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Wart Remedies

Last Modified on May 30, 2016

Natural treatment for warts is very effective and consists of inexpensive home remedies like banana peels and garlic. It is thought that a strong immune system fights the virus causing warts, so immune support herba; formulas are also very helpful in the treatment of warts.

What are Warts?   

Warts are skin growths caused by human papillomavirus (HPV).  They can grow anywhere on the body and easily spread to another part of the body or to someone else, although the wart will not appear for months.  There are several types, each found on certain part(s) of the body and having unique appearances.

Home Remedies for Warts

No home cure will work on everyone, but many are cheap, safe and often effective. While many warts will eventually go away on their own, no one wants to wait months if they can be removed faster.

Banana Peels – The #1 Home Remedy for Warts

This natural remedy is extremely successful.  It’s simple - put a small piece of banana peel over the wart, skin side out, tape and leave on overnight. Less ripe bananas work best as the healing agent seems to become less effective with age.

The Power of Positive Thinking

A double-blind study had one group of people with warts undergoing hypnosis once a week for 5 weeks while a second group with warts did not get hypnosis.  None of the people treated the warts.  The final result was that the ‘hypnosis group’ had many of their warts disappear, while the other group did not.

Duct Tape

Covering a wart with duct tape will cause the wart to shrink and disappear. This home treatment usually takes 1-2 months.

Apple Cider Vinegar

ACV works as an effective alternative cure. A damp paper towel kept against a wart overnight is report to remove warts in 2 weeks.


Rubbing cut garlic cloves on warts has been a tried-and-true solution for years. Some people find that taking 3 odorless garlic capsules a day works. The antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory benefits from garlic are always beneficial.

Strengthen the Immune System

Natural whole foods will help the immune system fight warts.  Garlic, sweet potatoes and sunflower seeds are a few good choices.  Apple cider vinegar tonic taken daily is always good.

People have tried many alternative treatments for warts over the centuries. Building a strong immune system seems to be key to fighting warts and preventing chronic reoccurrences as well as simple and inexpensive home remedies.

Remedies for Warts

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The Popularity of Warts Remedies - Full List

Alphabetical Popularity Recent Post
ACV, Banana Peel, Duct Tape32011-08-06
ACV, Banana Peels, Tea Tree Oil12010-04-01
Aloe Vera42012-07-14
Apple Cider Vinegar1202016-05-30
Apple Cider Vinegar, Blackstrap Molasses02011-04-07
Bach Flower Remedies12012-04-09
Bacon Grease10000-00-00
Banana Peel492014-05-08
Black Walnut12009-03-24
Blackstrap Molasses02010-02-08
Blister Beetle Juice12007-06-04
Castor Oil72014-11-21
Castor Oil and Baking Soda22012-08-02
Coconut Oil12010-08-08
Dietary Changes12010-08-14
Duct Tape102014-01-31
Egg Whites12009-01-27
Emu Oil12014-08-07
Epsom Salts22007-12-29
Essential Oils10000-00-00
Fig Leaf Milk22013-11-13
Fish Oil12013-04-27
Flat Wart Remedies02013-10-19
Fulvic Acid12015-03-21
General Feedback02011-02-21
Grapefruit Seed Extract22011-08-18
Green Banana12012-03-06
Green Clay12013-05-17
Hot Cigarette Tip22006-12-04
Hydrogen Peroxide82012-08-02
Hydrogen Peroxide, Apple Cider Vinegar22008-12-14
Immune System Response12012-01-02
Jade Plant12007-12-03
Multiple Remedies12008-10-17
Nail Polish52012-08-15
Needle Method12014-08-19
Olive Leaf12011-05-11
Orange Peel in White Vinegar12008-08-27
Oregano Oil42016-03-07
Petty Spurge (Euphorbia Peplus)12010-12-16
Pickling Vinegar12006-10-18
Pin Prick Method12016-01-10
Red Wine Vinegar12007-04-24
Salicylic Acid32008-07-12
Salt Water32009-06-28
Tea Tree Oil82012-04-20
Tea Tree Oil, DMSO22014-07-31
Tea Tree, Coconut Oil12009-06-20
Tomato Juice10000-00-00
Vapor Rub02014-05-31
Vegetable and Fruit Diet12015-02-21
Vitamin A12014-04-20
Vitamin C12015-04-29
Vitamin C, Lemon Juice12008-02-28
Vitamin E62009-04-17
Voodoo Remedies for Warts202009-09-15
White Vinegar52013-05-25
Yellow Sulphur Powder10000-00-00
Zinc Pyrithione32012-06-09


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Posted by Nelle (Sarasota, Florida, Usa) on 09/13/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I used acetone for my wart and it dissapeared in 5 days. Whenever the wart is hard I applied acetone and when it's soft I scrape it with a nail file and it work.

Replied by Jc
It worked but Acetone is dangerous. There are much safer and still yet effective approaches. But I am glad it worked for you and you are fine.
Replied by Wendy
This is pretty interesting, because I had a brainstorm of using liquid bandage on a wart above lip (this is ruining my life), and I noticed after just one application it shrunk about 30% or more. My purpose was to starve the wart of oxygen, much like duct tape...which obviously just wouldn't work for my face. The liquid bandage contains acetone, among other ingredients. I was just using a generic brand. I've been doing it when I'm inside the house for the night.

ACV, Banana Peel, Duct Tape  

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Posted by Maria (Newmarket, Ontario, Canada) on 08/06/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I got a wart last week on my foot between third and fourth toe, I rubbed banana peel on it and then covered it with tape, it looked like it will stay here forever but after a week its gone, I am so happy and thanks to earth clinic, its really a very good site and I love it, during the week I also applied apple cider vinegar covering with duct tape, I am also drinking apple cider viegar for my planter faciitis and its also working no pain after one week.

Replied by Terri
Great Falls, Va
I used ACV on my 9-yr old's filiform wart on lip and it came off after one dosage. I taped a small amout of cotton soaked in ACV on the wart, left it on overnight (removed in am). The wart came off the next day. Successful treatment. I cancelled his appt with the derm for surgical removal.

Posted by David (New York, New York) on 05/11/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Used a banana peel/acv "one two" combo with duct tape for a wart. Here's the story. I've had a wart on my forehead for maybe a year and a half. In the beginning i just thought it was a pimple i couldn't get rid of. And because it grew so slowly i was adjusting psychologically to its presence and not doing anything, but finally, i'm like, it's huge and ugly, it's on my forehead, it's a WART, and i'm getting rid of it, somehow. Didn't want to spend a lot of money, so went on the net, found you guys. I went with the ripe banana peel inverted, pressed and sealed over the wart with duct type. I'd rub the peel liberally on it first. Did that for a night and a day, not removing the duct tape except once to put in a new peel. Then browsing around on your site, got curious about apple cider vinegar as cure-all ingestant, so went and out got that (along with some OP sesame oil just for giggles). So then, changing the banana dressing, knowing that ACV was the other popular wart cure and that i had some right in front of me, i took a q-tip, dipped it in the ACV, then jammed it at the wart, for a few minutes (By the way, I wasn't positive that the peel had done much by this point but thought not to judge from the short amount of time). Felt a nice burn, which i enjoyed. If there's pain, there's death. Cause the thing's gotta die, right? But anyway... Then i rubbed a new banana peel on it, and put the duct tape on, and went to bed. Next morning, i noticed the thing was irritated, red and uglier than usual. I put another banana peel with duct tape on. In the afternoon, i'm like, "you know... i liked that BURN from the ACV. Let's do that now." So i repeated my q-tip ACV application for a few minutes. Then i dipped another q-tip in the ACV, this time cut the end of it with scissors, cut it small enough for it to just cover the wart area, placed it on the wart and duct taped it over. Going to bed, vigorously rubbed banana peel on wart, then duct taped wart over ACV'd q-tip (no peel). Waking up, I did banana peel. [SORRY THIS IS BORING BUT IT'S ALMOST OVER]. Evening, I looked at thing, it had shrunk, was red and black. Decided to hit it with ACV. Tested it with my fingernail to see if there was any dead stuff to slough off, and then the thing started bleeding, slowly but non-stop. So for like a half-hour, i q-tipped it with ACV until it stopped bleeding, then duct taped it over another ACV'd cut q-tip for the night. I'd planned to see some friends, but not happening! Next morning (yesterday, actually), I looked at it, knew I'd won. It was black and laying flat just below surface skin level, like a mesa, unlike the protrusive mass it was before. Pressing on it, I felt a soreness, but in the healthy normal skin encasing it, not the wart itself. It was dead. I decided to just slap some duct tape on it without anything for the rest of the day and night. Now it's today, the next day, and I've removed the duct tape, so the area will dry out and hopefully the wart will fall out, no reason why it shouldn't, it's not living after all! heheh :)

Some thoughts: Obviously, i just followed my whims with this treatment, using what i read here as a guide. The banana peel definitely had a less aggressive feel. Don't know if it would have worked on its own. One thing I notice is that the immediately surrounding skin looks great. Really pink, plump and healthy. Maybe there's a facial in it for the girls out there (and boys ;p)

Finally: The site is very cool. Thanks a lot to you people for making it happen. One problem or question: People here really seem to be into "oil-pulling". I'm now in the process of trying it from having visited here. Thing is, i've looked all over the web including on this site to find any rational explanation of how it works, and have just drawn blanks from my perspective. How does it detoxify? HOW? All you see written is that it "pulls" toxins out. Okay, how does "that" work? Or that a doctor from India told some Ukrainian doctors that it works and if they don't believe him, try it for themselves. I understand fasting for detox. Makes perfect sense: Body gets overloaded with toxins, can't process them out of the system, meaning they stay in. Stop food intake, body gets a break to process out the toxins. But "oil-pulling"? Well, i'm trying it, but without a better explanation i'm skeptical it's not just placebo. Would be interested in anyone's thoughts on the subject.

Replied by Kathy
Reading, Berkshire, UK
I have read the remedy for banana peel with interest, my 10 year old daughter had one recently removed from her thumb using Bazooka, but two have now appeared on her face, one on her lower lip a nasty tiny cauliflower devil about the size of a pea, and the other just below her eye. At first we thought it was a calcium spot but it has grown slightly and the GP confirmed they were different types of wart. She bravely agreed to have them frozen, but when the time came, she just couldn't bring herself to keep still and we agreed it would be too dangerous to continue. Does anyone have any advice on how to apply the banana peel to these facial warts? I suppose I could duct tape them on at night, but any other suggestions would be most helpful. Many thanks
Replied by Alex
Boston, MA
I am replying to Kathy from Reading, Berkshire's posting. For wart problems, consider trying Manuka honey, Manuka oil or a mixture of Manuka honey and turmeric. Just put it over the wart and cover it with a bandage. I have personally had great results using Manuka honey and recommend it to anyone. I had warts on my hands for which I used a number of different remedies in addition to freezing and other over the counter medications, I used vinegar, copper pennies soaked in vinegar, banana peel, a variety of oils (clove, tea tree, etc) vitamin E, etc. Nothing really worked until I tried Manuka. I believe that these microorganisms that cause warts and other skin conditions adapt/mutate, and that is why many remedies work well for some and not at all for others, the little creature become somewhat unique to that person's body. While I am not sure if this will work for everyone, I really think that it is worth a try. The treatment is painless and you can find Manuka at most grocery stores.
Replied by Tricia
many years ago while studiying reflexology I managed to contract a wart on the bag area under my eye. At tht time the only over the counter remedies were based on salicylic acds which seemed to strong for such a delicate area. The course tutor told me to use clear nail polish on it to stop it from getting contact with oxygen. Well it worked. I put it on morning and evening and the wart completely dissappeared in about 3 days. He explained that all warts need oxygen to survive and if they are deprived they will die off. The sooner it is treated the less time needed on the remedy. BTW this won't work on verrucae cos they get their oxygen fron a blood vessel in the skin hence the red dot in the middle of them.
Replied by Marie
South Bend, In
I recently grew a filiform wart on my face right below my lip. I found information on the internet about using iodine on warts. since I take lugols solution(iodine/iodide) I started applying the lugols to the wart. within a week a large portion of the wart fell off. It took about 4 weeks for the whole thing to dissappear, but the iodine worked. From everything I have read and from my alternative doc, warts on the face should not be frozen.
Replied by Jmt
Seattle, Wa
5 out of 5 stars

I have had plantar warts on both of my feet at one time or another, I tried freezing, duct tape, and even tried bleomycin (incredibly painful) injected by a dermatologist. The only thing that ever worked was to use mediplast (it is the only product that seems to work), using this technique:
It really is that easy, just get mediplast and tape, you don't even need to use nearly as much tape as in that picture or really even use a pumice stone, scissors will work.

Replied by Charity
Meridian, Idaho [id]
Hey David, to answer your question. Oil-pulling "pulls" toxins out because they are chemically attracted to fats. You don't have to use oil specifically - any fat will do like full fat milk (but that leaves a gross taste in my mouth). This book, Oil Pulling Therapy: Detoxifying and Healing the Body Through Oral Cleansing - is really great. He has a lot of the science of how it all works. Check it out - it'll answer your questions.
Replied by Erin
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
I have been alternating a taped on banana peel and Apple Cider Vinegar for the last week while just putting some athletic tape on it during the day.

Now, I am beginning to question whether I have a plantar wart or a corn. If you do a search for either image, you will get pictures of corns that are plantar warts or vice versa. I did have a black dot I think (could have just been dirt I guess), and now I have a tiny crater surrounded by puffy skin, but no dots. Nothing has turn black and cauliflowery yet, but I have that damn tiny crater and puffy hard skin around it (kinda looks like a wide volcano) that will not go away. It has been only a week though.

As far as the previous question about oil pulling, you cannot find information for why it "detoxes" because it does not detox. Oil pulling is great for teeth whitening and gum issues and hairy tongue (most often confused for oral thrush) which is a bacteria issue (not yeast, though there may be a yeast build up on the tongue because of the poor shedding).

People think that somehow the vein under your tongue transports the oil into your blood which attracts toxins, causing a "herx" reaction with symptoms. These symptoms that people think are proof of detoxification include, mild headache, diarrhea, sores in the mouth, fatigue, etc. Once these "herx" symptoms go away, people feel detoxed.

Here is the thing about the Herxheimer Reaction. There is very little modern research on whether or not this reaction exists, and the older research deals with serious antibiotics used on serious diseases, like Lyme or Syphilis. Even if Sunflower Oil (which is antimicrobial) was somehow able to be absorbed into the blood stream and act as a magnet for toxins, it would not be to the degree that would cause a herx reaction. There is a confusion of bacteria with "toxins" here too. Just look this stuff up.

So the symptoms can be much more logically explained.

mild headache- you are stressing your jaw for twenty minutes. Too much vigor would cause a stress headache (mild).

Diarrhea- You are still ingesting some oil which is fat. If you have ever eaten at a high end restaurant that uses high quality butters and oils, you have probably had diarrhea to mild loose stool issues after that meal. You have lubed your tubes.

Placebo is a big deal, and if it works, awesome. The mind is a powerful tool and there is nothing wrong with a little mind over matter to get well in very minor instances of illness. Taking any action towards one's health improves one's mood. Once your body gets used to the slight increase in fat intake, and the diarrhea subsists, and you believe that you are toxin free, a boost in mood and energy (though possibly fleeting with exercise and a health diet) is guaranteed.

People also like to feel in control of uncontrollable situations, and often times these instances of supposed "control" are unhealthy bc medical advice is being ignored.

We live in a society that wants to believe unlicensed "naturopaths" over highly specialized, trained, and scientific doctors. I am not sure why it does not occur to the same people that someone is much more likely to seek a quick profit off of pseudo"natural" products that take no effort and little money to create, than scientists who dedicate hundreds of thousands of dollars, all of their time, and their careers to curing disease and preventing death (which is a pretty hopeless position to begin with considering dying is inevitable).

Just use common sense. Oil cannot pull toxins out of your body through your tongue, your intestines do not store ancient, indigestible poop, and candida has not infested your entire body causing extreme fatigue and poor digestion (eating poorly does this which is why giving up sugar eventually makes you feel better... To give up sugar one must give up many preservatives and food without nutritional value).... And science is not evil. Common sense.

Replied by B
Roseburg, Oregon
Erin, I am sorry you feel that all natropaths are unlicensed. That is a far cry from the truth. The "herx" reaction is a real occurrence. One which you have obviously never felt, nor researched. I hope you never have to rely solely on your "over highly specialized, trained, and scientific doctors". Even if you eat a super healthy, clean diet, you may still have complications of oxidation/aging. It is clear that you have never suffered from any ailment that required you to seek out alternative treatments, due to your "over highly specialized, trained, and scientific doctors", failing to provide you with even a glimpse of what ails you, let alone a solution to the problem. Yes there are good Dr.s out there, just as there is good licensed natural practitioners. Generalizing this as all a placebo, and needing a "over highly specialized, trained, and scientific doctors", as you are is misleading to earth clinic readers.
Replied by Scott S
Pen Argyl Pa
This is something I was using for another issue but it seems to be affecting the wart I've had on my finger for several years. Zinc. I take 2 - 30 mg capsules of opti-zinc split up over the day. I've been taking the zinc for about a week and the wart is significantly smaller, about half the size. If it does completely eliminate the wart, I'll still continue it for another week just to be sure the virus is completely dead.

This is something you have to be careful with. Too much zinc could be toxic. It also interferes with the absorption of other nutrients, particularly copper.

For your daughter, since she's so young and small, I'd recommend much smaller dosages. Also, don't take it around meals or with other vitamins as it may block other needed nutrients. It might also be good to supplement with some copper but not within 2 hours of taking the zinc. Don't over do the copper either. For her, 1mg a day should be more than enough.

Replied by Timh Donate

From my readings and personal experience, Erin's views on the common "herx reaction" and debunking Oil Pulling is simply very far from the truth. My O.P experience has nothing to do with oral health but everything to do with detoxification, or to be precise, elimination. As-a-matter-of-fact, back-to-back O.P. (o.t.c. commercial grade vegie oil) left my mouth contaminated w/ pathogens so I had to begin swishing Colloidal Silver fallowing. I also have been adding Grapefruitseed Extract to the oil which helps keep the pathogens killed (rarely need to swish C.S. now). I don't suppose Erin has read my post on my "Diffusion Gradient" theory for the efficacy of O.P. The volume & density of the oil in the mouth are simply many times that of those toxins stored in the lipid or fat cells in the body. Same kinda rule goes with detox foot spas. The volume of water plus the negative ionic charge of the water forces toxins to un-bond from the sites and drawn to the tub.

Now about the Zinc, along w/ small doses of copper, other accessory nutrients like Vit-A and Vit-B6 will greatly enhance the efficacy of the Zinc.

ACV, Banana Peels, Tea Tree Oil  

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Posted by Megan (Long Beach, Ca) on 04/01/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I used Apple Cider Vinegar and banana peels to get rid of what seemed to be small flat warts on my face. They were small, round, slightly raised, and skin colored and appeared around my mouth, eyebrows, eyes, and neckline. The skin would get slightly thick and would slough off with a facial scrub, but would just grow back. Well, I looked for a treatment and found this site and decided to combine them. I first started taping small pieces of well-ripened banana peel (not too brown though) to those areas for about a week without any real progress. While keeping up with this routine I learned about ACV and tea tree oil. So, I combined about 2 cups of purified water with 1/4 or so of ACV and about 8 drops of tea tree oil. Shake very well to combine all ingredients and use as a toner after washing your face. I used the toner and then kept using the banana peels on my face over night (but did NOT use duck tape because it caused some warts on my neckline to spread adn turn light brown!) They cleared up in about 3 weeks. Just be careful - tea tree oil is potent. I wouldn't put it directly on my face. Diluting it, as in the toner above, if you are going to use it at all, especially on your face, is highly recommended.

Aloe Vera  

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Posted by Jay (Newquay, Cornwall, Uk) on 07/14/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Just wanted to share that I had many warts on my hands and had an aloe vera plant, had read somewhere they get rid of them. I had tried all the different products and just didn't get rid of them. I cut a leaf off the plant, cut it in half, put the flesh side down on the wart, covering it. Then wrapped a small bandage and tape over it, within a week they had gone!

Posted by Cathrine (Plant City, Florida, Us) on 08/12/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Rub the cut edge, of a piece of an Aloe vera leaf, on the planters wart 2 times a day, for 2 weeks. Cover with bandage if you wish. A small piece of a leaf cut off the plant will be enough to last for several days if you keep it in the refrigerator.
This worked for my daughter. Out of 20 of our doctors patients, this worked for 19. He had a patient with planters warts that kept returning after being removed. The patients grandmother had the remedy!

Posted by Erin (Cconcord, NC) on 07/17/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Just wanted to let you know that I have tried everything to get rid of a painful plantars wart that was on the bottom of my foot. I tried duct tape, ate tons of bananas, tried every OTC thing possible, even Tagament. I could hardly walk because the foot would hurt so bad. It would be red and painful by the end of the day. Finally tried aloe vera gel. I put it on one night and within two days, I noticed it did not hurt as bad. About a week later, I noticed I could walk without any pain and the wart had turned black. Almost two weeks later, the wart had dried up and I was able to take a pair of tweezers and pull it completely out. The wart is gone and my foot feels and looks normal except a little dry rough spot where the wart was, a small crater like hole where the wart was that is closing in. I am so happy and relieved as I had the wart for about four months.

Replied by Chris33456
Hemet, Ca
Thats funny! I've had mine for about two months I started Aloe Vera about 2 days ago and have no pain at all and the wart is flat and doesnt hurt when I walk or move it hopefully it falls off soon!
Replied by J Girl
Tampa, Fl
5 out of 5 stars

My son had at least 6 planters warts on his one foot which were painful and seemed to be multiplying in spite of all our efforts. Got some pure aloe vera gel (the whole plant not simply the inner milk/juice) at the health food store for about $12 for a small bottle and started putting that on his foot at night while he slept (no covering, just open to the air). Within 6 days they started to turn black as I read. After about 2 1/2 weeks they are all gone. Looks like a brand new foot. No pain involved in the whole process.

Apple Cider Vinegar  

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Posted by Avi (Sydney, Australia) on 05/30/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Apple Cider Vinegar for wart removal is fantastic. I had a wart develop just below my eye about 3 weeks ago. I let it go, thinking it would disappear by itself but it didn't. I jumped on this site last night -yes, last night- and saw the ACV for wart removal treatments. I doused a cotton bud in organic, unfiltered, unpasteurised, and placed it over the wart. I stuck it in place with a bandaid, and left it over night. I took it off this morning and noticed the wart had turned purple in colour. When I arrived home from work this evening, I touched the wart to see if it was sore or anything and it literally peeled off my face revealing soft, new skin underneath. The wart is completely gone, falling off in one lump.

One night. One night it took for this treatment to work. 24 hours later and the wart is completely gone. This treatment is amazing.

Posted by Veronica (San Antonio) on 11/08/2015
5 out of 5 stars

My son had two warts for the last three years that I tried everything to get rid of: OTC gels (3 kinds), banana peels, freezing it with an OTC product and at the doctor's office (that was $70), finger nail polish, acetone, silver nitrate (ouch), duct tape, potatoes, voodoo methods, and fig juice from our fig tree. Nothing worked. Nothing. Finally, I convinced my son to stop being wish-washy and follow through with the ACV method every day for two weeks.

One of the warts was huge and sitting on his elbow. It was about the size of a pencil eraser. I worried it would take more than two weeks, but our next option was having it surgically removed.

The first week I just rolled a little piece of cotton ball big enough to cover each wart, dipped it in ACV and slapped it on with a bandaid. After a six days the wart began turning black/red and looked angry and raw. But so did the rest of the skin around the warts. So I let my son's poor elbow and wrist rest for about three days. Then I started putting vaseline on the skin around the wart before I put the ACV cotton ball. Don't skip this part or you will burn the tender, unaffected skin.

Every few days I filed the warts down with a fresh Emory board that I threw out after each use. I don't even remember how it happened, but I think there was a scab after the second week and then the scab fell off, leaving a small scar. The wart on his wrist just disappeared with the other wart. I must have spent $150 on the doctor and OTC medications. In the end it was 10 cents in cotton balls, a $3 bottle of ACV and $1 in bandaids. Amazing.

Replied by Timh Donate

V: Thanks for the success report.

Back when I was a kid, I developed a big wart on my middle finger. My dear mother suggested soaking it in Vinegar. I think Mom picket up on many of the folk cures back in the 60's & 70's from reading educational journals like Readers Digest among others. Anyway, as I recall, I soaked that finger in Distilled White Vinegar for about 30-60 minutes per day for about 10 or so days and the wart fell off to never return. It did leave a noticeable scar, but no big deal.

Fast forward to a few yrs ago and have developed another big wart on the heal of my foot. Have applied many different ointments and medicinals (both natural & pharmaceutical) including ACV & H2O2 (which were quite effective but caused too much pain) with only modest success and even have clipped & dug with incisors for removal. I once almost dug the wart out completely but it grew back again. Couple months ago I decided to apply Zapping with two small pieces of Silver Wire purchased for making C.S. water antibiotic. The zapping effect was immediate but after about 2 wks of a few minutes daily I had reached stalemate. So I increased the voltage with some improvement but still continues resistant. In conjunction with the zapping, I have, for about 2 wks to now, applied a small strip of SalonPas over the W at night during bed-time. At this point the W seems 80% dead and so am continuing with said treatments.

Replied by Dyan

I've been doing the Apple Cider Vinegar treatment for 1 1/2 weeks (covered by bandaid day & again at night.). There is a scab forming with white rim around it. Do I continue with same process until it falls off or leave open now so scab can harden? Unclear what to do going forward.

Thank you so much for info & help, Dyan

Posted by Dixie (Uk) on 07/17/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I have had a seborrheic wart on my forehead for the past 7 years. It started of as a freckle when I became pregnant and steadily turned into a warty looking mole. I went to my GP who confirmed it was some type of wart and they would not do anything as it was cosmetic, if I wanted it removed I would need to see a cosmetic surgeon. I looked into this but it was so expensive so I then began to look on line to see if there were perhaps any home cures.

That's when I discovered Apple Cider Vinegar!! There were many reviews saying this worked. I knew I had this in so the first night I soaked a bit of cotton wool in the ACV covered my wart and stuck a plaster on. I slept with this on and removed in the morning, there was a stinging and redness but other than that not much difference. I repeated this on night 2 and 3. The wart started to turn black and the skin around it irritated by the ACV. I thought on night 4 I would not apply it to give my skin a rest. On the morning of day 5 I was lying in bed and felt my forehead, there was dry skin around the wart which I grabbed to pull off, when doing this the whole thing just peeled off and fresh pink skin underneath.. It had totally gone!! I cannot believe I have been walking around for 7 years with that thing stuck to my head and it's gone after a few days, painlessly and inexpensively. I was skeptical about this working but it does.. so happy!!

Posted by Legoboybristol (Bristol) on 05/11/2015
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I had to create an account here just to say thank you from the bottom of my heart.

A few weeks ago a wart appeared on my chin, I picked at it and assumed it was a spot, but it just got bigger. I accepted it must be a wart and set to work looking for a way to get rid of it. All of the pharmacist approved treatments say they are not suitable for use on the face, and so I was almost consigned to having it frozen off at my doctors surgery. It was at this point I found this site. ACV is clearly the most popular option amongst users, and I had used ACV to treat the effects of shingles successfully in the past, so thought I'd give it a go. I knew ACV stings when it has been in contact with broken skin, so thought I would also include some Aloe Vera on the plaster I applied, for the antiseptic soothing properties. I spent most of the weekend with a band aid, covered in Aloe Vera, a drop of Tea Tree, and most importantly the ACV as the top layer, which was in direct contact with the wart, I thought this had the added bonus that if the cotton wool ball slipped in my sleep, then there was still the AV and Tea Tree to work on my skin.

After the very first treatment the wart changed in appearance, turning into a visible structure of almost hair like cells (more akin to pics of other facial warts I've seen, which mine hadn't really looked like before) as well as being much whiter than previously. After 24 hours the wart had blackened, so I knew it was doing something. I woke up this morning and washed my face with a tea tree wipe and as I gently cleaned my wart it fell off in the wipe, so in just 48 hours the wart is visibly a million times better already, approximately 20% of its original size. I will of course continue the treatment, and would recommend ACV to anyone, try Aloe Vera to work with it if you have a problem with pain, because I've had no such issues. I wanted to thank this forum for saving me from having to get it frozen off. I can't thank you enough!

Posted by Fatfretter (Phoenix) on 04/30/2015

I got a pencil eraser sized growth on my upper ankle. It was flat at first then within a week or so it grew and became very raised above about 1/8" or so. I thought I better go to dermatologist. But decided to try a cotton ball cut in half, soak in mothers ACV, I was very skeptical. After a shower in the morning for three days I would put the soaked cotton ball on it and two bandaids criscrossed. it turned pretty black and ugly after the second day, freaked me out. Third morning one side of it was peeling of at the surface of my leg. I didn't touch it but applied the cotton ball again. That night I took a shower after removing the band aids. I thought I would let it dry out so put on Levi's and forgot about it. Three hours later keep feeling something wet on my leg, thought was water from doing the dishes, finally got up and my Levi's had a lot of blood on them around the wart. It had fallen off. I hope its a wart and not something worse. Anybody have comments? Thanks.

Posted by Sam (US) on 11/16/2014
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handsdown ACV WORKS!!!! I had a wart for a few years. I sought medical line of treatments and otc packs (dr.scolls). nothing worked. Finally I used ACV PACK, the duct tape method and changing the pack every 3 days after gentle scrubbing..for 2 months. Results: voila just vanished and I saw new skin coming, yet I continued for one more month.. I don't have a sign of it now ? it's slow but surely works!!!! Try it now. Be very religious about the procedure. Do not be lazy!! It WORKS!

Posted by Amanda (Sterling, Ma) on 08/18/2014
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Apple Cider Vinegar for Warts: This works! I had a wart on the top of my foot for 6 years! Like many of the other people who have posted on this site, I had it treated by the doctor and I treated it myself with the patches and every wart kit you can get at the drug store. It worked a couple times but then it would come back. I heard from some people that it may just go away. I also read that if I focused on improving my immune system that it would go away, so I did. But it just got bigger and then had 'babies'. So I did some research about surgery but I tend to lean away from western medicine. A month ago at about 3am I couldn't sleep and was thinking about how much I hated this stupid wart on me. I wanted it gone and knew I could find a way. I found this site and started reading all the feedback about how the apple cider vinegar was working for so many people. It sparked some major hope that I could potentially rid myself of these things and a month later, success!!!! I attacked the mother wart first. At the same time, I started treating a small one on the bottom of my foot and another between some toes. Every night (it was time consuming- but be persistant, you will be so happy once the warts are gone! ) I used an eye dropper full of ACV. Soak some balls of cotton that I pulled off of q-tips. I tried to make each ball the same size as the wart that it would go on. I used bandages called Nexcare, which were great because it kept the Apple Cider Vinegar from dripping and they stay on really well!! The warts first turned white. Then black spots. Then I used a pumice stone to filled the skin down a bit. A few times I got over zealous and it would bleed. I would only do the filing every other night. With the big wart, I notice the process repeat itself after I filed away a layer, it would turn white, then black again. By the way, it is painful too! I just kept thinking about how happy I would be once they were all gone:) I highly suggest taking a magnesium/calcium supplement like Calm. This will help you to sleep through the pain (besides the many other health benefits associated with taking a mag/cal supplement). I think I may have treated it longer than was necessary. I finally decided (around the 4week) to give it a break. I had come to the point where there really couldn't be more filed, and there were just crators left. Now there is new skin. It just looks a bit like there was a wound there. I am confident that with some rose hips oil the skin will heal up nicely. But first I am going to start treating the small 'baby' warts that are around where really big was. I promised myself a few things if it worked. 1)I would post the experience, 2)I would throw away all my flip flops - because I'm paranoid I will get another wart from them 3) I would buy myself a new pair of sandals! Oh and P.S. I started taking a zinc supplement and drinking ACV as I did the treatment for added immune support. Another thing, the pumice stone grossed me out after a few uses (because a lot of dead, infected skin comes off! ), so I tossed it and started using small rocks that I would gather from my backyard that looked rough enough to file the skin down:) That way I could use a new one each time!

Replied by Kelly
Pinconning, Michigan
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My dad had a pretty nasty growth on top of his ear that I figured was a wart. So one day I decided I was going to use my hippy method on him to prove that ACV is the bomb. My mom only had the pasteurized stuff, so I soaked that in a little piece of cotton ball, applied it to the growth which I had previously cleaned with an alcohol pad, held it all there with a huge Band-Aid. Kept in on there for 3 days, changed it everyday.

By the third day it had turned black and was beginning to flake off. Mom decided to let it get some air. It pretty much fell off on its own after that. So use your discretion on how long you want to keep the vinegar on it- but I say HOSE THE THING if you can stand it. It worked so fast. Some of the surrounding skin was also flaking off, but maybe it was infected as well. I just looked at the spot- two weeks later- it's like that thing was never there. Just a tiny little scab is left and the surrounding area is nice fresh pink tissue. This thing was probably the size of 2 pencil erasers together and it's gone!

Replied by Darby
Des Moines, Iowa
I want to try Kelly's method of applying ACV on the warts. I have many warts scattered around my neck and a few under my breasts. I am planning to have them surgically removed but it's a little expensive so I decided to look for natural remedies that really worked on removing warts. It's good that I found this forum as there are lots of options that I can try.

Thanks a lot for the info.

Replied by Diamond
Ma., US
If the ACV does not work fast enough or at all, try castor oil packs also.

Replied by Darby
Des Moines, Iowa
Thanks for sharing the link. I'll try castor oil if the ACV cannot remove the warts fully.

Posted by Earth Clinic Friend (Forster, Australia) on 01/04/2014
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I had a wart driving itself into the left side of my neck & was slow doing something about it...finally I got on to this site. I first used duct tape only on it for the first 3 days & then Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) applied twice a day with a cotton ball & band-aid for the next 3 days & it just fell off leaving no scars etc. Thanks heaps to this site!