How to Treat Warts

If you have warts, the remedy can be unexpected. Whether it's duct tape or hydrogen peroxide that does the trick, these home treatments for warts are worth filing away!

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin
2-minute read

Common household items can help you remove pesky warts and keep them from coming back.


Tea Tree Oil

Apply straight tea tree oil to any wart to kill it. Repeat several times a day until the wart is gone, usually in a few weeks. For best results keep the area covered during treatment.

Garlic and Oil

Sliced garlic and extra virgin olive oil are the secrets to your Nonna’s famous Sunday gravy, but they’re also the key to getting rid of a pesky wart. Rub a thin film of olive oil on the wart, add the sliced garlic, and cover with duct tape. This killer combo will get rid of your wart in no time.

Duct Tape

It’s long been stated as fact—then disputed—that duct tape can help cure warts. It may seem strange, but medical studies have concluded that when patients cover their warts with duct tape every day for a month, 85 percent of them will see a reduction in the wart. That’s compared to only a 60 percent reduction in patients who used cryotherapy (having the wart frozen off by a dermatologist). It’s hard to believe, but many people swear by the treatment! Our opinion? Especially if you don’t have health insurance, it’s worth a shot.

Hydrogen Peroxide

If you have a plantar wart, here’s an easy homemade fix to do each night before bed. First, soak the affected foot in warm water for at least 10 minutes—this will soften the skin. Then, you’ll need to shave off the top layer of dead skin cells to uncover the center of the wart: Rub the area with a pumice stone or emery board that you use on the wart and nothing else. Then coat the wart with hydrogen peroxide using a cotton ball or swab, and let dry for about 15 minutes. Cover up with a bandage before you go to sleep. Repeat the regimen every day, and the wart will begin to change color and eventually die off. Good riddance!


Before you turn to expensive chemicals to get rid of warts, try using a potato. Rubbing a raw potato on your wart each night until it’s covered in potato juice can dehydrate and kill it. It’s worth a shot!

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About the Author

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin

Bruce Lubin and Jeanne Bossolina-Lubin are the proud parents of three boys and more than a dozen books. After saving thousands per year using everyday tips and simple lifehacks, they started their own business in the hopes of sharing their knowledge with others. They have been known to go into their friends' refrigerators to turn their eggs upside down so that they last longer.