How to Get Rid of Warts




Introduction: How to Get Rid of Warts

So, you want to get rid of a pesky wart that keeps hanging around? 
You have come to the right place.  I will give you instructions on how to get rid of that wart cheap and fast.. How about less than $2 and one week of your time?

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Step 1: Materials

You will need to collect the following materials.

1.  A small amount of Apple Cider Vinegar.
2.  Duct tape.
3. A cotton ball  or cotton from a pill bottle.
4. Scissors.

Step 2: Here's Our Wart.

I don't want to gross you out with the real thing, so this pencil eraser top will stand in for our wart.

Step 3: Cover Around Your Wart

Cut off a piece of duct tape.  Cut a hole the shape of your wart and leave enough tape at least 3/4 inch all around. Place it over your wart.
This is an important step.  It is important that you cover your surrounding skin. The vinegar is an acid and will eat away at your skin.  If you don't protect it here, you will have a giant red spot on your skin.  So cover every bit of skin that is NOT a wart. Leave only the wart protruding through the tape.  We are going to let the acid eat away the wart.

Step 4: Prepare Top Cover

Now, take your cotton ball and pull off a little.  Roll it into a ball, and stick it in the middle of a second piece of duct tape.

Step 5: Soak the Cotton Ball

I find this very easy to do. Stick your tape with the cotton over the top of the vinegar bottle.  Seal the edge and give it a little shake to get it wet.  There's no waste.  When you have completed the entire process, you will have used less than an ounce of vinegar.

Step 6: Place Top Cover on Wart

Place the tape with the vinegar soaked cotton over your wart.  Push down around all sides. 
This will sting for a minute or two, then you won't feel it. 
The tape will stick to the other tape making a watertight seal and insures that the vinegar will be in contact with the wart.  This is why we wanted to leave 3/4 inch all around, to make a good seal. 
Trim around edges to fit better.
Leave this on for about 12 hours.

Step 7: Removing Everything

After about 12 hours, grab a corner of the tape and pull.  Both pieces will come off. 
Now you can check your progress.
If you stay at home all the time, change the tape twice a day, morning and night, preferably right after your shower. 
If you have to leave the house, and the tape is in a visible spot, then just cover it at night.
Your wart will disappear after 5-7 days of continuous treatment.  It will take longer if you are just covering it at night.
How do you tell when you are done?  Generally, you will see a white layer of fat beneath the skin.  If you see this, then stop treatment, and cover with a band-aid, or let it air dry. If you see black specks on your wart. continue treatment a little while longer.   When you are done, it will take another week for your skin to heal over and be smooth again.

Thanks for reading my instructable.  This will work for you.  It worked for me, and I couldn't be happier.
Please leave a comment if this works for you.

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    6 Discussions


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    6 years ago

    Does it work with verrucas


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I think it would help. The apple cider vinegar is a mild acid that eats away the wart. I think that as long as you have the wart covered so as not to let the vinegar dry out, it would work for you. Change it twice a day. Thank you for your question.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I posted this instructable on Nov 28, 2009. It is now June 7, 2012, and my wart has not returned. Try it and please leave a comment. Thanks.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for the recipe!

    I got rid of an annoying wart on my temple, just covering it with tape for a few days. This seems to be more effective. 

    I use white vinegar to rinse my hands after wash them with detergent to clean persistent dirt. That way I can avoid that painful cracks forming in the skin at the sides of the nails.