Q. I had a wart on my finger for 15 years. A few doctors said they could cut if off, but I don’t like the idea of surgery.

My mother told me of an old gypsy remedy, but I would never try it. It was too hokey. One day I argued with her and, in an effort to prove her wrong, I decided to go ahead and use the remedy. I just knew it wouldn’t work. Well, within two weeks the wart was gone.

Here it is: cut a slice from a potato, rub the white part on the wart, then go bury the potato in the yard. Supposedly if you dig up the potato later, it will have grown the wart on it.

This sounds way too silly, but it did work. Mom was right, and she won the argument.

A. We don’t know if this is a gypsy remedy, but it certainly is old. We have heard from a number of other people who have treated their warts successfully by rubbing them with raw potato or potato peel and burying the piece of potato.

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  1. Bridget
    Ashburn, VA

    I had a wart removed on my knee when I was a kid. I had a smaller one on the palm of my hand that the doc suggested I remove using a potato. He said to rub a fresh piece of sliced potato to the wart and bury the other half. I recall only doing this once, leaving my hand unwashed overnight. My wart was gone within a few days. I will always remember this because it was so astonishing. The reason I got to this site is because my husband is laughing at me for believing I can remove his wart with the potato trick. We’ll see who’s laughing once I try!

  2. Sam
    Los Angeles

    The most effective treatment is 1) crush 2 baby aspirin, add one drop water to make a paste. 2) apply paste to wart cover with small potato peel and place band aid over to hold in place… do this everyday for a week to 10 days. Wart will fall off.

  3. Chloe

    ‘I have flat head warts also. They are terrible. Its not one or two… it’s like 100s on my legs. I’ve tried the apple cider vinegar, duck tape, freezing them off, burning them off, and even cintimine. I’ve tried everything put a potato. So how does this potato thing work? Rub it everyday? Do I put tape on it after ? Any help would be most appreciated!

  4. carlyn

    I had one on my eyelid two days ago I took a potato put it in a ziplock and put it in refrigerator and cut lil slice and rubbed it on my eyelid then cut a small piece and put a bandaid on it for a few hrs and then the following day I sliced me a piece every so many hrs rubbed it and then I looked in the mirror at the end of the day it was gone was so happy too see it gone.
    I also heard when I was growing up u can do this to warts by cutting in half and rubbing it and throwing the it over ya shoulder the potato outside and not looking back my niece lost her warts when I treated her this way.

  5. K.M

    I have a bad case of flat warts spreading all over my whole body now. Almost impossible to cure, Tried ACV: it affected the warts – and also made them spread like crazy. I guess they were angry because I tried to evict them. Anyway, I tried Tea tree oil, manuka honey, duct tape, vitamin c, zinc ointment, lavender oil, acids, a lot of things.
    I also rubbed a potato slice on my shoulder, like why not. I only did it once and forgot about it, Now guess what part is smooth and healthy! My shoulder! I can’t quite believe it but from now on, I will eat, breathe and bathe in potatoes.
    It’s worth a try!

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