Get Results in Just 5 Days – Apple Cider Vinegar Warts Remedy

Have you heard lots about the apple cider vinegar warts remedy? Are you a little skeptical and wondering if it really does work? The answer to your questions is yes, but only if you do it correctly. If you follow the steps below, you will probably find it to be one of the best wart treatments ever. Read on and discover how to make it work for you.

You’re probably wondering how do I know if it works. I know it works because I have personally used this remedy myself to successfully treat more than seven warts on my fingers and knuckles. Many others on the internet have also reported great results as well. It took just 5 days to remove small warts from my fingers and a little over two weeks to remove the dime size wart on my knuckle. I also used this other method to treat another finger wart.

apple cider vinegar warts

What you will need:

1. Apple cider vinegar (The 100% organic apple cider vinegar is recommended for the best results)

2. Cotton balls (Use sterile cotton balls to help avoid a potential infection)

3. Band-aids (Get a big pack to save more money in the long run)

1. File down the wart with an emery board/pumice stone. Clean the wart and the area around the wart. Be very careful not to break, or cut the healthy skin around your wart. Doing so may cause the wart to spread to those cuts.

2. Add a several drops of the cider vinegar onto the cotton ball. The secret to getting fast results with remedy is to make sure the cotton ball is thoroughly soaked so you get enough acv to break down the wart. Other people talking about this method only say to use a drop or two of vinegar and I’ve found that most of the time, it isn’t enough (especially for larger warts).

3. Place the cotton ball on the wart.

4. Cover the wart with the cotton ball.

5. Hold the cotton ball in place with a Band-aid. You can also use other things like tape. Duct-tape seems to work great for this, and I honestly use it more than anything else for this method.

6. Keep the cotton ball on over night, or at all times if possible.

7. Repeat until the wart is gone.

While using this method, the wart will turn black. This is normal and a sign that the apple cider vinegar remedy is working for you. You will eventually be able to peel off the black part of the wart. If it looks like the wart is gone, congratulations! If not, repeat the method again until the wart is completely removed.

If you’ve tried this before, please leave me a comment below about your experience and results with this wart remedy. I would love to hear about them and how it worked out for you?

Disclaimer: This website and all of its contents are for informational purposes only. Do not take anything here as medical advice. Always consult with your doctor first. You must read and agree to the disclaimer before you attempt to use any of the information here about the apple cider vinegar warts remedy.

Photo credit: Andy Robert (AndyRobertsPhotos)


  1. My daughter had a plantar wart on the bottom of her foot. I tried Wart removers for months and nothing worked. It only got bigger. We started using apple cider vinegar every night. It’s not even a full week and the wart is just about gone. I am amazed by this!

  2. ashleigh says:

    I just started this application today and I was wondering if you had to put the bandaid on it. I used a big peice of cotton because I have a bigger wart right below my knee, and then covered it in duck tape. it started to burn immeadiatly and I was also wondering if that was supposed to happen as well.

  3. I have been treating my warts x2 on the ball of my foot for four days. So at night with a soaked cotton ball and duct tape. I have to say the pain over the last 2-3 nights has been excruciating. Sharp throbbing pain and I cannot walk properly at all!!! I have allot of the black dots appearing and the crater of skin around has gone. I will have to have a rest from the treatment based on what I have read and the pain! I can’t see how it will peel off though as the blackness looks to be under a layer of skin? Should I try and make a small incision to get rid of this later and attempt to peel off when pain calms down? Thank you !!

    • Plantar warts are always harsh with acv with all the pressure from standing up, walking, etc. Have you tried filing it down with a pumice stone after a warm shower/bath? Using acv will cause a blister to form and peeling it off becomes a lot easier once the wart has turned black.

    • The same thing is happening to me.. I came on here to see if there was an answer to what’s going on… I am on day 4..And the black looks like its under the skin and its all white around it and very sore to the touch.. Hope this is the process.. Hope someone can let us know..

      • Let it air out and allow the skin to heal for a few days. I’ve run into this before and that was what I did. After day 2, the wart had turned darker (without applying anymore acv) and the soreness was gone. I was able to successfully peel it off.

  4. Naomi Maxwell says:

    Before I started with AVC removal I tried a salicylic acid gel (Salatac gel) but it was too harsh for me ,then I tried duct tape . Duct tape removed the little common wart ,but not the root. Now it has been 4 day that I am trying AVC . there is a little bit of flat hard yellow skin . I am continuing on putting AVC on it for 24hrs. Is it normal to have this type of skin ?
    Thanks ,

  5. Esteban says:

    I been trying the ACV method lately and while I think its working I want to make sure if I am seeing the process right.
    The wart is on my middle finger and ever since I used the ACV it kinda made a hole on my finger and I think I am seeing the core of the wart.
    When you keep applying ACV does the wart just magically disappear or do I have to peel it out even though its inside my finger?

    • Many people who’ve used it say to leave it until it falls off by itself. I have peeled off all of mine once they have turned black. My warts were sore & sensitive to the touch after a few days of treatment. I let it air out for a day or two and usually the sensitivity will be gone. At this point, I peel it off with no pain and no blood.

  6. ABIGAIL says:

    I’ve been doing acv on a decently small wart on the bottom of my foot for two nights now and all of today. Today I noticed the first difference and had a little pain for the first time. The skin around the wart is very soft, tender, and a different color than the rest of the skin on my foot, but the wart hasn’t seemed to change yet. I am continually taking off the dead parts of the wart on top and changing the acv regularly. Am I just being impatient, or should something have happened by now?

    • You might want to wait another night or two. Two nights may not be enough time especially for a plantar wart.

    • I am currently on day 1 of this treatment and I did not start off with filing them down. Do you have to file the warts down in order for this to work?

      • If the excess skin on the wart isn’t filed down, it usually decreases the effectiveness of the treatment greatly.

  7. Thanks for the compliment, but I’m a guy (Mike) LOL. To answer your question, yes, you can scrape it off with a pumice stone. Just be careful to not go down to far and cause it to bleed.

  8. Read your post and past comments and thought to get your opinion.
    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(about 40%), 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.
    The part of the foot where the wart is, hurts him so much that he would start screaming if I even touch anywhere closer!! He doesn’t even walk straight anymore because of the pain, trying to put less pressure- so he walks on 1st toe through to heels!( wart is closer to the middle toes).
    He wakes up in the middle of night due to pain and keeps crying and complaining about the pain!!
    So my question is, am I doing anything wrong? 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?
    (From the above post, I will start applying Vaseline around the wart to protect the skin – is this before applying the ACV?)
    Also, there is another yellow spot coming out very close to the first one – could this be another wart?
    Thanks for your time and this wonderful post!

    • In my opinion acv is a little too harsh on a 4 year old. It’s the acetic acid in acv that causes the blistering, so acv burns the wart and any surrounding healthy skin exposed to it. The redness is the healthy skin being burned by acv. I would let it heal for a week or so before attempting to use it again. Have you tried duct tape? The foot doesn’t get wet too often and it’s painless so it would be more suitable for a child.

      In you still want to use acv still, apply lots of Vaseline around the healthy skin surrounding the wart. Apply it before applying acv. The layer of Vaseline will help reduce the burning. Treatment shouldn’t really exceed a week. From my experience if you go past a week the healthy skin gets burned too badly and it becomes too painful. The yellow spot could be another wart popping up, but I can’t really say for sure. You would need to keep an eye on it and see if it turns out to be a wart or not.

      • One more thing I forgot to mention is to file down the wart if it isn’t too painful. If the wart has too much skin growth, it may reduce the effectiveness of the acv.

  9. I have a wart on my big toe and have been using the acv for a couple of weeks. It’s been completely black now for about 5 days. I don’t want to peel it until I know for sure the core is going to come out. How long before it falls off naturally? It gets painful and sore when left on too long. But my main concern is when it will come off. Do I need to let it breathe and dry out a couple days?

    • I say let it breath for a couple of days. I peeled off all of mine before it fell off by itself. They came out easily, painlessly and with no blood mess. I’ve never gone past a week of treatment. My warts did come back and few times and I have had to treat it a second time before they went away for good.

  10. I have had great success with this method. I have one on my thumb and one on my toe (and several scattered on my foot close to my toes- but I’ll talk about those in a bit) At first I soaked a whole cotton ball for my thumb and toe (both warts were quite small) and I found that the skin around the wart was very sensitive in the morning after I took off the ACV cotton ball. Instead, I used the tip of a Q tip and soaked that in ACV so the cotton was only on the wart and it worked really well! I’m in the black/sore phase but I’m happy with the results so far.

    For the very small warts between my foot and toes, I’ve used a mixture of oregano, tea tree and lemon essential oil and spray it each night. I had about a dozen dotting my foot but now I only have one. It’s been very good at stopping the spread. Just a little FYI!

  11. Cynthia says:

    One way to isolate the wart and protect the surrounding skin is to cut a hole in a piece of duct tape that’s just a little bigger than the wart so only the wart it touched by the ACV. I then put the cotton ball on top of the wart and tape it with more duct tape.

  12. Hi Mike,

    I was using the vinegar method for over a week now, some came off, some are too big to come off in one so i will continue with the treatment later.
    My question is: I started to have blisters around the wart on the healthy skin.. Is it normal? Did you experienced that? Now because of those i stopped until they are healed. Maybe i was using too much vinegar? Was just not sure if im not doing anything bad to my healthy skin…
    Thank you!

    • you dont want it to touch your healthy skin, it is an acid and can cause burning and even infection, try and get the least amount of healthy skin wet with the vinegar

  13. I am on day 4 of using ACV to treat a wart on the tip of my thumb. When I remove the bandaid I am seeing the black dots you mentioned, but they actually look more like little black splinters. Did you experience that and if so how long did it take for the wart to turn black? One more question – when it does turn black will it come off on its own or do I remove it? Thank you!

    • Hi Marie,
      The black dots when few in numbers do look similar to splinters. My first few attempts at using acv (took me a lot of tries to get all my warts) produced what you are seeing right now. It turned out I wasn’t using enough acv, so I added about 2-3 more drops. After I added a little more acv, the process of the wart turning black went a little faster. My smaller warts turned black within the week. My really stubborn knuckle wart about the size of a dime (maybe even penny) took two weeks and multiple treatment cycles.

      As for your second question, I have honestly never really waited for the wart to come off on it’s own. I’ve read from many internet sources that they do fall off on their own, but I just peel them off. By the time my wart was covered in black dots, it was quite sore to the touch. I would often let it air out for a day and let the soreness settle down a little. The next day/two if it wasn’t as sore anymore, I would just peel the wart off. If there was no blood gushing out, I removed the whole thing. If there was, it was a sign the wart wasn’t “dead” yet, so I continued with the acv.

      • I wanted to post a follow-up and report that the wart on my thumb is now completely gone. ACV success!!!

  14. Lindsey says:

    Here is a question for those that have had success with ACV. I’ve been using it for several days now and it seems to be working. The wart turned black and I was left with a crater the size of the wart on my finger. There is black within the crater, but I’m not able to get it out. I’ve continued to apply ACV for the last couple days, but there has been no change. The wart and I seem to be at a standoff. I’m uncertain if the wart is dead or if I should continue to apply ACV. Should all of the black be gone before it’s considered dead?

    • The black doesn’t need to be completely gone. Let the skin heal and see if it returns before applying acv again.

  15. Should I be using a pumice stone every few days to get the excess skin around it off? i’m having the crater/black scab issue too… the wart is right on the cuticle of my thumb. I’ve been using ACV for about three days now, and it’s not really black, but kind of a grayish/green color 3:

    • I only removed the excess skin before starting the acv treatment. You probably don’t need to use it every few days unless there’s too much excess skin. Try adding a few more extra drops of acv to your cotton ball. Use a little Vaseline to help protect the healthy skin surrounding wart.

  16. Hi,
    Thanks for the great advice! Im using this method for the 2nd day (only on 1 wart right now), and it starting to get darker – like little dots. So im expecting a good outcome :)
    I have a question though.. I have these warts on my hand, and i have like 4-5 bigger, and around them there are little ones starting to appear. They are so tiny that i cannot really put a cotton ball only on one so i tried to put on 3 at the same time which were next to each other. But i dont see any result with these… Do you think they are just too small and flat to use this method? I just dont want to wait until they get bigger.. Any idea? Thank you!

    • I’ve actually had to deal with several small warts around a larger wart as well. What I ended up doing was just cover the whole cluster with acv. I was unable to get them at first too and I think it was because they were much smaller, so they didn’t really come into contact with the acv on the cotton ball. I added a few extra drops of acv and it seemed to have done the trick for me.

  17. Hi!

    So I’ve been using your method for probably 1 week or so. Maybe a little less. The warts are indeed starting to turn black, but they’re turning into little craters. What do I do about these craters?? Keep applying ACV? Or let them be until the craters fill in? It scares me to have the little holes all in my skin but I don’t know what to do. It’s like they blacken, flatten themselves, and then cave in. I’m not peeling them for now, just letting them do their thing, but any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • It may take longer, but if the black spots don’t get bigger, peel them off and let it heal. Then apply acv again. When the wart is peeled off, you will have a “hole” in your skin where the wart used to be. For me, the skin healed just fine and there is no noticeable sign of a hole ever being there. Just keep a clean bandaid over the area and keep it clean to avoid an infection.

  18. Do I need to keeping applying ACV after wart core loosened and easily fell off? Not sure if I should do the overnight treatment for a few more days to make sure it doesn’t return?

    • If the wart fell off, you may want to consider letting the skin heal and just apply again if comes back.

  19. Help I don’t know what to do!!! Read so much about ACV for warts and I figured I would give it a try…. I had 3 little ones on my fingers….. It’s been 1 and 1/2 weeks so far and this is what has happened! Did the soaked cotton ball and then wrapped in bandaid and duct tape, I would leave it on for a about 12 hrs and then take it off and just leave bandaid on for 12 hours….. After the first couple days they started to change colors and then get little black spots…. I picked the black spots off and kept doing it…. Now I have these little craters in my fingers with black scap looking things in the holes! But one finger absolutely kills and is super swollen and all around the outside of the hole…. Is there an infection? What’s my next step with the black scale being there?

    • Stacey,
      From my experience and from what I had read through various internet sources before using it myself, you don’t pick off the little black spots as they appear. You wait for the entire wart to turn black. That’s when you can easily peel if off with almost little pain or blood gushing out. This usually take no more than a week from my experience. If it gets swollen or sore, you should stop applying acv for a couple of days and let it rest.

      If you used too much acv and the surrounding healthy skin was exposed to acv as well, it might cause redness and swelling. I’m can’t really tell you if it’s an infection, but you can refer to I highly recommend you have your doctor look at it if you feel there’s a chance that it’s an infection.

    • Stacey I am having the same problem right now. After just one night of using the acv, the wart came off. I used the acv a few more days (like some sites said to do) it turned black again and now I am stuck with like a black scab below the skin. I tried to pick it off but it won’t come off. I decided to try the acv again tonight to see if it will make any changes.

  20. BRANDON says:

    I have had warts on my right had for over 2 years. It started as one huge one but once I got that surgically removed it more came in its place. At one time I had up to 16 visible warts on my right hand at once. I went to the dermatologist to get them frozen off. Some fell off but some were more persistent. I was prescribed a cream that I had to use every night before bed but that didn’t seem to effect them. I researched online and came across the ACV method and said “What do I have to lose”. I bought the necessary materials and started my treatment on Tuesday (June 24, 2014). I have followed up every night and to my surprise this method is the most effect yet. My warts are turning a black color and they seem to be shrinking in size. I use a pumice stone every morning to get rid of the dead skin on the wart from treating it the night before. If anyone has warts and wants a treatment that will show results, this is the treatment to do.

  21. Im using the APC therapy and yeah it is painful hopefully i would be able to recover from this nighmare esp it affects my private area. :( but till when will i be using this therapy?

    • Please don’t attempt to use this for genital warts. This remedy is meant for common warts and plantar warts located on your hands, feet, etc. and is not to be used for genital warts. Consult with your doctor for treatment.

  22. My first day today of trying this out. Its made my wart go a wrinkly white colour is this normal? It stings a little but I can handle it.

    • Kylie, it’s normal. In a few more days you should start seeing tiny black spots in the wart. The stinging varies from person to person. I have sensitive skin so it gets quite noticeable after a few days. See if you can bare with it for a few days. If it gets too much, stop using the acv and let it recover for a day or two before trying again.

  23. I place the acv at nite exactly how it is instructed to be used and in just a few days they shrink up and fall right off. Im so happy theres such a simple and cheap method to getting rid of warts instead of paying hundreds of dollars for prescription cream. It works great!

  24. I used this on my cluster warts and within a week they went and haven’t returned since (2 years ago now). I kept acv on all day and changed it at night then the morning and a few days after it had turned black.
    Doing the same now to hubby. I started the treatment in Monday, he’s doing the same keeping on all the’s Wednesday and it’s turning black already. Giving it a few extra days to be gone for good.
    Thank you

    • It’s great to hear another success story about using acv to remove warts. I’ve tried leaving it on all day, but I have very sensitive skin (my wife teases me about this all the time) so it get’s too sore after a few days of treatment. I ended up toning it down afterwards and still found it to be quite effective. Please let me know how it goes for your husband.

  25. I have tried this many times, and the warts always seem to get black and peal right off, but they always come back after the skin is healed. What am I doing wrong?

    • The problem with warts is that if even a tiny piece containing the virus remains, there’s a good chance it will come back. My largest wart on my knuckle was the most stubborn. I probably had to treat it, let it heal, have it come back and then treat it again maybe over 3 to 5 times before it finally went away for good. I think the biggest reason why it took so many treatments was because of it’s size and I didn’t continue applying acv long enough until I peeled it off. Maybe you can try giving a few extra days of treatment once it’s turned black and see if it makes any difference.

      • I think it also has to do with the strength of your immune system and the strength of the virus. I had a verruca for ten years that no doctor was able to get rid of. I wasn’t too worried about it until it started spreading. At that point, I started looking for other remedies and tried ACV. The newest warts healed up in a matter of days but the older warts turned black and scabbed over and when I picked the scabs there was still infected flesh below. It did not heal until I stopped picking at the scabs and let them fall off on their own. One wart ( or the area around the wart) got infected from my picking and I had to discontinue treatment on that area so I switched to Hwarts from Healing Natural Oils on that one and that was also effective and painless. On a side note, when you dont pick at the warts and remove the scabs the ACV is painless as well. It can be terribly painful on open sores. You can put Vaseline or Neosporin on the healthy skin around the wart if your skin is sensitive.Keep at it though! It does work!

  26. It works!!! Thanks so much. I just peeled the black off and it left somewhat of an indent and is red because it was sore
    Should I continue the method to kick it in the butt or just put a bandaid over it and let the indent/wound heal?

    • Glad to hear it worked for you. You may want to let it heal first and just check for signs of the wart returning. Chances are you might not have gotten all of and it will return, but if it does it will be smaller and much easier to remove. I’ve had some where they were completely removed with no return on the first treatment and a few that returned a second time.

  27. I have been leaving the plaster/band aid on 24 hours but changing once or twice a day. Should I be taking it off for except for at night?

    Seems to be working as burning a hole into my finger where the wart is.

    • Dave,
      The longer you can leave it on, the more effective it will be and the faster you will get results. Take it off only if it gets too painful for you.

  28. What a great way to get rid of warts!

  29. Jessica says:

    Thank you! How often do you re-apply the ACV and Band-aid?

  30. Thats really a useful way to get rid of warts, thanks for sharing. :)

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