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Posted by Avantsiena (Atlanta, Ga.) on 07/11/2016
5 out of 5 stars

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!

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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.

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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
2085 posts

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

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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!!

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Posted by Legoboybristol (Bristol) on 05/11/2015
5 out of 5 stars

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!

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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.

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Posted by Sam (US) on 11/16/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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 ...it 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!

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Posted by Amanda (Sterling, Ma) on 08/18/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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)
5 out of 5 stars

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.

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Posted by Earth Clinic Friend (Forster, Australia) on 01/04/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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!

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Posted by Dan (Sc, Usa) on 12/01/2013

I love how ACV can get rid of the warts I've had on the backs of my hands and fingers for years, permanently, in no time at all. All I did was scratch the wart up a bit with a clean sewing needle, then soak a small piece of cotton (perhaps torn from a q-tip), place that on top of the wart, and secure it snuggly with a band-aid. Then, for two days, I would re-soak that piece of cotton, replace the band-aid if necessary, and the wart would almost certainly be gone within 48 hours. But me being me, I usually continue to do it for an extra day just to be sure. From my experience, and from a few others whom I've convinced to try this, it works at least 90% of the time, or 100% of the time if they need to do it again a second time with a little bit of deeper scratching from the pin. This doesn't hurt! All you are doing is scratching the wart's thick outer layer so that the ACV can seep down into the root.

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Posted by Miracles (Santa Monica, Ca, United States) on 07/11/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I was intrigued by all the posts on Apple Cider Vinegar for various ailments and to be used as various remedies. So I recommended to a client that he use it for his wart after reading that it could disappear and/or fall off overnight. This client had been going to podiatrists and having the painful wart removed from the bottom of his foot for nearly two years - the wart probably gotten from going barefoot running. So I recommended this cure and he told me that the wart literally got black and fell off - and suddenly the pain was gone. Thank you to Earth Clinic and everybody who writes in for these amazing remedies!

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Posted by Danny (Sheffield, South Yorkshire Uk) on 02/25/2013

I have had various warts in my left knee for around 2 years now and they are really starting to get me down, they affect my confidence and prevent me from wearing shorts, this ACV the technique really sounds effective, and I am going to give it a try! Will report back with feedback, hope I am successful!

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Posted by Sarah (Columbus, Ohio, Us) on 02/22/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I used regular food-grade Apple Cider Vinegar on my plantar warts after years of trying to freeze or compound-w them away. I had a very bad infestation on my toes and on the balls of my feet. There was nothing except duct tape that could stick to my feet all night long. I cut those make-up cotton rounds to size, soaked them in acv, and taped them in place each night until the pain was distracting me from sleep. I walked around in socks during the day, washed my feet with salycillic acid soap in the shower, and rubbed some reccommended supplemental powder (I forget the name of but was a bear to find at the druggist's) after the shower. I took a break for about a week and went at it again until they were all gone. I went from three- inch by inch sized mosaics, four kissing warts, and at least two dozen stand-alone warts to nothing in two months after having to wear socks and shoes all the time for 8 years to keep from infectin others. Now, I go barefoot all the time!

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Posted by Kingsdaughter (Syracuse, New York) on 02/09/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Apple Cider Vinegar cured 14 warts on my hands, most of them in a matter of 1 1/2 weeks, when nothing else would. I applied it at night by placing small bits of ACV-soaked cotton ball on the warts and securing them with duct tape, and then removing them in the morning.

If at any point it hurt too much, or if the skin around the wart got too sensitive, I would just take the cotton ball off and wait a few days before resuming treatment. It's a pretty forgiving method, and super effective. The warts turn black and just fall right off.

Warning: DO NOT PICK at the warts; let them come off on their own. I have absolutely no scarring except from one wart that I picked off before it was ready.

I understand that this treatment has taken a lot longer for some, but IT WORKS. If it's taking longer, I would recommend filing down the wart before applying ACV.

I've only gotten 2 new warts in the past two years, and they were also easily treated with ACV. Warts no longer scare me, because I know how to deal with them!

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Posted by Blair (Halifax, Nova Scotia) on 01/19/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I promised myself I would write a review of this home remedy should it work, so here I am letting people know that if you do this right it will work to remove warts. I had had two ugly warts on my face for the last 5 years, one on my cheek and another by my nose, when I first got them I thought they were zits or something, then they weren't going away so I thought they were cysts, the last thing I wanted to accept was that they were warts, so I went for years with those ugly things on my face. I came across this webpage and all the stories of people with success in removing warts so I thought what the hell I am giving this a try. I picked up some cheap Apple Cider Vinegar it cost me less than $5, I used it full stregnth on small cotton ball the size of the wart by securing the cotton to the warts with bandaids. I wore this 24/7 for 3 days changing the bandaids and reapplying the ACV every 4 hours or so. The warts turned Red, then black. I kept on applying the ACV for another full day the wart by my nose peeled off, the one on my cheek hung on 1 more day but it too fell off. I am left with two pinkish color spots where the warts used to be 1 full week later. I suspect in a week or two the pink will vanish with more healing time. I did experience some stinging when I was applying the ACV, and I did burn skin around the wart by making the cotton ball too big a few times, if I ever have to do this again I will protect the skin around the wart by applying polysporin or vasiline to the healthy skin to protect it from the burning. I am so happy this cure worked for me, I just wish I had looked it up earlier and not spent years with bad facial skin. Good luck everyone.

Replied by Jolene
(New Mexico)

Aloe vera will take care of any skin that is irritated by the apple cider vinegar.

Replied by Kendra

Hi there- I seemed to have burned the skin around my wart with ACV; any scarring from the burn? Any advice??