Ethyl acetate is used primarily as a solvent and diluent, being favored because of its low cost, low toxicity, and agreeable odor.
For example, it is commonly used to clean circuit boards and in some nail varnish removers.Coffee beans and tea leaves are decaffeinated with this solvent. It is also used in paints as an activator or hardener.
Ethyl acetate is present in confectionery, perfumes, and fruits. In perfumes, it evaporates quickly, leaving only the scent of the perfume on the skin.