Cure for Warts! The Banana Peel Home Remedy

Last Modified on Feb 12, 2015

Banana Peel for Warts

Didn't think the ol' banana peel had any uses? Think again! Banana peels gets rid of warts (including plantar's warts) and when toasted to a crisp, gives roses and other flowers a huge boost of potassium to help them flower. Gardeners swear by it!

How it works:
Loads of potassium in the banana peel.

Banana Peel Wart Removal Treatment

Rub the inside of a little piece of a banana peel on your wart every night. You should see results from this warts treatment within one to two weeks.

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Posted by Benji (Acity, Hi) on 12/09/2009

[YEA]  banana peel wart remedy

i came back here to tell the story of how a banana peel cured my wart while nothing else could, but i was amazed to see how many people got to it before me. so instead id like to answer a question i see repeated over and over about the application of the peel.

i think its safe to say that it doesnt really matter how you apply it to the wart. so long as the banana peel gets to touch your wart at least for a few seconds. the chemicals in the peel are EXTREMELY effective against warts. (well some/most warts)

also i believe the chemicals are most potent when the banana is still very unripe. im lucky enough to have a banana tree growing right outside my door, so i cut off a banana that had another month to grow and used the inside of its tiny green peel under a bandaid. i saw a reduction in size and little "hairs" poking out in just 12 hours! compared to other people who say 1-2 days.

this just goes to show you the simplest and safest answers are given to you by nature.

Replied by Kj
Atlanta, Ga

[YEA]   After my wife had four treatments of liquid nitrogen that did nothing but multiply the colony of warts on the bottom of her foot and cause unbelievable pain, I found this suggestion on this website. With a great deal of skepticism, she tried the banana peel recommendation. She scraped the inside of a banana peel, applied it to the warts, covered the area with half of a cotton ball, and used medical tape to hold it in place. She put on an old sock and went to sleep.

It took about six months of a daily or every other day treatment to eradicate the entire colony, which covered half her foot. Some disappeared in days, some in weeks, and some in months, depending on surface area and depth. Some of those suckers were like pebbles.

Replied by Mike
Longview, Tx, Us

Hi This is Mike,

I wanted to let y'all know that I have tried the banana peel on the wart and all the other medicines on the over the counter and on the doctors side they did not work for me. I am not saying that it didn't work, but not for me. I had to go to the doctor and actually have them remove it they had numbed my hand then burned it off that's the only way I actually was able to have it off but it feels so great having it off finally after 10 to 15 years.

Replied by Kayla
Topsfield, Ma/ Usa

It's very true. My son had warts when he was about 3, 4, or 5 years old. We read about this treatment in a Natural Remedy book for children and it got rid of his wart on his knee. So glad I remembered this and am going to use this remedy now for the big one on his palm. Yay Bannana Peels!!!
Replied by Racewife
New Jersey Shore

[YEA]   Just started to try this...its been 2 days and today I can see a change! Nothing worked on this one. I have also tried dandelion juice with some luck, but not on this one. Thank you!
Replied by Cat

[YEA]   After reading the comments, I can see that for those that had any effect, I think they used a "homegrown" banana. So if you buy an ecological one, then it might help better. I just tried it myself and I could see the effect after just a couple minutes. it turned brighter in color and I felt a tingling sensation in the wart. but I did hold the banana peel on the wart for at least 2 minutes. This is safe to try at home. :)
Replied by Mountain Gal
Young Harris, Ga

[YEA]   I tried the banana peel and it works!! Cover and tape at night. Takes several nights. My plantar warts were so painful I could not bear weight. I prefer using home remedies.
Replied by Damian

[YEA]   I had a big wart on my hand and I hated it. I didn't like when people saw it. I heard about the banana peel remedy... and it actually worked! What I did Is... get a banana, eat it, then I cut some of the peel. I taped it to my wart overnight. Kept it on all night. I did this for 2 weeks. And I still had it after 14 days, but overtime once I stopped.. It was all gone. I am currently using banana peels for my acne. Idk if it's working Yet. but the wart it'll get rid of it, try it!

Posted by Jack (Santa Barbara, CA) on 05/02/2009

An easy way to apply the banana is to scrape the inside of the peel with a small screw-driver or something else with a blade a little wider than the wart. The scrapings can be applied as a poultice, as opposed to rubbing the banana peel directly on the wart. This made the application of the peel to the warts much more convenient for me and I was able to leave the scrapings on the wart until they dried. That said, after several weeks the cure did not seem to be working so I moved on to using white vinegar, which completely cured me in about two weeks. There are about 100 different types of warts so perhaps that explains the apparent lack of effect of the banana cure on my particular variety. I had used salicylic acid for about 4 months before trying either cure and while it removed the wart the wart kept coming back from the roots.

Replied by Rajalakshmi Swami
Pune, Maharashtra, India

Hello, This is Rajalakshmi Swami from Pune, India. I read with interest your write-up on "Application tips" for plantar warts. I am having a chronic wart on the sole of my left foot, under the third toe for the past 30 years. After reading about the banana peel as a permanant cure for plantar warts, I have been applying the peel for the past two months but there is only 10% effect. As you have said, the banana peel does not seem to work for all plantar warts. Then I read youre feedback on this and became interested in trying out white vinegar application. I have a few questions to ask you:

1. What should be the exact concentration of the white vinegar? (The one that i found in the local market is 3.75 ml. of acetic acid in 100 ml water.
2. I found the non-fruit white vinegar. Will this do?
3. When should it be applied?

I would very much appreciate an urgent reply.

Replied by Lynnbb
Ann Arbor, Michigan


I must make a comment on your application tip. If you think it doesn't matter how it is applied, then why didn't it work for you? I have been seeing mine reduce in size every night that I remember to put a piece of peel on my wart. Sorry it didn't work for you but you didn't do it right.

Please don't give advise when you didn't get a good response, that doesn't help anyone. We have been cutting a bit of a very ripe banana and keeping it on with a bandaid. We have only done it over night because it is too hard to do during the day. It is working!


Replied by Mardee
Milwaukee, Wi

Yes, there are many kinds of warts which is why some treatments work and some don't. My warts came back after the banana peel treatment. After two years the only thing that worked for me was bleach. It sounds awful, but a q-tip dipped in bleach and applied morning and night just to the wart, was the only thing that helped. Just let the bleach dry and you don't even need a band aid. The bleach didn't hurt or redden my foot. Remember, bleach is what they use in showers and at swimming pools to keep people from getting warts. So why wouldn't it work to make them go away? It may not be "natural", but it works.
Replied by Aaron
Wauwatosa, Wi

Rajalakshmi Swami (or anyone who knows how to send this to them),
Check this success story that I got off of the web

Name: Emily
Location: Michigan, United States
Date: April 01, 2010

I CANNOT believe this actually works. But it does! I'd tried everything, including having my doctor cryo my wart off, but instead it just got bigger. To the point where my tiny plantar wart on my heel/instep had become a massive almost quarter sized beast.

Here's my recipe for success. I did this every night after I got home from work:

Take a bucket or large mixing bowl, fill with water as hot as you can stand it (I'd run it as hot as it can go). Take a measuring cup or eyeball to add two cups of AC Vinegar. Soak your foot for an hour. I'd sit on the end of my bed and watch the TV for an hour.

Wash your foot. Take a cotton ball or folded up piece of toilet tissue, soak in vinegar. Put on top of the wart, then duct tape it to your foot. Cover over with a sock. Go to sleep.

The next time you go to repeat this process, before you soak your foot, take a nail file (emery board) and file off the dead wart. You'll it's dead because the sucker will turn black. The vinegar is eating the wart and pushing it out of the foot, and you're basically filing the dead wart off.

It took about four days for me to feel any kind of discomfort, but, it will hurt to the point of tears after you start to get down to the root of the wart when sleeping with the vinegar taped to your foot. Try taking an aspirin before you soak your foot so that you're comfortably numb by the time the pain hits.

Despite the pain, I did not skip a day. I filed the wart even when it hurt. Exactly one week and a half to the day, my wart "fell off". I was filing it, and it started to chunk off revealing red skin underneath. Underneath the wart had turned white, and the middle didn't have any black skin left. I took a pair of nail clippers and just clipped it right off revealing pink, non-wart skin! I'm wart free for the first time in my life! And all it took was a few gallons of vinegar.

Replied by Rob
Northeast, Usa

I find it so interesting that a banana peel can cure plantar warts! This could be some indication of potassium deficiency I suppose.

I didn't try this when I figured out how to get rid of plantar wart that I struggled with for 2 years prior to having any success, but somewhat natural methods worked for me as well. I covered the verrucas in duct tape every day, soaked it in epsom salt water each day and eventually used salicylic acid pads and got rid of it in a matter of weeks.

Good luck! -Rob

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Posted by Matin Saghari (Rasht, Iran) on 04/04/2014

[YEA]  The banana peel is excellent for wart.. I had 2 plantars wart on my feets and a wart on my finger... After one week I was amazed black dots had been drawn out of the wart. I continued with this method for about a month they seemed better and then finished the treatment off. After 3 months they completely disappeared!

I want to thank God for Helping me to find this site and thanks all of you.

Posted by Alice (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on 04/09/2009

[YEA]  I think the banana peel is excellent for drawing the black dots out of the plantars wart. It seems to work like a poutice. My 9 year old daughter had the plantars wart frozen at the doctors surgery at least 5 times to no avail. I also spent $30 on the over the counter freezing method and that was a waste of time and money. I decided to do some research of my own and quickly found this website. We diligently applied the small squares of banana peel to the wart at bed time covered with a bandaid and a sock. After the the first night I was amazed the next morning when I saw how much of the black had been drawn out of the wart. I continued with this method for about a month and then finished the treatment off with some compound W. We are very pleased to say the wart has gone. The banana peel was amazing, but I do think the compound W is required at the end.

Posted by Mallik (Columbus, OH) on 04/02/2009

[YEA]  Warts cured with banana peel: I was skeptical about the banana peel as a patch to my wart on right foot. Just had a liquid nitrogen freeze method, and boy that was PAINFUL!! My doctor said we need to repeat atleast 2 more times and he was still not hopeful that it will be gone. I was unable to even walk properly before and after the freezing process. It took 3 days after the freezing, for me to walk properly. So could not imagine the thought of doing this 2 more times of the same.Read this banana peel and thot, what do i lose? It aint any chemical that might affect me adversely, its a simple banana peel!, so went home and applied a small piece of peel, and put a tape across it and slept. Did not feel much differnce in first two days, but i still continued for a week, boy that was magical, my pain was almost gone and i was able to run on treadmill normally. Encouraged by results i did for another 10 days and the wart is gone including the mark! Now sometimes i have tough time finding if it was right or left foot! lol. Thanks to the banana peel advice, it works very goood.

Posted by Tracey (Scotland) on 03/07/2009

[YEA]  I discovered 3 little warts on the knee of my 7 year old son a few weeks ago. I checked on Earth Clinic and found the wart remedy. A few weeks later and the warts are gone. My son is delighted and I would definitely recommend this for anyone with warts. Simple and painless. Thank you EC

EC: You didn't say, so we're guessing you tried the popular banana peel remedy for warts. Please let us know if you tried something else!

Posted by Tasha (Waverly, Ks) on 03/05/2009

[YEA]  Banana peel for warts: I normally don't leave feedback, but felt I had to on this subject. I was recently looking for an alternative way to get rid of a wart on my daughter's foot. She had a plantar wart last year on her heel. Went to the doctor and did the freeze off method, by the way, she did not like that at all!!! It was very painful for her. So now this year there is one coming on her big toe. So I came across this website and read the reviews for the banana peel for warts. While reading I'm thinking to myself that this is crazy!!
So I gave it try, why not anything is better than the freeze off thing. It has now been 3 days and the wart is going away, it's shrinking!!!!!

I clean her toe right before bed then take a piece of the banana peel and rub it on the wart until well coated. Then cut another very small piece off and put it on her toe with a bandaid around it overnight. In the morning take the bandaid off clean the toe off. I do this everynight before bed. Now on day 3 and everything is looking great. The wart is flat and the inside is drying up.

Thank you for this website and all the other reviews!! My daughter is very thankful!!
We joke with her now and call her banana toe!! ha ha ha

Posted by Patrick (Carlsbad, Ca) on 03/04/2009

Banana peels for planter warts works. It worked on my 12 year old grand son after about eight days of rubbing banana peel on nightly. My daugher cancelled his dermatologist appoinment. When she tried to explain the cure to the doctors office they hung up!

Posted by Paul (Sydney, NSW) on 03/01/2009

[YEA]  Banana Peel for Plantar Warts Worked! After two attempts with more persistence the second time - after being inspired by the testimonials here the Banana peel cure has worked a treat for me.

Initially, I was very excited to discover the Banana peel cure for Plantar warts that has seemed to have worked for so many. I'd had my first and only Plantar for about three months on the middle of the sole of my left foot. Previously I'd tried acid prescribed from my GP which hardened the skin - which i scraped with a scalpel but to no avail.

When i tried the Banana peel first - changing daily - i was on holidays and in the surf daily, and it didn't seem to work well.

On the second attempt, I was more persevering and instead of daily changed weekly using a combo of the duct tape. Also I ate more Bananas (about one a day) which I don't do previously as i wonder whether this may be part of the cure.

This is about my third week now and i must say no more pain. My food still looks a bit shabby with peeling skin etc but no pain or stony lump that characterized the wart. I'm confident its 98% cured. Will post again once its 100%.

Here's the method i followed:
1) Cut a small piece of fresh banana peel about 2cm square
2) Put it with the inside bit, the bit where the banana is, against my foot where the wart is/was
3) Rub it around a bit
4) Seal it to the sole of my foot with medical fabric tape (bandage-like duct tape)
(note i covered it with two pieces of tape broader than the peel so as to seal it - which was pretty much watertight)
5) Wait one week, remove clean, dry and repeat from 1)

Replied by Paul
Sydney, NSW

I can now report this worked 100%. All i can say is wow! And thank you!

Posted by Jen (Breinigsville, PA) on 02/21/2009

[YEA]  My 4 year old son had huge compound warts on his hands and face for about two years. We were seeing a dermatologist for a year and a half. We tried freezing the warts three times, beetle juice three times, and beetle juice with acid one time. We also had an appointment to get lazer surgery on him. Everything the doctor did seemed to make them even worse. We found this website and decided to try the banana peel treatment. After about 2 months, ALL of his warts are gone. His thumb looks normal again (something I thought would never happen). It was painless and easy to do. Even his face warts are gone. They took a little longer though since we could not cover them with a peel and bandaid. We were only able to rub the peel on top of them. This has been a miracle!!! Please tell everyone you know to give it a try.

Posted by Jason (Pasadena, California, USA) on 02/17/2009

[YEA]  Banana Peel for Wart Treatment: Using a cut portion of banana peel and applying on top of the existing wart with a piece of duct tape. Would apply it for a few hours and then remove. It's been slightly over two weeks now and the wart is continually getting smaller. I had tried previous laser treatment for it only to see it grow back. Anyone with a wart should definitely consider this.

Posted by D (Los Angeles, CA) on 02/17/2009

[YEA]  Had plantar warts for 5 years I know how you guys feel. I first had them burned off with electricity. Came back burn it off again. Got bigger. Then went to another Dr and frozen it off turned all my skin black! After 3 weeks thought it was gone skin look all pink and smooth then 2 weeks later came back. Went to another Dr and froze it and used 80% acid then went back and froze it again then used acid. One day at work I google around to see other kinds of treatment and then found this site. I was sceptical but after all the reviews I decided to give it a tried. First night I taped a (ripe) yellow banana skin with duct tape and slept and kept it on all day and went to work. At night took it off my skin was black. I thought it was from the banana because it had turned black too. Did the same thing for 2 more nights. I decided to let it rest for 2 days. After the second day of resting the dead black skin started to fall off and I could see red pink skin underneath. After one more day I put another banana skin and taped it. At night the banana turned black but not my skin after the dead skin fell off. Right then I knew it wasn't the banana skin that made my skin turned black. It was the wart dying. Boy was I happy. I wish I knew about this treatment earlier and not spending all the time and money on the Dr not to mention the pain, time off from work, stress, and scared of going anywhere bare foot like swimming with friends. I want to thank God for letting me find this site.

Posted by Katrina (Washington, DC/USA) on 02/11/2009

[NAY]  I have some flat warts on the back of my hand. I tried taping banana peel on it and sleeping with it for 7 days straight. The results are that the warts are still there. There are now more of them. On top of that, the area where the banana peel was now has some horrible eczema. I'm now treating the eczema, which I didn't have before, with aloe vera.

Posted by Susan (Birmingham, Mi. USA) on 02/06/2009

[YEA]  Years ago, I had a very large wart on my thumb, by the nail. I actually thought it was a nasty cuticle, very rough and cabbage like. It was painful too. One day, I examined it under a magnifier and noticed black dots and realized it was a wart. I had read in a Dear Abby column that a good wart cure was to rub the inside of a banana peel on it. I bought a bunch of them and always had an empty peel on the kitchen counter. I rubbed the wet, inside part on the wart every time I passed the kitchen. I did that for a few days. Really very interesting that it wasn't a gradual thing, more like I looked at it one day and it was gone. It probably took 3 or 4 days. It really works.

Posted by Annabelle (Christchurch, New Zealand) on 02/05/2009

[YEA]  Banana Skin Peel to cure Warts.

WOW, this worked for us and we proved the sceptics wrong (there were quite a few!) My son had two large painful warts on the bottom of his foot. I rubbed some banana skin on them most nights and often taped small squares of banana on them over night. The first time we did it he said that it was stinging and they started to turn black. After about 3 months they are completely gone with no scarring and other smaller ones that appeared have gone to. We often missed days and the taped on pieces frequently fell off in bed, I assume that this is why it took 3 months. If I have the need to use this remedy again I would tape them on all of the time and replace the banana skin every couple of days for quicker results.

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