You should go to the gym right now...but it's winter, it's dark, and you notice some of those silver earrings you haven't worn all winter are looking really black.
I've preached ketchup and windex as jewelry cleaners for a while, but some pieces are so tarnished you need to really scrub them. You might not have a polishing cloth (or you have something "called" a polishing cloth, but it's secretly just a plain cloth because that's what 99.9% of polishing cloths are) but good news : there are two household products that work on heavily tarnished jewelry, one of which I guarantee you already have.
1. Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
If you've discovered the wonders of Mr. Clean Magic Erasers, then you're in luck : they also clean jewelry. I tested it out on a pretty grimy looking earring that have a lot of nooks and crannies and it did a pretty great job. Here are my results :
BEFORE MAGIC ERASER AFTER MAGIC ERASER
First - PUT ON GLOVES. Apparently the magic in Magic Eraser is actually some harmful chemicals. After that, all you have to do is wet the Magic Eraser a little bit, rub the piece down as if it were a polishing cloth, rinse in some water, and voila!
Don't have a Magic Eraser? There's still hope for you to effectively productively procrastinate by cleaning your jewelry with household products.
2 : Toothpaste and a toothbrush!
Works just as well, if not better because it really gets into the nooks and crannies of wirework or chain.
Here's the other half of the pair before cleaning with toothpaste next to the earring already cleaned with Magic Eraser :
Make sure to rinse well after brushing so there isn't any toothpaste residue that will fog up your piece!
Success! Below you can see the results of both toothpaste and Magic Eraser. Moral of the story : you CAN take progress shots without actually stepping foot in the gym. They're just a different type of progress shot. Consider all that scrubbing your workout.
LEFT : EARRINGS CLEANED WITH MAGIC ERASER RIGHT : EARRINGS CLEANED WITH A TOOTHBRUSH