Sounds like everyone does something similar. I clean ours by hand, filling up one side of the laundry sink with HOT water and a very tiny amount of laundry detergent. I put the pouches, blankets, climbing ropes, etc. into the sink and using my hands (as long as I can stand the heat of the water) move, wring, flip and generally agitate everything. I will let them soak for about an hour then go back, drain the sink, rinse out any suds left and rinse out each item. Then fill the sink back up agitate again and then drain and throw the fleece items in then next load of laundry. I may put them in the dryer or I may hang them out over the sink to drip dry and check all seams for damage before returning to use.