Hah! I got all the cleaning done yesterday and now I just have the silverware to clean. Easy as pie!
Without scrubbing or using polishing cloths, take a 9 x 13 inch baking pan, cover the bottom with tin foil.
Sprinkle the bottom with baking soda making sure to cover the bottom. Lay the flatware in the pan. Now add boiling water, enough to cover the silverware. It will fizz like crazy. Let it sit for a moment and then wash in hot soapy water, drying with a clean soft cloth.
That takes all of about 10-15 minutes and you are done. Silverware looks like brand new and no harm, no foul to the silverware. I have been doing this for about 30 plus years and my silverware still looks like new .