How To: Remove Plantar Warts

Remove Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are non-cancerous growths that can be found on the heel or ball of the foot, and in some cases, even on your fingers. They most often are very painful and are hard to get rid of. Most removing methods can be very painful and uncomfortable. 

You will need: 

  1. Apple cider vinegar / regular white vinegar
  2. Paper towels (about 4 sheets, personal preference)
  3. Q-tips
  4. Band-aid
  5. Tape (preferably one with a rubber backing to keep moisture in)
  6. Fine tip tweezers / eye brow pluckers
  7. Clear topcoat nail polish


Cotton ball

Step 1 Remove what you can

Try to remove as many black "specks" as you can with your tweezers. This will help the vinegar get deeper into the infected area. Once finished with the tweezers, place them on a piece of paper towel. If this is painful, do not worry about this step. 

Step 2 Medicate the infected area

Place the tip of your Q-tip into the vinegar so it soaks the liquid up, then place it on the infected area and hold it there for a few minutes, letting the vinegar enter the wart.  Now you can snip off the other end of your Q-tip and soak it in vinegar and place it onto the wart, cover it with a band-aid and a folded piece of paper towel and tape it in place. Leave it on over night, you may also use a cotton ball or a folded piece of paper towel for this as well. 

Step 3 Repeat

The next day, you should see the wart making its way up to the surface. If not painful, once again pluck away any black that you see and re-medicate. If the infected area is on your foot and you don't want to feel uncomfortable walking with a bandaged foot, place clear topcoat nail polish on the infected area and let it dry. This will stop it from spreading between medications. You may also do this if the wart is on your finger. Repeat these steps until your wart is no longer there, depending on how badly infected, a medium infection will be gone within a few days. 


  • The vinegar will make your infected area pulsate/throb. This is normal, the vinegar is getting into the roots and is killing it.
  • It may become tender.
  • Your foot/finger will smell like vinegar!


  • After using the tweezers or anything you touched the infected area with that you're keeping, wash in warm water and soap to prevent re-infection. 
  • Keep the vinegar in a small easy to use container so you're not wasting any.
  • Keep the wart covered, either with a band-aid or clear nail polish to prevent spreading, and it will suffocate the roots of the wart as well. 

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I am a Denver citizen who has been experimenting with Colorado's recent cannabis/marijuana legalization. Started using one of the retail tinctures/oils that are available now. I had heard vaguely about some of the potential medical effects of the CBD and other cannabinoids, but I was mostly trying it out to see how the high feels. Well, there was no high from this particular blend, but I used the oil on and off anyway for a couple weeks. I've had a cluster of plantar warts for a few years now, but they were too small for me to really bother with them. I figured I would see a doctor when it became a real problem. Nonetheless, the warts were increasing in numbers and spreading from my big toe to other toes. I was a bit concerned. So, I'm in the tub a couple weeks after using the tincture and feeling my toe to see how the warts are doing and I was shocked at first that I didn't feel anything, then I look and see what appeared to be little dried blood columns in the areas where the warts had been. They were just gone. Another week later and the clotted blood columns were gone as well. I was mystified for a day shaking my head wondering what happened. The only thing I could think of that was different in my life was that I had been using the tincture. I went off and researched online. Do the research online in relation to how CBD affects HPV generally. I'm still shaking my head over this. I'll just say right now that in the next five years there are going to be some outrageous medical breakthroughs with cannabinoids. You'll see the studies soon enough I imagine (there are already plenty out there), but I am convinced that CBD or some cannabindoids in these tinctures flat out destroy plantar warts and HPV.

This looks like a good regimen to me! Using ACV as an acid is a great idea as long as you can get the wart head exposed.

What worked amazingly for me when I learned how to treat plantar warts was using the duct tape method initially and then bringing in epsom salt soaks and eventually, once I made the wart vulnerable, salicylic acid pads (Dr. Scholl's corn pads).

I had dealt with a stubborn plantar wart for 2 years prior to having any success so I know how resilient they can be sometimes! If you want to see the before and after photos for some inspirations you can see them and read more about the treatment on my blogger page:

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