- Used in the formulation of glues for shoes, leather products, and roofing.
- Used to extract cooking oils (such as canola oil or soy oil) from seeds, for cleansing and degreasing a variety of items, and in textile manufacturing.
- Used in food based soybean oil extraction in the United States, and it is a contaminant potentially present in all soy food products using the technique, which is controversially not regulated by the FDA.
- To extract oil and grease contaminants from water and soil for analysis.
- Used in the laboratory for reactions that involve very strong bases, such as the preparation of organolithiums.
- Used in chromatography as a non-polar solvent.