In a 5 gallon bucket, I pour in about 8 cups of hot water first, then pour in the heated mixture. Stir until combined. Then I continue to add hot water until my bucket is about 2 inches from being completely full. Stir, and cool 24 hours.
When I am ready to use it, I open my bucket lid, and use a whisk to stir it. I simply bought a dollar store whisk, and keep it in a recycled coffee can next to my bucket of laundry soap. Then I measure about 1/4 cup for my front loading washer (it uses less than a standard washer).
There are many other recipes for liquid and dry (homemade) laundry detergent, so this is not limited. I tried a few until I found one I liked. I don't like to use a powdered mix due to us using a well for our water).
This helps eliminate all the carcinogens in regular manufactured laundry detergent (and allergens).
I also make my own dishwasher detergent. I mix 1 cup of borax and one cup of washing soda. I mix this in an old food processor to break down all the hard clumps. I store it in a recycled container under my sink. I put 2 tsp. of the dry mixture in my dishwasher, and pour about 1 cup of white vinegar into the inside (bottom portion) of the dishwasher.
I finally got a tutorial written up on how I make the stitched note cards. You can read it over at my S.C.R.A.P. Blogspot