Re: About my hose...
All classic hoses will eventually begin to degrade. If properly cared for it takes a long time but if water gets inside it is a very rapid process.
Grab a Razan and take it as a learning experience. Unless it expressly says it is washable and tells you that the materials used are all water safe DO NOT WASH! Go grab an AF healthy hose if you don't want to drop the coin on a new "real" hose. They work well and are entirely made of plastic.