10 Common Remedies to Get Rid of Warts

wartsWarts are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), which has over 100 types. Different types affect people in different ways, usually depending on the strength of their immune system. Some strains (like the one that causes common warts) are relatively harmless, while others can pose much more serious problems. Because warts are caused by a virus, they can be spread to other parts of your body and to other people as well. If mainstream methods have not worked for you (or you’d rather avoid treatments involving strange chemicals) try some of these straightforward home remedies for warts instead. They may not seem particularly extraordinary, but that makes them all the better in my opinion.

10 Natural Remedies for Warts- so you can get rid of your warts at home without using harsh chemicals and treatments.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

ACV is an all-star in the world of home remedies, so it’s not surprising that it’s first on a list of how to get rid of your wart. It’s simple, and many people have found success with it. It does not actually kill the virus, but because of its high acidity it attacks the “flesh” that makes up the wart, kills the physical wart itself, and allows it to peel naturally from the skin. In theory, this takes the virus with it, and it shouldn’t return anytime soon. Expect there to be some soreness/swelling in the beginning, it’s normal, but of course you can stop the treatment if it’s too much. After a few days your wart will mature to a lovely dark shade or black-this is good. Finally, it will come off. Let it come off on its own, or the core might remain.

You will need…
-Roughly 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar
-Cotton balls or a piece of cotton cloth
-A bandage, gauze, or another piece of cloth

Soak a cotton ball or a piece of cotton fabric in apple cider vinegar. Allow it to saturate, and then gently press out the excess liquid so that it is not dripping all over when you apply it. Place it over your wart, and secure it with a strip of gauze or cloth. Do this every night and remove during the day-you can leave it on during the day as well! It is not instant, but the wart should die and come off within 1-2 weeks.

 apple cider vinegar wart remedy

2. “Milk” of Milkweed

Milkweed grows wild across the world, and can be found along the road, in fields, or your backyard. While it is true that it can be toxic due to a “poison” called cardiac glycoside, it must be taken internally to have a toxic effect. Because of this, don’t keep it around kids or pets, and do not get it in your eyes. A small amount of the sap on the wart has been used as a natural remedy for centuries, and was a favorite by Native Americans. A proteolytic enzyme found in the plant is thought to “digest and dissolve” the wart.

You will need…
-A few dabs of the sap (the liquid that looks like milk)

File your wart or use a pumice stone to get it slightly exposed (no need to go crazy, just slough off a bit of the top layer). Break a few leaves off of the plant and squeeze the bottom of the stem to release more of the sap. Apply enough sap to cover your wart. Leave on and reapply as needed. If you develop any rash or skin irritation, stop and rinse off immediately! If you have sensitive skin, it may be best to steer clear of the milkweed.

3. Banana mash

Similar to milkweed, bananas contain a proteolytic enzyme that eats away at the wart.

You will need…
-1 banana peel
-something to scrap the inside of the peel with

Twice a day, scrape the whitish mush off the inside of banana peel, and apply it to your wart. Wash your hands well afterwards to keep the warts from spreading. Repeat until the wart is gone.

banana peel wart removal

4. Utilize Vitamin C

It is thought that applying Vitamin C directly to the wart will destroy the virus causing it. Using lemon juice not only gives an extra boost of vitamin C, but the acid content helps “kill it off” so to speak.

You will need…
-1 vitamin C tablet
-A mortar and pestle or something else to crush the tablet with
-A tad bit of fresh lemon juice OR some water will do in a pinch

Crush up 1 vitamin C tablet, and add enough lemon juice or water to make a paste. Cover this with a bandage and reapply daily.

vitamin c

5. Get your basil on

When you have a wart, it’s time to get your basil on-literally. Because basil has a multitude of anti-viral components, and it’s a virus causing the wart, it will speed up the process of the wart going away.

You will need…
-1/4 cup or so of fresh basil leaves
-Something to crush the leaves with
-Some form of bandage

Crush up ¼ cup or so of fresh, well-rinsed, basil leaves until they are mushy and “juicy.” Apply to the wart, cover with a bandage or clean cloth, and reapply daily until the wart is gone, about 1-2 weeks. You can adjust the amount if you need more or less.

crushed basil

6. Dandy-lions

Have some dandelions popping up in your yard? Don’t rip them up and dispose of them just yet. The milk found has been found useful in getting rid of warts, just be sure to keep up on applying it!

You will need…
-1 dandelion
-a bandage

Pull the head off of a dandelion and rub the milk onto the wart, and cover it with a bandage. Do this twice daily until the wart is gone.


7. Slather honey on it

Organic Manuka honey, harvested in New Zealand, is perhaps the best to use. It is one of the most potent types of honey in terms of the concentration of its antibacterial/antiviral properties. It is also quite stable, unlike some other kinds of honey, so it can withstand temperature fluctuation without losing its benefits. In addition to this, it creates a sort of “occlusion therapy” which is essentially depriving the wart of oxygen and killing it (the theory behind duct tape, but honey is much better than adhesive.) Verify that you are getting true Manuka honey from a reliable source before purchasing.

You will need…
-A teaspoon of raw honey
-A bandage

File away the wart if you can, and then cover it thoroughly in a thick layer of honey and wrap a piece of cloth around it. Leave it like this for 24 hours, changing the bandage and reapplying the honey daily.

raw honey

8. Put a potato on it

There doesn’t seem to be a set reason why, but one of the most common natural remedies for warts you will hear about is rubbing a potato on it. There’s not a whole lot of scientific backing to this theory, but over the centuries people have stuck to it and have found success. It’s worth a shot! An interesting part of the original historical remedy is to bury the potato after use and when you dig it up 2 weeks later it will have a wart on it (and yours will be gone.) That is very much optional.


You will need…
-1 potato
-a knife
-a bandage

Peel a potato and cut a round slice off of it. Rub the slice on your wart 3 times a day, and if you find yourself resting, lay the peeled skin (potato-ey side down) over the wart for as long as possible. You can also bandage the potato to the toe and leave it on until the wart it gone, changing bandage daily.

potato on foot

9. Soak in Pineapple Juice

Pineapple juice softens the wart. It has a high level of acidity, and a special enzyme to dissolve and eat away at the wart. It will sting at first!

You will need…
-Pure organic pineapple juice
-A bowl
-A towel

2-3 times a day, soak your wart in pure pineapple juice for 3-5 minutes. Afterwards, pat the area completely dry. Filing before doing this might make the area a little too sensitive, in which case, steer clear of it.

pineapple juice planters wart bath

10. Stick a needle in it

Warts are tricky little devils, they are a barrier that keeps the virus that causes them safe and undetected by your immune system-hence why they last so long. It is our job then to alert our body to this invader, and you can do so by using a sterile needle (this is known as immunotherapy.) Once you poke it, your body knows something is up, and can attack it properly. It sounds like something out of a weird alien movie, but the body works in strange ways.

Getting rid of warts with a needle is a straightforward home remedy. Ice the wart until the area is good and numb and then hold a sharp needle over a flame to sterilize it. Poke it well into the wart, but don’t hold it there. Poke the wart all over, and discard of the needle and wash your hands. Now that your body is alerted, it will attack the virus that is causing the wart.

These aren’t instant cures, but in the scheme of things, 1-2 weeks is a short time to have a wart, which can stick around for years. In addition to this, you’re not spending a bunch of money to go to the doctor and use an extreme method of removal. Remember to be patient and most importantly diligent-just because something isn’t instantaneous does not make it ineffective.

Wart Tips:

-Always wash your hands between touching your wart to keep it from spreading.
-If possible, use a pumice stone to slough off just the roughest outer layer of the wart-it allows whatever you’re using to treat it easier access to the core.
-If using something like the banana to treat your wart, applying it to the dry pad of a Band-Aid is an easy way to keep it covered.
-Stay healthy-a good immune system and healthy body is the best way to prevent warts!

We Want to Hear from You! Let us know which remedies work and do not work for you, ask a question or leave a comment:


  1. Linda Coppock says:

    The potato method absolutely does work! I am 63 yrs old and have used this method many times on myself, and family. All you do is cut an unpeeled potato in half and rub half of the raw potato on the wart, then throw it away in the yard. Has worked for me every single time. Hope this helps someone.

    • Claire (Everyday Roots) says:

      That’s awesome that it worked for you!!

    • Laurie says:

      And how long does it take for this method to work? Do you have to “reapply” often?

    • David McCord says:

      I agree! It worked for me years ago after trying numerous other methods. It was actually an old Irish lady who told me about it. Apparently it was considered as witchcraft years ago, as they used to rub a halved potato on their warts but would also bury it in the soil so nature would assist with the healing process! Not sure I believe in witchcraft but it definitely worked a treat!

    • Irene says:

      Can’t wait to try the potato idea.. Just saw a few tiny little warts this morning.. Hope it won’t take to long to work.. thanks!

    • Anita says:

      How long did it take for the wart to come off? My 19 year old has had one for years and the Dr. told me to buy her the freeze thing and it didn’t work. Now I want something natural and fast that is going to work. Thanks for the information maam.

  2. ramya says:

    Hi Claire,
    This is Ramya, I am a regular reader of your blog. Thanks for all the information!

    • Claire (Everyday Roots) says:

      Nice to meet you Ramya! I am glad that you like the blog, I hope you’re finding some useful stuff 😀

      • pierre dubois says:

        My dad told me something very similar when I was 11 years old. I had a wart on my hand (palm) and while we were on holiday, my dad said rub a white pebble on the wart and throw the pebble as far as you can in to the sea and the wart will disappear. I didn’t really believe him but I did exactly what he said and lo and behold the wart went! I could not believe it but indeed it did

    • Justin says:

      The basil is smart because a lot of people have it growing in their garden.

  3. beckie wolever says:

    this sounds strange but it worked when i was younger. my dad gave me a penny, i had to rub it on the wart, and believe it will take the wart away. then put it in your shoe. the penny not the wart. I don’t know what it was about it the believing it will work or the copper of the penny. but it has to be a penny someone gives you for this purpose not one just out of your pocket.

    • Claire (Everyday Roots) says:

      That does sound strange but I am a firm believer in the power of the mind, and I can believe that it went away faster because of the penny -whether the penny itself did anything or not :p

  4. The Happy Wife/Danielle Garcia says:

    Although this is not as natural as the options you gave, I have a way that has worked for us. When my daughter contracted molloscum at the pool, her pediatrician told us it would be quite painful, due to the number of warts and the location (upper and inner thigh) to remove them with “conventional” methods. She said we “could” buy an over the counter wart remover or we could try something less expensive. She told me that the main ingredient in wart remover is salicylic acid, which is aspirin. She recommended crushing up a few tablets and making a paste, which we applied once a day and let dry. The warts started coming off and going away within a few days. Unlike the wart remover liquid (which I had on hand from something else), the aspirin did not burn her sensitive skin either. If all else fails, the aspirin is a good “next” step before moving on to the yuckier chemicals and more painful methods.

    • Amber says:

      Thank you for this. My 4 yr. old daughter plays with our neighbor who has molloscum and now she has them on the inside of her upper thigh. Not sure how she got them but guessing they are from using our neighbor’s bathroom or playing on her bed/furniture. My son noticed he had two on the back of his leg that we had frozen today. I am horrified as no one in our family has ever had warts or anything similar. I know my 4 yr. old won’t be able to tolerate the freezing as my 10 yr. old son did and she has about 15 on her legs already. I went searching for a home remedy that wouldn’t hurt her and found this website and your comment so I’m going to try the aspirin tomorrow. Thank you!

    • corrina says:

      Do you mix the asprin with water ?

    • Michelle says:

      Danielle I am going to try the aspirin method…. Hoping it doesn’t take very long. I have a wart on my finger and it is painful….I’ve never had a wart before so I, hoping this works. It wouldn’t be so bad but I seem to hit it on everything… Wish me luck. Just put my aspirin paste on at. 12:33am in Texas…. Will hopefully have it gone by next week. I will keep you posted. Also this is my first attempt to remove it….

  5. Charlotte says:

    You’ve missed GARLIC off your list. It’s absolutely perfect for the job of removing warts and verrucas. Just strap on a slightly mashed up piece to the wart or verruca.

  6. Andrea J says:

    Do any of these work on plantar warts? My daughter has one on her foot that was cut out and cauterized 2 years ago and it came back and is only getting bigger. She’s afraid to death to go back to the doctor for liquid nitrogen therapy, but my husband and I have talked and think he might just take her without prior notice…

    • Joan says:

      Hi Andrea,

      My daughter had plantar warts on her feet. I had them burned, cut out and she just got more and more in that area. Eventually we got help with the salicylic acid and that worked but now after many years she tells me she still has them. I developed one and tried the salicylic acid. I thought it was gone and now it is huge. I saw a homeopath who gave me stuff to take and within two weeks it is half the size and no longer sore. It is still there but I have not finished the medicine. It is a virus in the body and you have to kill that. I am thrilled that I did not have to do anything harsh. You cant just treat the symptoms you have to get rid of the cause. Hope this helps

      • Joy says:

        I had a plantar wart a few months ago, and it hurt really bad…but I can tell you exactly how to remove it painlessly and quickly. 🙂 I was trying everything, and nothing worked. I didn’t want surgery because I am a naturalist and I hate pain. 🙂
        Finally I found out from a dear friend that a slice of garlic is all you need to “kill” the plantar wart. Just remove as much dead skin from the top of the wart as possible to let the garlic “access” the inner part where the virus is, then cut a slice of fresh garlic to fit the area…don’t let it touch the skin around it or you may feel pain from irritation.
        Tape it on there overnight, as well as in the day as much as possible. When I had my wart it felt like there was a big pebble in my shoe, even when I was going barefoot around the house, and it was so painful that I couldn’t walk. SO if that’s the case, just look for times when you will be sitting for a while and tape it on.
        The wart died within three days for me. The inner part shrunk and turned black, and I was able to literally just pull it out with some scissors and absolutely NO PAIN. Afterwards there will be a little hole and it will heal up on it’s own.
        If it takes longer than three days to “die” just continue with the garlic until you can’t feel anything when you put pressure on it!
        Another thing I did, was pray hard about it because I knew that our Saviour is the only one who can heal, and for me the wart was pretty physically exhausting and limiting. SO don’t forget to ask your maker to heal your wart, and do your part! IT WORKS! I did this same remedy for my Dad and he got the same results!
        I hope you are blessed with a success in this endeavor!

        P.S. Take high doses of vit c for a good immune system to heal and prevent warts in the future. Also, eat a lot of fresh garlic in your meals. Blessings!

    • Sarah says:

      I had a plantars wart on the ball of my foot for 22 years, we tried everything – cutting it out, freezing it off, burning it out, salicylic acid, garlic, potatoes, vinegar, citric acid…Nothing took it out. One day I got pregnant – and shortly after my wart was GONE. Now all that remains is the nasty scar from being cut, burned and frozen out. This probably wont help if your daughter isn’t of an age where she can think if this as an option, but I would try something a little less dramatic than freezing – especially if she doesn’t want it done.

    • lee says:

      Both my son’s had warts. One had them BAD on his hands and one had the planter warts. Essential oils worked on the ones on the hands but it took patience! My son with the planter warts – essential oils were making a difference but just wouldn’t completely get rid of them. Finally I decided to use garlic which worked! They are currently almost completely gone and we’ve only used garlic on them for 4 nights. Just cutting the garlic did not work I had to crush garlic in a garlic press and apply the thick skin part of the garlic to his foot and cover with a band aid overnight. My oldest with hand warts can tolerate a lot of pain. On our third trip to the dermatologist he begged me to turn the car around and please go home because he couldn’t stand the pain after trying to burn them off. That’s when we got serious with essential oils. I would never bring my kids in again to get them burned off with liquid nitrogen! Too many people have them come back after all that $$ and pain!

  7. david says:

    go to the beach; salt water got rid of my son’s wart that had been around for a year. 8 days at the coast and it was gone.

    • Andrea J says:

      That would be great, David! However, we live in Kansas.

      • Susan says:

        If not near the ocean, simply soak feet in a tub of water with Epsom salts and gently scrub with a fine exfoliant several times.
        I hardly think becoming pregnant would be ‘less dramatic’ than the freezing; even if the girl is of age…

    • Trevor says:

      This is true! I had HUGE plantar warts covering the soles of both feet with I was a teen. I went to the dermatologist and he told me “I can remove them but you will be on crutches for several weeks.” I told him not to because I was going to the beach the next week. When I came back from the beach I looked at my feet and the warts were miraculously GONE!

  8. Charlotte B says:

    After freezing the warts on my daughter’s finger several times, her Pediatrician told us to try wrapping her fingers in silver duct tape as soon as she gets out the tub and keep it on until the wart disappears. Sure enough about two weeks later the warts were gone and have not reappeared. Not sure of the science behind it but it had something to do with the glue on the duct tape.

    • Robin says:

      My son had plantar warts on his feet we wrapped his feet with duck tape and it worked took a few weeks. They were so painful he could hardly walk.

  9. Joani says:

    Dandelions do work! I tried them on my daughters hands last year. She had 5 worts and they all disappeared. We did not use band aids on them though. Nice information here.

  10. yvonne says:

    I miss a remedy that mother has sworn on: pee-ing om warts in the morning. If this disgusts you: fresh urine is sterile

  11. Denise says:

    Does this remove skin tags?

  12. Shirley says:

    I love your site and great info…..thanks Does these remedies work on planter warts also?

  13. jackie says:

    After a long time suffering with planter warts on my feet and no treatment helped (including freezing) I tried Tiger balm out of desperation, two days afterwards the pain was gone and they have never returned.

    • Austin says:

      Tiger balm works, as far as I can tell.
      I’ve had a rather painful verruca on my foot for over 10 years. I’ve tried a lot of OTC treatments, and I’ve had it “frozen off”… twice. And it always came back. I tried some of the things on this list, and not even those worked.
      I started using tiger balm on a whim, and within two days its smaller, it doesn’t hurt, and it seems to be healing!

      • Rob says:

        Does it make any difference which tiger balm? I have platar warts on my heal that are painful to walk on, have tried freezing them to no avail. I thihk i’m going to give tiger balm a try but have found both red and white. Anyone know if there’s any difference?

  14. Amanda says:

    Hi Claire
    My name is Amanda, and I have 4 warts on my hand and 1 wart on my foot, I am going to try the banana peel method and the mashed up asperin paste one I might try the duct tape one to! I’m 12 years old, and they are really bothering me! I don’t want to spered them to my classmates, I will tell you if they worked… If they do work, I’m going to your blog every time I need idvice!

  15. Luna says:

    I was wondering if you had any natural remedies to get rid of skin tags.

  16. Debra Byers says:

    My dog has a wart just under her eye, so no way of getting a plaster or bandage to stick. Any ideas please?

  17. Trish Z says:

    These threads have been a good source of information. Its good to see there are so many options for natural and homemade recipes. Thanks. I tried the essential oils mentioned on this site and a few others, and they worked very well. I discovered premixed oils, wart-thwart.com, so you don’t have to buy all the oils individually and mix yourself, which was a bit expensive. My daughter is 8 and her hand warts completely went away in about 10 days. Hope this helps.

  18. Diane Foust says:

    A doctor also told me that cod liver oil works also. You put cod liver oil on the wart, then cover it with a band-aid. He said you have to do this everyday until the wart goes away.

  19. Tamara says:

    Another one that worked for me is vitamin E oil. Sock the wart in warm water to soften, then apply the vitamin E oil, cover with sock. repeat each night. This process does take a while, but removed 30+ warts from both of my hands.

  20. Connie Henry says:

    Thank you

  21. marge wilkinson says:

    Thanks for the good info. I know banana peels work as i have used them for this but i just taped the peel (inside of peel) to the area every evening. Everyday you could see how much smaller it was. It was gone in 4 days.

  22. Bev says:

    after I had tried everything ( & I do mean everything else ) else failed to get rid of dime size plantar wart that I had been trying to get rid of for 6 or 7 years. I was guided by my Chiropractor to use a past made of apple cider vinegar & ground Cayenne pepper with a band aid over it to hold it on , replacing it with a net dose nightly..with in 7 to 10 days it was gone completely.. 🙂

  23. MrsH says:

    I had a wart v near my eye, getting bigger and uglier! Also one on my shoulder. I decided to try the Manuka honey. I just dabbed some on each night using a cotton bud, cleaned the area each day with water and re-applied. Both warts completely gone within about 10 days. I was amazed! I also use Manuka for sore throat and any cuts, it is brilliant. Agree you need to make sure you are getting the genuine thing as there are some fakes around. Thank you!

  24. ivan says:

    hi guys today iv just tried another trick for my irritating warts a garlic slive hope it will work,iv been suffering this for 4 years now

  25. Patti says:

    I noticed people asking about skin tags. I have had a couple on my neck and what has worked for me: clear nail polish and bandaid. Just make sure that the whole “tag” is covered with polish and cover it with a bandaid. Can be reapplied every day or every other day. It will turn black and fall of. 🙂

    • mars says:

      hi patti, does nail polish really works for skin tag? I am treating a very big skin tag in my groin, it has become a size of a nipple as it is located where my skin constantly rubs off and Plus all my warts appeared during my pregnancy. I’ve had the warts on my face treated but thus big one costs $700 according to a clinic. I don’t want to spend that much if I can do home remedy. it’s my second day to put apple cider vinegar. So far no result yet. I’m quite impatient so will try nail polish tomorrow. Sorry for my long story

  26. Kristine says:

    My 10 year old son has many warts. The last time I counted, he had 10. I’m sure there are more now. Does anyone know if there is something he can take by mouth that will get rid of all of them? I just can’t imagine applying something to every single one every day. Thanks!

    • abigail says:

      just put 10 plasters in a row on a plate with there centers together, dribble manuka honey on with a cotton bud, and place on area.
      hope that helps.

  27. chandru says:

    hi to every one .i suffered from warts nearly 8 years .i tried lot of treatments let me go one by one .my wart first start in the leg inbetween the fingers .latter it start to spread in my hands .first i see doctor .they give me medicines and some cream ….no effect it gets bigger…..second i used acids no improvement third salcilic acid it may the wart bigger and helps to spread near areas.then i moved for freezing nearly 20 times every two weeks once ..blistter a alot and no improvement .then move to home remedies ,,lemon,banana,potato,and sorrial leaf etc….no improvement some times i try the military method of uriene the wart .it is a good treatment my wart start to shrink .then i started to eat garlic tablets reguraly, finally i consult the homoepathy doctor and consult about my problem doctor give tables for 1 month i take it reguarly .my wart disappeared in a month time ..really my case the homeopathy worked

  28. erica says:

    I want to share this because I want everyone to be able to get rid of their warts painlessly. I had two canthardin treatments that left me with a ring wart that was way bigger than the original. I decided not to let the doctor treat it anymore because the pain was excruciating. I had purchased a bottle of lavender oil a few weeks prior for something else and decided to give it a try on the wart. I put 4 drops on a bandaid and do this twice a day. It’s been 3 days and the way has scabbed up and is going away! I am amazed it’s happening so fast! $15 dollars for the oil and it will last you forever so you can use it again if they ever come back! 🙂

  29. Sophie Bowns says:

    Hello, I have a wart that I badly need to get rid of. I’ll use some of your methods and report back soon!

  30. fay says:

    So glad to find you blog site. My 9 yr old Granddaughter developed a wart on the bottom of her foot within the first yr of her life, and now she has a wart on her index finger. I told her I’d do some research for her and she will be happy to know we’ve got some remedies for her to choose from. I’m looking forward to see what her choice will be and I’ll let you know the results. Thanks.

  31. veronica says:

    My 9yr old granddaughter has 3 warts on her leg. We are gonna try the banana peel, dandelion and the potatoe. Will let you know the results.

  32. rich says:

    Will any of these work on a wart inside my inner lower lip. Its been there for years.

  33. vickie says:

    My doctor actually told me about the apple cider vinegar option. I had a wart on my temple and after 4 days treating it, it fell off the next week!

  34. shannon says:

    I have hundreds of warts on my legs from shaving and spreading them, which treatment would anyone recommend so as not to irritate the surrounding tissue. I have used several treatments I bought online, with not really any results. Please help, I have suffered for years and years with these warts.

    • Claire Goodall says:

      It’s sound like you’re describing flat warts-common on the legs in large numbers, and sometimes quite tough to get rid of as they shed virus cells even when they go away so more and more pop up. First, if you haven’t been, switch out your razor. Use disposable ones if you have to. It is possible to contaminate the blade and spread the warts, and since you are running the razor over your legs, this obviously spreads it. I wish I had a remedy for them, but they are so numerous they can get tricky to get rid of without stronger medication from a dermatologist :/
      My first inclination would be to apply a sort of paste from mashed up fruit/veggies high in salycylic acid. Salycylic acid occurs naturally in fruits/veggies such as berries (strawberries, blueberries, grapes, and cantaloupe, for example) as well as radish, olives, and tomatoes. It is a concentrated form of salycylic acid that is often prescribed for warts. First rinse your legs with plain water, and then use a pumice stone (don’t re-use them) to slightly abrade the surface of the wart-just a bit, no need to try and wear them away. This helps any treatment you use really get in and “do it’s job.” Than mash up your food of choice, spread it over the warts, and let it sit for 15-20 minutes or so before rinsing. Stop if any irritation occurs. You can also try any of the above remedies. Hopefully this helped some!

  35. Matthew says:

    Something that worked for me is sea salt an warm water took them off never seen them again. I’ve used a lot of creams an other liquid stuff did not work only caused pain but this was painless

  36. Morgan says:

    Does the needle treatment work.

    • Sam says:

      i think the needle poking for normal warts is the best solution, i used to use a similar method as a child by taking the hard dry tip of a king palm leaf (or similar) and used to push it through the wart till the tip stuck out the other side, there is no feeling in most of the wart and if it does hurt you are going too deep. once through take a pair of nail clippers and trim off the tips to avoid it catching or apply a plaster. in a week to ten days the wart is gone!

  37. maryanne says:

    i have warts in my private area what can i use to get rid of them? i am thinking the oil or the garlic give me the best solution ty

  38. Rene says:

    I know this sounds extreme, but all I did was set a stick on fire. Made sure it was nice and hot. Then I simply applied the burning hot stick to the wart. It was gone and never came back. I had this wart for years and was scared out of my mind about going to the doctor, I don’t know why. Every time I tell someone this story they usually don’t believe me but I have the scar to prove it.

  39. paris says:

    Hi claire im paris.
    I have a couple warts on my fingers and I feel embarrassed to hold hands with people and to let them see my hand. I want to get rid of them . Which treatment do you think would be the best?

  40. Jenna says:

    I’ve been doing the apple cider vinegar and it’s been working really well. I have the black color on one of them. I am wondering if I continue to use the vinegar until the wart is completely gone or just until it turns to the black colour.


  41. Jenna says:

    I’m wondering if I continue the vinegar solution until after the warts are fully gone, or stop once they turn the black colour?

  42. Karis says:

    I have actually used rubbing alcohol on mine, and that works fine, but I was hoping to find something that would work faster (just a couple of days). I may try the garlic. However, I also wanted to mention that whenever I get rid of one, I eventually get another. When I started taking pills for candida, my warts went away and stayed away. My candida has flared up again now, and the warts have come back. Thought I’d mention this in case this connection helps anyone else.

  43. Jane Ferrule says:

    Fantastic Post! I don’t know if plantar warts are genetic or not, but everyone on my mom’s side of the family has had them for as long as I can recall. My grandmother often said that apple cider vinegar was the very best way to eliminate these nasty things, but I’ve been trying ACV on my youngest daughter for a week now with no improvement at all. Is there a particular brand or “type” of ACV I need to be applying?

  44. Robin says:

    I used the Crushed Vitamin C tablets and within 30 minutes can feel it taking effect.

    Thank you! so much healthier than chemicals.

  45. prajwal says:

    I have got warts near my eyes and it’s appearing at neck also now. I tried homeopathic medicine for around 6 months but no result.
    Can someone help me to get rid out of warts with some easy and fast process/home remedy.
    Thanks in Advance!!!

  46. Poonam says:

    Thanks for the information on how to cure warts!
    I have been applying ACV on my 4 yr old boy’s foot for around 3 weeks now- every night and (recently started) morning. And putting bandaid to hold the soaked cotton and another bandage to hold this on place and then socks.

    Now since last week, the centre spot of the wart has turned black, but nothing is happening further. On the contrary, the skin around the wart has turned red( lost the outer layer of skin) and I think it’s irritating.
    He doesn’t even walk straight anymore because of the pain!
    He wakes up in the middle of night – keeps crying and complaining about the pain!!
    So my question is, Am I missing anything? Why is it taking so long to go black fully and completely fall off?
    How long can I use this treatment for? Can I use the banana or any other treatment at the same time? Or should I stop ACV treatment for a while?
    Also, there is another yellow spot coming out very close to the first one – could this be another wart?
    Please recommend…appreciate your help!


  47. Angeluque says:

    Tryed the garlic on my sons elbowls and within 10 minutes he was crying that it was stinging. So I think it working. took it off will try again tonite. thank you

  48. Jasmina says:

    I used to have warts on my hands as a kid. Solution was really odd and ghastly, but it worked. We had a house up on the hill and around it you could find black snails – the ones that don’t carry a house, cca 5-10 cm long. ( I live in the middle of Europe ) My grandma took up a snail and rubbed it’s slimy underside on my warts. It was jucky. But it helped. Grandma was gentle with the snail, snail survived. I had to let the slime dry on the warts. And warts were gone after a week or so.

  49. Autumn says:

    ihave a wart on my ring finger im trying everything but i need to know whats the best method my brother had one he used freezze away i dont know if it will work 4 me pls help im tired of this wart

  50. Stephanie says:

    The ACV treatment is amazing! My son had a huge wart on his finger. Had it frozen at doctors, used the over the counter, nothing, it even grew! After only a week, its almost GONE! Amazing.

  51. Tammy says:

    When I was younger (around 8 or 9) I had a wart on my finger. My mom used an old wives tale of using a potato, however, the method she used was different, but absolutely worked. She cut the potato in half, rubbed one half on the wart and had my brother bury the other half in diet (we had a stables out back, across from our house). The next day i woke up, it was gone. I’m 54 years old, and I still remember that like it was yesterday.

  52. Rebeca says:

    Great tips. Do you have any tips on removing sun damage (dark spots) on face.

  53. Jamie says:

    I love what your doing with the website that’s awesome I wanted to give you one more remedy for worts ice it till its numb an kind of cut it with something or poke it with a needle exposing it, crush up an aspirin put some of it on the wort an repeat till wort falls off. Once it falls off there is still what they call “the core of the wort” continue with the aspirin to kill the core an the wort won’t grow back.

  54. marina says:

    I had a wart been having it for 3 yrs I go to the dermatology every six weeks he freezed my wart 10times already and still there :'( I go though a lot of pain every time he does this procedure and it seems not working at all can someone PLEASE help me :'(

    • celine says:

      Hi had awful and huge plantar warts for 5 years. I tried all kind of treatments (including regular painful treatments) I could find but nothing worked and my warts kept growing and spreading!!! Recently, I decided to do a yoga detox. I ate only fruits and veggies for the first week and then I did a fruit and veg fast for a week. The aim of this detox was just to do a body cleanse advised by my yoga teacher. The second week my warts disappeared completely and I just cannot believe it but I know it is the detox!!! I do not really eat a lot of bad food but I certainly did not eat enough good food and ate too little. Also, I drank a lot of coffee every day with plenty of sugar. I am not saying that the food was the cause of my warts but I did some research and the detox is known to boost your immune system and therefore help fight the warts or any other viruses. I am not sure that it would necessarily work on someone else but you have nothing to lose and the detox will make you feel amazing!!!! Good luck and keep me posted if this is something that works or has already worked for you. Thanks

  55. Jewels says:

    My 5yr son has a big wart on the tip of his middle finger right by the nail. It has been there since he was maybe 2 honestly feels like forever. I have tried the wart remover bandages, tea tree oil, freeze of even went to the doctor but it’s not going away and now he is starting to get little ones and passing them onto me so I’m not sure which method would be best for him since it is a sensitive area and he touches his face and body with the hand. Any tips ??

  56. D says:

    I have had a wart on my right index finger for a couple of years and tried all of the stuff at the drugstore which didn’t work. Because I am right handed it was embarrassing, and so painful. It would bleed, and catch on things , it was a nightmare. So about a week and a half ago I went online to look for home remedies and found the apple cider vinegar idea. This was on a Monday, and I soaked a cotton ball with the vinegar, applied it to the wart and secured it with a band aid. I left this on over night, and just as someone said it would, it turned black…yes, black! I couldn’t believe it! The vinegar killed it, over night. I continued to do the vinegar/cotton ball/band aid thing, for another 2 days off and on so as to keep the vinegar on it, but also to let the air dry it out. Every day I could see it improve., and I would take an emery board and buff it, to smooth it, and take away the drying dead skin. Today is 12 days later, and it is 99% gone. It’s truly a miracle for me after having this evil thing for over 2 years, and being able to find a cure with things I already had in the house. FYI tho, this , like most other treatments is not painfree, as the wart goes deep into your nerves. But it worked perfectly for me and was well worth it. I just used store brand apple cider vinegar, nothing costly or fancy.

  57. celine says:

    Hi had awful and huge plantar warts for 5 years. I tried all kind of treatments I could find but nothing worked and my warts kept growing and spreading!!! Recently, I decided to do a yoga detox. I ate only fruits and veggies for the first week and then I did a fruit and veg fast for a week. The aim of this detox was just to do a body cleanse advised by my yoga teacher. The second week my warts disappeared completely and I just cannot believe it but I know it is the detox!!! I do not really eat a lot of bad food but I certainly did not eat enough good food and ate too little. Also, I drank a lot of coffee every day with plenty of sugar. I am not saying that the food was the cause of my warts but I did some research and the detox is known to boost your immune system and therefore help fight the warts or any other viruses. I am not sure that it would necessarily work on someone else but you have nothing to lose and the detox will make you feel amazing!!!! Good luck and keep me posted if this is something that works or has already worked for you. Thanks

  58. Megan says:

    Thank you for sharing. I used the apple cider vinegar on my son wart it worked in one night.

  59. Sam says:

    i think the needle poking for normal warts is the best solution, i used to use a similar method as a child by taking the hard dry tip of a king palm leaf (or similar) and used to push it through the wart till the tip stuck out the other side, there is no feeling in most of the wart and if it does hurt you are going too deep. once through take a pair of nail clippers and trim off the tips to avoid it catching or apply a plaster. in a week to ten days the wart is gone!

  60. Dixie says:

    Thank you for all the ideas but i stuck a piece of ice to my arm when it was bleeding and it ripped them off

  61. Nadia says:

    hello from Greece !
    my mother has a wart since May (!) and I can’t do nothing to get rid of it ! I read somewhere that essential oil of cinnamon bark would work but I haven’t see any change. can you please tell me th best way to “kill” this little devil ?
    thank you a lot for your time !

  62. Umair says:

    I recently had them, just wanted to share how i got rid, its SAFEST AND QUICKEST way
    -get a handful of SAND
    – make it very hot like putting in a utensil on stove
    -wrap it in a cloth and put on warts for as long as you can bear.
    -Do this twice a day for 2 days.
    This literally burns warts.
    Hope it helps someone 🙂

  63. Chloe says:

    I developed flat headed wards 3 years ago. What was just a few now is 100s on my legs. I havent shaved so I don’t know what’s spreading them. I’ve froze them off, burned them off, apple cider, duck tape, and garlic. I’ve even taken cintimine. Flat head warts are awful! Any suggestions I’m open to them!

  64. Kimble says:

    My sister had one, my mum tied fine cotton thread around it. Eventually it dropped off.

  65. Rachel says:

    Any suggestions to remove a wart from the bridge of my sons nose near to the eye? We have been using an antiseptic cream and our GP has suggested using alternative remedies as she is worried about the proximity to the eye area.

  66. laura says:

    The only thing so far that has worked for me has been the milkweed. However now that I don’t live in an area that has the plant readily available I’m taking these boiron sugar pellets that have thuja occidental or something like that. I’m having a fair bit of success with that. I still have plenty of warts to get rid of. (need to try the vinegar and potato method. It is difficult cause they are all on my hands.

  67. melanie says:

    A Dr. Told me that warts need oxygen to survive. He told me to keep it covered by a liquid bandage. I just dabbled them a couple times a day to keep them covered…and they went away!

  68. Rachel says:

    I have had this wart on the skin around my nail for a couple years now. And I’ve gotten past warst frozen off by the doctor and used a cream before. The cream never works for me. And freezing warts are too painful. So I just tried the apple cider vinegar and after one round I can tell its working. I can see it wrinkling & pulling the wart away from my skin already. Yay!

  69. eva says:

    when my son was about 5 he had numerous warts from his back and legs. dermatologist froze them and they seemed to subside. He is now 13 and had had a growing mountain of a wart that developed on his forehead, it is now about the size of nickel and little ones are popping up all around. My poor baby!!! I wish I could take it from him and put it on myself!! He’s in junior high school…it’s a crucial time. He has had it frozen numerous times. I have applied the salicylic acid. All of which leaves a young man in tears and a mom with a broken heart. we have been trying the duct tape to “suffocate” it. the size seemed to go down but then I purchased ($250) of nature cleanse. It was suppose to attack the virus from the inside (which I know there is no cure) and then the topical ointment of natural oils attack the wart. Well, in 3 weeks it just got bigger. So back to at home freezing and salicylic acid and duct tape (another $30). Last nights treatment began with a ACV soak prior to freezing. Instructions state follow-up with salicylic acid 25 hours. He’s off to school with a huge piece of duct tape on his forehead and chin.

    the pain…the embarrassment…the heartache….at this point I don’t care how much it costs……nothing is working.

  70. Goutam says:

    Hi guys,
    I had warts on my neck and I had probably 20 of them. It was so disgusting and embarrassing for me. I came to this website and checked apple cider works. I used apple cider vinegar for more than 6 months and i did stick it for 8 hours. OMG. I have used banana, potato as well but nothing works for me. I had homeopathic and it took one week to disappear. I think it’s my petreotic duty to spread this. I suffered a lot. If you have few, apple cider might work but didn’t work for me. I ended up smell like cider vinegar. Guys if you have many for few try homeopathic and I’m sure you will be benefited. Many thanks.

  71. DJ says:

    Our daughter has a few on her knee. We had them frozen a few times at the doctor with absolutely no success. I searched online for home remedies and combined the ones I found were most successful according to comments. I start by rubbing with acv for a few minutes to soften up, then apply crushed garlic clove over it and cover the garlic with duct tape. She sleeps with this on. We remove in the morning to let it air out. We are on the fourth day and there are obvious changes going on. Crossing our fingers this will be the end of them.

  72. Daniel kaleva says:

    Hello, I’m a 13 year old boy who has a large infected black wart on my inner thigh, I was wondering if these work on infected warts. Thanks

  73. Kerry Axon says:

    My local health store sells a bottle of Acv + Manuka Honey, will this still work on my warts? Suffered for well over 10 years with warts on both feet and fingers, I’ve had enough now x

  74. Carol says:

    I had one ugly little common wart about 3/16″ diameter on the top of my wrist. The doctor said to cover it with a little blob of regular toothpaste–not the gel kind–and cover with a bandaid to smother it (I used the Colgate white paste). I did this every day, and in about a week or so it was gone! Really did the trick, and it never came back. I recommend this to everyone for common warts–it works!

  75. mckenzee says:

    I have a large wart on my knee andd have had it for a while and tried the garlic but its still here. O think im going go try the milkweed one…. wish me luck ill tell u if it works or not

  76. T Lea Quick says:

    I removed a wart from my knee using good ole duct tape.
    Clean area around wart, cut a piece of tape big enough to cover wart and leave on for 10 days.
    On day 10 remove tape, take clean nail file to slightly file the wart, (not hard), then put tape on wart for 3 days and file. Cover one more time for 3 days.
    My wart is totally gone.

  77. Brad says:

    I have tried duct tape and freezing for the warts on my feet and hand to no avail. One day it occurred to me that warts may need to breathe, so I started using Skin Shield Liquid Bandage on them (2 or 3 coatings once per day). Within one week I noticed a reduction in size and within 3 weeks they were gone. Please try this remedy for your hands and feet as those are the only areas I have tested.

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