10 Tips For The Bi-Polar Cloud Dough Disorder (BPCDD) Sufferer

Here, you will find 10 Tips for the Bi-Polar Cloud Dough Disorder Sufferer.

This is a post about those Powdery White Bins of Sin and the love-hate relationship that mess-embracing moms, teachers and bloggers the world-over struggle with.

If you have BPCDD, don’t despair. More people have it than let on and there is help.

It is this post.

And you must read it.


Or you, your kids and your home will be greasy.

Very greasy.



Bi-Polar Cloud Dough Disorder.

Bloggers and Moms and Teachers all over the world have it.

Yes.  We. Do.

We love the white powder that moisturizes better than cocoa butter.

It’s other deceptively innocuous names:  Snow Dough, Homemade Moon Dough, The Permanently Moist Powder That Never Needs Covering?

It’s cheap.

It’s made of pronounceable things.

It proves that we are fearless people willing to clean up the seemingly un-cleanable.

While other moms are buying Color Wonder products for their fifth-graders, we’re literally diving in headfirst into a greasy, messy abyss.

We do it.  We photograph it.  We definitely blog it.

And, guess what.

We clean it up, too.

At least we try to do that.

And darn if that greasy stuff really CAN be un-cleanable.

We love this stuff, the stuff with an ironically angelic name.

It’s the dichotomy between shunning the mess-averse lifestyle and wishing that it was a substance that responded more favorably to heat, the passage of time, water or laundry detergent.

Made of just flour and baby oil, it acts like wet sand, but feels like supple velvet.

We loved it so much last year, that I ran a post about how we don’t just DO cloud dough, we do it in an oversized under-bed bin.


But, that wasn’t BIG enough.  So, we tripled it for our Super Hero Party and made Super Dough.  THREE underbed bins each full of 50 lbs of flour and about 10 lbs of baby oil each.  It was lain out on a tarp for a bunch of toddlers through kindergarteners to enjoy.  And, enjoy it, they DID.



My Best Blog Buddy, Chrissy, of The Outlaw Mom Blog, has been banned from making it ever again in her own home.  And, apparently, that is because she was unable to spray the solidified white masses off of their outside deck as promised.  We had the same experience over the Summer at my sister’s home.  The chalk drawing sprayed away nicely.  The overnight Cloud Dough clumps that morphed into super-glue?  Not so much.



You bet.


Irrationality Is A Major Symptom Of BPCDD.

I DID run a post immediately after my Super Hero Party post in full disclosure about the Humor In a Birthday Party and our 180 lbs of cloud dough was a major contributor to some great laughs.  This is the post where the AUTHENTIC images of cloud dough appeared:  Kids in black costumes, swimming in the heavenly-but-devilish stuff.  There were coagulating mounds strewn outside of the protective tarp which would eventually form solids that defy torrential rains, industrial lawn-mowing devices, and twice-daily sprinkler systems (to this very day) on the Homeowners Association-Regulated Playground Lawn.

You didn’t think I’d do this on my OWN lawn, did you?

Making Cloud Dough Other People’s Problem Is Also A Symptom of BPCDD.

Anyway-  here is the best example of BPCDD I can come up with.  Behold, the disparity between Cloud Dough representations between two posts I ran on the reprehensibly irresistible stuff last year.




As you can see, Bi-Polar Cloud Dough Disorder (BPCDD) can also be confused with another potentially tragic ailment:    Schizophrenic Blog Disorder (SBD).

 At the end of that Super Hero Party, a few of my friends’ kids were sad to leave those bins of cloud dough.

So, I gave some of them little baggies of it to take home.

Of course, my friend was super excited about it!

 She’s Portuguese.  I am pretty sure that she’s giving me the local symbol for “THANK YOU!!!!”

And with joy in my heart from having helped another mom with her cloud dough deficit, I exclaim, “YOU ARE WELCOME, MY DEAR FRIEND!”

It has been some time since I posted about the virtues of cloud dough.  So, I will disclose that the reason for this post on my own struggles with BPCDD stems from some recent notes and messages from friends and readers who were beginning their Cloud Dough journeys.

I received a Facebook Note like this:


And, so here is a rough list of tips for my friend and for you, forged through greasy-glued-together clothing and sheets:


If you are the desperate person in Tip # 10, I have nothing for you.

You should burn your home down and  dip your children in vats of vinegar.

But, seriously, once you re-locate and are ready to return to the Moldable Powder of Sin, here’s my last tip.  Go to the craft store and buy a scrapbook box.  It’s small and shallow, square and covered.

The amounts inside will be manageable and it will all fit nicely on a beach towel in your kitchen.

Even if it all gets dumped, your fight or flight instinct won’t launch your joints reflexively into the cowering fetal position.

So, don’t sweat your BPCDD.

Embrace it.

It happens to the best of us.

Now, who is up for a messy cloud dough play date?


What’s Your Address???!!!




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19 Responses to 10 Tips For The Bi-Polar Cloud Dough Disorder (BPCDD) Sufferer

  1. Ah you made me laugh, I remember the day I thought it would be a good idea to make it so the kids could be easily entertained whilst wit their babysitter, I also remember her face when I got home and she hadn’t been able to get it out of the carpet!! Thankfully months have past and the vacuum cleaner has nearly faded it..sort of! Might be time to try it again :s

  2. I’m not sure if I should be offended that you through around a very serious, very real, and fairly common disorder name in a casual way, or if I’m being overly sensitive because I am sleep deprived. Very entertaining post anyways.

    • T- Thank you for your comment- and for highlighting the fact that Bi-Polar Disorder IS a very real issue. When I wrote this, I truly did not consider that the name and format of this post might appear to take a serious ailment lightly. That was not in my thought-process and I hope that anyone who reads it knows that I am not poking fun at true BPD, because that is a very serious challenge for families to overcome. My thoughts when writing this post centered on finding a way to reconcile the ways that I had portrayed cloud dough- In many posts, I seem to love it and encourage it- but in private messages and in comments on other cloud dough posts, I would always seemed to be handing out tips that would make any mom want to run away from it. The word “polarizing” popped into my head, and this post is the result. I thank you for giving me your honest thoughts!

    • Thanks, Chrissy- Yes, I know. You are banned. For life. And eternity. But, what about parallel dimensions? :) I bet your alter-ego who eats corn on the cob vertically practically lives in cloud dough, in a messy house, in the 11th dimension’s version of Iowa. And she loves to wear crocs and sweatpants. :)

  3. Hahaha Loved this post – hilarious!

    I sent home play dough from my daughter’s party and I’m fairly sure I got the same response from a few of the guests. I don’t think they’r ePortugese though….hmmmm……

    • Rebecca- Play Dough is kind of lumped in with cloud dough for many of my friends! Nothing messy! haha! You never know- maybe your friend has a little Portuguese in her? :)

  4. I have enough problems with tiny Lego pieces, a stalking Chewbacca squinkie and Transformers toys that don’t transform – I don’t think there’s enough beer in the world to help me cope with Cloud Dough.

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