Published on December 2nd, 2014 | by Peter Young


How To Turn On The Child Lock For Your Dishwasher


If you’re looking for a way to keep your child from adding a few “special dishes” or running a few extra loads in your dishwasher, activating your dishwashers child lock feature might just be the thing you’re looking for. Fortunately it’s easy to child lock most dishwashers, and it doesn’t require any sort of special tools or know how. Just follow these easy steps to turn on the the child lock feature:

Things you’ll need for the job:

  • Your Finger
  • A Dishwasher

How to turn on the child lock for your dishwasher

1. Familiarize yourself with the various functions on your units control panel. Unfortunately, not all dishwashers will feature a lock out or child lock feature (especially older models). However, if your dishwasher was made sometime in the last decade, odds are it has one of these features built in. Just look for the lock icon or a button labeled “lock” on the control panel.

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2. Follow the prompts on your dishwasher. Depending on the design of your dishwasher you may need to press on hold a button, or press a specific button a certain amount of times to engage or disengage the lock out feature. Regardless of how your dishwasher is set up, the prompts for how to do this should be right on the control panel. If not, consult the owners manual that came with your unit.

Once the lock out feature has been turned on all the buttons on the control panel will become unresponsive. The only way to get the control panel to begin responding again is to de-activate the lock out feature. That’s all there is to it.

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About the Author

graduated from Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) with a degree in journalism and has made sustainability and eco-conscious living mainstays of both his professional and personal life. It was during his time at PLU that he began his journey with sustainability and it's what has led him to writing for Green Living Ideas. He currently resides in Honolulu and works for Pono Home, an energy efficiency company focused on reducing carbon emissions and promoting a healthier, greener lifestyle.

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