Acetone is a basic compound mainly used for the production of solvents and other chemicals.
It has the most basic construction of the ketone classification, and since it has such small molecules it is soluble in water (hydrophilic) and fats and oils (lipophilic), and is therefore very useful as an organic solvent for all kinds of products.
For example, acetone is an ingredient in nail polish remover, a product commonly used in everyday life.
Acetone is also used in the maintenance of motorcycles and automobiles to remove oil and dirt.
It is used to degrease animals in the making of specimens, cleaning laboratory instruments and as a solvent to mix with various products.
Another example of a chemical made from acetone is acetone cyanohydrin (ACH) which is made by reacting acetone, hydrocyanic acid and methyl methacrylate (MMA) which is made by reacting concentrated sulfuric acid and methanol.
It is also a material used in the production of phenol and MIBK.