Apple Cider Vinegar Wart Removal - (It Actually Works!)

December 24, 2021 2 min read

Warts are benign skin growths that develop on different parts of the body in various forms. Although warts are non-cancerous but they are still contagious. They're caused by HPV (human papillomavirus) and are often skin colored and rough, but they can also be dark, brown, or greyish black.

Some common methods to remove warts include:

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Cryotherapy
  • Laser removal
  • Salicylic acid
  • Surgery
  • Removal devices

How does apple cider vinegar wart removal work?

Vinegar has been used for countless years to treat different types of conditions such as poison ivy, stomach ache, and even diabetes. ACV can be used to treat warts because:

  • Vinegar being an acetic acid is capable of killing certain types of viruses and bacteria upon contact.
  • Vinegar causes the wart to fall off by burning and gradually destroying the infected skin. This process is similar to the way salicylic acid works.
  • The irritation caused by the acid in vinegar helps your immune system to fight the virus that's responsible for the wart.

How should you use apple cider vinegar?

The process is relatively simple. All you need is a cotton ball, some water, apple cider vinegar, and duct tape or bandage. Here are the steps:

  1. Dilute two parts apple cider vinegar with one-part water.
  2. Soak the cotton ball in apple cider vinegar-water solution.
  3. Put the cotton ball exactly where the wart is.
  4. Use the tape or a bandage to cover the area and keep the cotton ball on the wart overnight.
  5. Take off the bandage and remove the cotton ball.
  6. Repeat this process until the wart falls off.

There's actually one more way to use apple cider vinegar if you have the wart on your hands or feet. Here are the steps:

  • Put the same amount of apple cider vinegar and water in a bucket.
  • Immerse the affected area on your hands or feet in the solution.
  • Do this 15 minutes daily and rinse the affected area with water once you're done.

Word of caution

Although vinegar is a weak acid, consisting of around four to eight percent acetic acid, it can still cause chemical burns. You should be extremely careful while using ACV on your skin, especially if you have sensitive skin.

Mild irritation and burning sensation are common. But if you experience more pain and burning, its just better to take off the cotton ball and wash the are thoroughly with water.

The burning sensation is usually caused when the apple cider vinegar is not diluted properly in water. To help prevent burning sensation, you should always dilute ACV.

To avoid allergic reactions, never apply apple cider vinegar on open wounds. If symptoms such as difficulty breathing, dizziness, fast heartbeat, and rashes or hives occur, immediately contact your doctor.


Just like other natural solutions, the evidence is generally anecdotal that supports the use of apple cider vinegar in treating warts successfully. But as compared to other expensive treatments, ACV seems to be extremely affordable. Overall it seems like its worth trying. Just make sure to dilute the vinegar even more if you experience a lot of burning sensation. 

If you're looking for a professional DIY method to remove warts, check out Aven Buzz Wart Remover Pen.

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