9 Best Health, Household, and Baby Care Products

Choosing the right health, household and baby care products to suit your family's needs can be overwhelming. With literally thousands of options on the market making eco-friendly, ethical and sustainable choices has never been trickier.

To help, we've compiled this list of 9 best buys covering everything from cold and flu remedies to keeping your home clean, plus baby toiletries gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin.

To select the very best products, our panel of experts considered factors including effectiveness, safety, ease of use, sustainability credentials and value for money.

We've organised our list into three sections: health, household and baby products covering a wide range of everyday essentials from pain and cold relief to laundry detergents and nappy creams.

Under each section we've highlighted standout buys, top brands and which key ingredients to look out for when making your selection.

Health

Looking after your personal health and wellbeing starts with good hygiene and ensuring your medicine cabinet is well stocked. Here are our top picks of over-the-counter medicines, supplements and hand hygiene products.

Best Hand Sanitizer: Dettol Healthy Touch Instant Hand Sanitizer

Dettol is one of Britain's most trusted brands when it comes to hand hygiene and its instant hand sanitizer is packed with skin-friendly ingredients including glycerin and chamomile extract. What makes it stand out is its proven ability to kill 99.9% of bacteria without drying out the skin thanks to added Aloe Vera. It's also available in a handy 50ml bottle, so you can carry it around in your bag.

Best Pain Relief: Neurofen Tablets

When you're suffering from a headache, back pain or other aches and pains, Neurofen is our go-to choice. Containing ibuprofen, it works as an anti-inflammatory to target pain at the source as well as blocking pain receptors. We like that it dissolves quickly for fast relief and comes in caplets or standard tablets. Look out for packs containing higher strengths if you suffer from severe or migraine pain.

Best Hand Wash: Carex Complete Protection Hand Wash

Washing your hands regularly is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs and viruses. Carex Complete Protection Hand Wash is a great value choice proven to kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses thanks to its antimicrobial formula. We love the fresh cucumber fragrance, pump dispenser and the fact it contains moisturising glycerin so it won't dry out your skin.

Household

From laundry to loos, keeping your home clean can feel like an endless task without the right products. These are the ones we rely on to remove stains, banish bad smells and leave every room sparkling.

Best Washing Up Liquid: Fairy Original Washing Up Liquid

You really can't beat Fairy when it comes to getting dishes squeaky clean. Market leaders for good reason, Fairy Original washing up liquid has been designed to tackle grease and get rid of baked-on food. It creates mounds of suds to lift dirt and food debris without drying out hands thanks to added moisturisers. It's also suitable for sensitive skin and available in lemon, apple and unfragranced variants.

Best Carpet Cleaner: Vanish Gold Carpet Cleaner

Spillages and high foot traffic can leave carpets looking grubby but lifting stains doesn't have to require expensive professional cleaning. Simply spray on Vanish Gold, leave to work for five minutes and then blot away. Its oxy-powered formula removes stains the first time without scrubbing or rubbing the carpet fibres. It's safe for wool and synthetic carpets, lifts both fresh and old stains and leaves a light fresh fragrance.

Best All-Purpose Cleaner: Method All-Purpose Natural Surface Cleaner

For cleaning everything from kitchen surfaces to wooden floors, Method's All-Purpose Natural Surface Cleaner is a great eco-friendly choice. The plant-based formula uses naturally derived ingredients including coconut oil to wipe away dirt, stains and grease without nasty chemicals. It comes in a stylish recyclable bottle with a trigger spray, leaves a fresh ginger fragrance and most importantly, works brilliantly at cutting through grime.

Baby

From nappy creams and wipes to shampoos and lotions, choosing the best baby toiletries to care for delicate skin can be a minefield. These are the top products approved by parents and experts.

Best Baby Wipes: WaterWipes Sensitive Baby Wipes

Free from chemicals, fragrances, soaps and plastics, WaterWipes sensitive baby wipes contain just two ingredients – purified water and a drop of fruit extract. That makes them ideal for newborns and babies with eczema or sensitive skin. They earn rave reviews from parents for their soft texture, efficiency at cleaning up spills and ability to soothe sore bottoms thanks to the high water content.

Best Baby Moisturiser: Child's Farm Baby Moisturiser

Backed by the National Eczema Association UK, Child's Farm baby moisturiser is a great all-rounder suitable for babies' faces and bodies from newborn onwards. 98% naturally derived, the formula contains shea and cocoa butter to nourish skin, while oats relieve dryness and irritation. It soaks in quickly without leaving a greasy residue and has a light, delicate fragrance that babies love.

Best Disposable Nappies: Pampers Premium Protection New Baby Nappies

Pampers is one of the most popular baby brands with parents for good reason – its nappies are reliably leak-proof yet comfortable for babies' delicate skin. The Premium Protection range is ideal for newborns with a wetness indicator, absorbent core and breathable liner. Plus they are fragrance and lotion-free to minimise risks of allergies. They secure snugly without rubbing thanks to the adjustable fit waistband with extra Velcro fastenings.

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