- It is used as a cleaning agent, e.g., for steel, silicon wafers, and integrated circuits.
- In dentistry, it can be used to dissolve gutta percha, a material used for endodontics (root canal treatments).
- In the petroleum industry, it is also a frequent component of paraffin solvents, used when the tubing becomes clogged with paraffin wax.
- For similar reasons, it is often the active ingredient in commercial products for ear wax (cerumen) removal.
- It is used to remove paraffin from dried microscope slides prior to staining. After staining, microscope slides are put it in prior to mounting with a cover slip.
- Printing rubber, and leather industries.
- In thinning paints and varnishes, it can be substituted for toluene where slower drying is desired, and thus is used by conservators of art objects in solubility testing.