Few things can ruin a delicious meal faster than spilling food on your clothes. It’s even worse when the spill is something prone to staining, such as balsamic vinegar, and the garment is a crisp white dress shirt. The key to restoring your top is attacking the stain as quickly as possible with an effective treatment.
Blot the stain immediately. Do not rub, as doing so can cause the stain to spread. Use a clean white cloth, as dye in a colored cloth could transfer onto the shirt. Blotting is important whether you are going to attempt stain removal right away or you have to wait.
Pour the warm water into the bucket and measure in the oxygen bleach powder, stirring until it is dissolved. Substances dissolve faster in liquid when you stir with forward and backward movement rather than in a circular motion. Completely dissolving the powder in the water could take several minutes.
Submerge the shirt in the wash. Soak it for several hours, checking periodically to ensure the garment -- particularly the stained area -- remains wet. If necessary, use the spoon to poke exposed material below the water’s surface.
Remove the shirt from the solution and wash it according to instructions on the tag. Use the gloves or wash your hands thoroughly after placing the shirt in the washer. Use a laundry detergent formulated with enzymes to help break down and separate the stain from the clothing fibers.