Dishwasher Safe vs Outdoor Mod Podge

Have you ever wondered what is the best Mod Podge to use? Can you use Dishwasher safe instead of Outdoor because they are both waterproof? Well, here we compare them and show you the differences.

The task at hand

We thought to aid your choices we can give a comparison between the Outdoor and the Dishwasher Mod Podge.  There are benefits to both of these as they similar

  • They both act as a glue, varnish and sealer
  • Non-toxic, safe for the kids
  • Starts off opaque, but dries clear
  • Works on any porous surface- paper, wood, cardboard, fabric, and cork

Here is where I tell you a little bit about each product.

Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge

Dishwasher Mod podge is one of our most popular selling Glues / Varnishes. It’s coat is glossy and shiny so will add a true varnish to your work. The most important thing about this dishwasher safe mod podge is that you really need to follow the instructions and cure for 28 days. Any shortcuts will cause flaws. So if you are selling your work and want it to be dishwasher safer then please cure them properly. There is no fast way to speed this up without disrupting the formula which can lead to issues later on.


  1. Clean your project surface. It is surprising how much dirt and grease can get onto glassware, even the oils in your skin can disrupt the paint and varnish. Wash glass, ceramic, and metal with warm soapy water rinse thoroughly and let dry. Or you can dry rubbing alcohol or white spirit to clean it, just make sure it is dry before you start.
  2. Roll your bottle on the table to mix it, no stirring with a paint brush.
  3. There is a massive difference between a normal paint brush and varnish brush. Invest in the right tools and you will never have streaks. If you don’t have a varnish brush to hand then you can use a soft bristle brush to apply the finish to the surface.
  4. While the Mod Podge is still wet, place the design onto the surface and smooth.
  5. Do not paint or stick your design where it can be in contact with food or your lips. A good rule of thumb is an inch from the top of glass or mug down.
  6. Let dry for 1- 2 hours and then apply 2 – 3 more coats. Let dry 1 – 2 hours between coats.
  7. Most important: Cure your project for 28 days. No less.
  8. Wash by hand or in the top rack of the dishwasher.


Outdoor Mod Podge

Outdoor Mod Podge has a thicker paste-like consistency. Our door is made for all outdoor weathers although like most things will not survive in extreme weather conditions. Again you need to follow the instructions to the letter ie don’t put outside before the 7 days are up. A good thing the bear in mind when you are glueing is the weather or climate you are glueing in. If it is hot it may appear dryer than it actually is, also if there is a lot of moisture in the air it will take longer to dry.




  1. Be sure the surface is clean and dry.
  2. Sand with sandpaper, if necessary, and remove dust with a cloth
  3. Roll your bottle on the table to mix it, no stirring with a paint brush. Shaking can create bubbles which are not what you want
  4. Load your brush with a medium amount of the glue
  5. Brush with slow motion even strokes, fast motion can produce bubbles
  6. Wait 15-30 minutes before applying the next coat
  7. Drying time take 7 days
  8. If the glue is still tacky cover it with a coat of clear acrylic spray paint

If using Gloss, Matte or Satin Mod Podge apply a clear acrylic sealer to the surface after it has cured 4 weeks.


Dishwasher safe is all about to be soaked in warm soapy water, whereas outdoor is exposed to the elements rather than soaked. So you can’t really use one for all I am afraid.

If you are trying to decide which one to get, the main advice I can give is dishwasher is perfect for all household projects but these two do specific jobs. So use Outdoor just for outdoor as the consistency is thicker. When it comes to their other formulas they are all pretty much the same ( don’t tell plaid I said that) but when it comes to these two they are quite specific.

What mod podge projects are you up to?

Have fun, Dana






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