General Electric Stove Self-Cleaning Oven Instructions

General Electric ovens with a self-cleaning cycle simplify the task of cleaning the inside of your oven. This cycle heats the oven to high temperatures to burn away any baked-on food or grease in your oven. The resulting ash from these food particles and grease splatters is then wiped away, leaving a clean oven interior. Although you won't need to do any work while the oven is self-cleaning, you do need to properly prepare for the cycle to ensure the best possible results.


Step 1

Turn on the ventilation fan of your oven hood, or open a window in your kitchen to increase ventilation before you begin the self-cleaning cycle.

Step 2

Remove any baking pans and the oven racks from your oven. General Electric advises that gray, porcelain-coated oven racks may be left inside the oven during the self-cleaning cycle, but shiny metal oven racks should be removed.

Step 3

Wipe the inside of the General Electric oven door and the gasket around the door with a rag dampened in hot, soapy water to remove any baked-on food or grease. Use a soap-filled scouring pad to remove stubborn grease if necessary, because the self-cleaning cycle will not clean the oven door.

Step 4

Shut the oven door, and slide the latch under the door handle to the right. This locks the oven door.

Step 5

Press the "Self Clean" button to display the clean time on the oven's clock.

Step 6

Press the "+" or "-" button to adjust the clean time, if desired. The average self-cleaning cycle is 4 hours, but you can adjust this time to 3 hours for lightly soiled ovens, or 5 hours for extremely dirty ovens.

Step 7

Press the "Start" button to begin the self-cleaning cycle.

Step 8

Wait for the self-cleaning cycle to complete. The oven clock will count down to 0:00, and the door will unlatch when the cycle is complete.

Step 9

Open the oven door, and wipe out the interior of your General Electric oven with a damp rag to remove any ash created during the self-cleaning cycle.