Unclog a Toilet with an Auger
A toilet auger has a long handle with a crank and a plastic sleeve at the bend so the cable won't scratch the toilet. Here's how to use it.
Loosen the setscrew on the auger and push the cable into the drain until it stops.
Tighten the setscrew so there is about 6" of cable between the auger and the pipe (too much cable will kink). Crank clockwise and push forward. The auger may push the obstruction through.
If the auger grabs something, pull it out, but test the toilet to determine whether it is unclogged. This process may need repeating.
If the toilet continues to flush sluggishly or overflow after plunging and auguring, the toilet will have to be removed to reach the object. That's when it's time to call in the professionals.
So when it comes to cleaning the clogs, use the three tools professional plumbers call their best friends: the plunger for the sink and toilet, and the two augers for the tub and toilet. They're easy to use, and they're a lot safer on pipes than chemicals.