We have a leaky thermos and I hated to just throw it out. But it was taking up precious cabinet space. So I took it to my sewing room, in hopes that it could be used to hold trash or spools of thread or bobbins or *something*! I found that it makes a perfect sharps container for needles and pins. Just open the spout and toss it in! If it's something bigger, I can open the lid, but this will last a long long time between emptying!! My husband also uses the old-timey razors and instead of putting them in the slot behind the mirror (which falls between the walls!), he can start using my thermos (which was his thermos anyway!) Lucky my sewing room is across from his bathroom!