I toss mine in the frontloader like regular laundry. The first few times they are washed I use a color catcher until I know that there will be no running. Then into the dryer on regular dry. I love the crinkled look and with each washing they get softer and more cuddly. I guess the ones that I have as normal around the house quilts get washed every couple of months. I also look at it this way - if they start to get worn out, that's another reason to make more!!