Mineral spirits is the name given to mineral turpentine, petroleum spirits, petroleum, or turpentine substitute. It is a clear, transparent liquid that is typically used as an organic solvent, mostly commonly applied during painting and decorating. is a petroleum-derived clear, transparent liquid which is a common organic solvent used in painting and decorating. It was developed in the year 1924 as a less volatile means towards dry cleaning solvents that had existed during the times. This compound is typically used as an extraction solvent and as a cleaning solvent, with powerful degreasing properties. Higher concentrations allow this solution to be used as a solvent in paints, wood preservatives, varnishes, and lacquers. It is the most commonly used solvent in the paint industry. In household applications, this compound is also used to clean paint brushes after they have been used around the home, making them a regular part of home renovation processes.