By Lace / March 21, 2018
Get rid of verrucas

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How to Get Rid of Verrucas in 7 Easy Steps

Verrucas are unsightly and if you have ever experienced them, you'll know the pain they can cause. Mainstream treatments are costly, can take months to take effect and all too often the results are poor. My guess is you don't want to play verruca ping pong anymore and it's time to try a different approach and there's good news. You can solve the verruca problem easily, at home and I am gonna tell exactly how to do it.

It all started last week at soft play my friend and I got onto the subject of verrucas. Nice. Specifically, how to get rid of verrucas for good. This isn't the first time I've had this conversation  so I thought I'd write this post on how I healed my daughter's verrucas for good using an age-old home remedy. This method worked so well I recommend it to everyone who asks me how to get rid of verrucas. Whether you a natural soul like me, preferring to avoid big pharma or just aren't feeling a painful freeze treatment this method could be for you. Even deep stubborn verrucas can succumb using one simple ingredient from your kitchen cupboard and a few supplies from your bathroom and toolbox! Intrigued? Well, lets dive in!


What Exactly are Verrucas?

what are veruccas

Other than  being annoying and potentially painful a verruca is essentially a wart that appears on the soles of the feet. These unsightly little buggers are quite common and are put down to HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) and appear flat with a black dot in the middle. Verrucas are easily spread from foot to foot by close contact, sharing towels and barefoot walking, especially in wet places eg swimming pools. The best way to prevent spreading them is to cover up with a plaster at pools and wearing clean socks when shoes are not required.

The mainstream treatments are creams or freezing. Creams often require ongoing applications over a number of weeks or months and are known for their limited success rates. Freezing, on the other hand, can be quite painful and doesn't always work the first time. Not to mention the loooong waiting times for doctors appointments. You can save yourself all this hooha and treat your verruca at home first using items from your kitchen cupboards and DIY box!


  • Verrucas is a Small Wart with Small Flat Black Dot in the Centre
  • Appears on Soles of the Feet
  • Caused by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
  • Painful and Contagious
  • Mainstream Treatments Include Creams and Freezing 

Raw apple cider vinegar - A home remedy for verrucas

apple cider vinegar for verrucas

Apple cider vinegar is a well-known home remedy for warts like verrucas. The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar causes the verruca to turn black and peel away from the skin. Unfortunately, there's little scientific research on this but that doesn't mean it does not work. It does! It's vital to use a good quality RAW apple cider vinegar for best results to ensure no extra crap is being introduced to the area. Cheap apple cider vinegar is often inferior quality which can interfere with the effectiveness of this treatment, don't waste your money on an inferior product.

warning! Apple cider vinegar is potent. Some pain and/or burning sensation is normal. If your pain is severe use your noggin and rinse the ACV off. DO NOT use ACV on broken skin, it hurts like a bitch!

ACV can cause redness on the healthy skin to prevent this you can use a barrier - not Vaseline the popular oil industry waste product marketed as skincare. Ugh. If you don't have a suitable barrier and want one fast, try this 3 ingredients, DIY 'vaseline'  (I call it 'Natraline') from Jenniraincloud's blog. Not a petrochemical insight, just a nourishing natural barrier cream as it should be. Here's Jenni's recipe:


  • Aetic Acid in Apple Cider Vinegar Destroys Verrucas
  • Choose Raw Unprocessed, Unfiltered and Organic ACV  
  • Apply a Barrier to Surrounding Skin Before Applying ACV
  • It can Hurt or Burn, go Easy!

7 simple steps to get rid of verrucas using ACV

apple cider vinegar

My daughter had a mahoosive verruca on the inside of her big toe and it had started to spread to the neighbouring toe. Unfortunately, I didn't think to take photos at the time but it was pretty gross so, consider yourself fortunate that you won't have to cast your beautiful eyes upon it! Armed with these supplies here what we did:


  • RAW apple cider vinegar (we used this one and buy bulk because its uses are just sooo versatile!)
  • Filtered water, (if using*)
  • Cotton wool - just enough to cover the verruca avoiding as much of the healthy skin as possible
  • Duct Tape cut into strips

*ACV can be diluted with water to reduce its potency which can reduce the burning sensation. This is recommended especially for children. Dilute 2 part ACV to 1 parts filtered water.

apple cider vinegar

Willy's Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother


  • Wash hands!
  • Soak the cotton wool in the apple cider vinegar/solution, wring out so it's wet but not dripping.
  • Position the soaked cotton wool over the verruca and secure with duct tape. This can be fiddly!
  • Cover with a sock and leave the dressing in place all day and overnight (changing sock as required!)
  • Wash hands thoroughly
  • Change the cotton wool and tape daily and repeat these steps until...
  • The verruca falls off. Yay!

You'll want to give your feet some love after this treatment. The now verruca free area may look shrivelled may have some peeling skin. Don't worry, it's normal after being wrapped in a liquid environment for so long.

The Healing Process

healing verrucas naturally

The precise length of time it takes to beat verrucas using this ACV method is debatable, as it will differ from person to person, verruca to verruca. In our case, it took 10 days for the largest one to fall off with the smaller ones falling off in 4 -7 days with constant covering. Mainstream treatments are known to take weeks, even months to work if they do at all. Results may, of course, differ for you, I am simply sharing my experience. We did try only covering at night, to begin with, poor results, there was barely any change in the verrucas. For this reason, I recommend leaving the dressing in place changing morning and night.

The skin on the toe did look shrivelled as if it's been in the bath too long and the verruca site left a small crater (ok, maybe not a crater but a small hole), while the smaller ones left no real trace. The largest verruca was quite deep under the skin so the remaining hole healed quickly with good general cleanliness and hygiene (and perhaps a salt bath or two for good measure). Looking at my daughters feet now you'd never know she'd had verrucas. They've never returned either!


  • ACV can take a few days to 10 days+ to work
  • Keep the Area Covered the Entire Time
  • Change Dressing Daily 
  • Good Cleanliness Afterwards Reduces Scarring and Promotes Healing
  • My Daughters Verrucas not Returned Since

And we waved verrucas goodbye!

Since using this simple method to tackle verrucas they've never returned. Apple cider vinegar has certainly shown just how it effective it can be at getting rid of verrucas for good. Remember, ACV is potent stuff so do consider using a barrier or DIY 'Natraline' to protect the surrounding skin and to dilute as necessary. Although, results will differ and there's no guarantee it'll work for everyone I'd say it's absolutely worth a go. It's likely you already have the necessary supplies at home already. If you don't they're easy to get hold of and I've linked to everything in the recipe(s) to help you along. I know what I'll be doing to banish verrucas should we ever experience them again!

Yours with lots of ACV love,


Have you had success getting rid of verrucas at home? Tell me about your successes or failures with home remedies for verrucas. Oh and do pass this post on to your mate with a verruca - they don't have to suffer anymore! 



About the author


Wife, mother and natural health and wellness enthusiast. When I'm not dabbling in natural stuff, I like to eat brie with onion chutney and mull over a good "coincidence" theory. Cooking up a nutritious storm, books with real pages and being barefoot are a few of my favourite things.

  • Tammy says:

    Wow, I knew Apple Cider Vinegar was great, but also works for verrucas? Who knew? I know someone that has this and I will pass your article onto her. I’m also going to make some ‘Natraline’ Barrier Cream. This looks amazing, thank you for this!

    • Lace says:

      ACV is pretty awesome isn’t it?! Works a treat for veruccas, so definitely pass the information to your contact. I hope you love the natraline! I’d love some feedback when you test it.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Penelope says:

    10 days is a long time to wait for a remedy although I suppose the trade off of being able to use something natural vs. a poisonous prescription drug or steroid cream is worthwhile! ACV can fix just about anything, it’s astonishing. I am always amazed at the number of ailments it works for. thanks for the great detail on fixing the nasty foot warts!

    • Lace says:

      Hey Penelope,

      10 days is the higher estimate of the time this method could take to work. This is how long it took us to get rid of a rather large, well established verucca. Compared to big pharma treatments which take weeks or even months (if they work at all) I’d say 4-10 days is pretty fast.

      ACV really is marvellous stuff, good for a variety of things indeed. What other things do you like using it for?

      Thanks for your comments 🙂

  • Kevin says:

    Wow, another great use for Apple Cider Vinegar. I have always been a big fan of it and keep finding new ways to use it. Thanks for the great article and especially the recipe for the barrier cream.

    • Lace says:

      Hi Kevin,

      Apple cider vinegar is so versatile isn’t it? It’s my pleasure to share, you’re very welcome. Do let me know when you try that barrier cream!


  • Simon says:

    Hey Lace, well done for getting rid of your daughters verrucas in 4 -10 days. As a kid my feet always suffered verrucas, we put it down to swimming in the local pools along with sports activities that make your socks develop sweaty feet.
    We always used a similar cream like you mention here but this didn’t always work and took ages if it did.
    The old-home-remedy of Apple Cider Vinegar sounds an ideal solution to this problem, why weren’t we aware of this.
    I like the idea of making your own barrier cream too consisting of olive oil, coconut oil & beeswax, I bet this works well too.
    Unfortunately we have been inundated with pharmaceutical’s chemical-remedies that rarely work yet make ridiculous amounts of money for pensions hence the reason we never hear about the traditional home-made remedies that work. Sad times but true.

    • Lace says:

      Hi Simon! Thanks for your comments. Verrucas are often picked up from public pool and the surrounding areas, I’m sorry you suffered with them and that creams didn’t work for you. It’s very common for that treatment to fail and its a real shame the old ways are not encouraged as they once were. I do believe you’ve hit the nail on the head with big pharma making a mint from our misery, hence the knowledge is suppressed and doctors are quick to fill a prescription!

      The barrier cream is pretty awesome. Jenniraincloud, thank you! I’m on a mission to share natural remedies with the world so we can get back to what really works!

      Thanks for stopping by,


  • Don says:

    Very informative article and I will forward this to my daughter for my granddaughter. My wife is an avid believer in apple cider vinegar and the healing properties it contains.

    She takes a couple of tablespoons each day as it helps regulate ph within the body as well. My family is a firm believer in natural remedies.

    I will ask my daughter if she ahs seen anything on my granddaughter that looks like Verrucas because my granddaughter is an outdoor person and is always running barefooted.

    I would love to see more article on the use of ACV as home remedies.

    • Lace says:

      Hey Don, your wife is absolutely right. Apple cider vinegar has so many great benefits. Verrucas are just one of many things it helps with.

      It’s a good idea to get your daughter to keep a check on your granddaughters feet. I’m a firm believer in being barefoot, it’s good for our health.

      Keep up the natural remedies Don, let’s spread the word together. I shall write more on the benefits of ACV. Thank you for your comments and suggestion.

      All the best,


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