rest, it will drip and fall like molasses (so FUN!).

How Long Does Dish Soap Silly Putty Last?

Since this dish soap takes about 2 minutes to make, it doesn’t necessarily last very long. Meaning, you won’t need to store it in a container. Simply play with it for awhile and clean up the silly putty when you’re done (you’ll notice some drying of the ingredients, which is typical of handmade stuff, but a little soap and water will wipe it right up!).


Be sure to share this quick and easy craft with your kid-friendly craft loving group of friends! I think it is best suited for kids ages 4+

Dish Soap Silly Putty Video - Watch how to make this DIY silly putty using just 2 ingredients. So fun! Must try-

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  1. I love your website and can’t wait for your book to come out! Thanks to this and some of the other craft ideas my girls will be happy and busy on this snowy Saturday.

  2. We’ve done cornstarch and shampoo before, but not dish soap…. We may need to try it to see how different it is! Fun!

  3. Ive made it using baby oil and cornflour-great fun!

  4. i love it I made mine pink


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