Wart Remedy that Actually Works

The kids and I were going through old pictures today when we ran across a picture of the worst wart ever. You’ll have to click “more” if you want to see it — don’t look if you’ve got a strong gag reflex. And actually it wasn’t the worst wart ever, now that I think of it. He had some on his feet that were bigger than a fifty cent piece. (Bah! And after all that I forgot to add a More link so it displayed the whole thing! d’oh!)

But anyway, the whole reason I’m posting this is because we’d forgotten how bad it was, and what a miracle it was we found a remedy that actually works. And since someone had asked the other day how we got rid of his warts, I figured I’d post the solution here. If you want it and don’t mind the gross picture, go ahead!

You’ll need ALL of these things (getting the right combination is important)

– Apple Cider Vinegar
– Cotton Swabs
– Duct Tape
– Clear Nail Polish
– cheap, DISPOSABLE emery boards (a pack of 5 from Sally’s would work)
– hand sanitizer

On the first night:

1) Lightly buff the surface of the wart with an emery board. Wash away the dust and use some hand sanitizer, and throw away the board.
2) Break the cotton off the top of a swab. You should have a ball about the same size as the wart. In Ethan’s case, we had to use small cotton balls instead.
3) Dampen the cotton with the vinegar, put it on the wart, and duct-tape it in place, sealing off the edges as best as you can so you can sleep.

In the morning, remove the duct tape, wash everything and let it dry, and then give the wart a few coats of nail polish.

At night, pick off the nail polish and put on a fresh swab of vinegar with your duct tape.

After a day or two, you’ll notice some black specks on the surface of the wart. It’s dying. My son said this hurts a bit.

Keep repeating this process for a few days until the wart turns completely black. Then skip the apple-cider vinegar swab and duct-tape routine. Don’t worry about picking off the nail polish either at this point. Just add a fresh coat every day. After a few days, the wart will fall off and should be gone for good.

These are some things we had tried:

– Salicylic Acid Patches
– Compound W
– Freeze-it-Yourself Kits
– Freezing it at the Doctor’s Office
– Lemon Juice
– Wrapping in Duct tape only
– Wrapping in Duct tape With salicylic acid patches
– Tagamet / Zantac (supposedly can wake up a dozing immune system)
– Burning it with the end of a still-hot match
– Slicing the top off it with a razor (I think this is what made it bigger. NOT my idea and I don’t recommend it)

He even tried the suggestion to rub the wart several times per day with a washcloth and repeat, “Wart, Go away.”

None of that worked. The vinegar solution caused the wart to turn black and die in a matter of days, and within 2 weeks the wart was gone completely. In fact, even his smaller, non-treated warts disappeared quickly as well after that.

Anyway. Here’s the picture of the wart about to die. Hopefully yours isn’t this nasty. If it is though, take hope .. and start using some vinegar!

Gross wart on my kid's hand
A huge wart dying: the black specks are a tell-tale sign that the wart is going away. It was completely gone a few days after this.

116 thoughts on “Wart Remedy that Actually Works

  1. Hi!๐Ÿ™‚
    I started having this wart for over 9yrs already but didnt bother visiting a doctor because i think that i might be too expensive, also embarrassed to tell my parents. I was 11yrs old back then. I used to cut it with nail cutter whenever it looks bigger and darker, afraid that someone will tease me if they saw it.

    So I started the treatment fri (june24’16) night and woken up the next day with throbbing pain, but went away a day or two. Continued doing it and it became flat and starts itching whenever i take the plaster off. I dunno if its effective because my wart has this dark spots long ago. The healthy skin around it gets wrinkled too. Its been a week already but hasnt turned black yet. Now im in despair. I hope youll be able to help me. Big thanks in advance!๐Ÿ™‚

    Ps. Ill try using nail polish.


    1. Do try the nail polish. Also, you might try carefully applying Vaseline around the wart on the healthy skin. Also: plaster? If possible just use tape.

      My son said it was kinda painful and itchy for his big wart, too. But it did fall off.

      Please go see a doctor, too. 9 years of a wart with discoloration is a long time, even if you are young, you’ll want to get it checked out. Good luck!


  2. Hi again!๐Ÿ™‚
    Does the wart necessarily have to turn black? Because mine didnt. Even thought ive been treating it with acv every night.

    The nail polish worked, and i was able to pick the top layer off. This is the second time that I applied it and after taking it off, I can now see the pink skin underneath.
    How do i know if its completely gone? Sadly, cant attach a photo.๐Ÿ˜ฆ


  3. Yes yes thank you soooo much, Velda!! Cannot be any happier now that after so many years of embarassment, i can now flaunt my hand carefree. Haha
    Tho im still worried of handling food, afraid that i might spread the “virus” with my right hand, esp im in culinary industry.
    Hoping the scar heals soon.

    Again, thank you so much this is really life changing to me.๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Hello Velda,

    I’ve done all the parts you mentioned on this blog and my wart has turned black now. But, the thing is, I am still waiting for it to drop off by itself, but nothing yet happen. It has been three weeks now with the ACV treatment and the callus around the wart is getting bigger with the wart in the middle black in color. I don’t want to file it down, fear that I might bring back the wart virus and they would grow back again. The nail polish didn’t quite work for me since my feet is sweaty some times. I just apply the cotton soaked with ACV during sleep time only.


    1. OK, in our experience you need to wait til it turns black, then do the nail polish thing without ACV. If nail polish doesn’t work for you, maybe you can find something else that will totally seal off the wart?

      Try not to put the ACV on your healthy skin.


  5. Hei Velda
    I need some help here in understanding. I’m having a wart in my vulva between major and minor lips of my vigina.Now I’ve been using tea tree oil and a banana peel during the day at night I apply acv and tea tree oil,I’ve been doing this for 2 weeks now and it’s starting to turn brownish. Does this mean the wart is dying? Shall I continue with the method am using?
    I’ve heard that if a wart turns black it’s dying but what if it turns brownish and the sarounding area is white?
    Please help me Velda please


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