"thanks everyone, I figured it was that simple just wanted to make sure, since I cant replace my masai's."
What gender/size? There are still some out there.
As to washing gear, I hand wash shoes, packs, stuff sacks, etc, in lukewram water and mild detergent. I have a kitchen sprayer plumbed into my laundry tub that helps to get in the nooks and crannies and rinse things well. I always air dry any coated material. The toothbrush idea posted here good-- the dirt that gets imbedded in corners and stitching aids rot. I have a good old fashioned scrub brush that is great for shoes too.