A clogged toilet can turn into a real nightmare, especially if it the only toilet you have in your house. If you have a clogged toilet and you want to get everything moving again, there are some things that you can try. They may not completely unblock your toilet, but they may let you flush the toilet enough that it's not overflowing and give you the breathing space to call a plumber to have them come out.
Dish Soap and Hot Water
One thing you can do is to use your dish soap and some hot water. If you don't have liquid dish soap, liquid laundry detergent or shampoo will do. What you are looking for is something that has the emollients that are found in soap. Those are the things that make liquid soap so slippy and can help break down things like grease. What you are going to do is to squirt a liberal amount of dish soap or other product down into the toilet. It will slide down through your pipes and towards the clog. It can also help to coat the clog, making it more slippy. You will want to wait a few minutes for this to happen. Once you have done that, you can pour in some hot, but not boiling, water. The water should help to break up any paper part of the clog and the soap should help it continue to slide down the toilet. Try flushing the toilet after a couple of minutes and see what happens. You may also want to try using a plunger after you have tried this method so that it can help push down anything that got loosened up.
An auger is also called a snake. The way that these work is that one end has a little claw-like tool on it and the other end has a knob that allows you to twist that tool. In between, you have a flexible, telescoping section that will let you insert it down into the toilet pipes until you reach the clog, which you can generally tell because you get some resistance. Then you just twist the knob to start breaking down the clog. Try turning the knob one way a few times and then switching it and turning it the other way. That will help break it up better. Once you don't feel that resistance, try flushing the toilet.
If you have tried a number of things and nothing works, you can always call a residential plumber, who will have access to tools you probably don't have, and who should be able to get that stubborn clog out of your way.