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Warts occur when a certain virus called Papillomavirus virus comes in contact with your skin. Wart is actually a hard benign growth on the skin.  In medical terms it is referred to as condyloma. It affects both children and adults. In most cases, wart passes directly from one person to the other. Wart may spread in our own body by scratching, shaving, touching, or even by biting nails. As difficult as it may look to remove, there are many home remedies to remove warts.

How to remove warts

Apple cider vinegar

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Apple cider vinegar has anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties in it. It is a simple and effective homemade remedy for warts.


  1. Take 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar.
  2. Mix with one teaspoon of water.
  3. Dip a clean cotton ball in the solution.
  4. Apply this solution on the virus affected area gently.
  5. Cover with a cotton bandage or tape.

Repeat this daily for few weeks. In a few days, the warts will turn black and fall off although leaving a small mark on the area. Slowly the mark will disappear too.

Baking soda

Baking soda
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Baking soda has anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties. Thus it kills viruses, the main cause for warts.

Method 1:

  1. Take one teaspoon of white vinegar.
  2. Mix with 1 teaspoon of baking soda.
  3. Make a thick paste.
  4. Dab the paste on the affected area.
  5. Repeat this twice a day (Once in the morning and once in the evening).

Method 2:

  1. Take one tablespoon baking soda.
  2. Mix with one tablespoon or more of castor oil.
  3. Make a thick paste.
  4. Apply this paste on the affected area, before going to bed.
  5. Cover with a bandage.
  6. Leave it overnight.
  7. Wash off with water the next morning.

Repeat this process daily for quicker results.



Garlic has many medicinal properties. In addition, the compounds of anti-bacterial, antioxidant and anti-fungal properties fights against viral infection.


  1. Take one fresh garlic clove.
  2. Crush it well.
  3. Apply it on the warts.
  4. Cover with a breathable bandage.
  5. Leave it on for 20 to 25 minutes.
  6. Remove the bandage.
  7. Wash off with water.

Repeat two times daily for one week.

The acidic nature of garlic makes the wart to blister and fall off.

The only downside of this remedy is the smell it tends to leave on your face. You can offset this by adding a drop of lavender essential oil to crushed garlic and then applying it on the warts.

Hot water

Soaking warts in hot water is another simple home remedy.


  1. Slough the wart with pumice stone before soaking in hot water.
  2. Take hot water.
  3. Add some vinegar and mix well.
  4. Soak wart area in the hot water about 20 minutes.

Soaking warts in hot water soften them and heals quickly. But make sure the water is not too hot, it may burn the skin.

Aloe vera

Aloe Vera
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Aloe vera is known for its medicinal properties. It is a wonderful remedy for warts.


  1. Take a fresh aloe vera leaf.
  2. Cut and open the leaf.
  3. Squeeze or scrap with a knife to extract the gel.
  4. Apply it on the affected area before going to bed.
  5. Cover with tape or bandage.
  6. Leave it overnight.
  7. Rinse with water in the morning.

Repeat the process for two weeks. If you did not get a fresh leaf, buy good quality aloe vera gel from stores.

Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil contains anti-viral properties that fight against viruses that cause warts. Tea tree oil is very strong, so do not use directly. Dilute with water, carrier oil or with aloe vera gel.


  1. Take a teaspoon of tea tree oil.
  2. Mix it with water or gel or with oil.
  3. Apply this solution on the virus affected area.
  4. Apply several times a day.
  5. Apply before going to bed and cover with a bandage.
  6. Leave it overnight.
  7. Rinse with water the next morning.

Oil can quickly be absorbed by the skin, so this works better.


The antioxidant properties of honey can kill warts causing HPV virus.


  1. Rub the wart with a pumice stone.
  2. Wash it with water.
  3. Take fresh organic honey.
  4. Apply it as a layer.
  5. Cover with bandage.
  6. Leave it on for 24 hours.
  7. Rinse with water the next morning.


Basil (2)

Basil is known for anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties.


  1. Crush fresh basil leaves with a mortar-pestle or on a grinding stone.
  2. Make it into a thick paste.
  3. Apply the paste on the wart before going to bed.
  4. Cover with bandage.
  5. Leave it overnight.
  6. Remove the bandage and wash off with water the next morning.

Repeat daily for quicker results.


The active component of curcumin in turmeric has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties in it that fight with virus and kills them.


  1. Take 2 teaspoons of turmeric powder.
  2. Mix with a teaspoon of olive oil.
  3. Mix it well and make a thick paste.
  4. Wash and pat your face dry.
  5. Apply the paste.
  6. Leave it for an hour. (Do not do this at night since it can leave a stain on your pillows)
  7. Wash off with water.

Repeat daily.

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Potato is also considered effective in treating warts.


  1. Take fresh potato slices.
  2. Rub it on the warts.
  3. Allow the juice to dry.
  4. Rinse with water after 15 – 20 minutes.

If you are opting for the potato remedy, at night place a slice of potato on the wart and cover it up. Leave it overnight and wash off the next morning. Repeat the process everyday night.

These simple remedies can help you get rid of warts gradually but without side effects.

Kalaivani Selvaraj, MBA, got her Master’s degree in Human Resources. Due to her interest in natural healing, she pursued studies in the field of alternative medicine and is certified in Aromatherapy by Isla Verde Spa Training Academy. Ms. Kalaivani Selvaraj is also certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.