This is a classification of different chemicals. To be considered a hydrocarbon solvent, a compound must contain one or more hydrocarbon classes. Some examples of these kinds of solutions include kerosene, diesel fuel, turpentine, or petroleum ether. They are naturally derived from petroleum, and they are considered industrial solvents.
As with most solvents, these chemicals are utilized in a wide variety of industries as cleaning agents. Also, because of their flammability, they may be used as fuel in some capacity, such as kerosene. Usually, hydrocarbon solvents are ideal for cleaning water-insoluble materials, such as grease or oil.
Hydrocarbon solvents are both highly flammable and highly toxic. This means that their use is strictly monitored, and they should be handled with care. They produce strong vapors that can cause dizziness or blackouts, and they must be kept away from any combustible materials. Gloves, goggles, and a breathing mask should be worn when handling this kind of chemical.