I use both a brush and a double-sided scourer. At year five camp, I was horrified when all we were given to wash up were brushes. To this day, I won't use the brush alone. It must be used in tandem with a sponge. It's so great to remove the stubborn stuff!
No. We don't use a brush. We use a sponge that is half sponge and half scourer so it cleans most things. My arm can stretch a long way too, down the base of most things, even my really tall vase !!! I get into every nook and cranny. We have all non- stick cookware, so we don't need to scrub and scrub anything. I think those brushes are pretty abrasive, so I don't want them ruining anything of mine. If I am at my friends house and I do the dishes for her, out goes the brush, and I use a sponge/scourer combination sponge, like mine, that she has in her cupboard.
I have a little stubby one, and it is hung just on a hook above my dish-sponge.
Could not give it up, but do not use it for heavy wash up's....that is where my 'magic-sponge' is used, as no food is able to stick to it.With a brush, that is a big problem.....so it won't get used for that reason alone.
I keep a few brushes under my sink. A bottle brush, long handled scrubber and a my favourite, a stubby scrubber. I use a yellow micro cloth for washing up and only turn to brushes or a scourer if things are stubborn.