When your toilet stops draining and starts overflowing, you probably have a whole host of words that you use. And while those words may make you feel better for a moment, they aren't going to help you a whole lot when you are trying to get your toilet working again. So, what can you do if your toilet is stopped up and you need to get it to flush again?
One of the things you can do is to plunge your toilet. When you plunge it, you are using pressure to try to shove the clog further down the pipe and out into the main line so that the toilet will flush. If you are going to plunge your toilet, you want to make sure that you have the right tool for the job. There are a lot of plungers out there, but you want to make sure that you are using one that made for a toilet. These plungers generally are black and have a small flange as part of the cup. When you put the plunger in the toilet, that flange is designed to go into the hole in the bowl. Then the rest of the plunger will seal around that flange. You need to have that seal for a successful plunge.
You might not think that shampoo is going to help you a whole lot when you have a clogged toilet, but it will. It doesn't have to be shampoo; body soap or dish soap will work as well, as long as it's a liquid soap. Liquid soaps have stuff called surfactants in them. Those things help soap be slippery. That's the feature that you are looking for. The chemicals in the soap can also help to break down grease, which might also help dislodge the clog. What you do is pour some of the soap into the toilet and then follow it with some boiling water. Then let it sit for a few minutes. The soap will work its way around and through the clog. Once you have let everything sit for a few minutes, then try plunging again. Hopefully, the soap will help everything move along.
If you have a clogged toilet and you aren't sure what to do with it, you can always call a plumber. They will come out and check out your toilet, see what's going on, and hopefully get it working for you again soon.