General Electric Stove Self-Cleaning Oven Instructions

Updated November 21, 2016

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.


Set the oven to self-clean at an appointed time by following Steps 1 through 6. Press the "Start Time" button, and use the "+" and "-" buttons to set the oven clock to the desired cleaning time. Press the "Start" button, and the oven will begin the cleaning cycle at the set time.


The oven door will not unlatch until the oven is cool. Do not attempt to force the latch open during or immediately after the self-cleaning cycle, because you could damage the oven door. The fumes created during your General Electric oven's self-cleaning cycle could be hazardous to some birds. Remove any birds from the room prior to starting the cycle.

Things You'll Need

  • Rag
  • Hot soapy water
  • Soap-filled scouring pad
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