Natural Remedies

Combat Warts Naturally: Top Remedies Ranked for Effectiveness

| Modified on Nov 09, 2023
Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Lisa Ann (California) on 05/09/2023

I'm so glad for this website where we can share helpful information!

For many years, I had a wart on my upper lip. I thought it was a mole until one day, in the mid 1990s, I used a magnifying mirror to take a close look at it. Yikes!

So I searched online for a natural remedy. Some website (kind of like this one) had many posts from people who'd gotten rid of warts, most using vinegar, which was reportedly quick, but could be painful, and could leave a crusty black scab for a few days. But one post was about using hydrogen peroxide, just the regular 3% type (not food grade), available back then in any drug store. It would take longer, but no crusty black scab and no pain. So I tried it.

I set a bottle of hydrogen peroxide next to my computer, applied it twice a day with a Q-tip, and letting it dry. Every few days, the top layer of the wart would turn white and peel off. After about 6 weeks, the wart was gone and has never come back. There was never any pain. The wart disappeared completely and left my lip looking perfectly normal.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Dixie (Uk) on 07/17/2015

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!!

ACV, Banana Peel, Duct Tape
Posted by B (Roseburg, Oregon) on 12/26/2012

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Avi (Sydney, Australia) on 05/30/2016

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.

Ascorbic Acid in Coconut Oil
Posted by SE (Singapore) on 05/03/2023

Wart on ear lobe successfully resolved with Ascorbic Acid crystals (Vit C) in Coconut Oil

Just wanted to pass on what worked for me. Had a stubborn wart on my ear lobe a few years ago. Used ACV the first time and it resolved. Came back again in June 2022 and tried ACV, Banana peel and many other remedies till I came across Dr Andrew Saul's DoctorYourself website where he indicated wart cases which had been resolved with Ascorbic Acid crystals with water. Tried that but it did not work. However, when I applied Ascorbic Acid Crystal mixed with Coconut Oil to make a paste (toothpaste consistency) and applied it daily for a week or so, the wart resolved. The wart became black, then bleeding after which it went away. Its been about a month so far and skin looks fine and wart has not resurfaced. Just wanted to pass this along as the wart was very stubborn and did not respond to a lot of remedies. Good luck.

Posted by faeqa s. (Amman - Jordan) on 04/08/2023 66 posts


Two years ago, warts began to spread on my hands, and they increased at a rate of around one every two months, until they reached ten, I did not use any medical treatment for them during this period, until I read an information in an old Arab medicine book that says: If u kill the mother of the warts, the rest of the warts will die automatically without needing any treatment (the mother of warts is the first wart grown in the skin), so I treated it by placing a slice of fresh garlic on it every night and fixing it with a plaster until the morning, and sometimes I put it during the day also for hours, after a week gradually and slowly the wart began to dry, and the rest of the warts were also drying with it. It took nearly two months until it completely cured, and got rid of it all during this period, now after nearly six months of stopping treatment, there is no longer any trace of all of it, thank God.

I like to share my experience for anybody has the same problem.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Hannah D. (Los Angeles, California) on 09/06/2016


I dealt with the same incessant warts on my hands and feet for YEARS--I went to the doctor once a week to get freeze treatments, eventually she started giving me yeast shots directly into the wart as well--I was desperate. I couldn't work, I couldn't have a confident relationship, and instead of helping more kept popping up.

I tried duct tape, no luck.

I realized I needed to really alkalize my body so at the beginning of the summer I started taking a shot a ACV before each meal and eating primarily green veggies and fruits as well as cutting back on caffeine, alcohol and smoking. I felt healthier, but warts were still there, even with treatments.
Then I read on this page to actually put ACV on the warts topically, which I did, 50/50 ACV and water. I left it on overnight--yes it burns a little but not unbearable and if it is unbearable, just take it off rinse and it was fine. But at this point I welcomed that burn! Definitely less painful than going to the doctors and having the try to freeze of give shots.

Within one night they started changing colors, and within two they were all black. I kept the ACV on all night and most of the day too mind you--I was so excited to see results, I just pushed through. Within three days, all the warts--probably 10 total, had falled off, YES FALLEN OFF!! How cool is that? Leaving completely clean craters in the skin. I did one more treatment of ACV to be thorough and then let my body start healing. It's been 3 years now and I've never had another wart, they never returned. I still take ACV daily orally, because a healthy internal balance will prevent them from making a reappearance.

I have pictures that I will post later, it's pretty crazy. Good luck to all of you I know it can be so debilitating but there's hope!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Veronica (San Antonio) on 11/08/2015

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Avantsiena (Atlanta, Ga.) on 07/11/2016

My son (14) had four warts on the palm of his hand. We have tried CompoundW for several months and it was working a little then we let our foot off the gas and tapered down on the regimen of nightly use. We are on the 5 day of treatment with ACV. Today one of the four warts just fell off. The others are visibly shrinking and turning black. The area around the skin is white.

-Clean hands well or affected area

-Use gauze, band-aids, duck tape and sterile tweezers

-Straight, non diluted, organic ACV

-Dip the gauze in ACV then apply to the warts

-Cover the gauze with the bandaids

-Then blot the surrounding area of skin to dry the excess ACV.

-Cover with ducktape. This is used to seal the area so the band-aids do not fall off at night.

-We apply this method in the evening at 8pm and remove in the morning at 7am.

I am thrilled this is working! Thank you Earth Clinic!

Potassium, Zinc, or Vitamin D
Posted by Art (California) on 09/04/2020 2091 posts

If you look at the two top remedies listed on EC for warts, you will quickly notice that Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) and Banana Peel sit squarely at the top of the list by a very large margin compared to the next closest treatment. ACV is the clear leader over banana peel, also by a wide margin.

Based on those ratings it is interesting to note that both contain considerable amounts of potassium and lesser amounts of zinc. Both zinc and potassium have studies to show that they are both effective for topical application to warts. In fact On the EC list for warts, if you scroll toward the bottom of the list, you will see zinc listed as a remedy.

Another study proven effective wart destroyer is vitamin D, but it is not listed on EC's list of wart removers and I can understand why. Most people start taking vitamin D for healthful benefits, but understand that those benefits are not likely to be visible and few people take vitamin D for the sole purpose of destroying a wart and consequently if you start taking vitamin D for health benefits and weeks later you realize that a long term wart is just gone, you may not draw a connection between the two events. Vitamin D should also be on EC's list of wart destroyers and it should now be clear that vitamin D may be adjunctive to all of the other wart treatments like zinc and potassium.

One of the mentioned drawbacks to the number one recommended wart remedy on EC, ACV, is that it can burn and generally be irritating. Perhaps this can be avoided by taking vitamin D, Zinc and Potassium orally. In this way you are likely to get rid of the wart plus gain benefit internally from these three supplements as well as prevent the return of the wart or warts. Perhaps even add in the a topical zinc ointment directly to the wart to speed the process up. This method is likely to be very useful for people who tend to get warts frequently!

I did not include any study links to keep this a bit shorter, but there are many studies to confirm the above.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Jules (Arlington, Va) on 10/21/2021

I had a small wart appear on the side of my head. I thought I'd give ACV a try. For three nights I placed a little bit of tissue soaked with vinegar against it. By day three I noticed it was coming loose. With just a little bit of pressure the whole thing came off. Amazing!

It may have helped that it had developed only recently. I used organic ACV, with the mother.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Makaylakl10110 (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) on 03/09/2018

I have had warts for at least 6 years, and I thought that everybody had warts, but somebody at school pointed out my warts and from then on I knew warts weren't something everybody had. So I tried getting rid of them by putting on hand sanitizer, and wearing wart remover bandages, it turns out that it actually worked, but only made them smaller. I ended up googling how to get rid of warts and it Apple Cider Vinegar, so I tried it, and it worked.

Vitamin C
Posted by Tony (Miami, Fl) on 08/14/2017

Hi it's been years since I have successfully gotten rid of my warts and here is my solution. I have passed this along to many people now and it has worked for them.

So, usually warts that you get are simply the case of a small cut in a finger for example that gets infected with some virus that you picked up from touching something contaminated. Then your body sends defenders to attack that virus, so they form a wart. Which then stays there for a while. My doctor then tried to freeze it off. Which didn't really work. So after lots of research I decided, what if I gave my body the boost it needed to vanquish that virus once and for all.

I took Vitamin C twice a day for about a month. I also drank a lot of orange juice, apple juice, vitamin waters, essentially super charged my body with Vitamin C for those thirty days. Without pain the wart started to shrink in size. Reduce in pain, and after about a month disappeared completely. I believe if you took as much vitamin C as you could (without giving yourself diarrhea) you would also get rid of warts.

Be careful, always take these vitamins with food since they can be strong. Don't go crazy but a potent multivitamin, two vitamin C tablets a day and maybe a Vitamin E or Vitamin A one will do the trick for you too. Good luck. Stay positive and try it. It is painless and can get rid of your warts once and for all.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Chris (Ny, Ny) on 07/16/2016


Currently doing the ACV treatment. I have a cluster of warts on my fingers. The first 5 days of treatment, there was stinging when I applied the ACV overnight. Day 6 I decided to let my fingers rest because the skin around the warts were starting to burn. It is now day 7, and when I applied the ACV, it began to really hurt. It still hurts a lot, and I've had it on for over 15 hours now (the longest I've put it on so far).

From what I can tell, there has definitely been a lot of progression. The smaller warts have gotten even smaller. The larger warts are starting to turn black. They are hurting the most. I am going to withstand the pain and continue treatment. I will update with pictures when I can.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Legoboybristol (Bristol) on 05/11/2015

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!

Sow Thistle Plant
Posted by Pebbles (NSW, Australia ) on 05/15/2023

After years of trying various remedies (banana peel, ACV, tea tree oil, coconut oil, caster oil etc) for a stubborn wart on my toe, I tried the white sap from the common weed sow thistle. I applied the sap daily for a month; the wart has completely gone!