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Deleting all nodes of a linked list requires traverse through the list and deleting each node one by one. It requires creating a temp node pointing to the head then move the head to head next. After that delete the temp node. Repeat the process till the head becomes null.

The function deleteAllNodes is created for this purpose. It is a 2-step process.

public void deleteAllNodes() {
  
  //1. create a temp node
  Node temp = new Node();

  //2. if the head is not null make temp as head and 
  //   move head to head next, then delete the temp,
  //   continue the process till head becomes null
  while(this.head != null) {
    temp = this.head;
    this.head = this.head.next;
    temp = null;
  }

  Console.Write("\nAll nodes are deleted successfully."); 
}  

The below is a complete program that uses above discussed concept of deleting all nodes of a linked list which makes the list empty with size zero.

using System;

//node structure
class Node {
  public int data;
  public Node next;
};

class LinkedList {
  Node head;

  public LinkedList(){
    head = null;
  }
  
  //Add new element at the end of the list
  public void push_back(int newElement) {
    Node newNode = new Node();
    newNode.data = newElement;
    newNode.next = null; 
    if(head == null) {
      head = newNode;
    } else {
      Node temp = new Node();
      temp = head;
      while(temp.next != null)
        temp = temp.next;
      temp.next = newNode;
    }    
  }

  //delete all nodes of the list
  public void deleteAllNodes() {
    Node temp = new Node();
    while(this.head != null) {
      temp = this.head;
      this.head = this.head.next;
      temp = null;
    }
    Console.Write("\nAll nodes are deleted successfully."); 
  }    

  //display the content of the list
  public void PrintList() {
    Node temp = new Node();
    temp = this.head;
    if(temp != null) {
      Console.Write("\nThe list contains: ");
      while(temp != null) {
        Console.Write(temp.data + " ");
        temp = temp.next;
      }
    } else {
      Console.Write("\nThe list is empty.");
    }
  }    
};

// test the code
class Implementation {
  static void Main(string[] args) {
    LinkedList MyList = new LinkedList();

    //Add four elements in the list.
    MyList.push_back(10);
    MyList.push_back(20);
    MyList.push_back(30);
    MyList.push_back(40);

    //Display the content of the list.
    MyList.PrintList();  

    //delete all nodes of the list
    MyList.deleteAllNodes();

    //Display the content of the list.
    MyList.PrintList();
  }
}

The above code will give the following output:

The list contains: 10 20 30 40 
All nodes are deleted successfully.
The list is empty.